KENT, Ohio – Rex Bastian, technical advisor for The Davey Tree Expert Company, recently received a 2017 Award of Distinction from The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The Awards of Distinction were presented during the opening ceremony of the ISA’s 93rd Annual International Conference and Trade Show. Bastian was honored with ISA’s 2017 Award of Merit, the ISA's highest honor for outstanding service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practices of arboriculture.
“Rex has a unique combination of breadth and depth of subject matter expertise, and it is difficult to find a topic for which he lacks a qualified opinion,” said Jim Zwack, general manager of the Davey Institute, the Davey Company’s premier research, development and innovation division. “He masterfully combines an enthusiastic teaching style with years of wisdom accrued by observing and assessing the plant health care services we provide for our clients.”
Bastian started with The Care of Trees in 1989 and joined Davey in 2008 through the TCOT merger with Davey. He works as a regional technical advisor with emphasis on education and training and diagnostics. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University, and he is an International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist.