NALP Members in the News: Takeoff Monkey, McHale Landscape Design, Davey Tree, Massey Services - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: Takeoff Monkey, McHale Landscape Design, Davey Tree, Massey Services

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Takeoff Monkey Partners with GoMaterials to Provide Integrated Procurement Solution

Takeoff Monkey, an on-demand takeoff and pre-construction service provider, and GoMaterials, an online landscape marketplace, have partnered to create an integrated planning and procurement solution for landscape contractors.

This new solution allows Takeoff Monkey’s existing customers to send their takeoffs directly to GoMaterials for estimation through their online platform. This will help reduce the traditional procurement cycle for both companies and customers.

“We recognized that Takeoff Monkey offers the same streamlined experience for the pre-construction stage that we at GoMaterials strive for in the procurement stage,” says Marc Elliott, CEO of GoMaterials. “Together, our new partnership will save time for landscape contractors on both sides of the procurement cycle. All they need is a plan, and everything from the takeoff all the way to onsite delivery of plant materials gets taken care of by our combined solution.”

Takeoff Monkey offers a fast, accurate and simple takeoff solution. They are aiming to offer more value to their customers.

“Takeoffs take about 50 percent to 80 percent of the estimating time, so the data needs to be accurate,” says Tommy Lather, CEO of Takeoff Monkey. “We launched Takeoff Monkey to allow our customers to focus on the core elements of their business and not the computer screen. Adding GoMaterials’ proven plant sourcing and planning expertise is the natural progression of our mission to help landscaping companies grow their business while reducing overhead.”

This solution is already available to landscaping businesses in Texas, Florida and New York.

McHale Landscape Design Celebrates Their 40th Anniversary

Kevin and Steve McHale

McHale Landscape Design, based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is celebrating their 40th anniversary this month.

Founders Kevin and Steve McHale had a passion for the landscape industry at an early age, mowing lawns when they were 12 years old. While they attended college at West Virginia University, they started the business in 1981. They used a remote model before it was common, with Steve working on the designs at school while Kevin ran the business from his home.

Now the company has five locations: Upper Marlboro, Annapolis, McLean, Easton, and Clarksburg. They have a significant inventory at a private nursery and have internal masonry and carpentry crews at all five locations. With 300 employees, the company’s retention rate is strong. Twenty employees have been with McHale for 20 years or more and another 25 have been with the business for 15 years or more.

“We could not reflect back on 40 years in business without recognizing the hard work and dedication of our employees who, together with Steve and I, have created a culture of teamwork and lasting client relationships,” says Kevin McHale. “We take pride in providing our team with opportunities to try new things, gain progressive knowledge and assume new roles — all while collaborating on extraordinary landscape designs for some of the most scenic properties on the East Coast.”

Davey Tree Promotes Several Across the Country

Cameron Pierce

The Davey Tree Expert Company has recently promoted several employees. Cameron Pierce has been named district manager of their Hamden, Connecticut, residential/commercial (R/C) services office.

Pierce joined Davey in 2014 as a sales arborist in the Hamden office and was previously a territory sales manager in Fairfield County. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, is a Connecticut Licensed Arborist and holds a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from West Virginia University with concentrations in horticulture, landscape architecture and communications.

Ed Kollar

“Cam is a well-rounded arborist who holds technical strengths in many areas of arboriculture and client experience,” says Phil Snyder, vice president, East Atlantic, R/C services. “This combination of effective communication, leadership skills, experience and focus on client service will propel Cam as he continues to grow the Hamden office.”

Edward Kollar was also recently promoted to market manager, Metro New York operations, R/C services. He started with Davey in 2003 as a plant healthcare technician in the Albany R/C office. He was promoted a number of times over the years, most recently being in 2016 to the district manager for the Albany R/C office. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Certified Treecare Safety Professional.

Rick Orwig

“Ed exemplifies the qualities of an engaged leader who helps deliver greater teamwork, ultimately benefiting our client experience,” Snyder says. “Ed has built a tremendous team to succeed him, and I know he will make an immediate and lasting impact in this new role.”

Rick Orwig was promoted to district manager of Davey’s North Virginia East R/C services office. Orwig joined Davey with they acquired The Care of Trees in 2003. He was promoted to district manager of Davey’s Mid Atlantic Tree Preservation & Land Restoration office in 2008. 

He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and holds an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) certification. He is also a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP).

Massey Services Promotes One and Recognizes Sales Director

Massey Services promoted Shawn Keough to the role of regional manager of their Southwest Florida region, which includes the Naples, Sarasota and Fort Myers areas. In his new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of operations including service, sales, training, and community relations for eight service centers and more than 80 team members.

Shawn Keough

Keough joined the company in 2016 as a general manager in training. Prior to joining Massey, he was an executive team leader for multiple teams at Target Corporation for 16 years and produce manager at Publix Supermarkets for 12 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University.

Another employee of Massey’s, Willi Davi, was recently recognized as a Veteran of Influence by the Orlando Business Journal. Veterans of Influence awards recognize military veterans who have made a significant achievement in their careers, have a strong record of innovation and outstanding performance in their work and are involved in their community.

Willi Davi

Davi served for four years in the Marine Corps, earning the rank of sergeant. He went on to work with other veterans in the community, including volunteering with the Polk County Veteran’s Council to help with their ‘Flight of Honor’ event that provides war veterans an opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C.

“We are incredibly proud of Willi and this recognition from the Orlando Business Journal,” says Tony Massey, president of Massey Services. “His leadership and commitment to training have helped our team provide expert solutions for our customers while also building strong relationships. Additionally, he sets a great example for our team members on the importance of giving back in our communities.”

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.