Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc., an equipment distributor and Manitowoc certified elite dealer, has announced the hiring of Rickey Bailey as vice president, crane division. Bailey will be responsible for the strategy and oversight of Kirby-Smith's crane operations, replacing the recently retired Ben Graham who had led the company's crane division for more than 16 years.
Prior to Kirby-Smith, Bailey served as manager of major accounts of Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company. Bailey has more than 20 years of crane industry experience with management roles at the manufacturer, distributor and end-user level. In addition to Link-Belt Construction Equipment, he also has worked for Link-Belt Mid-Atlantic and Bulldog Erectors Inc.
Jeff Weller, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kirby-Smith, believes Bailey will build upon the foundation that Kirby-Smith has established for its Crane Division.
“When choosing a successor for Ben, we needed someone with the right experience who would fit our culture, uphold our expectations for excellence, and be comfortable in Oklahoma — Rickey fits all those criteria,” said Weller. “He is a 'known commodity' in this industry, and possesses both a strong work ethic and customer-facing mentality. I trust that he will take great care of our customers and am excited to welcome him to our family at Kirby-Smith.”
Weller also praised the retiring Graham for his role in building Kirby-Smith's presence in the crane market.
“Under Ben Graham's leadership, our crane division has grown immensely and developed an industry-wide reputation for quality and customer service,” said Weller. “I know he is happy for the opportunity to spend more time with his four grandchildren. I am grateful for everything Ben has done to get us to this level, and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Bailey is ready to serve Kirby-Smith's customers and seize new opportunities for the crane division.
“It is an honor to join this great team. Ben and his group have established an incredible division here and I look forward to continuing the great work already being done,” he said.
Bailey's roadmap to success is eerily similar to the one which helped grow Kirby-Smith into a top-10 Manitowoc dealer.
“Our expectation is to provide the best service and support in the industry. Kirby-Smith will continue to work hard each day for opportunities to help our customers with their lifting needs,” said Bailey.
For more information, call 888/861-0219 or visit kirby-smith.com.