Company: Leadership

Ed Weisiger, Jr.

Ed Weisiger, Jr.

President / CEO

Ed Weisiger, Jr., was named President and CEO of Carolina Tractor in 1991. He started at Carolina Tractor in 1988 as General Manager of Carolina Tractor’s Engine Division. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s four divisions, corporate strategy, customer service culture, and day-to-day operations. 
 
Ed is involved in several business organizations such as: NC Trucking Association (Board of Directors); Young Presidents’ Organization (Member and Past Chapter Chairman); Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman); and Southeast Caterpillar Dealer Association (Past President).
 
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); Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (Board of Visitors); 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. 

Jim Mackinson

Jim Mackinson

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.

Robert Russell

Robert Russell

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Robert Russell joined Carolina Tractor as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in July 2008.  Prior to joining Carolina Tractor, 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.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

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.

Vic Morris

Vic Morris

Vice President, General Manager - Construction Equipment Division

Vic Morris joined Carolina Tractor 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 Tractor’s clear competitive advantage.

Vic has a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University in Management.

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan

Vice President, General Manager - Material Handling Division

Bill Ryan came to Carolina Tractor in March of 2005 as the VP and General Manager of LiftOne. He is a New Englander whose extensive experience in the material handling industry spans over 27 years. He received his BA from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and then immediately moved to Philadelphia, PA, beginning his career in this industry. To learn the basics of Customer Service and fundamentals of the business, he worked in many different capacities. This diverse experience in all facets of the industry served him well as he moved into management positions, finally becoming the General Manager of several retail factory-owned dealerships. Bill was promoted into various corporate positions for that same manufacturer in both domestic and international capacities - including global Product Manager, Area Manager and Dealer Development.

Bill is a long-time and active member of several industry trade organizations, including MHEDA, MHI and the Cat Lift Truck 20 Group, from whom he strives to take the "best practices" and incorporate them into LiftOne and Engineered Solutions.

Tom Bell

Tom Bell

Vice President, Human Resources Director

Tom Bell joined Carolina Tractor 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 Carolina Tractor, 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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