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People on the Move: Updates from LMN, Davey Tree and more

September 7, 2021 -  By
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LMN added five new leaders to the company in August and made several promotions

Leaders include:

  • Matt Braun, vice president, communication. Braun will oversee LMN’s external and internal communication strategies, working closely with key leadership including the company’s chief marketing officer on all programs. He brings more than 20 years of PR and communication experience to LMN.
  • Ken Duncan, vice president, sales. A proven leader in business-to-business sales, Duncan joins LMN to drive continued customer growth across North America. He previously spent 18 years at TELUS.
  • Annette Mendezcuria, human resources manager. Mendezcuria joins LMN as the company’s first dedicated HR leader. She brings more than two decades of HR experience to the organization. Her responsibilities include recruiting, benefit management, employee relations and more.
  • Brandon Powell, vice president, acquisition. Powell will lead LMN’s digital marketing strategy, focused on building the company’s customer base through campaigns and creative programs. He’s spent more than 10 years in senior marketing roles prior to
    joining the company.
  • Michael Sousa, director, payments. Sousa is an experienced financial leader with a proven track record in the merchant acquiring and banking industries. He brings more than 13 years of payments experience to LMN and most recently held senior leadership roles at Helcim ATB Financial.

Additionally, LMN continues to provide opportunities for employees to grow their careers. Today the company promoted the following employees:

  • Jaimee Boseley has been promoted to director of essential implementation.
  • Lucy Chu has been promoted to director of education.
  • Geoff Farella has been promoted to director of customer support.
  • Holly Faulds has been promoted to director of enterprise accounts.
  • Jennifer Frey has been promoted to director of professional implementation.
  • Kristen Kiely has been promoted to vice president of professional services.
  • Robert Looije has been promoted to director of digital.
  • Josh Turpin has been promoted to director of business development.

The Davey Tree Expert Co. promoted Michael Presta to district manager of Davey’s North Austin Residential/Commercial (R/C) services office.

“The combination of Mike’s education, work ethic and communication skills will all be instrumental in the continued success of this office,” said Chuck Shouse, market manager, Texas R/C services. “Even during Mike’s short time at Davey, he is an example that success can happen with hard work and dedication.”

Presta started his career at Davey in 2017 as a foreman at the Dallas R/C office and in 2018, was promoted to plant health care technician at the South Austin office. In 2019, he was promoted to sales arborist at the East San Antonio office and in 2021 to assistant district manager of the same office.

Presta holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry wildlife management from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Saluda Hill Landscapes has promoted Patrick Lide to division manager of landscape production.

Before the promotion, Lide worked as a production and area manager. He is a graduate of the Citadel and has been a dedicated part of the Saluda Team for the past four years.

North Carolina State Crop and Soil Sciences Extension Specialist and professor of turfgrass weed science Fred Yelverton was named as a 2021 Crop Science Society of America Fellow. The awards are presented to Society members in recognition of outstanding contributions to crop science through education, service and research.

“Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the Crop Science Society of America,” the CCSA said. “Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Less than 0.3 percent of the Society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.”

Yelverton received his B.S. in wildlife biology and M.S. and Ph.D. in weed science at North Carolina State University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in turfgrass, co-authored “Color Atlas of Turfgrass Weeds: A Guide to Weed Identification and Control Strategies” and writes extensively in professional journals and for NC State’s TurfFiles Extension website.

The Andersons hired Ken Klopp to serve as territory manager for the company’s turf and specialty business. Klopp will manage the distribution of the business’s turf and ornamental products in the Southeast region of the U.S.

Klopp has a turf degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute. He brings a wealth of previous experience from working in distribution and manufacturing with companies such as Lebanon, Agrium and Koch Fertilizer.

“We are very excited to have Ken join our Professional Turf Products team,” said Tony Goldsby, director of sales for The Andersons. “Ken’s vast experience in both the green industry and developing end-user technology platforms will make him a valuable resource for our customers.”

Klopp resides in Goodlettsville, Tenn., with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's 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. She can be reached at swebb@northcoastmedia.net.

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