About Briggs Equipment

Founded in 1896, Briggs Equipment is an ESOP-owned full-service material handling company with a customer-first focus. This unique structure imparts a different approach to the way we work – you’ll notice camaraderie, a sense of responsibility towards profitability, and an undying enthusiasm for local charities in our communities. Our material handling experts help keep business moving by being proactive, accessible, knowledgeable, and above all else, safe.

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Our Values


We put safety above all else, every time.


We value relationships with our customers, team members, vendors, and our community.


We celebrate and recognize our team members and achievements.


We do the right thing, even if no one is watching.


We exceed expectations through the pursuit of excellence.


Our story of success began in 1896 when two men, J.C. Weaver and C.H. Briggs had a single vision to create a successful industrial service company that would become an industry leader.

They opened Briggs-Weaver Machinery Company in Dallas. The business provided service for pump installations, lift trucks and materials handling. It quickly gained a reputation of providing the best industrial equipment and services to many industries throughout the Southwest.

Charles Sammons acquired the company in 1952. In 1996, Briggs Equipment became a separate working operation of Sammons Enterprises, Inc. and began operations in Mexico City. Briggs Equipment UK joined the Sammons’ equipment distribution sector in 2006, providing a complement to the material handling business in the United States and Mexico. In 2007, Briggs International was formed to oversee the profitability and strategic growth of the entire Sammons Enterprises’ equipment distribution sector.

The company made a name for itself by offering its customers a full range of high-quality services. It quickly became one of the largest and most successful members of the Sammons family.

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Safety First

“Safety First” is one of our visionary pillars, and we live this every day by making safety a priority for our team members and customers. From backing into parking spots at our facilities to prevent accidents to undergoing rigorous internal safety trainings, we strive to keep everyone safer.

Growing the Legacy

While we are deeply proud of our past, we are excited about our future. In 2012, Briggs Equipment expanded its footprint in the United States when it acquired 15 new branches in the South and Southeast making it one of the largest dealers of industrial and construction equipment in North America. In 2017, Briggs Equipment continued its expansion with the acquisitions of certain assets of Stewart and Stevenson and MacKinnon Equipment & Services, former competitors in the Texas, Florida, and Georgia markets. The acquisitions added five Yale dealership locations added nearly 300 new team members to the Briggs family.

Providing customers with smart business solutions has ensured the company’s growth since Charles A. Sammons acquired the business more than 60 years ago. Industry knowledge and business savvy positions the Briggs Equipment brand for continued global expansion during the next 60 years.


Our Leadership

Dan Lister

President, Briggs Equipment

Dan Lister joined Briggs Equipment as President in August 2020 and is responsible for the growth and continued success of the Briggs Equipment business in the United States which includes nearly 1,000 team members across eight states. A proven leader with more than 25 years of experience, Dan thrives in driving large complex organizations and has experience in both the industrial and supply chain space. Dan has held roles in both the U.S. and abroad with experience in global supply chain strategies, sales, operations, product development, and marketing. His most recent role at Pentair as Senior Vice President of Filtration Services included full P&L responsibilities for a $1 billion global business across 14 manufacturing facilities with 4,500 employees. Dan graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Industrial Distribution.

Courtney Harvey

Senior Vice President of Business Development, Briggs Equipment US

Courtney Harvey has served as the Senior Vice President of Business Development since January 2020, where he is charged with leading our core allied partner, used organization, and future expansion of our business. Prior to this role, Courtney was Senior Vice President of Operations where he oversaw 32 locations in the Southeastern United States. He held this position since 2016. Courtney has also served as the Vice President of the Mid-South Region and has held various other positions in the company since he joined in 2011.

Prior to Briggs, Courtney served at multiple building product and material handling companies and served roles in Sales, Operations and Major accounts, including the founding of his own material handling company.

Courtney graduated from West Texas State University with a degree in Business Administration.

Elizabeth Smith

Chief Financial Officer, Briggs Equipment US

Elizabeth Smith serves as Chief Financial Officer for Briggs Equipment where she oversees finance, accounting, and contract administration.

Prior to joining Briggs in February 2021, Elizabeth served in senior leadership at several manufacturing, service, and distribution companies, most recently in the hearing industry for Lucid Hearing. She has more than 16 years of experience in managing finance, accounting, legal, regulatory, and HR. Elizabeth is a CPA licensed in Texas and California, and holds bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Management from Peru State and the University of Oklahoma.

Leland Wells

Chief Operating Officer, Briggs Equipment US

Leland Wells serves as Chief Operating Officer for Briggs Equipment where he leads company-wide branch operations as well as centralized operational support functions. He has held various leadership roles since joining Briggs in 2015, including General Manager for the DFW and Mid-South Regions. Prior to Briggs, Leland served more than 19 years in the Industrial and Telecommunications industries in various sales and operational leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies. Leland received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and holds multiple operational and supply chain certifications.

Heather Meiner

Vice President of Marketing & Communication, Briggs Equipment US

Heather Meiner serves as Vice President of Marketing for Briggs Equipment. She has been with Briggs since 2018. Heather’s responsibilities include Marketing, Digital Media, CRM, Corporate Communication and Strategy. Heather began her career with American Airlines, gaining experience across the transportation and cargo sectors before moving into the Building Products arena. Heather has more than 20 years of B-to-C and B-to-B experience, and her extensive work in internal and external communications spans small and large organizations, including key roles at Overhead Door, Forterra/ Hanson Building Products, and American Airlines.

Amanda Coley

Vice President of Human Resources, Briggs Equipment US

Amanda Coley serves as the Vice President of Human Resources where she leads the Human Resources & Training teams. Amanda joined Briggs Equipment in 2014, serving in different roles in Human Resources. Prior to Briggs, Amanda held positions with FedEx, LoneStar Park and The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. Amanda is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

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