SavATree’s Green Ambitions: New Executive Hires and a Vision for Global Growth

Building an Arboriculture Powerhouse for the Future through Strategic Executive Appointments and Expansions

Key Takeaways:

  1. SavATree bolsters its executive team with strategic hires in key roles to accelerate both national and global growth.
  2. Outgoing COO Don Becker leaves a lasting legacy after 36 years of service, during which he was pivotal in company expansions.
  3. The company is ramping up its Mergers & Partnerships platform, laying the groundwork for the next phase of its strategic evolution.

About SavATree

SavATree is a leading service provider in professional tree, shrub, and lawn care, specializing in environmentally conscious stewardship of residential and commercial properties. Operating nationwide, the company employs a team of certified arborists and field specialists to deliver high-quality tree and lawn care. SavATree has also been proactively investing in its Mergers & Partnerships platform to strengthen its market position. To learn more, visit SavATree’s website.

SavATree Turns Over a New Leaf: The New Executive Team

SavATree recently announced the appointment of new members to its executive team. Ben Stevie takes on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), succeeding the outgoing COO Don Becker. Phil DeGisi steps in as the Chief Growth Officer (CGO). Both appointments come at a critical juncture in the company’s history as it gears up for a new phase of national and international growth.

Carmine Schiavone, CEO of SavATree, said, “The addition of Ben and Phil to our executive team marks a significant milestone for SavATree. Their extensive experience building at-scale, top-quality customer experiences will help propel SavATree on into the next phase of growth and expansion.

A Tribute to a Legend: Don Becker

Don Becker, the current COO, will retire later this year after serving SavATree for nearly four decades. He joined the company in 1987 and has been instrumental in its growth, helping it become the first multi-state tree care company in the U.S. to earn accreditation by the Tree Care Industry Association. Becker will stay on through the end of the year for a seamless transition and will continue to serve as an Advisor to the company. Schiavone adds, “As we step into the future under their leadership, I also wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to Don for his remarkable 36 years of service to our organization. His contributions have been invaluable, and his legacy will continue to inspire us all.

Digging Deep into the Profiles: Who Are Ben Stevie and Phil DeGisi?

Ben Stevie: Scaling Operations with Expertise

Ben Stevie comes with a rich background in scaling operations and service delivery. Prior to joining SavATree, he spent 18 years at General Electric. Stevie has a deep understanding of field services and has also led operations for GE Gas Power’s global field services business.

Phil DeGisi: A Catalyst for Growth

Phil DeGisi has a proven track record in customer growth and revenue generation. He was a co-founder and President at Orchard, a residential real estate firm. His leadership helped Orchard achieve recognition as one of the top 250 fastest-growing private companies in America.

Mergers & Partnerships: Strengthening the Roots

SavATree is also focusing on its Mergers & Partnerships platform, indicating a strategic shift toward further expansion. The company recently welcomed Kyle Johnson as the VP of Integration. Johnson brings extensive experience in partner integration from his time at Rentokil North America.

Schiavone summarized the company’s vision, saying, “Under the SavATree canopy, our mergers and partnerships have built relationships with some of the most customer-centric and knowledgeable leaders in the green industry. We are excited about the future and will continue to add world-class talent to our organization as we grow.

As SavATree turns a new leaf, it is apparent that the company is not just growing, but evolving. With a rejuvenated executive team, a proven legacy, and a robust mergers and partnerships strategy, the arboriculture leader is sowing the seeds for a greener, more prosperous future.

Written by Nizel Pradhan

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