Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. has hired Tim Yauilla as operations manager for its Kansas City location, which will open in mid-summer 2017. Yauilla will be responsible for Kansas City’s branch operations, including parts, service, sales and rental operations oversight. Prior to Kirby-Smith, he spent the past 26 years with Link-Belt Construction Equipment in various roles such as branch manager for the Norfolk, Va., area, and district manager for the southeast.
Kirby-Smith has held a long-standing presence in the Kansas City area where it offers sales, rentals, parts, and service of the Manitowoc, Grove, National, and Broderson crane product lines. In addition to cranes, the new Kansas City location will also carry a complete lineup of LeeBoy asphalt pavers and paving-related products, Link-Belt excavators, and Kawasaki wheel loaders.
Yauilla credits his 11-plus years as a contractor in shaping his vision of how to effectively serve customers. “Having that background (as a contractor) has shown me how great a need there is for a strong product support presence with customers,” he said. “We must go the extra mile to solve the issues they face daily, such as maximizing equipment uptime. The smallest things can impede jobsite productivity, and we need to partner with customers to make sure their jobs are on track and profitable.”
Jeff Weller, chief operating officer and executive vice president, said Yauilla’s leadership will be a key advantage for Kirby-Smith as it expands operations in Kansas City. “This new branch reflects our commitment to ensure that we meet our customers’ needs and expectations for quality equipment and support,” he said. “Both Yauilla’s experience and his guidance will be vital as we continue to grow our business in Kansas.”