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December 2, 2019 — Stow, OH — As an employee-owned organization that focuses on empowering employees, customers, and the communities they serve, we are proud to announce that Keith Pancake has been named our new safety manager.
Prior to joining our organization, Pancake worked as a professional arborist for various companies, including his own. He was with ACRT from 2000–2002 and returned in December 2014. Pancake has served ACRT in a variety of roles, including consulting utility forester and most recently operations manager. He also served on the Ready Force team — a group of specialized employees that support utilities and other organizations with disaster response, emergency projects, and more.
As the newly promoted safety manager, Pancake will be responsible for promoting and developing a world-class culture of safety across the ACRT Services enterprise. He will be the designated safety manager for ACRT and Bermex.
“The potential to save lives and drive changes to make our industry a safer one is something I’m passionate about,” Pancake said. “ACRT Services has always been a safety-focused organization, and I look forward to continuing that tradition while adding new innovation and safety measures to further reduce incidents and protect our people, our clients, and the customers they serve.”
Pancake is an ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist, National Safety Council Defensive Driving Instructor, New Hampshire Certified Arborist, Licensed Pesticide Applicator, New Hampshire Arborist Association member, and Utility Arborist Association (UAA) member. He serves the New Hampshire Arborist Association as a board member and sits on the UAA Safety Committee. In 2018, Pancake was recognized by the UAA with their Silver Shield Award for his ongoing efforts to influence and promote a safety culture at every turn.
Pancake holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Keene State College.
“We’re excited to promote Keith to safety manager after having shown for years the drive for finding better solutions in our industry. We look forward to seeing how his passion for safety will have an impact on making our organization safer than ever,” said Troy Ross, executive vice president of operations at ACRT Services.
ACRT is the largest independent utility consulting company in the U.S. and empowers utilities to proactively manage vegetation across their entire rights-of-way. We consistently stay on top of and share relevant industry content with our employees and customers around the country.
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