People on the Move: Veney, Lawnson, Garr, Threadgill

July 1, 2015 -  By
Mike Veney was appointed to manager of environmental programs for the Davey Institute.

Mike Veney was appointed to manager of environmental programs for the Davey Institute.

The Davey Tree Expert Co. appointed Mike Veney to manager of environmental programs for the Davey Institute, a green industry research, development and innovation group. Veney has more than 15 years of experience creating and implementing programs designed to adhere to environmental regulations for multinational corporations and will use his expertise to lead Davey’s environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility efforts, the company says.


Ruppert Landscape promoted Josh Lawnson to the position of branch manager of the company’s Charlotte Landscape Management branch in Pineville, N.C. Beginning his career as an assistant field manager, Lawson has more than nine years of industry experience and has been with Ruppert since 2007. As branch manager, Lawson will be responsible for the overall development and health of the branch, including the growth and development of his team, strategic planning, budgeting, training and day-to-day operations, the company says.

Syngenta hired two new territory managers to its turf and ornamental business. Adam Garr will be responsible for turf business in the lower peninsula of Michigan, and Chris Threadgill will be responsible for ornamental business in 13 midwest states. Garr brings 16 years of industry experience, spending the past 12 years serving as golf course superintendent at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Mich. Threadgill joins Syngenta with 28 years of experience in the horticulture industry, most recently working with growers in a sales territory for Valent U.S.A.

Bayer CropScience named longtime Bayer executive Jacqueline Applegate, Ph.D., head of environmental science, the nonagricultural business operations unit of the company. Applegate, who will be based at the unit’s headquarter in Lyon, France, succeeds Gunnar Riemann, Ph.D., who left the company to pursue other career opportunities. In her new role, Applegate will also become a member of the Bayer CropScience Executive Committee. Applegate has been with Bayer for 23 years, most notably president of Bayer’s North America business from 2010 to 2012.

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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