38 Years of Growth and Influence

March 24, 2023

For Project Manager Mitch Frye, the last 38 years with Wright Tree Service (WTS) have passed by in a blink of an eye.

“I have absolutely no complaints,” Mitch said. I am filled with a sense of gratitude. What a ride the last 38 years have been!”

Mitch started working for WTS in 1984 as a tree trimmer in Parsons, Kansas. Shortly after he started, he moved two hours south to Emporia to accept a promotion to crew leader. Mitch also worked as a general foreperson before accepting his current role as project manager, which he has held since 2008.

In December 2003, WTS began working for Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL). At that time, Mitch led five crews on the contract and helped establish the relationship. In a few short years, WTS had 20 crews working with KCPL. Today, there are more than 60 crews in the area. Mitch’s hard work and dedication were instrumental in growing the contract.

“I’ve really enjoyed the teamwork we have built in this division,” said Mitch. “The future is as bright as ever with strong leadership throughout this company. I’ve enjoyed watching our workforce grow over the years, and I believe our entire team is as strong as ever.”

After nearly four decades in Kansas, it may be impossible to measure the impact Mitch has had on the WTS workforce.

“Mitch was my first crew leader when I started with WTS, and I can’t thank him enough for making my start with the company enjoyable and educational,” said WTS President Wade Myers. “I can’t remember a day when Mitch showed up to work without a smile on his face and ready to work. Mitch has been a dedicated member of our family and has influenced many others over his career. Congratulations to him on a very well-deserved retirement.”

Mitch is retiring from WTS at the end of March with a full heart and appreciation for everything this job has given him. Throughout his career he was able to work alongside, get to know, and influence many employees at WTS. When he looks back on his career, Mitch is grateful to have worked for an amazing company and to watch it flourish and grow.

In his retirement, Mitch is looking forward to spending more time with his grandkids, traveling around the country, and taking on some special projects. He shared a final message of gratitude: “I’d like to thank everyone at WTS for making this a great career and making sure this company continues to be great for all of its employees.”

From everyone at WTS, we wish Mitch well in his retirement and thank him for his dedication!