Arborjet added two new team members. Don Grosman, who joined the company as technology advancement manager, and Trent Dicks, who will serve as Atlantic regional technical manager, will support the company’s continued growth in the invasive pest management and plant health business across the country.
Invasive pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Rugose Spiraling Whitefly, and Oak Wilt have devastated urban forests across the United States. Municipalities, landscape professionals and arborists look to Arborjet as the leader in tree trunk injection technology. These new team members are now in place to support the company’s growth and heighten awareness of the latest solutions available.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome both Don and Trent to Arborjet,” said Russ Davis, president and chief operating officer. “The new ideas and extensive knowledge each brings to the company will help us reinforce our commitment to leading innovation and customer service. We plan to capitalize on their talents as we continue to build our business throughout the United States.”
As Technology Advancement Manager, Don Grosman will utilize his broad knowledge of entomology and insect control strategies to help Arborjet develop the next evolution in plant health technology. Previously Don served as forest pest management cooperative coordinator for the Texas Forest Service. He holds a PhD. in Entomology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master of science in Forestry from the University of Maine, Orono. A prolific author, Grosman has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals; is a frequent presenter at conferences; and is a member of various societies and committees such as the Entomological Society of America, the Texas Forestry Association and the International Society of Arboriculture – Texas. He has also conducted ground-breaking research in protecting the urban and natural forests against pests and has been recognized with several awards such as the Forest Research Award and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Services.
As the Atlantic Regional Technical Manager, Trent Dicks will focus his outreach from Maine to North Carolina. Dicks has more than 19 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.