IPAF Innovate Workshop 2019

July 16 - 17, 2019, Chicago, Illinois, USA

IPAF North American Regional Council presents:

IPAF Innovate Workshop 2019
“Innovation doesn’t happen by itself”
2019 Aerial and Mast Climber Workshop Challenge & Awards

Innovation doesn’t happen by itself - become part of this event

IPAF Innovate returns for 2019, after the successful inaugural event last year in Texas (View the event gallery). This year's event takes place at the conveniently located Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel and starts with problem-solving workshops on day one, followed by a memorable evening with a drinks reception then dinner and entertainment. The event will conclude the next morning with presentations from each group and awards for the best ideas.

IPAF Innovate is an interactive event where you will collaborate and network with industry colleagues from manufacturers, rental companies, contractors, service companies – drivers, mechanics, managers, salespersons, operators, and supervisors. Each attendee will be an active participant in promoting positive changes in the industry.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it – all participants were ‘leaning-in’ and innovating ways to improve our industry.” Ebbe Christensen of Reachmaster and Chair of IPAF’s North American Regional Council, talking about IPAF Innovate 2018

The workshop topics will be facilitated by an IPAF North American Regional Council member. Topics will be announced shortly, all registered delegates will be asked to indicate their preferred topic(s) first.

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First IPAF Innovate event is a beacon of success

IPAF Innovate Workshop 2018

The IPAF North America Regional Council presented its first industry workshop event in Houston Texas October 16-17 and the new Innovate event received great reviews from the attendees.

The event was open to all industry stakeholders – from CEOs to equipment operators or service technicians, from manufacturers to end users – and provided the opportunity to both share and listen to the ideas of others on key industry issues.

For this inaugural event, ten different topics were identified, attendees preregistered to be part of one of the ten groups, and the first afternoon was a workshop format that allowed each group to collaborate on their chosen topic to decide on a key issue to address and develop a potential solution. Each group worked together for hours and developed solutions that were presented to all attendees the following morning.

After the completion of the workshop, each group presented their solutions to all in attendance, who then voted for the idea that would be supported by the resources of the industry. Tony Groat, IPAF’s North America Regional Manager, says of the event: “The presentations were informative and delivered with passion. It was engaging to be part of the workgroup focused on one topic and then to have the opportunity to listen to everyone’s ideas and then select the idea that should move forward.”

Ebbe Christensen of Reachmaster, Chair of IPAF’s North American Regional Council, adds: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it – all participants were ‘leaning-in’ and innovating ways to improve our industry.”


July 16
  • 11:00 - 12:00 | Registration
  • 12:00 - 17:00 | Workshops
  • 18:30 - 20:00 | Networking & Drinks
  • 20:00 - Late | Dinner and entertainment
July 17
  • 08:00 - 11:00 | Presentations
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Voting on presentations
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Awards and close

Schedule subject to change without notice

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The Venue

Sheraton Suites Chicago O'Hare
6501 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018, USA
+1 847-699-6300

Special Room Rate
Available July 12 - 19, 2019
129 USD - 159 USD per night
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For sponsorship opportunities please contact Faith Cobaine on +44 (0)15395 66700 or faith.cobaine@ipaf.org or Tony Groat, IPAF North America Regional Manager on +1 5182802486 or tony.groat@ipaf.org.

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IPAF North American Regional Council Members

  • Chris Beasley
    Sales & Business Development Mnrg - IPA, TVH
  • Ebbe Christensen
    President, Reachmaster
  • Randy DeCoteau
    Engineering Manager, Terex AWP
  • James Dorris
    VP Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability (HSES), United Rentals Inc
  • Matthew Eckstine
    Director of Operations, Eckstine & Assoc
  • Forrest Hester
    Chief Development Officer, Tutus, LLC
  • Mark Hinkel
    President, Institute For Aerial Lift Safety
  • William Holler
    Senior Vice President, The Horton Group
  • David Kesser
    President, Teupen North America
  • Jen Lombard
    President, Lizzy Lifts
  • Ian McGregor
    Director of Product Safety, Skyjack Inc - (Canada)
  • Kevin O'Shea
    Director of Safety, Hydro Mobile Inc - (Canada)
  • Scott Sasser
    Sales/Product Manager, Palfinger - Platforms Division
  • Richard (Rick) Smith
    Sr. Director, Global Product Training, JLG Industries, Inc
  • Jeff Stachawoik
    Director of Safety Training , Sunbelt Rentals
  • Greg Strid
    Safety Director , Mastclimbers LLC
  • Tom Trinen
    President, Service One Access
  • Tony Groat
    North America - Regional Manager, IPAF