New York, NY, June 15, 2021 – Johnny Priest has been named Chief Executive Officer of Treeways, Inc., a platform holding company of best-in-class vegetation management businesses serving critical infrastructure end-markets with customers that include many of the nation’s largest utility companies. The operating companies within the Treeways umbrella include: Jaflo, Treesmiths, and Hazlett Tree Service.
Johnny will lead operations of the rapidly growing Treeways network which serves utilities across several states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. A seasoned utilities services executive, Johnny’s background spans decades of industry experience, including most recently as the Transmission & Distribution Group President at PLH Group, a power line construction and pipeline construction company, serving the oil field, electrical and industrial markets.
Johnny Priest, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Treeways has a robust platform to provide superior service to its customers. They are a best-in-class business with a strong commitment to excellence across safety, quality, and reliability. I’m particularly excited that Treeways and NMS are focused on supporting their operating companies to provide optimal service to clients while also maintaining a steadfast commitment to safety and compliance. As the vegetation management industry remains poised for growth, I am confident that Treeways will continue to drive long-term value for their customers and operating companies alike.”
Roxanne Bowman, Operating Executive at NMS Capital, and Noel Jeon, Managing Director at NMS Capital, added, “Johnny brings a wealth of experience to Treeways across the utility services spectrum, including vegetation management. We’re excited to have him onboard with a shared vision and enthusiasm around the opportunities present at Treeways and within the vegetation management industry more broadly. Treeways and NMS remain committed to being the employer of choice, supporting our customers with quality service, and providing additional best-in-class vegetation management companies an avenue for partnership with Treeways.”
Over the course of his career, Johnny has held numerous leadership roles including, President & COO of Energy Delivery Services at Duke Energy through its sale to Shaw Group, President of Mastec Energy Group, President and CEO of Agros Utilities Group, President, UTD Segment of Primoris (f/k/a Willbros) and Group President of the Transmission & Distribution division of PLH Group.
Johnny holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Limestone College and was a Sergeant in the 101st Airborne Infantry with the United States Army.
Treeways is a platform holding company that provides vegetation management services primarily to utilities. Our operating companies, JAFLO, Treesmiths, and Hazlett, are leading vegetation management companies in their regions, with support from Treeways across safety, hiring & training, fleet management, and finance & accounting. Treeways continues to partner with additional like-minded companies in the vegetation management industry and welcomes owners and operators interested in becoming a part of the Treeways platform to reach out. For additional information on Treeways, please visit the company’s website at www.treeways.com.
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