Mergers & Acquistions

Is this you?

Years ago, your passion for the outdoors morphed into a business that serves customers and the environment with unwavering commitment to both. With lots of hard work, early mornings, and great team members, you’ve built a company you’re proud of. Pride runs through your veins when the trucks pull out of the yard in the mornings, filled with dedicated specialists that share your determination to do right by the customer.

Now you find yourself at a crossroads, considering options for the next phase of your life. Sound familiar?

SavATree understands how important it is to preserve your legacy for future generations. Your business isn’t just numbers on paper—it’s the people that trust you to care for their landscapes, and the employees who count on you to provide them opportunities to succeed.

At SavATree, we respect what you’ve built. We want to partner with you to transition to wherever your life may lead. Many sellers stay on with us for years, finding fulfilling careers among our management and sales teams, while others choose to move on to new endeavors. Either way, our goal is to make sure that you receive a competitive financial package, your employees’ careers continue their trajectory, and your customers enjoy a seamless transition and continued excellence.


Value Proposition

    There are a number of compelling reasons to considering partnering with SavATree including:

  • Employees – we understand that your employee’s are often the most important element of your business. Providing your team members with a long-term and sustainable career opportunities is one of the key elements in considering your succession planning.
  • Customers – putting your customers in good hands to receive the same quality of care and service is important to maintain the brand and legacy you’ve built.
  • Administrative Platform – we recognize the distraction that the administrative overhead of running a business can impose. Joining forces with SavATree allows partners to focus on what they enjoy and what their good at, leaving the administrative functions to us.
  • Growth – as one of the fastest growing companies in our space, we get excited about the opportunities that growth represents for our team members and employees. If you and your team are also excited about the prospects of growth in your market, we’re here to support you.
  • Financial Event – joining forces with SavATree presents the opportunity to monetize a life’s work. We have the flexibility to structure the financial consideration to meet the “risk vs. return” appetite of Sellers, while still ensuring aligned incentives between all parties. We’ve been successful in consummating dozens of transactions by ensuring the financial outcome is attractive to Sellers.

Testimonials

Swingle – Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care, October 2017

Denver, Colorado

My company, Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape was the #1 provider in the Denver market when I began considering potential partners for selling my business. We grew Swingle through a combination of acquisitions and singular focus on customer service excellence – so I was looking for a company with a similar philosophy. SavATree is that company. They have a competitive financial package for owners as well as career paths for employees. Their leadership team and systems are primed for acquisitive growth as they have integrated dozens of acquisitions throughout the United States. SavATree understands that brand transitions must be done with care to maintain brand value in the markets you serve. SavATree’s commitment to customers, employees and communities will allow you to provide continuity and opportunities to those that have helped you succeed.

– Tom Tolkacz

Integrity Tree Service, January 2019

Phoenix, Arizona

In many ways selling your business is a “walk of faith.” You trust that the company you’ve chosen will do the right thing throughout the transaction and beyond. I know I chose the right company to shepherd our legacy into the next couple of decades. I find myself bragging on SavATree to my wife and daughter, often mentioning the commitment to excellence through continuous improvement and other Lean Sigma principles. There is consistency and transparency from the top down, with leadership walking the walk and talking the talk. I know we are in good hands, and the experience has been so positive I’m rethinking my plans and considering extending my time with SavATree.

– John Eisenhower

St. Croix Tree Service, February 2014

St. Croix, Minnesota

I recently deposited my last payment from SavATree representing the final proceeds from the sale of my business, St. Croix Tree – an industry leader in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market. I have done a number of deals in my life with mixed results, however the sale to SavATree would rate near the top. It was important to me that the business continue with a focus on employees, clients and reputation. SavATree has exceeded my expectations on all accounts.

– Dennis Ullom

Thrive, May 2017

Sterling, VA

Thrive, Plant Health Care Solutions was a full service Arboricultural company devoted to servicing high end residential clients. Our company was established, including all processes, procedures, and hand picked employees to focus on delivering a superior product to a very discriminating and demanding clientele. Our motto; “flawless execution”.

– Ron Rubin

Town and Country, March 2011

Wyckoff, NJ

Promise made = promise kept. Looking back on my merger experience with SavATree, what I value most was the honesty that was woven throughout my dealings with Daniel. I think every owner has a few specific things that they need in a deal to make it work. Daniel kept his word on the things that mattered most to me. The payout formula was fair, and provided the financial assurances that I needed. I have found many advantages in being an arborist versus an owner. Mainly I am glad to be rid of the headaches of equipment breakdowns, payroll hassles and paperwork. I enjoy focusing on my clients and an improved lifestyle with less stress. And now I can take real vacations knowing that the business is being cared for in my absence. I have a higher quality of life now, and enjoy what I am doing. My team also stayed on with SavATree, with several still working for the company and a few retiring. For me, selling to SavATree was a good move

– Curt Sumner

Mergers & Acquisitions Team

Henoch Senbetta, Senior VP of Mergers & Acquisitions

As Senior Vice President of M&A, Henoch leads the company’s inorganic growth efforts in new and existing markets. Together with his team, he is responsible for sourcing and assessing potential acquisitions, completing due diligence, closing transactions, and integrating into our platform.

Joseph Correa, Vice President of M&A Integration

As Vice President of M&A Integration, Joseph supports the company’s inorganic growth efforts in new and existing markets. Together with his team, he is responsible for the successful integration of acquired companies into SavATree’s platform. Prior to his current role, he spent nearly two years at Stanley Black & Decker in the Integration Management Office, where he supported the integration of acquired companies with approximately $700 million in revenue. He also has experience in finance, management, organizational strategy, and pricing strategy.

Mark Garvin, Business Partner

Mark worked for the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) for more than 22 years, serving as the organization’s president and CEO for nine years. His primary function on the SavATree M&A team is to help identify like-minded partners that share the company’s core values, which are centered on employees, customers, and sustainability.

Jim Skiera, Business Partner

Jim is the former Executive Director of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Jim works with SavATree’s M&A team to help identify additional opportunities for increased forward momentum. His background with the International Society of Arboriculture makes him an expert in this industry and his wealth of knowledge makes him an asset to this team.

Nicole Carbone-Boffoli, Mergers & Acquisitions Integration Manager

Nicole is certified in Lean Sigma, which makes her a great fit for this role. This certification has equipped her with analytic and process improvement skills, which transfer well into the M&A department. In her role as M&A Integration Manager, she aids in the development of integration plans during the due diligence process. She identifies and quantified new opportunities for synergy and develops a timeline for implementation. Nicole works in collaboration with various stakeholders in all key-function areas and with acquisitions’ management teams to ensure information transfer and visibility to all teams.She works to develop communication, messaging, and management change plans to make sure all transitions go smoothly.


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