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NALP Members in the News: Brooklawn Services, WorkWave, Kujawa Enterprises Inc., Davey Tree

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Brooklawn Services Acquires Chemscape, Inc.

Brooklawn Services based in Muncie, Indiana, recently acquired Chemscape, Inc. a lawn and landscape maintenance company out of Montpelier, Indiana.

Jason Brooks, president and founder of Brooklawn Service, and Troy Batten, owner of Chemscape, Inc., discussed a possible merger in late 2019 as Batten considered retirement. It was decided in 2020 that Brooklawn would purchase the company and combine Chemscape’s team and client base with Brooklawn, after concluding they share similar values of excellent customer service.

“Brooklawn Services has always been dedicated to serving customers with honesty, pride, professionalism, and safety,” Brooks says. “After getting to know Troy, it was apparent that he and his team operated in the same manner. By merging the expertise and resources of two teams into one company, focused on a personalized approach to lawn and tree care services, we will be able to provide an enhanced customer experience!”

Brooklawn will add Kevin Stultz from Chemscape to their office staff along with office manager Kathy Richman and five licensed lawn care technicians. This acquisition expands the reach of Brooklawn from just south of Ft. Wayne down to the northeast side of Indianapolis.

Brooklawn was established in January 2015 when Brooks purchased a Pendleton, Indiana, lawn care company and combined it with the lawn care division of his company Jay-Crew Landscape, Inc.

WorkWave Acquires Customer Call Center Software Slingshot

WorkWave has recently acquired Slingshot, a provider of customer call center software combined with outsourced sales, lead and customer response services.

This acquisition furthers WorkWave’s mission to be the only partner to field service companies able to drive every aspect of their business to new levels of success. Slingshot delivers call center software capable of interacting with customers across multiple methods of communication from phone and SMS to email and chatbot.

This not only improves sales but the overall customer experience. Users can use this platform and the Slingshot team to outsource their sales operations and bring in new customers regularly. It empowers companies that might not have the resources to drive growth.

For small businesses, Slingshot’s direct sales team can close sales on their behalf and for larger companies, they provide extra resources to handle the influx of customer calls during the busy season.

Users of Slingshot can boost their conversion rates by 60 percent by responding to leads via different methods and convert calls after normal business hours.

“The need to grow their business — to attract, retain, and maximize each customer relationship — is what keeps every field service owner and executive awake at night,” says David F. Giannetto, CEO of WorkWave. “Slingshot is not just the market leader at helping its customers grow, it is the only organization of its kind in our industry that has a proven track record of using omni-channel communication software to close more deals for its customers. By bringing such an outstanding organization into WorkWave, we will be able to provide unique integrations into our solutions that will increase the unparalleled advantage our customers have over their competition, reinforcing that WorkWave is the premier partner to service organizations.”

Kujawa Enterprises Inc. Expands with Landscape Associates Partnership

Kujawa Enterprises Inc. (KEI) has announced a partnership with Landscape Associates of De Pere, Inc., expanding their service offerings into the Green Bay and Fox Valley region of Wisconsin.

Landscape Associates was founded in 1990 by Gerry Andrews and built a solid reputation as a preferred commercial and residential landscape management and construction services provider. Andrews will continue to provide local leadership of the company alongside his existing management team.

“This partnership secures the future for Landscape Associates and our employees,” says Andrews. “We’re excited to see the great things that are ahead of us.”

KEI is a partner company of Sperber Landscape Companies and is a full-service four-season landscape management contractor.

“Gerry has done a wonderful job building such a well-respected organization,” says Chris Kujawa, president of KEI. “KEI is excited to bring together two excellent family-oriented Wisconsin companies and we are thrilled to become a part of the fabric of the Green Bay community.”

Davey Tree Expert Company Promotes Two Employees

Larry Evans

The Davey Tree Expert Company has promoted Larry Evans to executive vice president and general manager of the Davey Tree Surgery Company, a subsidiary of Davey Tree.

Evans started with Davey in 1980 as a grounds person and moved his way through the ranks in his first 10 years with the company. In 1997, he was promoted to account manager, then to operations manager in 2003. His most recent promotion was in 2017 to vice president and general manager of the Davey Tree Surgery Company.

“Larry’s impact on the Surgery Company over his entire career, but particularly over the past four years, cannot be overstated,” says Pat Covey, chairman, president & CEO of Davey Tree. “Larry’s relentless drive and work ethic have led him and his team to many successes for the company and our clients in the western United States.”

Evans is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist Utility Specialist and past member of Davey’s President’s Council.

Davey also recently promoted Christopher Ellwood to district manage of Davey’s West Columbus Residential/Commercial (R/C) services office.

Ellwood joined Davey in 2012 while attending The Ohio State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. He worked for OSU as an arborist, the City of Dublin’s Forestry Department as a forestry assistant and the City of New Albany, Ohio, as the city forester before making his way back to Davey in 2019 as a sales arborist.

Chris Ellwood

“Chris’ attention to detail, communication skills and business background will be a key component to the continued success of the West Columbus office,” says Kris Bruestle, market manager, Ohio River Valley, R/C services. “His successes during previous positions at Davey help solidify the fact that Chris will be a great leader for this office.”

He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Municipal Specialist and holds an Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) commercial pesticide license.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the content manager for NALP.