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Davey Names No. 2 Executive

Davey's recent organizational changes caught the attention of Akron Beacon Journal business writer Katie Byard. Byard penned the following article about the promotions of Pat Covey, Jim Stief and James Doyle.

By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal business writer

Published: March 12, 2012 - 11:14 PM

The Davey Tree Expert Co. in Kent on Monday said 20-year employee Pat Covey, 48, has been named chief operating officer for U.S. operations, the company’s No. 2 position.

The employee-owned tree, shrub and lawn care company, with about 500 employees in Northeast Ohio, also promoted Jim Stief, 57, to executive vice president of operations and James Doyle, 43, to vice president and general manager.

Stief and Doyle also are longtime employees, Stief with 33 years of service and Doyle with 23 years.

Davey Tree said in a news release that the changes recognize leadership that has “been critical to Davey’s success during this unstable economic period.”

Davey Chairman Karl Warnke noted in a news release that Covey “has been highly instrumental in the successful integration of some of the largest acquisitions in Davey history.”

Those include Davey’s acquisition in 2008 of the Care of Trees, an Illinois-based operation with nearly 500 employees.

Covey, a resident of Portage County, most recently was executive vice president of operations — a post he was named to in 2007. He joined the company in 1991, after receiving a business degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Warnke previously held the titles of chief operating officer, as well as president, before being named president and chief executive officer in 2007. Warnke, 60, has no immediate plans to retire, Davey Tree spokeswoman Sandra Reid said.

Stief, the new executive vice president, will oversee U.S. residential and commercial operations, in addition to the Davey Resource Group, a unit based in Stow that provides consulting services.

Doyle, the new vice president and general manager of the Davey Tree Expert of Canada Ltd., is based in the Toronto area. He is the first person to serve as general manager for all Canadian operations, Reid said.

Davey reported consolidated revenues of $591.73 million in 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available. Historical figures show past economic difficulties, as the company reported revenue of $600 million for 2008.


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