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Fullerton Grounds Maintenance Celebrates Apprenticeship Program’s First Graduates
Fullerton Grounds Management (FGM) based in Kenvil, New Jersey, has completed its inaugural two-year apprenticeship in conjunction with NALP. The apprentices were awarded certificates in landscape management.
“Our inaugural apprentices displayed tremendous dedication by committing themselves to grow and develop their careers over the past two years,” says Scott Fullerton, FGM owner. “I am excited to see what they accomplish and to continue investing in mentorship and hands-on training.”
Program graduates Everett White, Will Fullerton, and Mark Galindo completed 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of online classroom instruction. Each spent one-on-one time with FGM owner Scott Fullerton and other executive managers to gain a deeper knowledge of various aspects of the landscaping industry.
“I am proud of all the hours of work I put in to receive my certification,” White says. “I am grateful to be part of a company that gives its employees the skills to shape our career and look forward to advancing within FGM.”
FGM is one of the three companies in New Jersey to offer this apprenticeship program. Participants can also earn college credit paid for by FGM and a landscape management certification that can be used anywhere in the U.S.
Massey Services Promotes Industry Veteran
Massey Services has promoted Tom “T.J.” Jarzynka, industry veteran and longstanding business leader with the company, to vice president of technical and training.
“With his continued dedication, knowledge and commitment to excellence, T.J. has proven above and beyond to be a valuable member of the Massey Services team,” says Tony Massey, Massey Services president and CEO. “Please join me in congratulating him on this well-deserved promotion, for his industry and professional success and helping the company improve systems and technical training, while serving in other leadership areas.”
In his new role, Jarzynka will oversee Massey Services pest and termite technical and training to include field training managers, quality assurance managers and technical directors. Prior to his promotion, Jarzynka served as senior director of pest prevention. Jarzynka joined Massey Services in 2000 as a PrevnTech division sales manager.
SavATree Merges with Integrity Tree Care
SavATree has merged with Oregon-based tree care company, Integrity Tree Care. This merger broadens SavATree’s presence in Oregon to serve customers in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas.
The Portland office marks their second Oregon operation as they currently have a branch in Hillsboro. Integrity Tree Care has been serving their customers with professionalism and attention for nearly 20 years. Owner John Eisenhower along with his team will remain onboard with Integrity Tree Care.
“My father joined forces with SavATree a few years back and has been extremely pleased with his transition and overall experience,” Eisenhower says. “So, when I was looking to merge my business, choosing to combine with SavATree was a no brainer. Besides having my father’s stamp of approval, I knew that this was a good fit because of the alignment of customer satisfaction and quality between both companies.”
Davey Tree Names Detroit Lawncare District Manager
Mathew Garey has been named district manager of Detroit lawncare for the Davey Tree Expert Company.
He joined the company in 2003 as an assistant superintendent in Davey Golf and was promoted to superintended in 2005. He rejoined the company in 2019 as a lawncare technician. He holds a degree in turf management from Rutgers University.
“Mat has always been attentive to his clients’ and employees’ needs while ensuring the highest level of professionalism and safety,” says Dave Bargerstock, operations manager, Great Lakes West operating group. “I’m looking forward to seeing how Mat applies his years of experience and knowledge to the Detroit Lawncare office and clientele.”
Schill Grounds Management Hires CFO
Bob Stopar has been hired as CFO for Schill Grounds Management to enhance performance and efficiencies as Schill drives consolidation in the highly fragmented commercial landscape and snow removal industry.
He will oversee financial controls, reporting, capital structures, cash management, financial performance and progress on key merger integration targets as Schill acquires other landscaping companies in the Upper Midwest and beyond.
Stopar has several decades of executive leadership and financial expertise. Most recently he was CFO of Rohrer Corporation and lead the company through four strategic acquisitions as revenue more than doubled and the company expanded to eight locations, two of them international.
“Bob has extremely valuable experience with merger integrations, complex multi-location operations, and sophisticated corporate processes and controls that will help Schill achieve a new level of maturity as our business grows,” says Jerry Schill, founder and CEO of Schill Grounds Management.