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NALP Members in the News: RC Mowers, Ruppert Landscape, Davey Tree and LandOpt

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RC Mowers Adds Slate of New Hires

RC Mowers hired several new employees as the demand for their remote-controlled robotic mowers has grown. The company has also added dealers throughout the country.

RC Mowers has hired Bryan Johnson, left, and Matthew Bries, right, along with several other full-time employees.

Along with several new production, operations, purchasing and marketing team members, RC Mowers has hired Matthew Bries as their senior robotics engineer and Bryan Johnson as their regional sales manager based in the Pacific Northwest.

Bries has bachelor of science in electrical engineering and will continue his work in autonomous vehicle development with the company. Johnson has an extensive background in the automotive industry, including a 15-year career at Discount Tire.

“These new hires are a testament to the abilities of our product and the anticipation of our future product lines,” says Tim Kubista, vice president of sales and marketing for RC Mowers. “We are seeing sustained interest from both commercial landscapers and from public works departments. Their positive reaction to our mowers, along with the continued expansion of our dealer network, has made these new hires a necessity to meet demand.”

The company also broke ground on a new $4.8 million manufacturing facility near Green Bay, Wisconsin, earlier this year.

“Our founders saw a need to solve the very real and ongoing problems of labor shortages and safety concerns in the landscaping industry,” Kubista says. “Because we are efficiently addressing our customers’ need to offset these industry shortfalls, we are continuing to grow at a rapid pace. We wish Matthew, Bryan and our other new employees continued success as we work together to redefine the business of mowing.”

Ruppert Landscape Names Director of IT

Ruppert Landscape’s Emil Saweros has been promoted to director of information technology for the company. He will serve as a critical link between the department and the business. He’ll oversee infrastructure, network security and software development providing strategic solutions and opportunities for increased efficiency.

Emil Saweros

Saweros has been an integral part of Ruppert’s IT department for over 10 years. He has been the director of software development for the landscape management division since 2019.

“Through Emil’s guidance, we’ve been able to better optimize our business processes and streamline our teams’ workflow enabling increased focus on our people and our customers,” says Tom Barry, president of the company’s landscape management division. “In his new role, he will continue our efforts to better integrate some of the technology advances we’ve developed within the maintenance division throughout the company.”

He has a bachelor’s degree from Cairo University and a master’s degree in computer science from Loyola University. He also has a Ph.D. from Towson University where he focused on big data, data visualization and mobile and web development.

Wilson Environmental Technologies Joins Davey Resource Group

The Wilson Environmental Technologies (WET) team of Buffalo, New York, has joined the Davey Resource Group, Inc.

The WET team has over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and specializes in wetland delineations, permitting and mitigation, stream surveys and studies on threatened and endangered species.

“We especially value DRG’s commitment and enthusiasm toward quality, teamwork and communication as they provide clients with innovative solutions delivered by qualified experts,” says Don Wilson, founder and owner of WET. “This joining allows us to expand our skills with additional career and training opportunities that will now be available to us through DRG.”

LandOpt Hires New People Coach

Ashley Wojciechowski has joined LandOpt as a people coach. She will work with LandOpt’s contractors in every aspect of hiring from creating job descriptions to onboarding new team members. LandOpt’s proprietary approach includes a combination of ongoing coaching and personal support as well as tools creates specifically for the landscape contracting industry.

She spent the last five years in a variety of HR positions at Maxim Healthcare Services, a national provider of home health care, staffing and workforce solutions. Most recently she was a senior HR field support specialist.

“Hiring, training and retaining people is the biggest burden landscape contractors face today,” says Jim Westover, LandOpt president. “LandOpt takes pride in helping them manage and improve every aspect of their businesses, which is why we are so happy Ashley is joining our team. She will be an invaluable resource to our contractors at a time when they need her the most.”

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the content manager for NALP.