Davey’s Ober Retires After 39 Years

Posted: Sept. 29, 2014

Gordon Ober, Davey Tree vice president, personnel recruiting and development, retired this month after 39 years of service to the company.

Ober started with Davey in 1975 as a sales and service representative at Davey’s Akron Lawnscape office. He has held several other positions within the residential and commercial service line, such as district manager for Davey’s Pittsburgh Lawnscape office and general manager of Lawnscape services. Ober also joined the corporate office in 1980 and earned a promotion to operations manager of residential and commercial services in 1984.

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In 2000 Ober was promoted to his current position overseeing recruitment, training and development of Davey field employees. In 2007, Ober received “The Best of Davey Leadership Award.”

“Gordon has been a tireless ambassador for Davey and a significant contributor within Portage County, Davey’s home base,” said Pat Covey, Davey’s president and chief operating officer for U.S. operations. “We will miss his enthusiasm, leadership and commitment to the employees of the Davey Company.”

Ober has served on and is chairman of the Robinson Health System Board of Trustees in Ravenna, Ohio; is a past board member of Portage County United Way; served as president and a member of the Aurora, Ohio, Kiwanis; is a current member and past moderator of The Church in Aurora; and he is a past member of the International Society of Arboriculture Research Trust Board, now known as the TREE Fund.

Ober, whose retirement was effective Sept. 26, called his time at Davey a blessing.

“Over the years I’ve made countless friendships, and I have been able to work with all of Davey’s divisions throughout North America,” he said. “It’s been a hugely rewarding experience in all aspects of my employment.”

The Davey Tree Expert Company’s more than 8,000 employees provide tree care, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial and government markets in more than 47 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Davey has provided Proven Solutions for a Growing World since 1880, and 2014 marks 35 years of employee ownership. For more information, visit www.davey.com.

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