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Ed Weisiger, Jr.
President / CEO
Ed Weisiger, Jr., was named President and CEO of CTE in 1991. He started at Carolina Tractor in 1987 and in 1988 he became General Manager of CTE’s Engine Division. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s four divisions, corporate strategy, and customer service culture.
Ed is involved in several business organizations such as: CEO Organization; World and Young Presidents’ Organization (Member and Past Chapter Chairman); Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman); Southeast Caterpillar Dealer Association (Past President), and NC Trucking Association (Past Board of Directors).
He is also very community minded and gives back in many ways, such as: Myers Park Presbyterian Church (Elder); Woodberry Forest School (Board of Trustees); Carolina Thread Trail (Director); Goodfellows Club (Director); and Central Piedmont Community College President’s Council (Member).
Ed holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University at Raleigh and a M.B.A. from Harvard University Graduate School of Business at Boston.
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Vice President, General Manager - Pinnacle Cranes Division
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
Robert Russell joined CTE as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in July 2008. Prior to joining CTE, Robert was the CFO/Finance Director for Barloworld, one of the world's largest multinational dealers. Barloworld has U.S. operations focused on material handling and is the Caterpillar dealer for South Africa.
Robert’s 26+ years of experience started in public accounting as a Senior Auditor with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. One of Robert’s clients at Deloitte was Wrenn Handling, a subsidiary of Barloworld, where Robert moved to as Division Controller. Robert took on several roles with Wrenn and was serving as Vice President of Corporate Services (CFO) when Barloworld asked Robert to serve a dual role as CFO and Chief Information Officer of its Industrial Distribution Division.
From there, Robert moved to focusing exclusively on the Finance side of the business as CFO of the Industrial Distribution Division, a global distributor of lift trucks (e.g. Hyster), Over-the-Road Trucks (e.g. Freightliner), Construction Machinery (e.g., Ditch Witch), and related parts/service. The business unit Robert was responsible for had 3500 employees and $1 billion in annual revenue with operations in the USA and Europe. In his role as CFO, Robert also gained significant experience in mergers and acquisitions.
Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a licensed CPA.
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Senior Vice President, General Manager - Power Systems Division
Mike Brown has worked with Caterpillar and associated Caterpillar dealers for 26 years. He joined Carolina CAT 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.
Mike enjoys fishing and the ocean, and has run commercial fishing boats in Alaska. In the past he held a commercial pilot's license and was also a certified diving instructor.
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Vice President, General Manager - Construction Equipment Division
Vic Morris joined Carolina CAT as Vice President of Construction Sales in October of 2008. Prior to joining Carolina Tractor, he was the Vice President of Product Support for Yancey Brothers in Atlanta, where he served on the Executive Management team.
While the majority of Vic’s 25 years of experience has been on the product support side of the business, he spent a tremendous amount of time partnering with customers and working with the sales function of Yancey Brothers to develop customer solutions. Vic was instrumental in establishing new business opportunities, including an arrangement with Exxon-Mobil for the distribution of oil in the Georgia territory. His background and experience will be an asset in helping to maintain Product Support as Carolina CAT’s clear competitive advantage.
Vic has a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University in Management.
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Vice President, Human Resources
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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