NALP Members in the News: Davey Tree Expert Company, BOSS Software, RC Mowers and Ruppert Landscape - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: Davey Tree Expert Company, BOSS Software, RC Mowers and Ruppert Landscape

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Davey Tree Adds to Their Brands and Promotes One

The Davey Tree Expert Company has added Woodbridge Estate Care, based in Bethany, Connecticut, to its family of brands.

Woodbridge has provided residential and commercial tree care, plant health care and estate care service since 1976. Their staff of eight employees will continue to work with the company as part of Davey’s residential/commercial (R/C) service line.

“Joining the Davey team is exciting for us because of the benefit it will give our employees and clients,” says Richard H. Lewis, III, owner of Woodbridge. “Our clients will continue to work with the Woodbridge teams they’ve come to know, who will now all have access to Davey’s leading diagnostic laboratory, the Davey Institute, which will help provide science-based care and research for our clients’ needs.”

Davey has also recently promoted Dan Gillen to district manager of the newly acquired Arboristry. Gillen started with Davey in 2014 as a landscaper before being promoted to sales arborist in 2019.

“Dan is a hardworking, knowledgeable and experienced arborist,” says Craig Ritter, market manager, Virginia Tidewater operating group, R/C services. “His ingrained leadership skills show that he is ready to take the new Charlottesville office to the next level of success.”   

BOSS Software Adds Sales Consultant

Simon Prine has been added as an executive sales consultant to the BOSS sales team. Prine will work with landscape and snow removal companies to take their businesses to the next level through BOSS Software systems and best practices.

Simon Prine

“One of the founding tenants of BOSS is to provide landscape contractors with the tools needed to drive their companies to the next level, and Simon will help us achieve that,” says Mike Cossins, president and founder of The Integra Group, developer of BOSS Software. “His sales background, combined with his experience starting his own landscape business, will make Simon a valuable team member and valuable resource for BOSS users.”

Prine has more than 30 years of experience in the landscape and snow industry. He started out as a one-man operation, Simon Says Lawn Maintenance, before working his way up through the ranks at Clintar, managing six branches for the landscape company. He also has 15 years of sales experience in the landscape industry.

“I’m thrilled to join the BOSS team and bring my experience and expertise to the table,” Prine says. “My experience selling and using business management software in the field has given me a great understanding of its capabilities. I can’t wait to help BOSS clients improve their operations and increase their profitability while giving them more time in their day.”

RC Mowers Grows with Slate of New Hires

RC Mowers has added several new employees to its development and production teams as it continues to push into innovative product lines.

“These positions are a result of the adventurous year we had in 2022 and plan to have again in 2023,” says Michael Brandt, chief executive officer for RC Mowers. “Not only did we introduce our new Autonomous Mowing Robot™ last fall, but we will soon be moving into a new $4.8 million facility. These hires not only showcase our growth but also demonstrate our commitment to innovation.”

These new hires include Matt Burton as a senior electrical engineer. He is working on hardware design and software development for the Autonomous Mowing Robot (AMR). Adela Kadiasi has joined as a software developer/project manager for the technology team and will lead sprints and various technical documentation projects.

Megan Rakow is a software developer working on graphic design and developing skills to provide back-end writing for RC Mowers. Becca Hovell has been added as a human resources manager.

RC Mowers has also hired several new employees for their factory, including Grant Reiser, production technician; Erin Stuewer, incoming and receiving inspector; Andrew Frailing, part-time factory worker; Bradley Anthony, production technician and Joshua Scoon, assembly technician.

Ruppert Landscape Promotes Several Employees

Martin Sanchez has been promoted to branch manager of Ruppert Landscape’s Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, landscape management branch.

Martin Sanchez

He will oversee the overall welfare of the branch, including the safety and development of his team, strategic planning and budgeting, training, customer service, and day-to-day operations. Since joining Ruppert in 2011, he has worked his way up through the ranks from assistant field manager, field manager, area manager, and most recently to associate branch manager.

“Martin’s superior work ethic and dedication to his team have brought him to this exciting new opportunity,” says Damien Barber, region manager in the company’s landscape management division. “We are eager to see the benefits that it brings to his personal career development and his impact on the branch’s growth goals.”

Ruppert also recently promoted Melissa Dunk to the position of region manager for the company’s landscape management division. She will oversee the company’s Frederick and Laytonsville, Maryland, locations.  

Melissa Dunk

Dunk has been in the landscape industry for over 15 years and joined Ruppert in 2015 as an area manager. She was promoted to associate branch manger in early 2019 and then became Frederick branch manager in 2020.

Ryan Rote

“Our strong brand recognition in this market can be largely attributed to Melissa’s influence, and we look forward to continued growth in this market for many years to come under her leadership,” says Doug Halsey, region vice president in the company’s landscape management division.

Ryan Rote will take on Dunk’s previous role as branch manager in Frederick, Maryland. He joined Ruppert in 2011 after interning with the company. He has held roles including area manager, enhancement manager, and associate branch manager.

Meanwhile, Ethan Brown has been promoted to region manager for the company’s landscape management branches in Alexandria, Dulles and Gainesville, Virginia.

Ethan Brown

Brown joined Ruppert in 2016 as an area manager. He became associate branch manager and then branch manager of the Alexandria branch.

Cole Stoy

“In Ethan’s three years as branch manager, he has been known for leading his team with record-breaking profit performance as well as building a strong team with the lowest employee turnover in the division,” says Fred Key, regional vice president in Ruppert’s landscape management division. “We look forward to the continued growth and leadership that Ethan will bring to the region and the branches he will be working with.”

Cole Stoy has been promoted to Brown’s former position as branch manager of the Alexandria location. He joined in 2017 as an enhancement manager and started setting division records for enhancement sales.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.