Cunningham brings more than two decades of experience with sales, marketing and business development activities. He recently spent 15 years with Astec Industries, Inc. As Vice President of Sales with Astec Underground and GEFCO, he led the development of initiatives to identify potential markets, new products, and sales and marketing domestically and internationally.
His responsibilities at Vacuworx include providing management and strategies for the North America sales team, while also driving new distribution partnerships to support material handling in the oil and gas pipeline, utility infrastructure, highway and transportation, and concrete renovation markets.
The foundation for Cunningham’s work ethic was built growing up alongside his father and grandfather as they managed the family’s dairy farm at the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. He attended the University of Tennessee, earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture prior to going to work as a director of training and education and regional sales manager with Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.
From there, Cunningham launched a Dale Carnegie sales and marketing training program that included the facilitation of more than 25 client workshops focused on business improvement, effective communication and strategic sales.
Married with four adult children, Cunningham is based in his hometown of Maryville, Tennessee, residing on his family’s nearly 200-year-old Century Farm. An avid outdoorsman and former marathoner, he enjoys running, cycling and kayaking, alongside staying active with his local church community.
Founded in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vacuworx engineers and manufactures innovative heavy-duty material handling equipment for the oil and gas, water and sewer, highway and heavy construction, concrete construction, landscaping and manufacturing industries worldwide. Vacuworx Vacuum and Hydraulic Lifting Systems can be customized for many applications and lift capacities. Standard models lift a variety of materials including steel pipe (including most types of coating), plastic pipe (PVC, fiberglass, long flexible pipe), ductile iron pipe, concrete pipe, pre-cast concrete slabs, pre-cast concrete culverts, concrete road barriers, saw cut concrete (demolition or rehabilitation), landscape pavers, steel plate and piling and road plate. Lifters can be attached to hydraulic excavators and backhoes (with or without a coupler system), wheel or track type loaders, cranes, pipe layers, skid steers, forklifts and knuckle booms and can also be mounted for a variety of in-plant applications. Vacuworx maintains a global inventory available for purchase or rental through our global network of Vacuworx companies, dealers and agents. Parts, service and technical support are available 24/7/365 for installation, training, repairs and troubleshooting