Wright Tree Service Announces Series of Promotions in Midwest and Southeast Territories

January 27, 2022

Wright Tree Service (WTS), an employee-owned company specializing in utility vegetation management, recently made a series of leadership promotions in its midwest and southeast territories.

Rick Clendenny has been named regional manager over two divisional territories. Clendenny, who has been with WTS for more than 17 years, joined the company as a work planner and worked his way to a general foreperson, project manager, division manager, and now regional manager. As a regional manager, Clendenny helps support the division managers in his region, leads the operations of his region, and works to ensure that his region meets company goals and growth objectives. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor of science degree in recreation, park and tourism administration and a minor in urban forestry.

In addition to Clendenny’s promotion to regional manager, Nate Johnson and Joe Weldon are two new division managers for the company, both reporting to Clendenny in their respective divisional territories.

Nate Johnson will preside over a southeastern territory for the company, including operations in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Prior to his promotion to division manager, Johnson was a general foreperson, safety supervisor and project manager. With the company for more than 14 years, Johnson is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, ISA Utility Specialist, and is a trainer on aerial rescue.

“I find great value in my new position as a division manager, as it allows me to extend a helping hand to five project managers across three different states,” said Johnson. “Safety is my top priority. I’m passionate about keeping Wright Tree Service the best place to work.”

Joe Weldon will oversee a territory located in one of the company’s midwestern regions, including operations in Illinois and the eastern half of Missouri. Weldon began working for WTS as a groundsperson in 2005, was later promoted to general foreperson, project manager division supervisor, and the position of division manager which he holds today.

“The role of division manager is an exciting one because we have an ability to have such an impact on our division and the company as a whole,” said Weldon. “My experience with Wright Tree Service has been amazing. I love witnessing and being part of the growth within our division and the employees who work so hard to make us successful.”