Tree-trimming companies merge, announce new leaders


Randolph Hoover becomes CEO


May 8, 2023


Robyn Sidersky

Randolph Hoover Photo courtesy of Xylem Tree Experts and Kendall Vegetation Management

Two national pruning and vegetation management companies have merged and announced new leadership.

The merger of the Norfolk residents xylem Tree Experts, with Kendall Vegetation Services of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was backed by Connecticut-based private equity firm Sterling Investment Partners. The new company will have dual headquarters in Norfolk and just outside of Atlanta. Its services will continue to include professional tree care services, including commercial tree pruning, vegetation management, power line right-of-way clearing and hazardous tree removal.

Xylem Tree Experts co-founder Randolph Hoover will take the helm as CEO of the combined holding company on July 1, after serving as co-CEO with Robert Williams, who is retiring on June 30. Williams joined Kendall Vegetation Services in 1988, where he served as President and CEO, supporting the company’s expansion in the Southeast and Midwest. He will continue to be available to the board as a strategic advisor.

Randolph Hoover’s brother, Benjamin Hoover, will serve as President of the combined company. Kurt Goodman, current President of Xylem Tree Experts, will become Chief Financial Officer and Scott Konikoff, who was previously President of Kendall Vegetation Services, will become Chief Legal Officer of the newly combined company.

“I am honored to be part of the leadership team developed to operate two national brands under one roof,” Randolph Hoover said in a statement. “Our partnership with Sterling Investment Partners to bring these two great companies together has enabled us to create a company that today covers approximately half of the United States with nearly 3,000 dedicated employees. Personally, I couldn’t be prouder of the business we have built and look forward to a bright future – our best days are yet to come.”

The company has 314 employees in Virginia, 78 of whom work in the Norfolk administrative office, which includes the Wakefield fleet and logistics facility, and an additional 236 in the field working with utilities to maintain lane clearances and storm response.