Ed Weisiger Jr. serves as Chairman and CEO of Weisiger Group (formerly CTE, Carolina Tractor and Equipment Co.) and began his career in 1987. In 1988, he became General Manager of Carolina Cat’s Engine Division before becoming President and CEO in 1991. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s two operating divisions (Carolina Cat and LiftOne), shareholder strategy, and championing the customer service culture. Weisiger Group represents brands such as Caterpillar and Hyster-Yale Group in the Southeast and is one of the largest private businesses in North Carolina.
He is co-founder of Beacon Partners, a prominent real estate development and asset management firm in the Carolinas. Additionally, he co-founded WSC & Co., a private equity enterprise that supports entrepreneurs by facilitating the acquisition of existing small and medium-sized businesses and transitioning business leadership to these entrepreneurs, commonly referred to as search funds.
He is a member of the Chief Executive Organization (CEO), holding the position of Chair at the annual CEO Harvard Presidents’ Seminar. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Past Chapter Chairman) and served the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman). Ed has also made significant contributions as a former President of the Southeast Caterpillar Dealer Association, a former Director of the North Carolina Chamber, and a former Director of the NC State Engineering Foundation.
Ed is also very community-minded and gives back in many ways to nonprofits and community organizations such as: Myers Park Presbyterian Church (Elder), North Carolina State University (Board of Trustees and current chair), North Carolina State University Student Aid Association (Past Director), Charlotte Sports Foundation (Director), and has previously served on the boards of several educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
Ed's academic background includes a BS in Industrial Engineering from NC State University and an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Matt Nazzaro joined Weisiger Group as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in April 2016 to oversee Credit, Accounting, Financial Planning/Analysis, Tax, Philanthropy, Real Estate, Facilities, and the Procurement/Fleet departments. In June 2022, Matt was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and oversees the daily management of the company.
Before joining Weisiger, Matt held leadership roles at GE Capital where he most recently led the Financial Planning and Analysis organization for the Americas Commercial Lending and Leasing division.
After joining GE through the Financial Management Program at GE Plastics, Matt worked on the Corporate Audit Staff and ultimately transitioned into financial services. Over the following 8 years at GE Capital, he held roles of increasing responsibility in FP&A, capital markets, and strategic pricing for the equipment leasing division.
Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Boston University and an MBA in Finance, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Eric Hiller joined Weisiger Group in March of 2023 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In his role, he is responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, credit, tax, real estate, and facilities.
Prior to Weisiger Group, Eric was appointed Acting CFO of Wheels-Donlen as a part of a merger to lead the finance team with a focus on consolidating financial performance and evaluating go forward financial platforms processes, and implementation plans.
Earlier in his career, Eric handled financial planning and operational analysis for the New York City Transit Authority. He served on separate teams advancing both CNG and articulated (longer) buses for eco friendlier NYC. He spearheaded a bus service reliability study, issuing recommendations on scheduling and timing of routes to improve reliability. Eric also served as pricing associate in the space and defense sector for TRW, Inc.
Eric earned his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business and his BA in economics from Princeton University. He also received a Wharton Executive Education completed through a Hertz/Wharton Leadership Program.
Eric served as a board member for Donlen Corporation as well as for the American Automotive Leasing Organization. He also led the Buffalo Grove Bills youth football team as a head coach and an assistant coach.
Ames Flynn joined Weisiger Group as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer in September 2022. He has more than 30 years of IT management experience in both large and mid-size companies, including Delhaize America/Food Lion, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Michaels Stores, Rent-A-Center, Extended Stay America, and Furniture Brands International. Ames also served as an IT assessment and best practices operating principal consultant for Davidson Kempner Partners, a private equity firm with more than 15 operating companies in various industries around the world. In addition to IT, Ames has led other business departments in his career, including procurement, marketing, e-commerce, supply chain, and customer and franchising services.
He attended Wake Forest University where he received a B.S. in business and an MBA. Ames is also active in the community, currently serving as an elder/finance committee chairperson at First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, NC, and as the board chairperson of Apparo, a Charlotte-area nonprofit that provides technology consulting and coaching to other local nonprofits to amplify their impact.
Kevin Ward joined Weisiger Group in February 2023 as SVP, Chief People Officer. In his role, Kevin leads the Human Resources function for all the Company’s businesses and locations.
Kevin has over 28 years of progressively increasing responsibility as a trusted business partner and human resources leader. Throughout his career, he has focused on aligning people and business priorities to drive key strategic outcomes.
Most recently, Kevin was the SVP of People at Shipt where he led the build out of the HR function and implementation of a variety of programs, processes, and systems. Prior to Shipt, he held business partner and leadership roles at Sage, Fiserv, First Data, Hewitt Associate, Houston McLane Company, and Perry Homes.
He attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Human Relations.
Stacy Gray joined Weisiger Group in April 2022 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She oversees legal, risk, ethics, safety, indirect procurement and fleet compliance.
Stacy joins Weisiger Group after more than nine years at Belk, Inc., most recently as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Prior to her time with Belk, she was an attorney with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta and Charlotte. Additionally, she served as a law clerk for The Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Stacy currently serves as a board member of Charlotte’s American Heart Association. She previously served on the boards of Charlotte's Association of Corporate Counsel (and served as President in 2021) and the James J. Harris Branch Family YMCA. Stacy is also a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class XXXV, a member of Women Executives and of the North Carolina, Georgia, New York and Mecklenburg County Bar Associations. She has received multiple awards, including Charlotte Business Journal’s Outstanding General Counsel, Outstanding In-House Legal Department and Women in Business Awards.
She earned a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.
Mark Drummond joined Weisiger Group in 2012, and serves as the President of LiftOne material handling division. Mark has spent most of his 25+ year career in the Material Handling business. He started at a young age working for a small lift truck dealership in Michigan and worked in many areas of the business including time as a technician prior to attending college at Michigan State University.
Before returning to the Material Handling business after college he worked for a large company in Chicago in the Finance department. Mark returned to the Material Handling industry with Mid-State Industrial and purchased it from the owner in 1998.
After 12 years of running a high performing Hyster dealership in Michigan and Indiana he sold his business and joined Barloworld Handling in 2010. In 2012 he assisted in the acquisition of Barloworld Handling and the transition to LiftOne. He worked as the Vice President of the South Region and the Vice President of Operations before becoming President of LiftOne in 2017.
Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from Michigan State University.
Mike Tropsha joined Weisiger Group in April 2011, and serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Construction and Power Systems Divisions, which comprise our Carolina CAT business. In this role, Mike is responsible for strategic leadership and support for a diverse team of Sales, Rental, and Parts & Service personnel.
Mike joined Weisiger as a Machine Sales Manager in 2011. Since then, Mike has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility across the Construction Division, including leading the Product Support organization. Mike has been the Vice President/GM of Construction since 2014, and has recently assumed leadership of our Power Systems Division.
Mike began his career as an Industry Representative at Caterpillar Inc., and worked for Ring Power as Cat Rental Store Sales Manager prior to joining Weisiger. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of Florida.