Students Graduate from Davey Institute of Tree Sciences

Posted: March 1, 2018

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company announced the graduation of nearly 50 Davey employees from the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences. Davey’s flagship training program, D.I.T.S. has been a staple in the Davey company for over a century.

The month-long training program includes classroom and field exercises in climbing and safety procedures, tree and plant care, disease and pest diagnosis, management practices and team building.

“D.I.T.S. is a unique opportunity available to Davey employees. Not only is the program a significant commitment and investment from the company, but it’s also a pretty impressive commitment from these students as they willingly leave their families and everything at home for an entire month of rigorous training,” said R.J. Laverne, manager of education and training at Davey. “It’s all centered around a dedication to helping our employees provide excellent client service while working in a safe, efficient and professional manner.”

This year’s class also included sessions on how to lead effectively, and students heard management presentations from their respective service lines and departments throughout the company.

As part of the D.I.T.S. graduation banquet, Laverne announced that Joshua Bearman received the Golden Oak Award, which is earned by the student with the highest academic performance throughout the month-long program.

Attendees were drawn from Davey operations across North America and had to be nominated by their field managers and approved by corporate management to be admitted into the prestigious program. This year’s participants included: Tyler Andrews, Joshua Bearman, Greg Bennett, Dave Benninger, Jeff Blas, Troy Boughner, Brendon Brown, Margaret Burleson, Joshua Cook, Nuala Coulter-Hayward, Paul Dolan, Kevin Donner, Christopher Griffin, Aminadab Guerrero-Penaloza, Alec Hall, Derek Hausmann, Sam Heywood, Mitchell Hoffman, Shawn Huff, Justin Troy Irelan, Neil Irving, Michael Jurgens, Kevin Lamb, Bryan Layne, James Legge, Jacob MacDougall, Davy McAdams, Isaac Miller, Pasquale Monteleone Jr., Patrick Mounce, CJ Nichols, Josh Noe, Abraham Nunez, Kadyn Pack, Dago Padilla, Eric Phillips, Amanda Pipes, Josh Prochnow, Dustin Schaffer, James Scovil, Kyle Smedi, Michael Spaulding, Michael Sweeney, Matthew Teague, William Tomajko, Michael Wade, Travis Wellner and Erik Winter.

With more than 9,000 employees throughout North America, The Davey Tree Expert Company provides solutions for residential, utility, commercial and government clients. Rooted in research, the company’s vision is to achieve balance among people, progress and the environment. Tree experts since 1880, Davey provides diversified tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental services. Davey is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S. and is headquartered in Kent, Ohio.

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