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Davey Promotes Three to Vice President

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company is proud to announce the promotion of three employees to vice president. 

Chris Bast has been promoted to vice president and treasurer.

With 19 years of prior experience, Bast joined Davey in 2013 as treasurer, and has expanded his responsibilities over the past four years. He’s been an instrumental figure in furthering the company’s growth through his leadership of the acquisition process. Bast holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, he is a certified public accountant, a certified treasury professional and is affiliated with the Risk Management Society.

Margie Conner has been promoted to vice president, assistant secretary and corporate counsel.

Conner has held several roles of increasing responsibility in her 40 years with Davey. After attending law school and becoming a licensed attorney, Conner was promoted to manager of the legal and treasury department in 1995. And, in 1998 she was promoted to assistant secretary and corporate counsel. Conner holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law. 

Thea Sears has been promoted to vice president and controller.

Sears joined the company in 1993 and her responsibilities have included roles in financial reporting, managerial reporting and operations accounting. Two years after starting with Davey, Sears was promoted to supervisor of financial accounting. Shortly after, in 1998, she was made manager of financial accounting until 2010 when she was named assistant controller. Most recently, Sears was promoted to corporate controller in 2016. Sears holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the University of Akron and is a certified public accountant.

“As the Davey Company continues to grow, our operational and financial accounting functions need to be poised to adapt to the changes that come along with it,” said Joe Paul, executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary of Davey Tree. “Chris, Margie and Thea are exactly the kind of leadership we need to propel us forward successfully and efficiently into the coming years of growth. The skills and professionalism each of them bring to the table have been and will continue to be vital assets.”

The Davey Tree Expert Company’s approximately 9,000 employees provide diversified tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental 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 38 years.

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