Maxi-Lift promotes three employees, adds two more

by World Grain Staff
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DALLAS, TEXAS, U.S. — Maxi-Lift Inc. recently promoted three of its existing employees and has added two new members to its sales team.

Paul Phillips was promoted to executive vice-president of sales, marketing and operations. Phillips, who joined Maxi-Lift in 1992, is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, customer service and operation functions for the company, which is based in Dallas. He is also vice-president of marketing for Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc. He is currently on the IFEEDER Board of Trustees (Foundation) and has served as the past chairperson for the Equipment Manufacturers Committee of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and served on the board of directors for AFIA.

Bo Fisher was promoted to director of sales. Fisher, who joined Maxi-Lift in 1994, is responsible for the company’s sales programs and sales staff. He is also responsible for all marketing related to Maxi-Lift’s agricultural product lines. He is the product manager for the Tiger-Tuff Maximum Duty, HD-Max Heavy Duty and CC-Max Heavy Duty elevator buckets. Fisher also writes the Bucket Bulletin, Maxi-Lift’s newsletter. He is a member of GEAPS and currently serves on the marketing committee for NIBA.

Byron Smith was promoted to director of international sales. In August 2007, he was hired by Maxi-Lift to be the territory sales manager for the Southeast U.S. and Latin America. In his new role as director of international sales, he travels frequently both in the U.S. as well as throughout Latin America and other regions of the world, promoting both Maxi-Lift's and Southwest Agri-Plastic's products. Prior to joining Maxi-Lift, Smith spent 14 years with Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), where he worked as a grain merchandiser, commodity trader and as a product sales manager. After leaving ADM, he was employed by ConAgra as commodity trading director for Molinos of Puerto Rico.

Gail Snyder was hired by Maxi-Lift to manage outside sales for the Midwest Territory, which includes Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. He will also assist customers with technical issues relating to bucket elevators. Snyder said he looks forward to using his bulk material handling and power transmission experience in assisting Maxi-Lift customers with their requirements for elevator buckets and related conveying components.

John Windwehen has been hired as a senior consultant to the grain and feed industry for Maxi-Lift and for Southwest Agri-Plastics. He joined Cargill, Inc. directly out of college and remained there for his entire 32-year career, working in the feed and grain industry with the animal nutrition division of Cargill. He held a number of positions within Cargill during his tenure, but most notably, he was the general manager of the Animal Nutrition Division in the south central part of the United States for 23 years. His manufacturing plants were recognized on multiple occasions for placing high in the standings of the AFIA's Feed Mill of the Year contest.