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).
Jon Hicks was hired as the controller for Wright Outdoor Solutions in April 2008. Two years later, he was promoted to be the controller for Wright Tree Service. He currently serves as the senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Jon enjoys working for an ESOP Company and the culture created with it – the freedom to implement change and employees can leave their personal mark on the company. He has a love for problem solving and having the opportunity to help guide the company at a strategic level.
Prior to joining the company, Jon worked in various auditing and financial reporting roles within both public accounting and private industry. He is a certified public accountant with Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting degrees from Iowa State University. He is a member of the Iowa Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs.
Loren Klein began his career with Wright Service Corp. in 2016 as the director of information technology before being promoted to chief information officer in January 2020. During his time with the company, Loren has made impactful changes to the technology roadmap for the Wright Service Corp. family of companies – including the formation of the project management office, and process and infrastructure enhancements. Loren is a key contributor for Wright Service Corp.’s IT strategy and planning processes that support our family of companies.
Loren has an extensive information technology and project management background. With more than 35 years as an IT professional and the last 18 years serving as a director, Loren oversaw several different areas within IT including application delivery for life and annuity and property and casualty products, quality assurance, infrastructure, applications delivery, telecommunications, and project management, security, and release management.
He is passionate about making an impact and delivering value to his customer base – not a big believer in status quo. Loren enjoys working and building relationships with his staff and internal customers.
He has served on numerous IT leadership forums and mentorship programs over the last 15 years.
Derek Vannice serves as an executive vice president of Wright Service Corp. In addition to being an executive 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 senior 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.