Co-founder and President, Ed Kirby, announces retirement, transitions to Chairman of the Board
Oklahoma City, OK – Aug. 5, 2021– Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc., a leading distributor of heavy equipment and cranes in the central United States, has announced that John Arapidis has been named President and CEO. Ed Kirby, the company’s co-founder, President and CEO of nearly 40 years will step back from his current position and will serve as Chairman of the Board.
Arapidis joined Kirby-Smith Machinery in 2017, serving as Vice President of Major Accounts. Prior to joining Kirby-Smith, Arapidis spent nearly 30 years at Komatsu, a leading developer and supplier of technologies, equipment and services for the construction, mining, forklift, industrial and forestry markets. Arapidis held various roles at Komatsu, including National Accounts Manager and Vice President of the rental and used equipment division.
“Making the decision to step back from my role was not an easy one, but I know that with the appointment of John to President and CEO, Kirby-Smith Machinery will continue to remain a leader in the industry in John’s extremely capable hands,” said Ed Kirby. “During the past four years, John’s experience, leadership style and vision for the company have proven to be the right fit for this role, and will benefit the entire KSM organization, as well as our partners and clients.”
During the remainder of 2021, Kirby will work closely with Arapidis and the management team to transition day-to-day responsibilities while assuming the role of Chairman of the Board, where he will act in an advisory role and continue to liaise with partners and customers.
“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to take on this position with KSM and help grow the company into the future,” says Arapidis. “My motto is to never stop learning, and I am excited to work alongside the leadership team to continue to learn and build upon the legacy that Ed has built.”
Arapidis currently lives in Dallas and will relocate to Oklahoma City with his wife. He holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Loyola University.
About Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc.
Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. was established in 1983 and is recognized as one of the premier new and used heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country. Kirby-Smith Machinery and its hundreds of dedicated professional employees are committed to providing reliable new and used equipment for sale and equipment rentals, as well as responsive service and equipment parts for multiple makes and models. Kirby-Smith Machinery has 12 branch locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. For more information about Kirby-Smith Machinery, call 888-861-0219 or visit kirby-smith.com.