Meet Our Team

GFC-Team

GFC Crane Consultants, Inc. blends the talents of various experienced personnel that are committed to excellence in the marine industry. Their backgrounds include, but not limited to, expertise in structural engineering, field repairs and nondestructive testing.

William "Forster" Dufton, Principal & Owner

William-DuftonWilliam Forster Dufton ("Forster") first worked on container cranes in 1970 with his uncle, George Forster Charlton, the founder of GFC in 1970 and has been associated with the company ever since.  He resumed working with GFC full time in 1993 in various capacities including Senior Vice President of Operations. In 2009, he became a co-owner of the company.  Forster has extensive experience with gantry crane maintenance operations, including major crane repairs, painting, and crane inspections, such as the supervision of non-destructive testing. In addition, he is an expert at project management and has been involved with the supervision of gantry crane manufacture overseas, crane loading, sea transportation, unloading, installation commissioning. and acceptance on behalf of the client/crane owner. Forster has designed and implemented crane preventative maintenance programs and company procedure manuals.

Forster comes from a long line of marine, civil and mechanical engineers. He received his Diploma in Civil Engineering from Leeds College of Technology (UK) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Structural/Civil Engineering from Sheffield Polytechnic. He is a professional engineer and licensed to practice in the UK, Europe and Alberta Canada.

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Dale W. Hoover, Vice President of Operations

Dale-HooverDale graduated from the Calhoon Engineering School in 1971. He started his career sailing on various U.S. flagged merchant ships as an engineering officer. Dale was then asked to come ashore in 1978 to complement various SeaLand crane departments. Working in Elizabeth, NJ. Norfolk VA. New Orleans, LA and finally at Port Everglades, FL. he was appointed to be the firm’s Lead Port Engineer. During this time he received numerous awards and recognition from SeaLand. In 1993 he left SeaLand and joined GFC as the Senior Port Engineer. During this time he was in charge of the organization's complete operation. His duties included scheduling, troubleshooting and establishing the firm's crane maintenance program, that is still in use today. In 2000, Dale worked for GFC on special projects outside of Port Everglades. In 2005, he returned to Port Everglades as Manager of Quality Control and Efficiency. This position was new to the industry, and charged Dale with review of the maintenance program and all jobs completed using his background and experience to tune the operation.

In 1993 he left SeaLand and joined GFC as the Senior Port Engineer. During this time he was in charge of the complete operation. His duties included scheduling, troubleshooting and establishing the Crane Maintenance Program, that is still in use today. In 2000, Dale worked for GFC on special projects outside of Port Everglades. In 2005, he returned to Port Everglades as Manager of Quality Control and Efficiency. This position was new to the industry, and charged Dale with review of the maintence program and all jobs completed using his background and experience to tune the operation.

Now, as Vice President of Operations, Dale oversees all crane operations at all locations. With over 30 years of Crane maintenance management and repair experience, he is a valued leader of the GFC team.

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Marc Aloisio, General Manager of Maintenance & Senior Crane Maintenance Technician

Marc-AloisioGeneral Manager of Maintenance and Senior Crane Maintenance Technician Marc Aloisio deals with crane maintenance and the status of the Port Everglades cranes, which included Samsung, Paceco, and Kone cranes. He manages crane maintenance supervisors, mechanics and electricians in the maintenance and upkeep of the Port Everglades Gantry cranes. Marc Aloisio is responsible for scheduling shifts to maximize efficiency and execute payroll processes. As General Manager of Maintenance and Senior Crane Maintenance Technician Marc Alloisio juggles major crane electronic control retrofits and interpretation of Union labor contracts with industry excellence.

In 1999 as Port Engineer and Supervising Port Engineer of GFC Crane Consultants, Inc, Marc Aloisio was in charge of inspecting and identifying warranty defects. He held weekly meetings with the manufacture representative in review of open and closed warranty jobs. Marc Aloisio was responsible for all major jobs, including motor replacements and wire rope changes.
In 1995 Marc Aloisio transitioned from Sealand to GFC Crane Consultants, Inc.
to perform maintenance on all Port Everglades Gantry cranes as the Crane Maintenance Electrician.

Martin Kalin, CEO, CFO & President

Martin-KalinMarty Kalin is involved in all administrative and financial aspects of the company including strategy, marketing, legal, human resources and project management.

Since 1984, Marty has founded and managed a number of international trade related service companies including MK Technology Trade Services, LLC. He was also the Founder and Publisher of the Export Practitioner, a leading publication on international trade compliance and export controls.

Marty earned Bachelors (BSFS) and Masters (MSFS) Degrees in Foreign Service from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS).  In 1983, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Secretary of State George Shultz for his work within the U.S. Department of State on Lebanon and the Middle East. He has been a member of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) for over 10 years.

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