Okada America Inc., Medina, Ohio, announced the promotion of Jim Brown to the position of president. Brown previously served as executive vice president, being appointed to that position in 2015.
Brown will replace Tony Neikirk, who steps down after 20 years of service to Okada in many managerial capacities. Neikirk will continue to serve as a consultant to Okada through the transition.
Brown brings a wealth of construction and mining equipment experience spanning 30-plus years. He has brought a “focused, pro-active customer philosophy” to Okada as he has extensive expertise at the manufacturing level and recognizes the importance of putting the customer first.
His previous experience includes engineering, general management and outside sales of construction and mining equipment. He has served in upper management for engineering personnel, national accounts, product marketing, service center facilities, and sales and service departments.
As president, Brown will establish both company and individual sales goals while maintaining and strengthening the distributor network.
In the top position, Brown will oversee the operations of one of the most respected construction equipment attachment manufacturers in the North American market.
Brown looks “to meet the changing market challenges by building on the ‘Okada tradition’ of great products and customer-oriented product support.”
The native of Ohio is a graduate of both Kent State University and the University of Notre Dame, and has been actively involved with the Associated Equipment Manufacturers, having served previously as the chairman of the Mounted Breakers Manufacturers Bureau.
Brown and his wife, Karen, currently reside in Stow, Ohio.
Okada America, Inc. is a leader in innovative construction and demolition product technology. Through more than 200 U.S. and Canadian distributors, Okada offers a complete line of excavator, loader/backhoe, skid-steer, track loader and mini-excavator mounted attachments including breakers (TOP Series and ORV Series), crushers, pulverizers, grapples and compactors (OAC Series) along with pedestal rock breaker boom systems.