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Nine equipment operators compete head-to-head this March in the final round of the competition during CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas
For Release Worldwide: February 2023
Release Number: 75PR23
After two rounds of putting their heavy machinery and technology skills to the test, only nine of the original 5,500 operators are left in Caterpillar’s Global Operator Challenge. The final round of competitions will take place inside the company’s outdoor Festival Grounds exhibit F4455 during CONEXPO-CON/AGG March 14-18 and will also be live-streamed on cat.com.
The finals will determine the world’s best equipment operator through various challenges showcasing the ability to operate Cat® equipment safely and efficiently.
“This competition started with thousands of operators from different industries registering for the challenge,” said Jessica Nunley, global marketing manager for Caterpillar. “After narrowing down the contestants to just 5,500 participants in the first round hosted by Cat dealers around the world, 84 semifinalists advanced to our regional competitions held at Caterpillar sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. We are excited to challenge the skills of the nine finalists left standing and crowning this year’s Global Operator Challenge Champion.”
To make the finals even more interesting, the three challenges and the machines involved will not be revealed to the finalists until just two days before the event. Further, Jaus Neigum, the 2020 World Champion, helped design one of the challenges for this year’s finals, and he has assured us it will test every operator’s skills.
Meet the global finalists
“These nine finalists have proven to be among the top performing equipment operators not only in their region but in the world,” said Matt Smith, global marketing manager for Caterpillar. “The competition will be the ultimate test of their ability to master any of our machines and technology.”
Join in on the action
To advance to the final round of competition, these finalists have executed a range of tasks using a variety of Cat equipment technology. Competitions have included digging trenches to targeted depths, hitting target material loads, and hauling or maneuvering the equipment through a variety of obstacles. The final round will be the ultimate test of their precision, as scoring is based on the operator’s skills, efficiency, and competence in using integrated technology to enhance the machine’s performance.
“We want spectators from all over the world to watch the final competition during CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas,” Nunley said. “In addition to being able to attend in-person, we will be livestreaming the competition on our website from start to finish, as well as providing updates and sharing the operators’ machine expertise on our social media platforms.”
Spectators can follow all the action during the competition using these global social media pages:
Nine finalists from around the world will compete at the global final.
Caterpillar’s outdoor Festival Grounds exhibit F4455, Las Vegas, Nevada
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
Live broadcast: www.cat.com/en_US/campaigns/event/conexpo-2023/live-broadcast.html
The winner of this competition will be crowned as 2023’s Global Operator Challenge World Champion at 3 p.m. PDT during the live event on Tuesday, and will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to one Caterpillar location worldwide.
For more information about the Global Operator Challenge, please visit www.cat.com/operatorchallenge.
Matt Ferris – United StatesView Full Size Image
Nick Thompson – AustraliaView Full Size Image
Patrick Doheny – AustraliaView Full Size Image
Pontus Ericksson – SwedenView Full Size Image
Sebastian Behr – GermanyView Full Size Image
Fernando Do Nascimento – BrazilView Full Size Image
John Schiedeck – United StatesView Full Size Image
Łukasz Mokrzyński – PolandView Full Size Image
Masato Imai – JapanView Full Size Image
Fernando Nascimento is joining the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge in March 2023 all the way from Tamarana - PR, Brazil. He has been working with heavy machinery for 28 years and works with the rural development industry. Fernando can’t wait to put his skills to the test during CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas. Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3Z9Z2mL
John Schiedeck of Schiedeck Construction Inc. has been operating machines for 16 years. From Bastrop, Texas, John is thrilled to be joining the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge in March 2023. He works with a variety of industries and loves that he can be very precise when operating heavy machinery. John can’t wait to meet his eight other competitors in person at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas. Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3YYk6g1
Łukasz Mokrzyński is a fierce competitor from Tuliszków, Poland and works with the water and sewage industries. He has been operating machines for 15 years and loves being in control of heavy machinery. Łukasz is confident in his abilities and is ready to face the competition in the finals round of the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge in March 2023 in Las Vegas as part of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023. Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3KFYO2Z
All the way from Niigata prefecture, Japan, Masato Imai is thrilled to be part of this year’s Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge. His favorite Cat machine is the Next Gen 320, and he has been working with heavy machinery for 20 years. Masato loves using hydraulic excavators and is ready to use his expertise this March in Las Vegas at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023. Find out more
From San Tan Valley, Arizona, Matt Ferris has been operating machines for 20 years. Matt’s favorite Cat machine is the excavator, and he is a senior superintendent in the construction industry. Matt is thrilled to meet his fellow competitors from around the globe at the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge this March in Las Vegas, as part of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023. Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3KhfGMZ
Nick Thompson, from Adelaide, Australia, has been operating machines for 15 years and loves listening to heavy metal in the cab. Nick is passionate about producing quality work and enjoys the job satisfaction from working with heavy machinery. He is thrilled to be one of nine final competitors in this year’s Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge in March in Las Vegas as part of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023.Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3lzXOmg
With 25 years of experience, Patrick Doheny is joining CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 from sunny Melbourne, Australia. Patrick loves working with the new generation of operators and loves using technology. He is ready to take on his eight competitors during the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge this March in Las Vegas. Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3EfuDeR
Pontus is from Mariefred, Sweden, and has been operating construction machines for 11 years. He loves to use his creativity when working with Cat machines and is ready to face the eight other competitors in the finals round of the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge in March 2023 in Las Vegas as part of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023. Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3KhD1OL
With over 35 years of experience, Sebastian Behr has loved operating machines since his youth. All the way from Bedburg, Germany, Sebastian works with earthworks, road construction, and sewer construction. Finishing in third place in the 2019-2020, he can’t wait to visit Las Vegas again for a second chance at the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge in March 2023 as part of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 to win the title. Find out more about the finalists at https://bit.ly/3Z0JNwA
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