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People on the Move: Promotions and hirings from Ruppert Landscape, Davey Tree and more

April 1, 2020 -  By
Courtney Pohlit (Photo: Ruppert Landscape)

Courtney Pohlit (Photo: Ruppert Landscape)

Ruppert Landscape promoted Courtney Pohlit to the position of director of people and recruiting.

Pohlit holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech and an MBA in human resources from Towson University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

She has more than 15 years of experience in project management, account management and human resources. She joined Ruppert in early 2019 as digital project manager and has made a tremendous impact while on the IT team. In this new position, she will be responsible for developing a strategy to optimize the company’s talent acquisition and employee development programs and enhance employee engagement.

Ruppert Landscape also added Pete Friz as head of strategic initiatives.

Friz holds an MBA from Loyola University and has more than twenty years of business-to-business service experience. Specifically, he has almost a decade of tenure in the landscape industry, having held positions including director of operations and senior vice president with other leading industry organizations.

In his new position at Ruppert Landscape, he will focus on executing strategic objectives to accelerate the company’s growth, including process improvements, systems investments, and training and integration programs, and will help develop leadership and management capabilities.

The Davey Tree Expert Co. President and CEO Patrick M. Covey has assumed responsibility as the chairman of its board, following a board action at the directors’ meeting.

Covey has 28 years of service at Davey and was named president and CEO in 2017. Covey assumes the chairman position during a time of growth and expansion, as Davey announced plans for an addition to its corporate headquarters and development of a new employee training and research facility in Kent, Ohio, last year. The company also achieved $1 billion in total annual revenue in 2018 and has closed on more than 20 acquisitions since January 2014.

Covey takes over as chairman from his predecessor, Karl Warnke, who is retiring as chairman, but will remain on the board. Warnke retired as CEO of Davey in 2017, and his years of service, including as chairman, is 40 years.

Over the years, Covey has served in various capacities with increasing responsibility in both the field operations and the operations support segments of the company. Covey joined Davey in 1991 as an internal auditor. He transferred to eastern utility operations in 1993 and was promoted to administrative manager in 1996. He was appointed a team leader on the SAP implementation project and managed the systems and process team from 2000 to 2003. In 2003, he was promoted to vice president of southern utility operations, and in 2005, he was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Davey Resource Group. In 2007, he was promoted to executive vice president, operations, a title he held until he became chief operating officer, U.S. operations, in 2012. He was named president and COO of U.S. operations in 2014. In 2016, he was promoted to president and COO for all operations.

Covey earned a degree in business from the University of Wisconsin in finance, banking and accounting. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Arbor Day Foundation, is a board member of Environmental Design of Houston and serves on the board of directors of Akron Children’s Hospital and Bandit Industries.

Covey is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and Tree Care Industry Association. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Bill Vogel of Spring Valley USA was presented with the prestigious WLNA Hall of Fame Award for his lifelong work within the green industry.

Through the years Bill has been on the boards as president of The Wisconsin Landscape Contractors, Wisconsin Green Industry Federation, Mid-Am Trade show, Project EverGreen and more.

The ceremony hosted many past and present members of the WLNA and its executive board.

CNH Industrial N.V. temporarily appointed Brad Crews as general manager, North America.

In this role, Crews will ensure cross-functional governance and coordinate all North American regional efforts during the COVID-19 situation. He will also temporarily join the company’s Global Executive Committee, an operational decision-making body of CNH Industrial, which is responsible for reviewing the operating performance of the segments and making decisions on certain operational matters.

Crews has more than 25 years of experience with CNH Industrial in manufacturing, quality and operations. He first joined the company in 1994 and has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility including that of chief quality officer. Crews held the position of COO NAFTA from 2014-2017 and was president, agricultural equipment product segment from 2015-2017.

Crews retains his responsibilities as brand president for the Case IH and STEYR agricultural brands.

Aquatrols named Greg Sinner as its new U.S. sales manager, a position previously held by Mike Navel, who has been promoted to director of sales.

Sinner joins the Aquatrols team with extensive experience in sales and sales management. He has previously held roles in a variety of areas including sales, marketing, distribution, strategic account management and most recently in sales management.

Sinner will head the U.S. sales team and oversee all sales operations within the U.S.

JCB North America apprentice, Devin Bass, has been selected by Savannah Tech as the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership Student of the Year for excellence in the Industrial Maintenance Systems Technology program.

Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's former managing editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Prior to her role at LM, Sarah was an intern for Cleveland Magazine and a writing tutor.

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