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Rick Evans - Seeks Full time Position
Industry Type Materials handling
Current Occupation General Manager, General Sales Manager, Marketing Manager
Personal Preferences
Career objective:
My goal is to be a key contributor with a forklift dealership or a forklift/material handling manufacturer.
Industry type:
Materials handling
Work type:
Full time
Work location:
Work country:
United States
General Manager, General Sales Manager, Marketing Manager
Professional Profile
Work history:
December 2003 to present
Consultant to Florida Lift Systems, Inc. from December 2003 to April 2004. Vice President and General Manager of Southern States Toyotalift (a Toyota forklift dealer serving Florida and Georgia) from April 2004 to present.

July 1995 to August 31, 2003
General Manager 1995-2000/General Sales Manager 2000-2003 of ProLift Indianapolis IN, a Toyota forklift with corporate offices in Louisville, Kentucky
Function: as General Manager I was responsible for all departments. I was in charge of the start up of this business in July of 1995. Starting with just six employees and single digit market share inherited from the previous dealer, we grew the business to 20% market share and over ten million dollars of profitable annual volume in 2002. During my time at ProLift Indianapolis we won the Toyota President’s Award for 2002 (this is Toyota’s highest honor) and won multiple Toyota awards for Sales Excellence, Service Excellence and Parts Excellence. I was solely responsible for implementation of the Toyota Electronic Quote System at ProLift. After the initial implementation in Indianapolis, I then conducted company wide TEQS training classes to the benefit of all 6 ProLift locations. I left ProLift seeking greater challenges and rewards.

July 1994 to July 1995
Self employed consultant in the material handling industry. Primary client was Daewoo Equipment Corporation.
Function: lead person in dealer development, dealer selection, literature eation, advertising, product training, marketing personnel reuitment, market research, price analysis/price inease implementation and development of sales policy and procedure. Served on new product design and development committees. My duties required me to travel as much as six days per week. I was offered a permanent management position with Daewoo but declined to join ProLift and represent Toyota.

August 1991 to July 1994
Clarklift of Columbus, Inc. Columbus, Ohio
Title: Vice President/Seetary
Function: responsible for sales/marketing of new and used lift trucks, allied product lines, inventories, advertising and promotions. Major Accomplishments: raised market share over 300% (it was under 5% when I started and my first full year we finished at 18.6% which was the most significant improvement for a Clark dealer in a major market that year), reduced direct selling expenses by over $100,000 annually and raised new equipment gross profit percentage by over 20%.

March 1985 to July 1991
W.E. Johnson Equipment Company (Clark forklift dealer in Miami and south Florida)
Title: President/CEO
Function: responsible for total operation (three locations).
Major Accomplishments: sales volume inease of 100%. Doubled new equipment market share. Made company profitable (from the first quarter onward-it was losing $100,000 a quarter prior to my arrival). Youngest dealer to oversee a $10M dealership in history of Clark (at the time). The dealership won several Clark sales contest and performance awards during my time there. In 1986 the President of Clark declared my dealership “the most improved Clark dealership in the country.”

May 1978 to March 1985
Miami Industrial Trucks, Inc. (Clark forklift dealer in Dayton, Ohio
Title: General Sales Manager 1983-1985 Rental/Used Manager 1982-1985
Account Manager (Sales) 1978-1982
Function: directed efforts in new and used forklift sales, allied product lines and rental.
Major Accomplishments: dominant new market share (30% plus). Clark awards for management and leadership. In taking over Rental and Used Departments I ineased billings in both over 50% the first month and had ongoing ineases each month. The improved financial performance of my departments led the company out of recession and into significant profitability. As General Sales Manager I ran New, Used and Rental Departments with only two young coordinators for administrative help. The results were record years f
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