Theodoros Fetsis of AAA Services, Clearwater, Fla., took first place and was awarded the $500 prize, a Cat cooler., and his company received a FREE Equipment rental.  However, he elected to opt out of the regional competition, which resulted in the second-place finisher, Kenny Billings of Cypress Gulf, Tampa, Fla., becoming the contestant that Ring Power will send to the regional finals in Clayton, NC. Coming in at third place in the competition was Mike Myers, city of Lakeland, Fla.  

Thank you to all the operators and their guests, for participating in the event.

THE BEST HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS  PUT THEIR SKILLS

TO THE TEST FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE of $500 CASH!

DAY TWO CONTESTANTS

FIRST PLACE 

Name: Theodoros Fetsis

Company: AAA

SECOND PLACE 

Name: Kenny Billings

Company: Cypress Gulf

Name: Joshua Phillips

Company: RIPA

Name: Jim Schlick

Company: AAA

Name: Harrison Combee

Company: QGS

Name: David Glover

Company: Wetland

Name: Benjamin Renfro

Company: Renfro Contractors

Name: Aaron Tillet

Company: QGS

Name: Kenneth Griffin

Company: RIPA

Name: Kevin Acorn

Company: RIPA

Name: Maiko Velazquez

Company: QGS

Name: Vaughn Rice

Company: MD Constructors, LLC

Name: Tommy Pridemore

Company: RIPA

Name: Robert Wade

Company: City of Tampa

Name: Nathan Humphrey

Company: Valencourt Construction

Name: Matthew Doleski

Company: MD Constructors, LLC

Name: Nate Baker

Company: RIPA

DAY ONE CONTESTANTS

FIRST PLACE 

Name: Jose Torres

Company: RIPA

Experience: 5 years

SECOND PLACE 

Name: Emmanuel Reyes

Company: RIPA

Experience: 5 years  

THIRD PLACE (TIE)

Name: Frank Gross

Company: Dallas 1 Construction

Experience: 10 years  

THIRD PLACE (TIE)

Name: Joseph Blasewitz

Company: Cyrpress Gulf Dev.

Experience: 10 years  

Name: Edgar Grafals

Company: ER Jahna

Experience: 33 years

  THIRD PLACE (TIE)

Name: Roy Toler

Company: Cypress Gulf Dev.

Experience: 30 years 

Name: Donald Martinez

Company: Cypress Gulf Dev.

Experience: 26 years  

Name: David Drew

Company: RIPA

Experience: 20 years

Name: Ryan Monk

Company: Darby Solutions

Experience: 10 years  

Name: Scott Munnings

Company: Sunbelt Rentals

Experience: 20 years  

Name: Kenneth Wiese

Company: Gravity Services Inc

Experience: 25 years  

Name: Ryan Vanhall

Company: Florida Geo

Experience: 10 years  

Research shows that a skilled equipment operator uses 10-12% less fuel every day, enhances jobsite safety, improves productivity, and can extend component life.

AWARDS FOR BEST OPERATOR...

  ALL REGISTERED COMPETITORS RECEIVED AN EVENT COMMEMORATIVE COIN, 

AND A THANK-YOU GIFT FOR PARTICIPATING. RAFFLE PRIZES WERE ALSO AWARDED.

  

GRAND PRIZE...

DAILY PRIZES

We will award 1st, 2nd,& 3rd place prizes to the operator with the best score, during the lunch hour at the end of each competition day.

 

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected after all the contestants scores are calculated for both days. 

The operator with the best average time wins. The grand prize winner will be contacted to receive award prize, take pictures, and a quick interview. The winner and the company they represent will be promoted on the Ring Power website as well as other industry magazines.  

Click the logo to learn about the National & Global Challenge

The local event champion will advance to the North American Regional Finals in Clayton, North Carolina, October 21-25, 2019. To compete with other finalist. The Regional champions advance to compete against operators from around the world, 23 countries, at the Global Finals at ConExpo, Las Vegas, NV in 2020! 

  

*All travel expense will be paid for the winner to compete in the regional and Global competition.  

EVENT SCHEDULE

8:30 am - 9:30 am

REGISTRATION 

All competitors must fill out an application and a participant waiver. Save time and submit the form to us via email: info@ringpower.com

8:30 am - 9:30 am

QUALIFICATION COURSE

Only skilled operators are encouraged to compete. To ensure the safety of all participants and staff, you will have to go through a "qualifier course" - to help us determine your level of expertise. IF YOU DO NOT PASS, YOU CANNOT COMPETE, but can stay and enjoy the days activities.

ROUND # 1

9:30 am - 10:30 am

ROUND # 2

10:30 am - 11:30 am

OPERATOR CHALLENGE COMPETITION 

Safety briefing will start the competition, if you are not at the safety briefing - you will be disqualified. 

You will be able to compete on two courses. We will be holding competitions in groups. All three course challenges will be actively hosting participants at the same time. 

9:30 am - 11:30 am

FUN ZONE 

Get inside the cab of our newest equipment, we will also have fun activities to enjoy with other operators..

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

SAFETY & MAINTENANCE TRAINING

Each jobsite has their own protocols, but we will discuss best practices across any jobsite and equipment. 

You also learn about the complimentary tools which make your job easier - such as Cat Inspect, and the new Cat® App

  

LUNCH & AWARDS   

 CHALLENGES FOR CHAMPIONS

Join us at Ring Power's Tampa demo yard,  where you can choose to stack up your experience and skills to compete against other operators or just come and cheer on your favorite.

Operators will be put to the test in a range of machines and tasks. We will have three different machines in three different obstacle courses. Each performance is scored based on speed, accuracy, and operating best practices. Penalties are also imposed for errors. The operator who achieves the best overall score will be recognized as the champion.

  

OPERATOR COURSE CHALLENGES

 THE LOAD AND CARRY CHALLENGE

  

Operators will use a Wheel Loader with Production Measurement technology to load and move material through specified points in a course.

THE FULLY LOADED CHALLENGE

 

Operators use a Cat Excavator with Production Measurement technology to accurately load a target.

THE AGILITY CHALLENGE

Operators use a Cat Skid Steer Loader to navigate a “course” and maintain balance and material control.

 GETTING IT DONE - NO MATTER WHAT IT IS!

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