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Kirby-Smith Hires Joel Cook as Executive Vice President, GM of Construction Group

Wed December 08, 2021 - Midwest Edition #25
Kirby-Smith Machinery

Joel Cook
Joel Cook

Kirby-Smith Machinery (KSM) continues to build its executive team with the addition of Joel Cook as its new executive vice president and general manager, construction group. Cook will be responsible for strategic direction, operational management and overall leadership of the heavy equipment distributor's construction group, which includes a current territory with 12 physical locations throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.

"Joel is very humble, direct and talented in dealing with customers and team members alike," said Jeff Weller, chief operating officer. "He is already an outstanding addition to KSM as our new EVP-GM, Construction Group, and we are excited for Joel, his wife Leslie and their family to call Oklahoma City home."

Cook comes to KSM with a diverse background that includes experience both within the heavy equipment industry and the areas surrounding it. He started his journey with CIT, building a career in customer-facing financing for heavy equipment and management of large dealer portfolios.

In 2006, Cook joined Komatsu Equipment Company, a Komatsu-owned dealership based in Salt Lake City, where he held several key positions over 14 years, most notably as executive vice president — mining, construction and rental sales. Before joining KSM, Cook most recently served as president and CEO of Road Machinery, a Komatsu distributor in Phoenix.

"I have always admired Mr. Kirby and the great organization he has built. It is an honor to now be part of it, and I look forward to helping in its continued growth and prosperity through customer and company focus," Cook said.

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