Peter Wild - Founder and CEO of Arborjet, Inc.
As founder and CEO, Peter was the inventor of the first Arborjet infusion tool. Arborjet has since evolved in response to the many insect pests and diseases plaguing the urban forest. Peter set out to update and rewrite the standard for trunk injection after discovering that the current injection techniques were inconsistent and injurious.
Peter is also the owner of Boston Tree Preservation, an organic-based tree care business founded in 1977; as well as one of the first to develop and use vermicomposting for fertilization, disease and insect pest management. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Peter is a member of the Massachusetts Arborists Association, Tree Care Industry Association, and the International Society of Arboriculture. Peter is a true forerunner in the industry, passionately trying to preserve and protect the urban forest.
His successes deal with all aspects of insect, disease, soil and adverse weather management of the urban forest. Peter has consulted with royalty and officials in the UAE on the Date Palm Weevil problem in the Middle East, with apple orchard owners in Turkey about organic farm management, and leading experts on the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and Mountain Pine Beetle infestations in the US.
Russ Davis - President and Chief Operating Officer
Russ Davis is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Arborjet Inc. Russ has an extensive background in operating technology businesses with a passion for environmental stewardship. At Arborjet, Russ is active in all phases of the business including strategic planning, marketing, product development, engineering, field trials, operations, and sales. Over the past several years, Russ’s goal has been to emphasize Arborjet’s position as an innovative and responsible leader in the industry. During this time, Arborjet has been able to expand its line of environmentally friendly products while increasing awareness and education throughout the USA. Thanks in large to Russ’s leadership, Arborjet has established itself as the most innovative company in the industry with products that are recognized as sustainable, affordable and effective.
Prior to Arborjet, Russ was the President of a $200M division of ITT Industries with business operations in 5 countries. He has traveled extensively to over 30 countries to form partnerships and manage offshore operations. While at ITT, Russ was also recognized for his environmental stewardship when he was a recipient of an ITT Presidents Award for environmental sustainability. This award is given to only three individuals or teams out of 34,000 employees worldwide. Russ has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA in International Management and he has studied at the Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom. Russ is also a network partner with Bunker Hill Capital in Boston.
Rob Gorden - Director of Urban Forestry and Business Development
Rob provides training and support to municipalities and industry leaders who are evaluating treatment options for invasive pests across the country. Rob also manages Arborjet’s Technical support team located across the United States.
He has worked with city councils, public officials, arborists, and other stakeholders to identify and address practical and financial considerations when weighing treatment options against the removal of urban forest trees around the USA.
Rob has enjoyed 30 years in the green industry including sales and sales management, horticultural education and training, specification, and operations management with companies such as Lesco, RainBird, and Chemlawn, among others.
He was a certified Arborist in the State of Connecticut and has held pesticide licensure in 6 states. Rob is a certified instructor in the State of NY. While in distribution, he managed 18 Lesco stores which serviced the green industry. Rob has gained practical experience against a diversity of plants, pests, and environmental situations throughout the country while developing an appreciation for the political implications of urban forest management.
His undergraduate work in Pre-Med was performed at Providence College and his graduate studies in Forestry occurred at Auburn University. A native of Rhode Island, Rob has lived in 6 states while enriching his educational and professional opportunities, and now resides in western Massachusetts.
Mark Andrews - Director of Commercial Sales
Mark joined the Arborjet team in the summer of 2017 as the Director of Commercial Sales; including Golf, Sports Turf, Commercial Grow, and Nursery. In this newly created role, he is responsible for developing and growing sales channel business and encouraging profitable revenue for the company’s line of professional and retail plant health products.
Mark brings a dedicated career of business development and retail channel experience to the company. Prior to his role at Arborjet, he spent 22 years with ITT working in the Innovation Lab as Global Director of Sales, and was also Global Sales Manager at Xylem, Inc. Mark is a Value Based Six Sigma – Certified Green Belt, and is also a graduate of St. Anselm College with a BA degree in Liberal Arts (Business and Politics).
Outside of Arborjet, Mark enjoys being active and spending time with his family, as well as landscaping, gardening, and golf.
Jeff Palmer - Western Area Technical Manager
Jeff graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Forestry. He began as a Horticulturist and Consultant and then managed a large plant health care (PHC) firm in the Twin Cities area. Jeff went on to operate his own Commercial Landscape Maintenance business for more than 15 years.
Since joining Arborjet in 2009, Jeff has assisted hundreds of municipalities and plant health care companies with the implementation of their PHC programs and has a particular strength in management of Emerald Ash Borer. He continues to fine tune treatment protocols for managing tree issues like EAB, Bur Oak Blight, and Oak Wilt, among others. Jeff Palmer is a Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist.
In 2018 Jeff took on a new role as Western Area Technical Manager, providing a senior level of oversight to Arborjet’s Regional Technical Managers in the western United States. He still continues to be the primary resource for clients in the Upper Midwest territory, in addition to his new role.
Jeff resides in the suburbs of the Twin Cities and in his free time you may find him fishing or hiking with his two sons. It is one of Jeff’s goals to visit the tallest natural point in each state and he is nearly half way there. Jeff also loves to cycle and has completed multiple Tour des Trees.
Trent Dicks - Eastern Area Technical Manager
Trent has over 20 years of experience in Landscape and Nursery sales and operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agri-Business Horticulture from Illinois State University and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Horticulture. Trent is a graduate of Dale Carnegie training.
In 2018 Trent took on a new role as Eastern Area Technical Manager, providing a senior level of oversight to Arborjet’s Regional Technical Managers in the eastern United States. He still remains as the main resource and point of contact for the Mid-Atlantic territory.
For 14 years, he lived in the Midwest, managed a garden center, and ran small Nursery and Landscape company. Trent was the Landscape Designer and Operation Manager at Moon Landscaping for 6 years, where he managed large estates & plant health care. When Trent finds himself with free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening and sports.
John Manganiello - Controller
A long-standing member of the Arborjet team, John has been with the company for more than 10 years. John is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He brought his accounting background to Arborjet, where he serves as Controller and head of the Accounting Department. John oversees all of Arborjet’s financial responsibilities, including order processing, budgeting, and payroll.
John is married and is a dedicated father, who enjoys coaching soccer and spending time at his children’s sporting events and activities.