President and CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America
Brett Wood is president & CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA), the industry leader in forklift sales. TMHNA is comprised of three main group companies: Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU); Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM); and The Raymond Corporation. Together, the TMHNA companies’ produce an average of 1,620 forklifts per week, and one in three forklifts sold in North America is either a Toyota or Raymond product.
In addition to his position as president & CEO of TMHNA, Wood serves as a board member for TMHU, TIEM and The Raymond Corporation.
Wood’s previous positions include TMHU president; vice president of marketing, product, strategic planning and training operations; and dealer development. He has worked in the material handling industry since 1989.
Prior to joining Toyota, Wood held engineering positions with IBM Corp. and Northrop Aerospace, where he earned the prestigious recognition of "Engineer of the Year." He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Wood gives back to the forklift industry by serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Industrial Truck Association. He previously served as the ITA’s General Engineering Committee Chairman. Wood also is a member of the Manufacturers Board of Advisors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association and the Board of Governors for the Material Handling Industry, serving as their Vice President.
He contributes to both Modern Materials Handling magazine’s editorial advisory board and the Electric Power Research Institute’s Industry Advisory Council. In addition, he sits on the advisory board for the California State Soccer Association, SafetyBeltSafe USA, the national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to child passenger safety, and Team Kids, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering children to change the world.