November 16, 2022 By Don Horne
The future of the heavy lifting industry looks bright. Armed with a strong work ethic, initiative, curiosity, and a commitment to training and safety, the 2022 winners of our Top 10 Under 40 contest are setting the bar for young professionals across the industry.
And it wasn’t easy paring down all of your entries to just 10 – there are so many excellent people out there under the age of 40 in our industry.
Whether they work in leadership, operations, maintenance, sales or support, these crane and hoist employees are highly regarded by their colleagues, clients and peers.
General Manager, Prairie Crane
Matthew Hnatuk started in the family business in high school, and originally had his eyes set on a heavy-duty mechanic career; but as soon as he was introduced to cranes that changed.
“Matthew continued to work for the family business out of high school pursuing his mobile crane operator ticket,” says his sister Stephanie Hnatuk-King. He then spent many years in the field while also learning the ins and outs of the company to work his way into the General Manager position.
Within this role he still fulfills that of a crane operator, supervisor, mechanic, problem solver, and role model to a lot of people.
“I don’t know many people that could balance the roles he has while maintaining a high level of integrity. He is a straight shooter and one of the hardest workers I know,” says Hnatuk-King.
“Last year Matt nominated myself for the Top 10 Under 40, and without his guidance and knowledge I would not be where I am today, his hard work and leadership has had a significant impact on our company’s success,” she adds.
You can see all 10 of our Top 10 in the November/December issue of Crane & Hoist magazine.
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