People on the Move: Updates from Ruppert Landscape, SavATree and more

June 29, 2020 -  By
Adam Doyle (Photo: Ruppert Landscape)

Adam Doyle (Photo: Ruppert Landscape)

Ruppert Landscape added Adam Doyle as branch manager in the company’s West Grove, Pa., landscape management branch.

Doyle has 18 years of industry experience, having started with a small landscape company in the Baltimore area in high school. He attended Virginia Tech where he majored in horticulture with a minor in landscape contracting and graduated with a BS in 2006. After college, he spent several years with a leading landscape organization, working in three different locations first as a supervisor and finally operations manager before joining Outside Unlimited in southern Pennsylvania in 2012. He began as an enhancement field manager overseeing a two-person crew and during that time was instrumental in helping increase revenue from $100,000 to $350,000.

In the years that followed, he helped grow the team and the book of work exponentially, reaching $3.2 million in revenue in 2018, at which time Outside Unlimited opened the West Grove location and appointed him branch manager. When Ruppert Landscape purchased the West Grove location from Outside Unlimited, Doyle agreed to stay on with Ruppert and continue to oversee operations there.

“We are very excited to have Adam on the team,” said Damien Barber, region manager in Ruppert’s landscape management division. “He brings a wealth of leadership and industry experience and is a great fit with the Ruppert culture. We look forward to him continuing to lead and grow his team in West Grove.”

As branch manager, Doyle will be responsible for the overall welfare of the branch, including the safety and development of his team, strategic planning and budgeting, training, and day-to-day operations.

The West Grove, Pa., branch offers the following landscape management services: grounds management/contract services; design and landscape enhancement; turf care; irrigation system management; pond and lake management; arbor care; snow and ice management; lighting and holiday decorations. The branch primarily serves clients in southeast Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, including Chester County, Delaware County, New Castle County and Kent County.

SavATree’s Ron Rubin, ISA Certified Arborist and former owner of Thrive, Plant Health Care Solutions, will now focus on Strategic Accounts to leverage SavATree’s national presence.

Executive Chairman Daniel van Starrenburg said, “We’re pleased to have Ron Rubin aboard and believe it will be a tremendous step forward for SavATree. His lengthy tenure in the industry, contacts and knowledge will further enhance our success with national and strategic accounts.”

Ron Rubin joined SavATree in 2017 when SavATree purchased his company, Thrive. He graduated from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point College of Natural Resources with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry.

In his role as vice president of strategic accounts, Rubin will work closely with the commercial arborists, branch managers, district managers and regional vice presidents to build growth in all regions.

Kohler appointed Brian Melka to group president, power in May 2020.

He provides full-scope strategic and operational leadership and is responsible for accelerating growth and profitability of the global power group businesses: Power Systems, Kohler Engines, Clarke Energy and Kohler Uninterruptible Power.

Melka joined Kohler Co. in 2013 as vice president, Kohler Engines Americas, where he delivered consistent results and one of the best runs of profitable growth in the history of the Engines business. In his most recent role as president, engines, Melka oversaw leadership of the global engines business, which includes Engines Americas, Engines China and Engines EMEA, and executed strategic plans for both the gasoline and diesel markets. Prior to Kohler, he was vice president, global mining and product management for Rexnord, where he drove commercial growth for a $275 million global mining business and led the creation of a comprehensive new product development plan for all process and motion control businesses.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Hisun Motor Corp., USA welcomed its new western U.S. regional sales manager, JJ Pecsok.

Pecsok comes to Hisum from Tucker Powersports, where he excelled in roles as a regional sales manager and field marketing manager. Preceding these roles, Pecsok displayed his aptitude as a leading sales rep for Fox Head, where he was recognized for his ability to lead dealers in maximizing revenue.

In his role as western U.S. regional sales manager for Hisun Motors Corp., USA, Pecsok will be tasked with developing and managing a team of dealer support staff. His objective is to enrich Hisun’s sales operations by providing optimum service to the dealer network and forge healthy relationships with valuable business partners.

Hisun also appointed Thomas Kang, a veteran to the Hisun organization, to eastern U.S. regional sales manager.

Kang’s performance and display of leadership has earned him yet another rung on the ladder as he continues to drive sales for the brand. His tenure with Hisun spans over a decade, hosting a variety of responsibilities along the way. Notably, Kang was among the first to present the Hisun brand name to the U.S. market in 2013. He has since received many accolades for his achievements.

As eastern U.S. regional sales manager, Kang is now responsible for leading the dealer support staff and overseeing sales operations for the entire 32-state region. His focus will be centered on providing dealers with a premier experience and implementing Hisun’s aggressive new business plan.

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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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