NALP Members in the News: Aspire Software, WorkWave, Davey Resource Group, Ruppert Landscape, Horizon Distributors - National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: Aspire Software, WorkWave, Davey Resource Group, Ruppert Landscape, Horizon Distributors

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news. 

ServiceTitan to Acquire Aspire Software

Aspire Software has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by ServiceTitan, the leading software provider for home and commercial service businesses.

Founded in 2013, Aspire Software serves more than 50,000 users in 1,100 locations who collectively perform roughly $4 billion in annualized transactions across landscaping, snow and ice, and construction.

“From the first time we heard the founding story from Ara and Vahe, we knew there was something special there,” says Mark Tipton, Aspire CEO. “We share a similar mission to improve the lives of contractors and provide the software they need to run a successful business and get back their peace of mind.

WorkWave Acquires Real Green Systems

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WorkWave has signed an agreement to acquire Real Green Systems, a prominent provider of field service solutions in the lawn and landscape industry.

Both companies were started by industry professionals nearly 40 years ago. The merger will allow WorkWave to combine the best parts of each organization. Real Green will be able to advance more quickly and WorkWave will embrace the depth of expertise that Real Green is known for in the industry.

“This acquisition is something rarely seen,” says David F. Giannetto, CEO of WorkWave. “It is two successful, fast-growing, market-leading companies coming together to create something truly special. It marks the beginning of a new chapter where WorkWave will help our customers focus on the future, helping them to go beyond service to create effective, fast-growing, highly profitable service organizations that also deliver the best service experience possible. Real Green believes in this same mission, and together we will allow every solution in this expanded WorkWave product portfolio to deliver greater value. We have tremendous respect for the Real Green team, and the goal of this acquisition is to not just allow them to continue to lead the green industries forward, but to help them make an even greater impact.”

Real Green and PestPac will remain separate, while additional product offerings that support customer growth, including Coalmarch and WorkWave Agency groups, will combine forces to maximize their development and value.

“After years of watching WorkWave develop alongside Real Green, we’ve long known that the combination of these two companies would create something special,” says Bill Nunan, president and CEO of Real Green, who will stay on as the head of Real Green operations within WorkWave. “We are thrilled to be joining such a progressive solutions provider that shares our commitment to helping customers thrive, and who so strongly supports the continued growth and development of Real Green solutions, and our passionate customer base.”

Davey Resource Group Promotes Two

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Davey Resource Group (DRG), a subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company, has recently promoted two employees. They have promoted Vince Mikulanis to director of Western operations and Mark Rettig to director of utility vegetation management business development & Eastern operations.

Mikulanis joined DRG in 2003 as a consulting utility forester on the San Diego Gas & Electric account. In 2005, he was promoted to project manager on the same account, followed by production manager in 2008. In 2018, Mikulanis was promoted to market manager for the Western consolidated business unit.

“Vince has developed strong, trust-based relationships with our clients as an industry leader in his previous positions,” says Jack McCabe, vice president and general manager, DRG, utility vegetation management. “He is an effective collaborator who will be able to create opportunities for his peers in DRG and with other Davey service lines.”

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Rettig joined Davey in 2002 as a residential trimmer in Toldeo, Ohio. In 2013, he joined DRG as a project developer and was promoted to market manager in 2018.

“Mark’s passion for growing the company paired with his experience in utility vegetation management and tree care industries make him the perfect fit,” McCabe says. “He has developed a strong team of operations managers who maintain a laser focus on our clients and help them achieve their goals.”

Ruppert Landscape Promotes Adrian Karver

Adrian Karver has been recently promoted to the newly created position of region safety manager with Ruppert Landscape.

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Adrian Karver

In this position, he will support the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia branches to create a safer work environment for the company’s maintenance operations. He will help reduce risk, prevent accidents and promote a safety culture.

“I consider it a privilege to now be in a role where I can devote my efforts towards helping our employees go home to their families safe and sound each day,” Karver says.

Karver earned a degree in landscape architecture from Penn State University and is a Landscape Certified Technician (CLT) and Certified Pesticide Applicator. He started with Ruppert in 1996 as an assistant supervisor at the Forestville, Maryland, branch.

After the company was sold to TruGreen in 1998, he stayed on with TruGreen and held several roles. When Ruppert rejoined the industry, he returned to the company in 2007 as an area manager in the Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, branch and went on to help open the King of Prussia office.

“Adrian has been involved as a branch safety representative in the industry for the past 20 years and is as passionate about safety as anyone you will ever meet,” says Greg Franklin, director of fleet and facilities. “We are excited to have more boots on the ground and increase our presence in the branches as Adrian focuses his time and energy with our northern landscape management teams.”

Horizon Distributors Expands in Key Markets

Horizon Distributors, Inc., an irrigation and landscape maintenance products wholesale distributor, has opened new sales centers in Visalia, California and Melbourne, Florida.

“Opening these new locations increases Horizon’s ability to serve customers in rapidly growing markets,” says Jeffrey Clay, Horizon’s president.  “The Melbourne sales center complements our expanded footprint in Florida following our December 2020 acquisition of TWC Distributors, Inc. while the Visalia sales center enhances our ability to serve central California customers and continues our growth in that strategically important market.”

Clay adds that this is just the beginning as they plan to open multiple additional sales centers in targeted markets before the year ends as they expect to aggressively fill out their national footprint through new sales center openings and acquisitions.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the content manager for NALP.

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