Crane industry veteran Frank Bardonaro has been appointed as the chief executive of crane mat and temporary track supplier Yak Access.
Yak Access, founded in 2017 and based in Columbia, Mississippi, provides temporary access tracking for heavy equipment working in the pipeline, power line, wind and solar power industries. Bardonaro’s appointment represents an expansion into the crane and rigging market sector and claims to have almost a million mats “strategically staged for projects in North America”.
The company announcement said: “His expertise in determining the strategy, sales, and structure to drive the organisation’s top line while recognising bottom line success has resulted in several successful sponsor/owner sales transactions. The key to his success has been the ability to attract and retain industry experts to support the strategic plans and surround himself with outstanding team members.”
Bardonaro joins the company after almost two years as chief executive of ArborWorks having previously spent nine years as chief operating officer of Maxim Crane Works. He began his career in media, setting up US Today network in the Mid-West. His crane career began in 1988 when he joined Bain Capital and was appointed as operations manager of Maxim Crane. In 2001 he was moved to crane rental company Amquip as chief operating officer and then chief executive also taking a stake in the business.
He resigned in 2010 and joined Terex as managing director of Terex Cranes in the Americas and was promoted to managing director global sales the following year. In 2012 he moved back to Maxim Crane Works as president of sales and business development and then chief operating officer, leaving in 2021 starting with ArborWorks less than two months later.