Management Team

Leadership

Photo of Robert Beutel

Robert has been Director and Chairman of Strongco's Board of Directors since April 2005. Robert has been an executive officer of Oakwest Corporation Limited, an investment and management holding company, since 1987. He is also a director of Accord Financial Corp., a publicly listed financial services company, and a director of Firan Technology Group Corporation, a manufacturer of high-tech printed circuit boards and precision illuminated display systems.

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David was appointed Vice President, Finance and CFO of Strongco in December 2008. Prior to Strongco, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at CPI Plastics Group Limited, a publicly traded company involved in the manufacturing of thermo-plastic extrusion products. David has held senior financial management positions at various other public and private companies in Canada, including Chief Financial Officer of CFM Corporation, a leading manufacturer of gas and wood-burning fireplaces and gas barbeque grills; Senior Vice President, Finance of Magna International Inc.; and Director of Finance for Dell Computer Corporation. 

Photo of Oliver Nachevski

Oliver’s tenure with Strongco goes back 20 years. He joined Strongco in 1996 and in that time he has had a significant impact on many facets of the business from Finance and Credit, to Crane Operations. He has held many titles such as Controller, Western Division, where he earned a CGA designation in Alberta. In 2004, he accepted a position at Head Office as Assistant Controller and National Credit Manager and later Director, National Credit and Inventory..In 2008, Oliver became Operations Manager, Cranes and Material Handling Division, and in 2012 was promoted to lead the implementation of Strongco's new computer system as Director, Dealer Management System Implementation. In 2013, he was appointed Regional Vice President, Case and in 2016 promoted to Vice President, Construction Equipment which centralizes leadership for both our Case and Multiline/Volvo divisions.

Photo of William J. Ostrander

Bill joined Strongco in 1998 as a result of its acquisition of Contractors Machinery & Equipment Ltd., an equipment distribution company, of which he was General Manager. He became Vice President, Cranes and Material Handling in November of 2008. 

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Rick joined the Strongco Crane Group in September of 1999 as Sales Manager, Alberta. In 2012, he was promoted to General Manager, Cranes and Material Handling Alberta and in May of 2013, promoted to Regional Vice President, Cranes and Material Handling, Alberta.

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Steve joined Strongco in May of 2014. Prior to joining Strongco, he held positions with a major industrial engine distribution organization in the oilfield, power generation, and Class 8 trucking businesses on both a national and Western Canadian scale. Steve also worked in the oilfield services sector in the manufacturing and supply chain areas.  Steve brings a diverse skill set that encompasses Sales, Operations, and Supply Chain Management to Strongco.

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Stephen joined Strongco as a Territory Manager, central and southern Nova Scotia from 1992 to 1999. From 2001 to 2007, he developed operational management experience as General Manager, Maritime Region for a national equipment distributor. Stephen rejoined Strongco Equipment as General Manager, Atlantic in June of 2007, and has held the role of Regional Vice President, Atlantic since May of 2013.  As of October 2017, Stephen George is also responsible for the Quebec region.

Photo of Kevin Disher

Kevin joined Strongco in 2012 and for 6 years held the position of Sales Manager for the CASE division in Ontario. Prior to Strongco, Kevin held the position of District Sales Manager with Mack Trucks for Class 8 On Highway Sector and Product Sales and Support Manager with Detroit Diesel of Canada.  His extensive experience working with major dealer networks across Canada and in all facets of the business, including parts and service, has demonstrated his ability to raise the bar with achievable results and supports Strongco’s philosophy in continuous improvement.

Photo of Peter Rayner, CPA

Peter joined Strongco in 2014 and holds a Chartered Accountant designation and a Certified Management Accountant designation. Peter has over 25 years of experience working for publicly listed companies in the technology, chemical and metal refining industries.

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