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Davey Names Houston Vice President, General Manager in Eastern U.S. Residential Services

Posted: Jan. 16, 2017

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company has announced the promotion of Jim Houston to vice president and general manager in Davey’s Eastern U.S. Residential/Commercial operations.

Houston, who has 32 years of experience in the green industry, started with Davey in 1992 as a trimmer for the West Cleveland R/C office. Since then, Houston has held several positions of increasing responsibility with Davey, including Plant Health Care technician, sales arborist, district manager and operations manager. These positions were in geographically diverse locations in Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Northeast Ohio and the Northeast U.S. He was promoted to vice president of Midwest U.S. R/C services in 2010.

“Jim’s promotion supports Davey’s strategic succession planning for R/C services as it continues to grow, evolve into new geographies, expand into existing markets and acquire complimentary brands,” said Jim Stief, executive vice president and general manager, U.S. R/C services. “His focus on providing excellent client experiences, commitment to employee safety and his prior field and management résumé make Jim eminently qualified for this new role.”

Houston is a 1995 graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, which is Davey’s flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques. He is a past member of the Davey President’s Council, whose members serve a three-year term on various committees to brainstorm and research new ideas related to the company’s operations. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist®.

Houston studied business and economics at Dawson College and is a past recipient of the Davey Outstanding Manager Award.

The Davey Tree Expert Company’s more than 8,600 employees provide tree care, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial and government markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Davey has provided Proven Solutions for a Growing World since 1880 and has been employee-owned for 37 years. For more information, visit www.davey.com.

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