Local 1245 has hired Ray Banfill to serve as a Business Rep. Brother Banfill will be taking over for Carl Lamers, who is retiring at the end of September, and will be working with line clearance tree trimmers in the northern area.
Banfill began his career as a line clearance tree trimmer in 1983 in Humboldt county, where he worked as a groundman for Davey Tree. He quickly progressed through the ranks and became a foreman in 1986, and then transferred to the Lakeport area six years later. In 2001, Banfill moved over to Asplundh Tree Service, where he continued as a foreman until 2013, and was then promoted to field foreman, which is where he remained until he joined the Local 1245 staff this fall.
Banfill has served as a shop steward, and was one of the founding members of Local 1245’s Keep the Clearance peer safety committee. He also represented Local 1245 at the IBEW convention in Washington DC in 2016.
“I have always enjoyed working with the union and seeing all the changes that we have made in the past 30 years,” said Banfill. “I am looking forward to working with all the tree contractors to make more positive changes in the future.”
Welcome aboard Brother Banfill!