Meyer co-founded Titan Machinery in 1980, and as an early pioneer of dealer consolidation, saw the benefits of consolidating dealership resources to leverage scale, equipment, and parts inventories, training, and other industry expertise to provide equipment support to agricultural and construction customers. As the company’s long-time CEO and largest shareholder, Meyer has driven the expansion of the company’s footprint from its initial two store locations in 1980 to an international dealership network which now spans three continents with nearly 150 locations.
“I am very proud of what our team at Titan Machinery has achieved since my early days in the dealership nearly 50 years ago, and the breadth and depth of our operation is a testament to the talent that we’ve attracted to the organization,” Meyer said. “Bryan is a natural leader with a successful track record and has proven his ability to excel across all aspects of our business. As his career has progressed through senior management positions with increased levels of responsibility, Bryan has been an integral member of our executive team and has demonstrated a thorough and insightful approach to strategy and operational execution, while at the same time showing an ability to build lasting relationships that have served our customers, employees, suppliers, and shareholders extremely well. I am extremely confident in Bryan’s capabilities and have watched his development over the last 20 plus years as he has excelled in both store and central leadership roles, which makes him uniquely qualified to lead Titan Machinery in our next stage of growth.”
In his new role as Executive Chairman, Meyer will focus his efforts on leading the Board of Directors, providing counsel to Knutson and the leadership team, and continuing to advance Titan’s acquisition strategy.
Knutson has worked at Titan Machinery for more than two decades, most recently as Chief Operating Officer since 2017, and adding the position of President in 2022. Prior to these executive roles, Knutson led Titan Machinery’s North American Agriculture and Construction Equipment Operations and has leveraged his first-hand experience as a Sales Consultant, General Manager, and various Senior Field positions. Knutson has an understanding of the Titan Machinery business and will grow upon the success that Meyer established during his time as Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to his involvement in several industry organizations and dealer groups, Knutson is Chairman of the Board of the Pioneer Equipment Dealers Association representing industry equipment dealers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and has served long tenures on both the Case IH Agriculture and Case Construction Dealer Advisory Boards. Knutson graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with honors.
“I’m excited, honored, and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Titan Machinery organization, which has been such an important part of my life for over 20 years,” Knutson said. “During my time at Titan Machinery, David and I built a very strong relationship, working together with our global team to deliver on our growth strategy through a track record of robust and consistent organic growth, M&A execution, advancing our customer care strategy and employee engagement, and instilling a culture of operational excellence that has resulted in an improved margin profile across all segments of our business. I look forward to continuing to work with David, our board, our executive leadership team, and our more than 3,000 global team members to continue providing world-class service to our customers and building significant value for our stakeholders.”