Our mission is to honor our history by continuing to be a respected company, identifying the needs of our associates, customers, and communities. We will develop creative options through experience based solutions, deliver results, and assist with implementation at the highest level of teamwork and integrity.
ACT was part of Veneman Equipment Services Company (Vesco), the first Toyota Industrial Equipment dealership east of the Mississippi River. The company was founded in 1951. We became Vesco Material Handling Equipment, Inc. under the current ownership in 1973. In 1999, we changed our name to ACT for better marketing visibility.
We currently have four locations: two in North Carolina and two in Virginia. Our home office was relocated to a new, state of the art facility in Winston-Salem in 2006. Our second branch opened in 1978 in Martinsville, Virginia. Our third location opened in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1993, and we have recently upgraded facilities there to better serve our customers. Our fourth location, in Roanoke, Virginia opened in 2001.
ACT has diligently represented Toyota Industrial Equipment from its introduction. In an effort to supply our customers with the exact product they need, we also carry a number of other lines. We began carrying the Lift-a-Loft line (aerial work platforms) in 1973, Blue Giant (industrial trucks) in 1997, JLG (trucks) in 1998, Kesmac (truck mounted) in 1999, Hoist (large capacity forklifts) in 2006, JCB (teletrucks and construction) in 2007, Aichi (aerial work platforms) in 2008, and Takeuchi track loaders and mini-excavators in 2009. Our years of experience in these lines allow us to service our customers at the highest level.
Vann Williford: CEO and Dealer Principal
Born and raised in Fayetteville NC, Vann played basketball for North Carolina State University and earned a BS in Industrial Engineering. He won the prestigious Everett Case award for the MVP of the ACC tournament in 1970. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, but decided to stay close to home and play ball for the Carolina Cougars of the ABA. After a brief stint in the Army, Vann came back to the Triad and bought Vesco Material Handling Equipment, Inc. Vann’s current hobbies include saltwater fishing, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren
Jay Williford: President
From High Point NC, Jay began working part time at ACT in 1990. Jay has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from NC State University. Jay came back to ACT full time in 2001 and became part owner in 2004. Jay and his wife Susanne have two children. His hobbies include soccer, saltwater fishing, snow skiing and competing in triathlons.
Greg Creed: Vice President of Sales and Marketing
From Mount Airy, NC, Greg came to ACT in 1988. Greg has an AA degree in Electronics Engineering from Guilford Technical Community College and a BA in Ethics and Management from John Wesley College. A minister at Concord Friends Meeting, Greg is very active outside of the office. He and his wife Cindy have three children. An avid Tar Heel fan, Greg helps keep the ACC rivalry strong. Greg enjoys coaching youth softball teams. The Creeds also breed Labrador Retrievers in their spare time.
Danny Justice: Western North Carolina Operations Manager
A High Point, NC native, Danny first came to ACT in 1988. When not working, you can find Danny on his deck entertaining or cruising High Rock Lake on his boat. Danny and his wife Becky have two children, 2 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Chad Nester: Operations Manager
Originally from Radford, VA, Chad came to ACT in 2003 from the service side of the construction equipment industry. Chad was in the Marine Corps for eleven years. He and his wife Stephanie have three children.
David Hair: Controller
David Hair joined ACT in May 2008. He brings to the company 27 years of diverse experience in finance and accounting. David's educational background includes a BS degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA degree from Wake Forest University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). David and his wife Beth live in Greensboro. Their two children are out of college and on their own. David is a big college sports fan, and enjoys learning about United States history by reading and by visiting historical sites.
Adam Smith: Construction Sales Manager
Adam Smith lives in Clemmons, NC with his wife Sara and two children. He has 6 years of construction equipment experience mainly in sales. He enjoys playing softball, golf and going to the lake with his family.
Toyota Pacesetter Award 1999 and 2000 for overall dealer sales growth.
Toyota President’s Award 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006 for overall dealer excellence.
ASEC Certified 2007 and 2008 for service department operations.
Toyota Financial Services Ambassador Award 2007 for equipment finance sales.
The Compassionate Friends Compassionate Employer Award 2007 for employee support.