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notable – and if you’ve never attended the show, this gives you some sense of how fantastic it is to have so many great people and companies across the industry in one place. Clearly, a lot of things can happen here. Let’s get on to the show and find out what it’s all about! Te main question in our mind was this: “What are


you trying to accomplish with Tat’s Riggin’ Awesome?” Pat started by saying, “My partner and I, Mike…


we’re both very passionate about the industry itself, and we’ve seen that skills gap increase over our tenure, and it’s time for us to both give back.” While neither is thinking about retiring from their day jobs, both hosts have had very successful careers and want to do more for the industry. “What we’ve seen is that some of the programs that are out there, they really need help. As much as some of these initiatives are funded very well, it’s overwhelming, where do we start, how do we do this?”


Te programs he’s talking about include Lift &


Move USA, Skills USA, and Bridging America’s Gap, that seek to engage high school students primarily through hands-on events and expose them to opportunities in the trades. Pat continues on that theme: “Mike and I set out


to say, how do we do our best to prop up these type of companies and get the word out, we’ll talk about when they have their events, we’ll talk to counselors in high schools, we’ll talk to people who are former board members, we’ll talk with tech academies, welding schools, anybody related to the construction industry.” Note that this is intended to be more broadly focused than lifting and rigging alone. As Pat explains, “Even though our experience comes


from the crane and rigging industry, Mike’s is even deeper than that, he was a former pipefitter, he does ground penetrating radar, 3D imaging, we just felt


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