HMI Names Davey Tree Expert Company Exclusive Field Network Trainer

Premier tree care industry training organization to develop specialized curriculum for HMI Field Assessment Network.

Raleigh, NC, June 29, 2006 --( Doug Cowles, executive vice president and COO of Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. (HMI), has announced that The Davey Tree Expert Company, a premier tree, shrub, lawn care and landscape maintenance company, will create a comprehensive training program for green industry professionals to become authorized HMI Assessors. HMI Assessors will collect the type, size and health rating of trees and shrubs, which will be used to generate the complete HMI Horticultural Assessment.

“We could not ask for a better partner to help train and educate our field assessors to support our program,” said Cowles. “Davey Tree’s reputation as a premier training organization is well deserved. I have experienced their expertise first-hand and am excited that they will be creating this training content, as well as joining our Premier Level Member Network.”

“We take employee education very seriously because we care about our employees and our customers,” said Roger Funk, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of The Davey Institute. “We are pleased to provide that same level of training to HMI Assessors. The potential that HMI’s program offers the green industry is very exciting and Davey is proud to be supporting its development.”

About Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. (HMI):
Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. provides revolutionary products and services that are utilized by green industry professionals as well as experts in the tax, insurance and real estate industries. HMI’s Horticultural Scientific Standard (HS²™) enables HMI Horticultural Assessments to provide accurate replacement costs for landscape assets. The replacement cost valuations provided in the HMI Horticultural Assessments can help property owners recover from the loss of landscape assets and they also provide valuable information to those purchasing properties. Also included in the HMI Horticultural Assessments is the Michael Dirr Plant Guide, written by renowned instructor and author Dr. Michael Dirr, the plant guide provides customized care instructions, as well as photographs and plant descriptions. For more information or to view a sample HMI Horticultural Assessment please visit the Web site or call 866-937-6468.

About The Davey Tree Expert Company:
The Davey Tree Expert Company provides tree, shrub, and lawn care, grounds maintenance, vegetation management, and consulting services throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1880, Davey is employee-owned with more than 6,000 employees. Find them on the web at

Patty Briguglio
MMI Associates, Inc.
(919) 233-6600 • (919) 233-0300 (fax)
7406-H Chapel Hill Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

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