Ruppert Welcomes New Class of Associate Branch Managers


Ruppert Landscape is pleased to announce that four team members have been accepted into the company’s Associate Branch Manager (ABM) leadership development program: Ethan Brown in the Alexandria, VA branch; Kyle Meissner in the Washington, DC branch; Kurt Meyers in the Mableton, GA branch; and Michael Vispi in the Lilburn, GA branch (pictured left to right).


Ruppert’s ABM program is designed to develop talented mid-level managers and provide them with greater opportunity to learn, gain experience, and grow as leaders. It also allows the company more capability to promote from within. By taking on additional responsibility and shadowing branch managers, ABM’s are able to learn skills beyond the scope of their existing position and prepare for the next step in their careers.

“We are committed to growing from within, and the Associate Branch Manager program enables us to invest in training and preparing future branch manager candidates while simultaneously improving the current capabilities of the branch,” said Tom Barry, president of the landscape management division. “Through this program, now in its third year of operation, we have successfully been able to promote several candidates into the branch manager position and have seen others grow their skills and knowledge, making them more effective at their jobs and ready to take on future opportunities.”

As associate branch managers, their responsibilities will continue to involve certain area manager duties but will also focus on progressive training for the branch manager position. As such, they will be responsible for the overall welfare of their branch, including the safety and development of their teams, strategic planning and budgeting, training, and day-to-day operations.