Bob Loula started his career at Atlas Bobcat in Chicago as a part-time employee in the parts department in 1975. As he begins the newest chapter of his life — retirement — reflecting upon the early days is natural.
"I was going to go back to school for engineering," said Loula.
Stephenson Equipment (SEI) has been in the trailer business for generations and represents Rogers and Felling trailers mainly out of its Philadelphia, Pa., branch. When the opportunity became available to become the authorized Rogers dealer of western Pennsylvania as well, SEI was excited to grow this business.
Mecalac, a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of compact construction equipment for urban environments, has hired Peter Bigwood as general manager to expand the company's reach in North and South America. Mecalac, which was founded in France in 1974, manufactures a full line of excavators, loaders, backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction rollers for urban job sites.
Doggett Machinery Services announced that Derek Paternostro has been named vice president of operations as of Jan. 1, 2020. He will have leadership and operational responsibility for all locations throughout Louisiana and East Texas. His management and customer relations skills will be instrumental in continuing the rapid growth of the business, according to the company.
Caterpillar Inc. announced that E. Jean Savage, currently vice president of the surface mining & technology division, has elected to retire.
Earlier, Trinity Industries Inc. announced that Savage, a member of the company's board of directors, has been appointed chief executive officer and president, effective Feb.
Graziano Cassinelli has joined LiuGong to lead its newly formed Global Rental & Used Equipment unit. As director — Global Rental and Used Equipment, Cassinelli brings a wealth of knowledge from years of experience in all aspects of the rental and used equipment business.
ABLE Equipment Rental Inc. of N.Y., a supplier of construction equipment rentals, sales, service and parts, announced the appointment of Philippe Bisson to business development director of the rotator and telehandler division, effective Jan. 6, 2020.
Long-time industry champion, Tom Stern, general sales manager of West Side Tractor Sales, is beginning 2020 with a new position: retired. Stern began working in the construction equipment industry in 1974. Prior to beginning his 27-year career at West Side Tractor, he worked for a local construction equipment distributor as general manager and a heavy equipment manufacturer as director of sales.
Ohio-based Pepper Construction is bolstering its Integrated Construction Services with the recent addition of Virtual Construction Manager, Joe Northcutt. Northcutt is joining the company's Cincinnati office, adding significant expertise in virtual design and construction (VDC) and building information modeling (BIM).
Duane Bonini has been named vice president of RDO Equipment Co. 's Vermeer division. As of Dec. 1 Bonini is overseeing all RDO's domestic Vermeer operations, which includes California, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon and northern Nevada.
Bonini grew up in the construction industry, working as a Vermeer equipment operator and service technician, then worked for his family's Vermeer dealerships in Northern California prior to joining RDO in 2008 as a Vermeer grinder salesman for the Southern California region.
ST Engineering LeeBoy Inc. welcomed John Greaney to its expanded outside sales territory team.
According to LeeBoy, Greaney has a unique ability to focus on value based selling, by showing you and proving it, not just saying it. He has an extended sales background ranging from real estate, financing, service and equipment.