West Henrietta, NY—The Lewis family of companies announced that it has hired Josh Connell as Vice President Operations of Wilderness USA. With a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt in operations process excellence, Connell will lead a focused effort to heighten safety and operations excellence as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to provide world-class service to its expanding customer base.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring someone with Josh’s experience and talent in operations management to lead our rail and highway vegetation management teams,” said Jack Guffey, Senior Vice President, Lewis. “His proven track record is exactly what we need to successfully manage our fast-paced growth.”
Connell has significant experience in the railroad sector. He most recently served as Vice President of Industrial Switching, Coastal Region, with Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., where he previously served as General Manager, Puget Sound & Pacific Railway and Director of Safety. Prior to G&W, Connell served in a variety of growing leadership roles at CSX from Trainmaster to Operations Manager and Manager of Safety and Operating Practices.
The Company also announced that former President of Wilderness, Rob Brewer, stepped down earlier this year to pursue other opportunities. During that transition, Walter Dodge was named interim Vice President of the Canadian company, Wilderness Environmental Services.
About Lewis: The Lewis family of companies is a high integrity, employee-owned enterprise employing approximately 4,500 team members throughout the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1938, Lewis is celebrating 80 years as leaders in the vegetation management business. Lewis serves its customers and communities with three independent service lines: utility line clearing and storm restoration, primarily through Lewis Tree Service, Inc.; railway and highway vegetation control, primarily through Wilderness USA, Inc., and residential and commercial tree care, primarily through Carolina Tree Care.