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NALP Members in the News: Aspire, SavATree, Ruppert Landscape, Landscape Workshop

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news.

Aspire Acquires Crew Control

Aspire Software Company has acquired Crew Control, a scheduling software application built for smaller lawn care and landscaping companies. The application simplified the scheduling process for these contractors.

Aspire says they decided to acquire Crew Control because their company mission is to help green industry operators transform their businesses through technology. While Aspire’s software is ideal for larger landscape companies, Crew Control is better suited for smaller companies with simpler needs.

Crew Control was founded in 2018 and has grown rapidly with a base of highly satisfied customers. The founders David Vroblesky and Daniel Higgins will be joining Aspire as product manager and senior developer, respectively, and focus on the future growth of Crew Control.

“We’re thrilled to have David and Daniel join the Aspire family,” says Mark Tipton, CEO of Aspire Software. “They’ve built an incredibly loyal customer base with their Crew Control application, and we believe this acquisition will extend Aspire’s reputation for quality and innovation to smaller operators who are typically not a good match for the Aspire business management system. Unlike other competitor solutions built for this market, new Crew Control customers can be up and running within a matter of hours — not weeks or months.”

For current Aspire customers, the company says the acquisition will not deter them from adding new innovations to the Aspire application and they will incorporate learning from Crewe Control, where applicable.

For current Crew Control customers, Aspire says you will have continued access to the application and the acquisition will accelerate future development of new features.

SavATree Announces Merger with Arborwell Professional Tree Management

SavATree has announced its largest merger to date with Arborwell Professional Tree Management of California and Washington State. This includes a corporate office in Hayward, California and six other core branches.

“SavATree shares our same core values and high-quality standards, making this a great fit to move the company forward and provide clients with continued expert service and our employees with additional professional growth opportunities,” says Peter Sortwell, CEO and founder of Arborwell.

Arborwell was founded in 2001 and has provided commercial tree care and management services to clients such as property management companies, real estate developers, municipalities, homeowner associations, contractors and homeowners on the West Coast.

“We are thrilled to expand into this region of the country and join forces with a best-in-class partner,” says Carmine Schiavone, CEO of SavATree. “We welcome Arborwell’s talented team to the SavATree family. Arborwell’s extensive knowledge of the West Coast’s unique tree care needs and experience working with an impressive scope of clientele will add a great partner to the SavATree family.”

Ruppert Landscape Expands to Dulles, Virginia

Tom Flint

Ruppert Landscape has expanded its landscape management operations to include a new location: Dulles, Virginia. This is the seventh landscape management branch in Virginia and will serve existing customers as well as new growth in the region.

The Dulles, Virginia, branch will primarily serve clients in Loudon and Fairfax County and offer the following landscape management services: grounds management/contract services; design and landscape enhancement; turf care; irrigation system management; pond and lake management; arbor care; snow and ice management; lighting and holiday decorations.

“Every time we grow in the markets we serve, it gives us more density, which means less travel time to our jobs and provides more value to our customers,” says Fred Key, region vice president. “Perhaps most importantly, it allows us to provide growth opportunities for our employees.”

Tom Flint has been promoted to branch manager and will lead the Dulles branch. Flint has over 34 years in the landscape industry. He joined Ruppert in 2012 as an area manager for the Alexandria branch. He earned the company’s Branch Impact Award two years in a row for his work with the Alexandria team. In 2015, he transferred to the Laytonsville, Maryland, branch. He was one of the first graduates of Ruppert’s Associate Branch Manager leadership development program.

“Over the past several years, Tom has been instrumental in helping to lead the Laytonsville team and in building strong customer relationships,” Key says. “We are always happy when our company’s growth provides opportunity for high achievers like Tom to continue to achieve their career goals. We are confident that his experience and leadership will be a good fit for our customers and our team.”

Landscape Workshop Acquires Volunteer Lawn Corporation

Landscape Workshop has recently acquired the landscape operations of Volunteer Lawn Corporation, based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Volunteer Lawn was started in 1979. Founder and president Wendell Jones and his wife plan to retire and Jones said it was important to him that they pick a buyer who would carry on their legacy of customer service and be a good place for their employees to work.

“We are incredibly excited to combine our existing Knoxville operations with the operations of Volunteer Lawn,” says, J.T. Price, CEO of Landscape Workshop CEO. “Wendell Jones built the leading landscape company in East Tennessee, and our combined operations have more resources available to serve East Tennessee customers than any competitor. We are fully committed to upholding the level of customer service that Volunteer has established.”

Scott Ragsdale with Landscape Workshop will continue to serve as general manager for the Knoxville operations. Tyler Govert and Forrest Oliver with Volunteer Lawn will serve senior leadership roles and a majority of Volunteer Lawn’s operations team will Landscape Workshop.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.