As President of Triad Machinery, Andrew has the overall strategic responsibility of the company at heart, while providing a platform for other leaders in our business to continually develop themselves and their teams. Previously, Andrew served as the Crane Business Manager for Triad starting in May of 2013. Before coming to Triad, he held positions of field sales representative and progressively held a variety of management positions for nearly 14 years within Coast Crane Company in Portland, Oregon.
Andrew’s equipment experience was established while in the United States Army, serving both as an Air Defense Officer and as a Transportation Officer.
“Early on in my career, I learned that people make decisions based on facts. This is especially true with business owners today. Time is everything with all the technology we have in our businesses. Facts are facts, even when they may involve delivering less than good news, business owners need facts in order to make timely decisions. If you understand this one piece of business, you will gain the respect and trust of your customers.
“I have always operated on the premise that everyone in the company provides value. Each position is important and a critical part of our total success. My father gave me a piece of advice early in my career and it is something that I continue to practice each day: We are all the same. We all want to be treated with respect and feel part of something. While in Europe preparing for a multinational presentation to foreign dignitaries and Generals my dad helped prepare and calm my nerves by reminding me that “you put your pants on the same way they do…one leg at a time.”
Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Resource Management from Oregon State University in 1992. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his family fishing, camping, attending sporting events, or seeing performing arts programs.
Tina has been with Triad Machinery since 2010 and is currently responsible for accounting, credit, human resources, financial planning, and analysis. She has many years of experience in the accounting field, starting at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, NV, before moving on to Blout/Oregon Cutting Systems and then The Oregon Clinic, both in Portland. The last 10 years have been with Triad, where it very much feels like “home.”
Tina is a graduate from Oregon State University (Go Beavs) with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Post Baccalaureate in Accounting from Portland State University. Away from work, Tina is a wife and proud mother to two grown kids, Eric and Sarah. She likes to golf, hang out at home, and has completed a number of walking half marathons. Watching college football is a passion the entire family shares.
Brian Elkins leads a team concentrating on growth and customer service in Triad’s crane business segment. In this position, he is responsible for all crane activity and operations (sales, rental, service, parts, marketing, etc.) throughout the Pacific Northwest Region. Prior to working at Triad Machinery, Elkins had 14 years of experience in various roles including accounting, marketing, sales, and customer support at both the manufacturing and distribution levels. Elkins understands that Triad’s customers have a choice on who they do business with, and he strives to serve the customers in all aspects of the business relationship.
Elkins received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Kentucky Christian University and his MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and ISO 9001 Internal Auditor. In his free time, he enjoys golf, scuba diving, and the University of Kentucky Athletics.
Coming to Triad Machinery in the Fall of 2017, John Cushman is responsible for all aspects of the daily operations of the Spokane branch. John has worked in and around equipment his entire career, starting with how to use a choker and chain saw. As logging has always had a presence in his family, it was not a surprise when he started his own logging company.
Eventually, it was decided to close the shop on logging, and John moved into sawmill work. Starting inside the mill, John made his way into the log yard operating heavy equipment and then into the repair shop after several years. John then moved on to Totem Equipment, moving his family to Eastern Washington as a field mechanic for Wagner, Hitachi, and Valmet equipment.
When the company closed in 2004, John continued working with end-users and heavy equipment dealers in management roles. Treating customers and co-workers with honesty and respect has been the basis for a very successful career. John’s diverse knowledge and years of experience in all phases of equipment ownership, sales, and service allow him to see the whole picture in his position at Triad Machinery.
In his spare time, John enjoys travel and spending time with his family.
JR has been working in the heavy equipment industry for 22 years, coming to Triad Machinery in May of 2019. JR was studying to become a paramedic/firefighter when he was offered a job at Pierce Pacific Manufacturing in Tualatin, OR. Starting on the shop floor, JR moved on to shipping and receiving and then parts sales where he learned the importance of customer service.
Eventually, he took a marketing job in the sales department at Pierce Pacific where he took it upon himself to learn more about what he was selling. He learned how to operate and service the equipment he was marketing and grew to love working in the field.
After five years at Pierce Pacific, JR moved to Pape Machinery as a delivery and revisit specialist for the Portland and Longview, WA, branches. In 17 years at Pape, he continued to learn every aspect of the heavy equipment business before coming to Triad.
JR, his wife, and two children live on a 5-acre Christmas tree farm in Boring, OR. They enjoy camping, shooting, fishing among many other interests.
Randy’s work experience began in 1976 in Albuquerque, NM. In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Randy has been on the wash rack, mechanics helper, mechanic, and then field mechanic for Tom Growney Equipment, a John Deere dealer in Albuquerque. After a few years in the field keeping the equipment moving, he became the warranty administrator. Switching gears so to speak, he spent two years as a field technician for Evergreen Helicopters in McMinnville, OR.
Other jobs include a mechanic for John Deer in Colorado, driving lowboys for a John Deere dealer in New Mexico, eventually performing demonstrations of the equipment for customers. He also introduced new John Deer product lines to sales staff, customers, and governmental entities before moving into sales.
Randy spent two years as a product support sales representative (PSSR) for John Deer/Bobcat equipment for Hessel Tractor in Bend, OR, earning 54 percent of the market share before leaving. After spending 10 years working for Pape/Caterpillar, he struck out on his own as an independent contractor, selling equipment and performing appraisals in Bend. After the recession, Randy supplemented his contracting work as a general equipment operator at a Bend gravel pit. In 2016, he began working for Triad Machinery.
Randy spent two years at Colorado Aerotech, earning an Airframe and Powerplant License. He likes to spend time hiking with his wife (the “Boss”) and their grandkids, likes to travel, and eat Good Food!
Curt oversees all operations performed at the Coburg Facility near Eugene, OR. Curt was hired in 1996 as a Product Support Representative, bringing with him 17 years of experience in the Automotive, HD Truck, and Industrial Parts Aftermarket. Curt then moved to equipment sales, with his primary territory being Lane, Douglas, and Coos Counties. In 2007, he made the transition to Branch Manager.
Curt is a Board Member with the Oregon Logging Conference and is active in other Industry Associations. A couple of Curt's core business goals include being the Employer of Choice in the Pacific Northwest Equipment Industry and to provide Best in Class Customer Support throughout the region. Curt strives to keep that family feel to the operations and relies on Customer Satisfaction for success.
Curt is a native Oregonian, born and raised in the Willamette Valley. On his off-hours, he enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and all that Oregon brings to the great outdoors.
In his role, Ken is responsible for all aspects of Triad’s Western Washington operations, concentrating on customer satisfaction and strategic growth in all of Triad’s business segments. Prior to joining the Triad Machinery family in 2011, he had 10 years of experience in customer-focused sales, marketing, finance, and product support. Ken was nominated to the Pacific Logging Congress Board of Directors in 2016 and the PLC Executive Board in 2019.
Ken received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Western Washington University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and four kids, coaching youth sports, the Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Sounders.
Kristy is responsible for purchasing and inventory management of equipment for all six Triad dealership branches in the Pacific Northwest. Her career has spanned over 25 years in administrative support and customer service. Kristy has been part of the Triad Family since 2000, where she began as an independent contractor to assist the corporate staff.
In 2003, Triad hired Kristy at the Portland, OR, branch as their Service Administrator, a position she held for 15 years. Kristy then accepted a new role as the Inventory/Sales Analyst at our corporate office. Being part of an organization that shares her core beliefs of valuing employees and treating customers with integrity and honesty makes her very proud to work for Triad Machinery.
During her free time, Kristy enjoys camping, family game nights, traveling with her husband, and spoiling her grandchildren.