About Briggs Equipment

We are an ESOP company and that imparts a unique flavor to the way we work – you’ll notice camaraderie, a sense of responsibility towards the profitability and a “one for all, all for one” attitude toward teamwork. You will notice our undying enthusiasm for local charities in our communities, actively advocated for by our team members. We’ve captured the Briggs way of doing things as “Passionate People, Powerful Solutions.”

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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.

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

Darron Ash

President and Chief Executive Officer, Briggs International
Senior Vice President and Executive Committee Member, Sammons Enterprises, Inc.

Formerly Chief Financial Officer of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Darron Ash was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Briggs International in 2015. He is responsible for the growth and continued success of SEI’s industrial equipment businesses in the US, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Sammons, Darron was in the private equity and public accounting industries for 25 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

Derek Claybrook

Chief Financial Officer, Briggs International
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Briggs Equipment US

Derek Claybrook serves as Chief Financial Officer for Briggs International and Briggs Equipment. He has held these positions since May 2012. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Derek has responsibility for information technology, shared services, and facilities for this leading materials handling organization.

Derek began his career with Arthur Andersen, gaining four years of public accounting experience while based in Houston. He joined Sammons in June 2003 and held various positions in the finance department including Controller and Director, Financial Planning & Analysis.

Courtney Harvey

Senior Vice President of Business Development, Briggs Equipment US

Courtney Harvey serves as the Senior Vice President of Branch Operations where he oversees 32 locations in the Southeastern United States. He has held this position since 2016. Prior to this role, Courtney served as the Vice President of the Mid-South Region and has held various others 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.

Leland Wells

Vice President of Operations, Briggs Equipment US

Leland Wells serves as Vice President of Operations 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.

Kevin Brix

Vice President of Sales, Briggs Equipment US

Kevin Brix joined Briggs Equipment as Atlanta Sales Manager in 2014 and has held various leadership roles since including Sales Director East before being promoted to the position of Vice President in 2020 where he is responsible for all sales across the organization.

Prior to Briggs, Kevin gained more than 13 years of sales and leadership experience in multiple Fortune 500 companies and industries, including consulting, transportation and material handling. Kevin is a 1999 graduate of Georgia Southern.

Reid Wilson

Vice President of Human Resources, Safety, Facilities & Environmental, Briggs Equipment US

Reid Wilson joined Briggs Equipment as Human Resource Director in 2013 before being promoted to the position of Vice President in 2016 where he leads all Safety and Human Resources functions for the organization.

Prior to Briggs, Reid served in multiple HR and Operational leadership roles at JCPenney and Rave Motion Pictures, where he started his career.

Reid has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from West Virginia University, and holds the HRCI Senior Professional Human Resources Certification.

Heather Meiner

Director of Marketing, Briggs Equipment US

Heather Meiner serves as Director of Marketing for Briggs Equipment. She has held this position 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.

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