Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc., a Komatsu distributor, announced the hiring of John Arapidis as vice president of major accounts.
Arapidis will be responsible for the management and development of long-term strategic partnerships between Kirby-Smith and its large-scale customer base. He will office out of Kirby-Smith's Dallas location. Jeff Weller, executive vice president and COO of Kirby-Smith, believes Arapidis will make an immediate impact in his new role.
“John boasts an impressive pedigree in this industry,” said Weller. “I believe with his abilities, there is no doubt we will be able to offer an entirely new level of customer satisfaction.”
Arapidis brings more than 29 years of industry experience with Komatsu into the position. Most recently serving as national accounts manager for Komatsu, he began his career with the Dresser finance division, later leaving the finance group and moving to the role of manager, distribution and planning of Komatsu Mining Systems. He also has served roles as director of region sales/marketing for the west and vice president of rental and remarketing for Komatsu.
Arapidis has worked with customers across all regions of the United States and Canada. In every market he has served, the key to success has been creating an outstanding customer experience.
“I want to create great and memorable experiences for our customers,” said Arapidis. “The type of experiences that will ensure our customers continue to return.”
For more information, visit www.kirby-smith.com.