Nortrax, Inc. Announcement: Tim Murphy to retire; Chris P. Holmes appointed as successor

Tim Murphy

Nortrax would like to announce that President & CEO Tim Murphy has decided to retire from the company. Chris P. Holmes, currently vice president of product support and marketing, has been appointed to the position, effective 1 January 2019. Holmes will lead the Nortrax organization in the United States and Canada as it aims to further develop Nortrax locations with the best in equipment, customer support and technology.

“After a thorough and thoughtful succession planning process, Chris is the clear choice to lead Nortrax into the future,” said Murphy. “He is an accomplished, results-oriented and high-integrity leader, with an excellent track record of improving our operational efficiency and value-added customer support.”

After graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1985, Holmes began his career with John Deere and held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and customer support across Canada. He was also in a leadership role at a major construction and forestry dealership in Ontario, Canada, which eventually became a part of Nortrax Canada. Since 2014, Chris has served as Nortrax vice president of product support and marketing. In this position, he has successfully led the growth and development of the marketing, customer support, and technology groups for the company.  In addition, Chris has been actively involved in various supplier advisory roles throughout his career. 

Chris P Holmes

After nearly 19 years of dedicated service, Tim Murphy has elected to retire, effective January 1. Murphy began his career with Nortrax in 2000 as vice president and general manager of the Midwest region in the US. In 2013, he was named to his present position, in which he has led the Nortrax organization with a keen eye on managing transition and change.

Murphy said, “I congratulate Chris on his appointment and look forward to working with him on the transition. I am highly confident that under his leadership, Nortrax will continue to move forward providing excellent customer service and support to our construction and forestry customers.

“It has been an honor to lead Nortrax over the last six years. Throughout this time, I have been humbled by the commitment and hard work of our people, and their passion for truly providing the best equipment and support to customers.”

“It is an honor to lead Nortrax into the future,” said Holmes. “Murphy’s leadership has taken Nortrax to new heights, and I look forward to building on the momentum he established. Our industry is evolving and creating new opportunities to better support our customers through highly engaged people and technology. I look forward to our team collectively building an even better customer support business.”

About Nortrax

Nortrax, Inc., a John Deere company operates John Deere construction and forestry dealerships throughout the United States and Canada. We are committed to serving those linked to the land based on our core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation, values that have sustained John Deere for over 182 years. The company supports the construction, forestry, compact construction equipment and mining markets in Eastern Canada and Northeast Regions of the United States. Nortrax specializes in the sales, service and support of John Deere construction and forestry machines through the new, used and rental channels. Additional information about Nortrax, Inc., its products, services and career opportunities can be found online at

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