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KENT, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company announced Dash Schenck, Kevin Marks and Aaron Garver all received promotions in their respective markets.

Schenck will now be the district manager in the Portland, Oregon, Residential/Commercial (R/C) services office. He joined Davey as a groundman in the San Francisco R/C office in 2009. In 2010, he worked as a groundman at both the Menlo Park and San Francisco offices before being promoted to plant health care technician the same year. In 2013, he was promoted to trimmer at the East Bay R/C office and in 2014 was promoted to sales arborist. In 2017 he was promoted to assistant district manager of the East Bay office and in 2018 transferred to the Portland, Oregon, R/C office as assistant district manager.

“Dash brings a wide variety of technical, leadership and business-savvy experience to the Portland team,” said Jason Evans, operations manager, Western operating group. “He has a proven track record of high-quality customer service, and does a fantastic job engaging with Davey’s clients.”

Meanwhile, Marks is now the market manager, South Central operating group, Residential/Commercial (R/C) services. In his new role, Marks will continue to report to Andy Ferguson, vice president, Western R/C operations, and will be responsible for Davey’s Colorado and Nebraska offices. Marks started his career with Davey as a plant health care technician in 1995 with the acquisition of Wilhelm Tree & Lawn Care in Denver. In 1998 he was promoted to sales and service coordinator at the East Denver R/C office. Marks was promoted to sales arborist in the Boulder R/C office in 2005 and then assistant district manager in 2012. Marks was named district manager of the North Denver R/C office in 2015.

“Kevin encourages himself and his team to perform at the highest level of safety and professionalism every day,” said Jed Day, vice president and general manager, Western operations U.S. R/C services. “With 25 years of excellence at Davey, he is a respected leader that engages with clients to exceed their needs. I look forward to the continued growth he will bring to Davey’s Western offices and the success he will have with our clients.”

Garver is now the district manager of the South Baltimore Residential/Commercial (R/C) office. Garver started at Davey in 2005 as a tree trimmer in Davey’s South Baltimore R/C office. In his 15-year career with Davey, Garver has held several client service and sales related positions, including tree care foreman, sales and service technician and sales arborist.

“Aaron’s experiences working in numerous management roles while building strong client relationships in the Baltimore area will guide him as he takes over the reins of a growing office,” said Chris Klimas, operations manager. “Clients can expect nothing but the best from Aaron and his team of experts in Baltimore.”

“One of our goals has always been to provide our customers and employees with a small company feel,” said Kevin Hazelgrove, region manager. “As the market and the company have grown rapidly in recent years, this can be increasingly difficult. We believe that the addition of this new location will help us meet this goal and provide better service to our customers.”

The Richmond East branch will be led by David Hensel, who has recently been promoted to branch manager.

Hensel began his career at age thirteen working at a large retail garden center in Richmond. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with a degree in horticulture and landscape contracting and began working at a high-end residential landscape company in Sterling, Virginia, overseeing all facets of landscape management operations.

He joined Ruppert in early 2017 as an area manager in Richmond, where he took on the management of the branch’s second-largest portfolio and led the team in sales in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, in 2018, he was recognized with the company’s Branch Impact Award for his dedication and contributions to the team. He was promoted to associate branch manager in July of 2019, where he trained with leadership in preparation for the next opportunity to come in the Richmond market. He is a Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association certified horticulturist, landscape industry certified technician and an Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute certified hardscape installer.

“Dave’s competitive spirit, strong leadership and recruiting skills, and industry and market knowledge made him a clear choice for this position,” Hazelgrove said. “I have every confidence in his ability to lead and grow this promising new team.”

As branch manager, Hensel will be responsible for the overall welfare of the branch, including the safety and development of his team, strategic planning and budgeting, training and day-to-day operations.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – STIHL hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, the Hampton Roads Chamber and local business leaders earlier this month for a roundtable discussion highlighting workforce development and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“We have about 7 million vacant jobs and about 6 million people looking for them,” said Secretary Scalia. “This is a request to businesses to pledge to create job training and education opportunities for workers as STIHL has done by joining the 430 companies across the country that have signed on to the Pledge to America’s Workers.”

As part of the visit, Secretary Scalia toured the Virginia Beach, Virginia-based STIHL manufacturing facility to see modern manufacturing in action and to learn about workforce development initiatives like the STIHL apprenticeship program. Part of the tour included candid discussions with a STIHL employee who is a recent graduate of the apprentice program and employees from several departments where skilled trades are highly regarded and sought-after, including machining, assembly and injection molding.

“We must work together to identify our needs and find solutions. That is why I am encouraged to see the leadership from Secretary Scalia and the Labor Department,” said Bjoern Fischer, STIHL president. “They have an unwavering commitment to the American workforce, as do we here at STIHL.”

“A challenge we face now in our region is there are not enough young, skilled professionals to fill newly created jobs,” said Bryan Stephens, Hampton Roads Chamber president and CEO. “I am excited to see the Labor Department recognize the skills gap and provide young workers with the necessary tools to succeed in our 21st-century economy.”

In response to the growing skills gap, STIHL is involved in several different workforce development initiatives, including an apprentice program, dual-enrollment program, STEM sponsorships and an annual manufacturing technology summer camp for high school students.

The company’s operations in Virginia have grown since its start in 1974, with only 50 employees, assembling one model of chain saw. Today, more than 2,000 employees are working in over 1-million-square-feet of operating space at STIHL, producing over 80 models of outdoor power equipment. The manufacturing facility uses the latest in advanced technology to manufacture millions of powerheads and accessories a year to be sold through a network of more than 9,000 authorized local STIHL dealers, and exported to more than 80 countries around the world.

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