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Maxim Crane Works CEO retires

October 1, 2021  By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff

Crane rental company Maxim Crane Works is on the hunt for new members of its executive leadership team.

CEO Bryan Carlisle retired effective Sept. 30, and Chief Operating Officer Frank Bardonaro departed the U.S.-based company to pursue other opportunities.

Carlisle worked for Maxim and its predecessor companies for more than 45 years and will continue to serve as a member of the company’s board of directors.

Michael Kneeland, chair of the Maxim board and former president and CEO of United Rentals, will continue in his role.


“On behalf of the entire board and Maxim organization, I want to thank Bryan for his many contributions over more than four decades with the company and its predecessors,” says Kneeland in a statement.

“We appreciate Bryan’s continued leadership and are grateful to benefit from his ongoing contributions as a member of our board.”

Says Carlisle, “I am incredibly proud of Maxim’s employees, who work tirelessly every day to provide unparalleled products and services to our customers, and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work alongside this team.”

Maxim has formed an interim office of the CEO to provide ongoing leadership and oversight of day-to-day operations while the company conducts a search for a new CEO.

The office of the CEO comprises Sean Collopy, chief financial officer and treasurer, Don Goebel, chief legal officer and chief tax officer, and Larry Lis, vice-president of the midwest region.

“We are pleased to have executives of their caliber take on these added responsibilities, and we are confident that our customers and employees are in capable hands leading Maxim forward,” says Kneeland.

Founded in 1937, Maxim, with its affiliated companies, serves more than 8,000 customers through its fleet of over 2,600 cranes situated in 61 branches.

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