Maxim Crane Works Announces Retirement of CEO Bryan Carlisle and Leadership Succession Plan


WILDER, Ky .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Maxim Crane Works LP (“Maxim” or the “Company”), the world’s largest crane rental company, today announced the retirement of Managing Director Bryan Carlisle, effective September 30 2021. Mr. Carlisle has worked for Maxim and his predecessors for over 45 years and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Company. COO Frank Bardonaro also left Maxim to pursue other opportunities.

Michael Kneeland, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maxim and former President and CEO of United Rentals, will continue in his role. Maxim has formed an interim CEO office to provide continued leadership and oversight of day-to-day operations as the company searches for a new CEO. The CEO’s office includes Sean Collopy, CFO and Treasurer; Don Goebel, Legal Director and Tax Director; and Larry Lis, vice president of the Midwest region.

“On behalf of the entire board and the Maxim organization, I would like to thank Bryan for his many contributions over more than four decades with the company and its predecessors,” said Mr. Kneeland. “Maxim has grown into the world’s largest crane rental company and we believe we are well positioned for the future. We appreciate Bryan’s continued leadership and are grateful to benefit from his continued contributions as a member of our Board of Directors.

Mr. Kneeland added, “The formation of the CEO’s office will allow Sean, Don and Larry to continue to execute the company’s strategic priorities and provide superior service to clients during the CEO search. We are pleased that leaders of their caliber are taking on these additional responsibilities, and we are confident that our customers and employees are in good hands to move Maxim forward. The board of directors is already actively working to identify the best CEO for Maxim in order to improve our market leadership. We look forward to naming a strong leader who will leverage the company’s vast footprint and myriad of capabilities to continue to provide the most modern, high-performance equipment to meet the needs of our growing customer base.

“Leading the talented and best-in-class Maxim team over the past seven years has been the highlight of my career,” said Mr. Carlisle. “I am incredibly proud of the employees of Maxim, who work tirelessly every day to provide unmatched products and services to our customers, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside this team to transform Maxim into leader of the national market that it is today. After more than 45 years with Maxim and in the crane industry, now is the right time to move on to the next generation of leaders. Maxim’s future looks bright and I look forward to working with the rest of the board and following Maxim’s continued success as the company executes its plan to create long-term value.

About Sean Collopy

Mr. Collopy has 24 years of financial leadership experience and joined Maxim as CFO and Treasurer in April 2021. He previously worked for GE Aviation for 16 years, most notably as CFO of Supply Chain Global, CFO of Military Systems, CFO of Global Engineering and CFO of Mechanical Systems. Prior to GE Aviation, he held senior financial and executive positions at Delta Air Lines and Comair. He holds a BSBA in Accounting from Xavier University and is a graduate of GE’s Experienced Financial Leadership Program (EFLP).

About Don Goebel

Mr. Goebel has 30 years of diverse legal, commercial, insurance, tax and financial experience in various industries, including the last 18 years at Maxim. He oversees the legal and tax departments of the Company as well as the insurance and risk management function of Maxim and provides administrative support to all operational and administrative staff of the organization. Before becoming Legal Director and Tax Director in 2014, he was Vice President and General Counsel from 2005 to 2013, and Associate Legal and Tax Advisor from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Maxim in 2003, Mr. Goebel was a partner in a a large regional law firm based in Pittsburgh, Pa., and prior to his tenure at a law firm, he was tax director for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a JD from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law and an LL.M. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

About Larry Lis

Mr. Lis has nearly 30 years of sales and operations experience in the construction industry, including 23 years with Maxim. Prior to becoming vice president of the Midwest region in 2016, he held a variety of leadership roles including serving as vice president of the Northeast region from 2012 to 2016, where he managed regional divisions, cranes and aerial work platforms. Prior to joining Maxim in 1999, Mr. Lis worked for AC Dellovade, Inc. He studied at Akron University.

About Maxim Crane Works

Founded in 1937, Maxim is one of the largest lifting solutions companies in North America. Maxim, together with its affiliates, serves more than 8,000 customers through its fleet of more than 2,600 cranes in 61 branches. Maxim’s full line of lifting solutions includes operated and maintained cranes, bare rental cranes, heavy haul / stowage services and value added consulting services. Maxim offers a full line of cranes used in a variety of end markets. For more information on Maxim, please visit

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