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People on the Move: SiteOne elects new director to its board; OPEI appoints members to its board of directors; Davey appoints new operations vp; and more from WorkWave and Munro

March 27, 2019 -  By

SiteOne Landscape Supply’s board of directors has nominated Larisa J. Drake to be elected as a director at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 15.

“We are excited to announce the nomination of Larisa Drake to our board,” said Doug Black, chairman and CEO of SiteOne Landscape Supply. “Her wealth of experience in data analytics and the strategic design and implementation of marketing campaigns will be an asset to SiteOne, particularly as we continue to enhance our marketing programs and bring more value to our customers through our digital capabilities.”

Drake is executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Equity Lifestyle Properties, a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and operates more than 400 communities in North America. Prior to joining Equity Lifestyle Properties in 2013, she was an officer at Discover Financial Services where she led marketing initiatives over the course of 14 years for Discover Card.

She holds a B.S. in communication studies from Northwestern University, an M.L.A. from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Darren Malcolm (Photo: Davey Tree Expert Co.)

Darren Malcolm

The Davey Tree Expert Co. of Canada, Limited, announced the promotion of Darran Malcolm to operations vice president.

“Darran’s experience in both residential and utility services gives him a unique perspective on how to provide excellent client experiences,” said Blair Veitch, vice president and general manager, Canadian Utility. “We’re confident he will excel as he continues to work to grow our operations.”

Malcolm joined Canadian operations in 2001 as a spray technician in the Mississauga residential/commercial office. He joined a tree care crew in 2002 and worked his way up to foreman. In 2011, he was promoted to the role of technical skills trainer and in 2014, transitioned from residential/commercial services and was promoted to area manager in Ontario Utility west. In 2017, Malcolm was promoted to regional vice president, Ontario Utility services.

Malcolm is a current member of the Davey President’s Council, which brainstorms and researches new ideas related to the company’s operations and presents them to management for review and consideration for implementation. He’s a graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, Davey’s flagship training program, and an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and ISA Certified Utility Arborist. He is a 2002 graduate of the urban arboriculture program at Humber College, where he also served as an instructor and faculty member until 2015.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) board of directors appointed Rob Moll, CEO of MTD, as a director and named Tom Duncan, president and CEO of Positec, to the executive committee as secretary/treasurer.

“As the outdoor power equipment industry continues to evolve, so does OPEI,” said OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser. “Thanks to an engaged board of directors, our association remains well positioned to represent our members’ interests and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the coming years.”

OPEI’s 2019-2020 officers and members of its board of directors include:

  • Chair: Bjoern Fischer, president, Stihl;
  • Vice chair: Rick Olson, chairman, president and CEO, The Toro Co.;
  • Secretary/treasurer: Tom Duncan, president and CEO, Positec USA; and
  • Immediate past chair: Dan Ariens, chairman and CEO, Ariens Co.

The other members of OPEI’s board of directors include:

  • Earl Bennett, president, Husqvarna North America, Husqvarna Professional Products;
  • Edward B. Cohen, vice president, government & industry relations, American Honda Motor Co.;
  • Tim Dorsey, president, Echo;
  • Peter Hampton, president and CEO, Active Exhaust Corp.;
  • Tim Merrett, vice president, global platform turf & utility, Deere and Co.;
  • Lee Sowell, president, outdoor products, Techtronic Industries, Power Equipment;
  • Todd Teske, chairman, president and CEO, Briggs and Stratton Corp.;
  • Mark Wagner, president and CEO, Club Car; and
  • Joe Wright, president and CEO, Excel Industries.

WorkWave, a provider of software solutions, appointed David Giannetto as COO. He’ll be based in the company’s Holmdel, N.J., office.

“I am thrilled to welcome David to our leadership team,” said Marne Martin, CEO of WorkWave. “With more than 25 years of bottom-line responsibility growing business-oriented service and technology companies, his arrival will enable us to continue to grow as a company, while providing the service industry with best-in-class software-as-a-service SaaS solutions. The insights and expertise he brings to the table will help further our position as the dominant SMB SaaS solution for the pest vertical and other service industries.”

Giannetto’s experience across software-as-a-service cloud, service, performance management and emerging technology will allow him to further align the WorkWave functions that touch customer needs (product, marketing, engineering, sales, services, support) in a strategic way, according to the company.

“I am really looking forward to joining a company that has such tremendous potential across the SaaS software space,” Giannetto said. “My goal is to ensure that we as a company are delivering innovative and versatile technology solutions that exceed the needs of field service companies, while also developing strategies that will support company growth and success across departments and functions.”

Munro, a manufacturer of pumps, pump controls and pump stations for the turf irrigation market, has named Mike Yarussi as its new regional account manager for the eastern U.S.

Yarussi will work closely with the company’s network of professional distributors, as well as with irrigation specifiers, landscape architects and landscape contractors, to provide support and further develop and enhance Munro’s current market presence.

“Mike will be a huge asset to our team and our customers,” said Katie Munro Powell, vice president of Munro. “Mike’s thoughtful and informed communication style and broad product and industry expertise will offer excellent support for our customers and partners, continuing to support Munro’s position as the leading pump brand for the turf irrigation industry.”

Yarussi brings more than 30 years of experience in the irrigation and golf industries to his new position, having worked in irrigation distribution, irrigation consulting and golf course management. He is a Certified Irrigation Designer and a Certified Golf Irrigation Designer and holds both a BA and an MBA from Liberty University.

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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