VISTA Award

LENNY CLEAVES HONORED WITH VISTA AWARD

Natick, Massachusetts ––– Lenny Cleaves, owner of Cleaves Company, Inc. in Needham, Mass., was recently named the 2017 VISTA Award winner by the Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA).  Lenny was honored for his lifetime commitment to his customers in the field of arboriculture.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected as a VISTA Award winner and with more than 30 years of service to the industry, Lenny Cleaves is a very worthy recipient,” said Jay Ippolito, President of MAA. “His commitment and professionalism set a very high standard of excellence.”

 “I am deeply honored and grateful to accept this prestigious award,” said Mr. Cleaves. “It is enormously satisfying to have a built a career working with this fantastic community of tree care professionals.”

About Cleaves Company, Inc.

Cleaves Company, Inc. is a leading supplier of tree care and landscape equipment, accessories and tools in the Northeast. Carrying well known brands such as Bandit, Echo, Rayco, Honda and Stihl, with a full fledge service department to maintain equipment and tackle any issue that may arise from commercial use of equipmentMore info atCleavesco.com.


VISTA Award Overview

The VISTA award is the most important honor the association can bestow upon one of its members.  It was created to recognize truly outstanding tree care professionals whose acts and deeds serve as a guide and challenge for all members of the industry. 

The award’s title is an acronym for Vision, Integrity, Service, Talent, and Action –the leadership qualities inherent in all award recipients.

Guidelines

MAA members are encouraged to nominate colleagues for VISTA award consideration.  Please write a letter to the MAA board of directors with the name of your nominee and include the reasons why you believe he/she should receive the VISTA award.  Take the award’s purpose and title into consideration when crafting your nomination letter.  Be specific, cite examples, include details and, if possible, ask for letters of support for your nominee from other members.  

Nomination letters may be sent via regular mail or e-mail to:

VISTA Award 
MAA Board of Directors
8-D Pleasant Street South
Natick, MA  01760

info@massarbor.org  (“VISTA Award” in Subject Line please)

Timeline

  • September 10 - Deadline for submission of VISTA nominees and letters of support
  • Late September - Board members review nominations and deliberate
  • Late October - Final decision is made regarding VISTA recipient
  • Nov/Dec - VISTA recipient is notified/presenter selected
  • February - VISTA recipient announced at annual meeting
  • March - Announcement made via meeting notice/speech written
  • April - VISTA Award presented at membership meeting

Recipients:

2000 - Mark Tobin, MCA

2001 - Ron Despres, MCA

2002 - Matt Foti, MCA

2003 - Dennis Ryan, MCA

2004 - Will Maley, MCA

2005 - M. Virginia Wood, CMP

2006 - George Mellick, MCA

2007 - Henry Davis III, MCA (Ret.)

2008 - Cricket Vlass, MCA

2009 - Carl A. Cathcart, MCA

2010 - James Abusamra, MCA

2011 - Ellis Allen, MCA

2012 - Robert Childs

2013 - Mike Lueders, MCA, MCLP

2014 - Scott McPhee, MCA

2016 - Ron Yaple, MCA

2017 - Lenny Cleaves, MCA