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 to-wards 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

Safety

We put safety above all else, every time.

Family

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

Fun

We celebrate and recognize our team members and achievements.

Integrity

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

Success

We exceed expectations through the pursuit of excellence.

BRIGGS HISTORY

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.


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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 more than 1,000 team members across nine 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 US 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.

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 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.

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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