Senior VP & Division Manager Peter Becker Retires
John Smithmyer Named as Successor
January 21, 2016 – Stamford, CT – After over 40 years with Bartlett Tree Experts, Peter Becker has retired as Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Division Manager of Bartlett Tree Experts. With this announcement, John Smithmyer, previously Assistant Division Manager in that same region, has been promoted to Vice President and Division Manager.
Becker joined Bartlett in 1973 and has served in the role of Mid-Atlantic Division Manager since 1989. Starting with the Company as an intern, Becker has had a lifelong commitment to the tree care industry. He played an integral role in the establishment and advancement of Integrated Pest Management practices at the Company and, as Bartlett’s representative to the ANSI A300 committee, helped shape the industry standards we follow today.
“Thorough the years, Peter has been a stalwart leader at Bartlett and in the arboriculture industry,” said Robert Bartlett Jr., Chairman and CEO of Bartlett Tree Experts. “He has been a strong and passionate voice for continuing to raise the level of safety and professionalism in tree care. I thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Becker has been working closely with Smithmyer, who has served as Assistant Division Manager since 2005, in preparation for the transition. Smithmyer has been with the Company since 1999 and has been instrumental in delivering programs to help train and develop new Arborist Representatives.
“Not only does John possess both the strategic and tactical skills needed to oversee management of the region, he has a unique aptitude for building strong teams,” commented Becker. “His ability to teach, develop talent and motivate staff will serve him well as he assumes this new role.”
Following Smithmyer as the new Assistant Division Manager will be Brian Rhoten who has served as Local Manager of the Baltimore, Maryland office, one of the largest in the Company, for the last 10 years.
About Bartlett Tree Experts
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world's leading scientific tree and shrub care company. The organization's current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management. Bartlett has locations in 27 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, pest and disease management, fertilization and soil management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut.
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