People on the Move: NALP-PAC names board; MFTA appoints vp; and more from LebanonTurf, Davey Tree, NALP Foundation

April 20, 2016 -  By

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Political Action Committee (NALP-PAC) named its board of directors. Those named to the board will serve as ambassadors for the PAC and help to better educate industry professionals about the importance of effective advocacy and the role that a PAC serves, according to NALP. The board includes:

  • Chair—Jim Cali of McFarlin Stanford;
  • Vice chair—Jeff Fedorchak of TruGreen;
  • Secretary/treasurer—Paul Mendelsohn of NALP;
  • Assistant secretary/treasurer—Paul McDonough of Koch Agronomic Services;
  • Director—Warren Gorowitz of Ewing Irrigation;
  • Director—Chris Psencik of McFarlin Stanford;
  • Director—Norman Goldenberg of Namron Consulting;
  • Director—Paul Fraynd of Sun Valley Landscaping; and
  • Director—Matt Bagshaw of E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) promoted Scott Coyle to vice president of service operations for North America. Coyle started with MFTA in 1997 as a field service manager. In 2001, he was promoted to national service manager, and in 2013, he was named director of service operations. “During his tenure in the Service group, Scott has developed extensive experience with our trucks and has also nurtured a strong relationship with our dealer organization,” said Jecka Glasman, MFTA’s president and CEO. “His unlimited dedication to the improvement of our product and the growth of MFTA makes him a strong member of the management team and we look forward to his continued growth.”

LebanonTurf appointed Jeremy Bigler to landscape channel manager. Previously serving as product manager, Bigler’s resume includes 16 years of technical experience in metal products. He has a bachelor’s in physics from Millersville University and an MBA from Drexel University.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation named three new Foundation Ambassadors. Ambassadors are individuals or companies that pledge $25,000 or more to award scholarships to students enrolled in landscape contracting or horticulture programs at two-year or four-year colleges. The newest Foundation Ambassadors include:

  • Ben Collinsworth of Native Land Design in Cedar Park, Texas, who pledged $25,000 to establish the Native Land Design and The Collinsworth Family Scholarship;
  • Doug Delano of Level Green Landscape in Washington, D.C., who pledged $25,000 to establish the Doug Delano—”Level Green, Doing the Right Thing” Scholarship; and
  • Brett Lemcke and Rick Lemcke of R.M. Landscape in Hilton, N.Y., who pledged $25,000 to create the Brett and Rick Lemke Scholarship.

The Davey Tree Expert Co. promoted Brian Parris to regional safety specialist within the company’s safety department. Parris joined Davey Tree in 2001 and most recently served as a utility safety specialist at the North Carolina branch. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist and a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) certified tree care safety professional.

The company also appointed Chelsi Abbott to technical adviser at the Davey Institute, the company’s research, development and innovation wing. Abbott recently received her master’s in plant pathology at Purdue University, and she has a bachelor’s in biological sciences from Central Michigan University. She also belongs to the American Phytopathological Society.

About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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