KENT, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company has announced the promotions of Jason Evans and Andrew Ferguson to new roles within the Western operating group, as well as the hiring of Alex Julius to employee development and safety training specialist at the Davey Institute.
Evans will be the operations manager of residential/commercial services, while Ferguson will become the vice president of Western Residential/Commercial operations.
Over the past two years, Evans has been the market manager of the Western operating group, the largest operating group in the R/C service line. In his new position, he will collaborate directly with Ferguson.
“Jason’s a compassionate leader. In his new role, he will explore how we can further excel at providing the best services to our clients and find innovative ways to actively engage our employees,” said Jed Day, vice president and general manager, Western R/C Operations. “I’m confident that he will light the path for our next generation of tree care professionals in the West.”
Ferguson started with Davey in 1998 as a Plant Health Care technician in the Denver territory. In 2001, he was promoted to PHC coordinator. Ferguson was promoted to district manager of the West Denver R/C office in 2006. In 2013, he was promoted to operations manager of the South-Central R/C Operating Group. In his new role, he will oversee Davey’s Western R/C Operating Group and continue to manage the South-Central R/C Operating Group.
“Andy has an impeccable work ethic, a genuine dedication for the pursuit of excellence and he’s a driver of success in his operations,” said Jim Stief, executive vice president, U.S. Residential Operations. “We’re excited to expand Andy’s talents to our Western Operating Group, so we can continue to deliver exceptional services to our clients and inspire our employees.”
Meanwhile, Julis will be working with the Davey Institute, corporate recruiting and employee development and the safety department. In her new role, Julius will develop and support educational and safety training.
“Alex is a unique talent, so her work plan reflects Davey’s commitment to cross-divisional and cross-departmental collaboration,” said Greg Ina, executive vice president, Davey Institute and Employee Development. “Having her here helps us extend our investment in our workforce by improving safety programming, employee development and leadership training, while also contributing to the broader green industry.”
In her previous role, Julius was the industry education manager for the International Society of Arboriculture and led a team that developed educational programming, conference programming, workshops, symposia, and instructor-led training.