Director of Research, Science, and Innovation Honored for Research Efforts

Date — Stow, Ohio — ACRT Services’ Director of Research, Science, and Innovation, Anand Persad, Ph.D., was recently honored with the Award of Achievement by the Ohio Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

Dr. Persad was presented the award, for his research on the impacts of the emerald ash borer, ash tree biomechanics, monarch conservation, and pollinator health on transmission rights-of-way, during the annual Ohio and Kentucky Tree Care Conference and CA Review, held virtually February 22-25.

The Award of Achievement, presented by the Ohio Chapter ISA, is “granted to an individual or firm who has, through specific projects, programs, or research, contributed to the advancement of the use and/or maintenance of shade trees and other landscape plants in the Ohio area.” The award is limited to one individual or firm annually.

“This award symbolizes the research and collaboration we were able to bring together in Ohio and nationally,” said Dr. Persad. “My goal is to promote collaboration and science while delivering research that is relevant and an advocate for improved safety protocols and judicious environmental stewardship.”

Dr. Persad focuses on creating partnerships with organizations to build on and leverage cross-industry research and enhance funding opportunities. He maintains a connected network of municipalities, cities, and state-level personnel as well as federal agencies in taking innovation and new technology from development to implementation.

“We’re excited for Dr. Persad to be recognized by the Ohio Chapter ISA,” said John Wasmer, ACRT Services’ executive vice president of revenue. “As our industry continues to evolve, we must respond to its technological and environmental needs and Dr. Persad’s research is instrumental in achieving meaningful results in these areas.”

“My unyielded service to the industry is what I’m most proud of,” said Dr. Persad. “What can we be doing to make the industry a better place?”

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ACRT Services offers expert independent consulting solutions to utilities and associated organizations throughout the United States, including vegetation management consulting, arborist training, customized safety courses, technology solutions, utility metering services, and more. ACRT Services supports three wholly-owned subsidiaries — ACRT, ACRT Pacific, and Bermex. To learn more about ACRT Services, visit

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