Tim Murphy retires, Chris Holmes appointed successor — Nortrax

December 11, 2018

By: The Working Forest Staff

Mississauga, Ontario – Nortrax has announced that President & CEO Tim Murphy has decided to retire from the company. Chris P. Holmes, currently vice president of product support and marketing, has been appointed to the position, effective 1 January 2019. Holmes will lead the Nortrax organization in the United States and Canada as it aims to further develop Nortrax locations with the best in equipment, customer support, and technology.

“After a thorough and thoughtful succession planning process, Chris is the clear choice to lead Nortrax into the future,” said Murphy. “He is an accomplished, results-oriented and high-integrity leader, with an excellent track record of improving our operational efficiency and value-added customer support.”

After graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1985, Holmes began his career with John Deere and held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and customer support across Canada. He was also in a leadership role at a major construction and forestry dealership in Ontario, Canada, which eventually became a part of Nortrax Canada. Since 2014, Chris has served as Nortrax vice president of product support and marketing. In this position, he has successfully led the growth and development of the marketing, customer support, and technology groups for the company.  In addition, Chris has been actively involved in various supplier advisory roles throughout his career. 

After nearly 19 years of dedicated service, Tim Murphy has elected to retire, effective January 1. Murphy began his career with Nortrax in 2000 as vice president and general manager of the Midwest region in the US. In 2013, he was named to his present position, in which he has led the Nortrax organization with a keen eye on managing transition and change.

Murphy said, “I congratulate Chris on his appointment and look forward to working with him on the transition. I am highly confident that under his leadership, Nortrax will continue to move forward providing excellent customer service and support to our construction and forestry customers.

“It has been an honour to lead Nortrax over the last six years. Throughout this time, I have been humbled by the commitment and hard work of our people, and their passion for truly providing the best equipment and support to customers.”

“It is an honour to lead Nortrax into the future,” said Holmes. “Murphy’s leadership has taken Nortrax to new heights, and I look forward to building on the momentum he established. Our industry is evolving and creating new opportunities to better support our customers through highly engaged people and technology. I look forward to our team collectively building an even better customer support business.”

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