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NALP Members in the News: Sperber, SavATree, Davey Tree Expert Company and Ruppert Landscape  

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Sperber Landscape Companies Partners with Trautman Lawn & Landscape Company

Sperber Landscape Companies has added Trautman Lawn & Landscape Company, based in Nampa, Idaho, to their portfolio of companies. This partnership expands Sperber’s service offerings throughout Idaho.

The company was founded in 1988 by the husband-and-wife team Tal and Jennifer Trautman. They are known for high-profile, long-term client relationships. They provide commercial landscape maintenance, installation and snow services to the greater Boise, Idaho market. The Trautmans will continue to lead the company.

“The Sperber partnership will allow us to provide better benefits and opportunities for our existing employees and, will also, set the foundation for growth and expansion,” Trautman says. “We are excited about the additional resources, technology, and support from the Sperber team. We look forward to taking this business to the next level.”

SavATree Merges with Companies in Oklahoma and Wisconsin

SavATree has merged with Preaus Landscape in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Capital City Tree Experts in Madison, Wisconsin.

The merger in Oklahoma marks SavATree’s first office in the state. Preaus Landscape specializes in servicing residential and commercial clients as well as marquee properties like the Philbrook Museum of Art, the University of Tulsa and the Tulsa Technology Center. Founders and owners Bill and Ken Preaus, co-owner Tyler Cook and their staff will remain on board with SavATree.

“We are very excited to be working with SavATree, a company that has a high level of professionalism and a great reputation in the industry,” Cook says. “This partnership will provide our customers with the benefit of expanded programs, enhanced service offerings, and deeper resources to continue caring for their landscapes.”

SavATree’s merger in Wisconsin is the third in the state and expands their regional coverage. Capital City Tree Experts specializes in all aspects of arboriculture as well as plant healthcare services for homeowners and commercial clients. Owners Darrell Krenz and Will Torgeson, as well as their team will remain with SavATree.

“The SavATree team is thrilled to welcome Capital City Tree Experts aboard, a company that’s considered to be the go-to for helping clients with a commitment to high-quality standards,” says Carmine Schiavone, SavATree CEO. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in arboriculture in the Madison area, and we’re excited to begin providing customers with an enhanced portfolio of services.”

Davey Tree Names Operations Manager for Midwest Commercial Landscape Services

The Davey Tree Company has promoted Vito Monteleone to operations manager, Midwest, Commercial Landscape Services (CLS).

He joined Davey in 2009 when Monteleone Landscaping was acquired by Davey. He was assistant branch manager of the Cleveland West CLS office before being promoted to branch manager that same year. In 2021, he was named branch manager of the Cleveland North office.

“With over 35 years of experience in landscaping, grounds maintenance and snow operations, Vito is a consistent and proven leader for our team,” says Mark Svozil, vice president and general manager, CLS. “Over the last 12 years, Vito’s influence on large commercial work has helped transform Cleveland into one of the largest CLS markets. This strategic promotion fills a huge need at the operations level and adds the knowledge of service diversity in more up and coming markets.”

Ruppert Landscape Promotes Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson has been promoted to director of accounting, systems and reporting for Ruppert Landscape. He will be responsible for providing department oversight, ensuring accounting system integrity, managing the annual financial audit, reporting internal financial statements timely and accurately, ensuring adherence to internal control and accounting policies, developing and implementing new controls and procedures, and various other special accounting projects as needed.

Thompson started with Ruppert as an intern in 2012 and worked several summers before coming on full-time in 2014 as an AP specialist. He has served in almost all capacities within the department and has been promoted for the third time in recent years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, business administration and economics from McDaniel College.

“Hunter possesses extensive knowledge of Ruppert systems, procedures, and operations, and uses that experience to develop and maintain accounting standards necessary for external reporting while ensuring our internal customers receive the value and information needed for operational decision making,” says Jennifer Saah, vice president of accounting and financial risk. “Additionally, Hunter’s commitment to our culture and values has made him one of the key mentors, trainers, and motivational leaders within the department for years.”

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