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NALP Members in the News: BrightView, Yellowstone Landscape, LandCare, Ewing and Arborjet

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BrightView Announces CEO Transition

Andrew Masterman will step down from his role as president, CEO and a member of BrightView’s board of directors, effective May 31, 2023.

Jim Abrahamson, who has been on the board since 2015, will serve as interim president and CEO until a successor is in place. Masterman will serve as an advisor for one month to ensure a smooth transition. BrightView’s board of directors has initiated a search for a successor in partnership with an executive search firm.

Masterman joined BrightView in 2016 and led the company’s initial public offering in 2018. Under his leadership, BrightView demonstrated growth through a series of strategic acquisitions, modernized its technology and finance infrastructure, professionalized the sales organization, expanded omni-channel marketing capabilities and achieved the best safety record in the company’s history.

“It has been an honor to serve as BrightView’s CEO and I’m proud of what the team has accomplished during my tenure,” Masterman says. “Together, we’ve built a top-tier organization with an expansive national footprint. I look forward to working with Jim to ensure a smooth transition and will continue to watch BrightView’s progress and future success.”

Yellowstone Landscape Promotes New CEO and CFO

Yellowstone Landscape has promoted Harry Lamberton to CEO and Timothy Sherman to CFO. Current CEO Tim Portland will remain with the company as executive chairman.

For more than two years, the company’s board of directors has been planning for the next generation executive team. Lamberton has spent the last 30 years in the waste business while Sherman was previously the vice president of finance for Yellowstone.

For more detail on this transition, watch this video of Portland and Lamberton sharing context to this change.

First Cohort of LandCare’s Management Training Program Graduates  

LandCare’s Management Training (MT) program had its first set of graduates after a comprehensive, year-long program.

The cohort was 10 hand-selected candidates from seven states who were identified as future leaders. The program offered participants the opportunity to continue their education and further develop their skills for a management position with LandCare.

The program is structured to give participants the opportunity to learn in a virtual classroom, face-to-face meetings, self-study and shadowing different leaders to experience all aspects of the company. These graduates are better equipped to support their teams as they continue in their careers.

“Employee development is a truly important aspect of what we do here,” says Skyler Westergard, learning and development specialist. “That’s true of a lot of companies, but it’s really at the heart of what keeps LandCare growing. We do landscaping, but we’re in the people business. That’s what sets us apart from others; we work with people, and we care about their development and progression.”

The graduates were celebrated in their branches with plaques presented by their leaders. Graduates and their branches are listed below:

  • Julissa Phillips (Culver City)
  • Lauren Mocettini (Laurel)
  • Brandon Graham (Oklahoma City)
  • Collin Dziuk (San Antonio)
  • Clint Reeves (Nashville)
  • Nicholas Faust (Orlando Health)
  • Carlos Gomez (Ft. Lauderdale)
  • TJ Nuss (Delaware)
  • Jonathan Gemmill (Delaware)

Ewing Opens New Location in Western New York

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply has opened a new location in Lancaster, New York. This will be Ewing’s third location in New York.

This is the company’s first multi-acre property in the Northeast, featuring a seven-acre wholesale irrigation and landscape supplies branch and bulk materials yard. Ewing Buffalo will serve irrigation and landscaping contractors in western New York.

“I grew up in Buffalo, so I am very excited for green industry professionals in western New York to gain firsthand experience of the service, support, and partnership Ewing offers,” says Cory Metler, regional manager for Ewing. “This multi-acre property will show that we are not only in the golf irrigation business. As the largest family-owned green industry supplier in the nation, Ewing is serious about the landscape irrigation, turf maintenance, outdoor lighting, hardscapes, and natural stone business.”

Arborjet | Ecologel Hires New Southeast Regional Technical Manager

Matt Campbell

Arborjet | Ecologel has hired Matt Campbell as their Southeast regional technical manager. In this role he will help agronomically grow the Ecologel product profile with plant growth solutions in his region through customer interactions, company-sponsored events, distributor and end-user relationships, and product promotions.

His territory includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Campbell’s background includes owning and operating a sod farm and natural erosion company in Kansas, managing branches for SiteOne Landscape Supply Company and for the past four years he worked for BWI Companies building the turf, LCO, golf and pest markets in North Georgia.

Jill Odom

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