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Carolina Cat LeadershipEd 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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Carolina Cat LeadershipJim 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.

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Power Systems LeadershipMike 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.

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Carolina Cat LeadershipMatt Nazzaro
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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Carolina Cat LeadershipTom Bell
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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Reasons to Choose Pinnacle Cranes

Consistent "Top Five" Link-Belt Crane Dealer

We offer one of the Southeast's largest inventories of cranes (new, used and rental fleet) and crane parts

Staff of Product Support Specialists, many with over 25 years of experience with Link-Belt cranes

Pinnacle Cranes is the Crane Division of CTE, with twelve branch locations throughout North and South Carolina