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Ed Weisiger, Jr., President, CEO
Mark Drummond, President, LiftOne
Mike Brown, Senior Vice President, General Manager - Carolina Cat Power Systems Division
Mike Dutton, Vice President, General Manager - Carolina Cat Construction Division
Jim Mackinson, Vice President, General Manager - Pinnacle Cranes Division
Matt Nazzaro, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Tom Bell, Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Strategy
Allen Hackman, Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Ed Weisiger, Jr.
President, CEO - CTE
Ed Weisiger, Jr., is President and CEO of CTE. He began his career at CTE in 1987 and in 1988 became General Manager of Carolina CAT’s Engine Division before becoming President and CEO in 1991. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s four divisions, corporate strategy and customer service culture.
Ed is involved in several business organizations such as: CATO Corporation (Board of Directors); CEO Organization (Member and Chair of the annual CEO Harvard Presidents’ Seminar); Young Presidents’ Organization (Member and Past Chapter Chairman); Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman); Southeast Caterpillar Dealer Association (Past President); North Carolina Chamber (Past Director); and NC State Engineering Foundation (Past Director).
He is also very community-minded and gives back in many ways, such as: Myers Park Presbyterian Church (Elder); Catawba Thread Trail (Director); Central Piedmont Community College President’s Council (Member), Bechtler Museum (Advisory Board Member) and has previously served on the boards of several educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
Ed holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from NC State University and an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
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President - LiftOne
Mark has spent most of his 25+ year career in the Material Handling business. He started at a young age working for a small lift truck dealership in Michigan and worked in many areas of the business including time as a technician prior to attending college at Michigan State University. Before returning to the Material Handling business after college he worked for a large company in Chicago in the Finance department. Mark returned to the Material Handling industry with Mid-State Industrial and purchased it from the owner in 1998. After 12 years of running a high performing Hyster dealership in Michigan and Indiana he sold his business and joined Barloworld Handling in 2010. In 2012 he assisted in the acquisition of Barloworld and the transition to LiftOne. He worked as the VP of the South Region and the VP of Operations before succeeding Bill Ryan and becoming President of LiftOne in 2017.
Mark has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Michigan State University.
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Senior Vice President, General Manager - Carolina Cat Power Systems Division
Mike Brown has worked with Caterpillar and associated Caterpillar dealers for 26 years. He joined CTE in 1994, began serving as Vice President in 2000, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2007. In addition to his duties as a member of senior staff, he is the General Manager of the Power Systems Division. Those responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of Personnel, Operations, Development, Strategic Planning and Financial Management for both the Commercial and Truck departments.
Mike has had extensive experience with sales operations, sales management, rental operations, project management, service department management, parts operations and accounting. He graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Business, and completed management programs from the Bell Institute for Leadership, Olan Hendrix School of Management, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Mike also holds a Dale Carnegie Certificate in Sales Management. Additionally, he completed courses in accounting and project management from the association of San Diego and Santa Clara Community College; studies also included courses in construction law and construction law for sub-contractors.
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Vice President, General Manager - Carolina Cat Construction Division
Mike Dutton began his career with Caterpillar in 1982 and has extensive experience working with Cat dealers and customers throughout the world. He joined the Carolina CAT team in April 2017 as Vice President, General Manager for the Construction Division. In this role, Mike is responsible for ensuring we provide our customers with the highest value equipment solutions supported by superior parts and services.
Over the course of his career, Mike worked in Finance at Caterpillar before moving into a Business Manager role in Europe followed by a District Manager role in Dubai. Mike also held key leadership roles in Cat’s Global On-Highway business before he was promoted to the Division Manager for GCI machine sales over the eastern half of the US.
Mike has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Western Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Bradley University.
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Vice President, General Manager - Pinnacle Cranes
Jim Mackinson leads as the Vice President and General Manager of Pinnacle Cranes. Jim brings over 28 years of industry experience to his new position at Pinnacle Cranes, most recently as President and CEO of Mackinson Crane and Equipco Sales and Rental Corporation, located in Middlesex and Somerville, N.J., respectively.
Jim participates in several crane industry associations; including, the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, and the Utility and Transportation Contractor’s Association.
Jim is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
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Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Matt Nazzaro joined CTE as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in April 2016. Prior to joining the company, Matt held leadership roles at GE Capital where he most recently led the Financial Planning and Analysis organization for the Americas Commercial Lending and Leasing division.
After joining GE through the Financial Management Program at GE Plastics, Matt worked on the Corporate Audit Staff and ultimately transitioned into financial services. Over the following 8 years at GE Capital, he held roles of increasing responsibility in FP&A, capital markets, and strategic pricing for the equipment leasing division. As CFO of CTE, Matt is responsible for managing the accounting, credit, FP&A, facilities, fleet, and purchasing functions.
Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Boston University and an MBA in Finance, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Strategy
Tom Bell joined CTE as Vice President, Human Resources Director in May 2006. In his role, Tom is responsible for managing all of areas of the Human Resources Function and is co-chair of Corporate Strategy. He and his team are in the process of implementing several human resource systems to support the development and needs of the employees.
Tom started his career in the Lansing, Michigan area, after graduating from Kent State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a BS in Business. He spent over seven years working for GenCorp Automotive before relocating to the Charlotte area in 1995 to join Okuma America. Tom served as the Vice President of Human Resources & Strategic Planning for Okuma during the last three of his 9+ year career at the company. While working at Okuma, he received his Masters Degree, graduating with highest honors from Winthrop University. Prior to joining CTE, Tom served as Vice President of Human Resources with Scottish Re, a financial services company, located in the Ballantyne area. He holds his SPHR from the Society for Human Resources Management.
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Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Allen Hackman joined CTE as Vice President, Chief Information Office in May 2015. Allen brings over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Process Improvement to CTE. Allen previously served as the head of IT for the Life Safety Products Division of Tyco and as the head of IT for Cogentrix, A Carlyle Group Portfolio Company.
Allen holds a B.S, in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University and a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also recently completed a Post Masters Certificate program in Information Technology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He also serves on the Advisory Committee for DeVry University, Charlotte, is a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM), , and is the Co-Chair of the Providence Cup Marching Band Competition.
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