Wright Service Corp. is led by an executive team with a range of experience and expertise who lead the strategic direction of the company.
Scott Packard joined Wright Service Corp. in July 1998. Three years later, John R. Wright appointed Scott to president and COO. In October 2002, Scott took on the position of chairman and CEO of Wright Service Corp.
Scott began his career after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor of science in accounting. Since then, he has held a number of executive positions prior to joining the executive leadership team at Wright Service Corp.
In September 2016, Scott became the first recipient of the Management Action Programs (MAP) Disciplined Leader Award. This award was conceived to recognize select leaders who have consistently exhibited the qualities of a disciplined leader. Scott is also a past chairman of Area 4 Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Terry McGonegle joined Wright Tree Service. as the controller in June 1994. When the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) was formed in 2002, Terry was promoted to chief financial officer of Wright Service Corp. where he helped transition the company from a family-owned to an employee-owned.
Terry enjoys working for a growth-minded company that operates with their values at the forefront every day. With his current position as senior vice president and CFO, Terry is able to develop new strategies that will make Wright Service Corp. more successful and sharing those successes with the company’s employee owners.
Terry started his career in public accounting and worked in the agricultural and construction industries before joining Wright Tree Service. He has served on the audit committee for the Tree Care Industry Association, finance committees for both the Utility Arborist Association and TREE Fund. Terry is also the immediate past president of The Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of The ESOP Association.
Wright Service Corp. Senior Vice President and COO Will Nutter began his career with Wright Tree Service as a groundman in 1982. He has been a general foreman, division supervisor, division manager, operations manager, vice president and became president and COO of Wright Tree Service in 2008.
With more than three decades in the utility vegetation management industry, Will has been an industry driving force, uniting Utility Arborist Association (UAA) members from all corners of the industry and encouraging them to roll up their sleeves, leave their titles and company names at the door, and make progress as an industry in the area of safety. Will is a past president of the UAA and currently the safety committee chairman. Additionally, he serves as Trustee of the TREE Fund.
In 2016, Will one was of two recipients of the first ever UAA Silver Shield Award which recognizes individuals who perpetuate and inspire safety wherever they go.
Derek Vannice serves as a vice president of Wright Service Corp. In addition to being a vice president of Wright Service Corp., Derek is also in executive positions for two of its subsidiary companies. Derek is the president and COO of CNUC and joined the company in 2011 after decades of success at two chief industry organizations, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Utility Arborist Association (UAA). Derek oversees all CNUC long term contracts and provides on-site consulting and training with clients on an ongoing basis. He served as the primary spokesman for the utility arboriculture industry and also provided expert testimony in regulatory hearings. Derek is also the vice president of Terra Spectrum Technologies, an e-planning and productivity solutions company that develops and supports software for the utility vegetation management industry.
In addition, Derek assists in the development of the corporate training and learning initiatives across the Wright Service Corp. family of companies, including the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) program and the company’s online learning management system.
Derek is a Certified True Colors facilitator and has served as a facilitator in leadership, communications and strategic planning, working with utility companies, contractors and non-profits.
Derek was the 2008 recipient of the ISA Achievement Award and the 2011 recipient of the UAA President’s Award. He is currently serving as Chair of the ROW Stewardship Council, an accreditation program for best management practices in IVM on transmission ROWs. Derek holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a Master of Business Administration, and has done independent consulting work with utilities and line clearance companies across North America.
Austin Kennedy joined Wright Service Corp. as general counsel in April 2013. Prior to joining Wright Service Corp., Austin was an attorney in private practice for seven years in Des Moines, Iowa, practicing in many areas involving employment law, immigration law and litigation. In February 2016, Austin was promoted to general counsel and vice president.
Austin is passionate about developing diverse and respectful workforces where employees have positive challenges and rewarding opportunities for growth. He strives daily to create a proactive compliance environment where problems are anticipated and addressed before they occur.
Austin graduated from Macalester College in 2000, where he received the Livingston-Patnode Award for his special contributions to the English Department. He then earned his law degree from Drake Law School in 2005. In 2015, Austin earned his Credential of Readiness from Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe program, which establishes competencies in business analytics, economics and accounting.