Northeast Ohio Movers and Shakers

The Davey Tree Expert Co. recently announced that Pat Covey has been named the new COO for all U.S. operations and Jim Stief has been promoted to executive vice president, operations.

Karl Warnke, Davey’s chairman, president and CEO, said the changes are part of an effort to recognize factors that have been critical to Davey’s success during this unstable economic period.

Pat Covey, COO, The Davey Tree Expert Co.

A long-time employee of Davey, Covey has served in various capacities with increasing responsibility in both the operations and administrative/support segments of the company. His most recent position was executive vice president, operations, a title he has held since 2007.

Jim Stief will be responsible for all U.S. residential and commercial operations, in addition to the Davey Resource Group. A 33-year employee of Davey, Stief began his career in the Atlanta residential territory. Over the years, he has served in a variety of capacities within the service line, including as operations manager of the western region.

NCA Financial Planners and its President and CEO, Kevin Myeroff, has been ranked by Barron’s magazine as the second best financial adviser in the state of Ohio, and the No. 1 adviser in northern Ohio.

NCA Financial Planners, an independent, full-service financial planning firm, has been on the “Top 1,000 Financial Advisers” list for the past seven years. It was also recently named a Weatherhead 100 company, making it one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio. On a national level, Myeroff has been recognized as one of ‘America’s 100 Top Advisors’ by Barron’s for the past seven years.

Jim Stief, Executive Vice President of Operations, The Davey Tree Expert Co.

Positively Cleveland has announced that Michael Burns joined the organization as senior vice president of convention sales and services.
Burns has 30 years of experience within the hospitality industry, particularly in hotel operations, national sales and meeting planning. He spent 22 years with Conferon (now Experient), a nationally known meeting planning company in a variety of account management and leadership roles.
As the senior vice president of convention sales and services for Positively Cleveland, Burns is overseeing a sales team that is responsible for engaging stakeholders and soliciting companies interested in bringing their meetings and conventions to Cleveland, and a services team responsible for ensuring the best convention experience possible.

Great Lakes Integrated, a Cleveland-based graphic communications and printing company, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new CFO and two changes to the company’s executive leadership team.

David Eckhardt, CPA has joined the company as CFO. Eckhardt brings more than 25 years of experience in both private and public accounting, specializing in the manufacturing industry. Before joining Great Lakes Integrated, he served as CFO and controller at Advanced Polymer Coatings in Avon Lake and controller at Q-Lab Corp. in Westlake.

Kostika Radivoj has been named executive vice president of sales. Radivoj has worked at Great Lakes Integrated for over 34 years in a variety of areas, including: estimating, customer service, production planning, purchasing, scheduling and most recently held the position of executive vice president of operations.  In his new position, he will be responsible for the day-to-day management and business development of the entire Great Lakes Integrated sales’ operations.

Additionally, Robert Schultz has been named executive vice president of operations. Schultz has worked at Great Lakes Integrated for more than 35 years. He has served in positions including: estimating, accounting, CFO and executive vice president. In this new position, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations, including overseeing processes, procedures and standards, as well as leading the continuous improvement initiatives within the company.