Okada America has promoted Jim Brown to the position of president. Brown, who replaced Tony Neikirk, previously served as executive vice president of Okada America, appointed to that position in 2015.
Neikirk, who steps down after 20 years of service to Okada in many managerial capacities, will continue to serve as a consultant to Okada America through the transition.
Brown has more than 30 years of experience in construction and mining equipment. The company said he has brought a “focused, proactive customer philosophy” to Okada. He has extensive expertise at the manufacturing level and recognizes the importance of putting customers 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 maintainin and strengthening the distributor network. Brown said he hopes “to meet the changing market challenges by building on the ‘Okada tradition’ of great products and customer-oriented product support.”
Brown is a native of Ohio, who graduated from Kent St. University and the University of Notre Dame. He has been actively involved with the Associated Equipment Manufacturers, having served as chairman of the Mounted Breakers Manufacturers Bureau.