LAYTONSVILLE, Md. – Ruppert Landscape expanded its Virginia landscape management operations to include a new branch in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Serving the Spotsylvania and Stafford counties, this branch joins three existing landscape management branch offices in Virginia, located in Richmond, Gainesville and Alexandria.
“As the northern extension of Richmond, the Fredericksburg market was identified in our latest five-year plan as a target expansion location for 2018,” said Tom Barry, president of the company’s landscape management division.
Ruppert hired John Tagliaferri as its branch manager. He will oversee the company’s new Fredericksburg branch. He 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.
Prior to this position, Tagliaferri has served in the landscape industry for 20 years, having held a variety of positions, including crew person, construction foreman, maintenance supervisor and branch manager. He previously worked for Ruppert as an enhancement supervisor in 1997 prior to the sale of the company in 1998. Most recently, as an ISA Certified Arborist, he worked as branch manager at another industry organization and started a southern Virginia tree service.
To accommodate with the growth in the Virginia region, Ruppert also promoted Kevin Hazelgrove to serve as its region manager. He will oversee the company’s landscape management operations in Richmond and Fredericksburg. Hazelgrove has worked with Ruppert for seven years, and he has more than 25 years of landscape industry experience. Over the course of his career, he has held several positions, including area manager, operations manager, regional manager and most recently as branch manager in Ruppert’s landscape management branch.
He has previously been recognized as a Virginia Certified Nurseryman, holds a commercial pesticide applicator’s license and has served on the Virginia Tech Faculty Advisory Council from 2006-2011. In 2015, he earned the company’s Clyde Vadner Merit Award, presented to the individual who has demonstrated consistent hard work and dedication to leading exceptional contributions to the organization.
“As he makes the transition into his new role, much of his time will be spent training John and helping to fill his previous position as branch manager in Richmond,” said Fred Key, region vice president at Ruppert. “Given the Richmond branch’s outstanding track record, we have full confidence that Kevin is well-suited to his new position and will be instrumental in growing our business in Virginia.”