Meet The Team

Our leadership team is dedicated to fostering a culture of “Beyond World Class Service” through the service level provided by all of our employees, industry leading solutions, living our guided values and one of a kind SATISFACTION GUARANTEE.

Executive Team

George Malacos

George Malacos

Chairman of the Board

George Malacos joined Miami Industrial Trucks, Inc.(MIT) in 1976. He started as the Sales Manager and worked his way up the organization to become V.P./GM in 1978. In 1982 George and a partner bought MIT from the founder Warren Dueber. Over the past 43 years George has been very instrumental in guiding MIT in becoming one of the top forklift/material handling companies of its size in North America.

He has published several industry articles and has been very active in the Miami Valley community outside of his work. George credits MIT’s continued success to a quality and highly technically competent workforce, providing customers with “world class products” and beyond world class service”’ while adhering to a strong set of moral and ethical values.

George holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University in Business. He lives with his wife Moni in Centerville, Ohio. His son Matt Malacos is the VP/GM of the companies Troy Branch and his daughter Amy Marshall is the Corporate Human Resource Manager.

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

President | CEO

Mark is President/CEO at Miami Industrial Trucks (MIT). Mark started his career at MIT in 1997, where he joined our team as Vice President of Finance. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer. In 2004, he was appointed the 3rd President in MIT’s history. Mark provides the overall strategic direction for MIT, focusing on our long-term strategy built on data-driven decision making, coaching on living our guided values, empowerment of our people in providing “Beyond World Class Service” and implementation of MIT’s industry leading Satisfaction Guarantee. He believes that MIT’s future is extremely bright due to having the best/highly trained people on our team and representing the finest OEM’s in the material handling industry.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Administration Degree in Accounting/Finance from Wright State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is family man and loves spending time with his wife and children. Mark is very active in his local church serving in various areas. He enjoys playing golf, reading and traveling.

Tony Argue

Tony Argue

VP of Sales & Marketing

Tony is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Miami Industrial Trucks (MIT). Tony started his career at MIT in September of 1995, where he started off in Product Support / Sales. After various promotions, he was appointed Vice President in 2008. Tony is responsible for all sales and marketing functions for MIT. His focus is on development of people and strategy to go to market.

Tony started his business career in 1993 with Shumsky Enterprises in Dayton, OH in sales.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Administration Degree in Management with a minor in Marketing from the University of Kentucky, yes he bleeds BLUE! Tony loves spending time with his wife and two children. He is very active in the community where he serves on a number of boards and foundations in the Dayton area. Tony coaches youth sports and use to coach select and high school soccer. He enjoys playing golf, watching sports, reading, traveling and watching movies.

Mike Wechta

Mike Wechta

VP | GM | Findlay & Toledo, OH

Michael is a Vice President and General Manager at Miami Industrial Trucks (MIT) as part of the executive management team, Michael provides exceptional leadership for the MIT North Division, assisting the leadership in daily operations, providing financial forecasts along with strategic directions for the branch location in Findlay and Toledo. Michael began his career with the material handling industry in 1977.

Michael joined MIT in 1992 as the Branch Operation Manager in Findlay. There he has worked with his team to expand the Findlay business operation including new building construction in 1996 and an expansion in 2017. MIT also expanded by opening a Facility in Toledo Ohio in 1999.
Michael is a family man and loves spending time with his wife, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. When time permits he enjoys camping, fishing and touring with his wife on motorcycle.

Chris Wechta

Chris Wechta

GM | Findlay & Toledo, OH

Christopher is General Manager of MIT North. Chris started his career at MIT in May of 2015, where he started off as an intern to help grow aftermarket business. From there he was sent on site to a major account to work as a service coordinator and later promoted to Director of Aftermarket Support to manage two others. As General Manager of MIT North, Chris is now responsible for making sure we continue to push forward in becoming the “Leading value-added material handling distributor” at our Toledo and Findlay locations.

Chris attended The University of Akron where he earned a degree in Marketing Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In his free time he enjoys fishing, camping, attending Notre Dame Football games, and playing video games.

Beth Price

Beth Price

Branch Manager | Troy, OH

Beth is the Branch Manager of our Troy Facility. Beth started her career at MIT in 1994 and has held many positions throughout the company such as Sales Coordinator, Rental/Transport Manager and Operations Manager. The Troy Branch opened in 2000 and is focused on providing sales, service and rental for aerial, cleaning, dock/door, & compactor/baler as well as customer satisfaction. Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Wright State University. Beth lives in Arcanum and loves spending time with her husband and daughter. She enjoys reading and watching movies.

Jim Shriner

Jim Shriner

Branch Manager | Toledo, OH

Jim Shriner joined Miami Industrial Trucks (MIT) in October of 2013 as Toledo’s Service Supervisor. The next year he was promoted to Toledo Operations Manager, in 2016 Jim then became Toledo’s Branch Manager. In March 2020 Jim was added to the executive management team to help assist with the leadership of the company. Jim has been responsible in overseeing all Toledo Branch operations and functions of the Branch, including daily operations, strategic planning, sales assistance, and financial forecasting.

In January of 2020 Jim was instrumental in finding, securing, the installing of MIT’s new Toledo Branch location. The new location provided Toledo with full shop service, a larger parts department, new and used equipment, operator safety training, and shipping and receiving capabilities. It’s MIT Toledo’s first full-service dealership that has the capabilities to serve all customers in the Northwest Ohio and surrounding areas.

Jim enjoys time with his family, live music events, and following his very talented musical family show to show. Jim also enjoys sporting events, car shows, walking, movies/series, and traveling to warm weather locations.