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

VISTA Award Overview

Established in 2000, the VISTA Award is the highest honor the Massachusetts Arborists Association bestows on an individual. It recognizes outstanding tree care professionals whose actions serve as a guide and a 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 VISTA award 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