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New CEO takes the Reins at Lewis Tree Service

October 28, 2010

West Henrietta, NY (Lewis Tree Service, Inc.) – October 30, 2010: Thomas R. Rogers takes over the reins as the new CEO/president of Lewis Tree Service, Inc. from the incumbent Richard C. Alt. Mr. Alt will semi-retire as he remains chairman of the board and works with the Lewis senior management team in a consulting capacity for the following fiscal year. He has been a forerunner for the tree-care industry in the past 40 years and has built a strong foundation at Lewis for continued company growth.

Thomas R. Rogers is a long-time veteran of the tree-care industry. Over the past 30 years, he has developed an outstanding professionalism and reputation, earning him the utmost respect in the business. He received his business degree from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.

In the mid 70’s, Mr. Rogers started his career in the field, learning all the ropes. In 1979, he was promoted to regional sales and moved from Buffalo to Syracuse to Rochester – all within New York State. In the next ten years, he was instrumental in developing and managing divisions that handled residential services, insect disease control, land clearing and utility line clearance. As the company expanded its service territories in the early 90s, Mr. Rogers took advantage of a management opportunity to move south to sunny Florida where he worked as a division manager, then division vice president.

In 2005, he returned to the home office in Upstate New York to become chief operations officer. In 2009, he was named president of the company; and one year later, he takes up the reins of CEO. In this new role, he will work closely with both administration and operations to reach higher levels of success; the company’s vision is, “one team leading one company.”

As a founding member, Mr. Rogers served with the Florida Vegetation Management Association along with a number of other professional associations. He is currently serving with Bethel Express, a ministry that provides care and services to Rochester’s inner-city children and youths. As a man of faith, if there is a motto that best describes Lewis’ new CEO, it is…”Be Wise, Be Kind, Be True.” When asked, in retrospect, what his thoughts were when given this new responsibility, his sentiments echoed loud and clear through these words:

“I am grateful for the relationships that have guided and led me here. I am grateful for the many individuals who have worked with me whose visions and goals match my own. I am grateful for my family’s support.”

With the full support of the Lewis family and the tree-care industry behind him, Thomas Rogers is confident that the company will reach greater heights in providing customers with unbeatable service and value.

### Lewis Tree Service, Inc., a Rochester Top 100 Company, is a leading provider of vegetation management services to utilities and governments. Established in 1938, Lewis is 100% employee owned with over 3500 employees and operates in most of the Eastern United States; it is headquartered at 300 Lucius Gordon Drive, West Henrietta, New York 14586. For more info about the company, please visit our web site at www.lewistree.com.

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