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Sec Form 4 Filing - PAUL JOSEPH R @ DAVEY TREE EXPERT CO - 2017-03-14

  1. About Form 4 Filing: Every director, officer or owner of more than ten percent of a class of equity securities registered under Section 12 of the '34 Act must file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a statement of ownership regarding such security. The initial filing is on Form 3 and changes are reported on Form 4. The Annual Statement of beneficial ownership of securities is on Form 5. The forms contain information on the reporting person's relationship to the company and on purchases and sales of such equity securities.
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FORM 4
Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP
Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
PAUL JOSEPH R
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
DAVEY TREE EXPERT CO [ NONE]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director _____ 10% Owner
X __ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
EVP, CFO & Secretary
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
1500 NORTH MANTUA STREET
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YY)
03/14/2017
(Street)
KENT, OH44240
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YY)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
__ X __ Form filed by One Reporting Person
_____ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Transaction Date (MM/DD/YY) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (MM/DD/YY) 3. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 03/14/2017 A 1,979 A $ 35.2 31,002 ( 1 ) D
Common Stock 03/14/2017 A 605 A $ 35.2 31,607 ( 2 ) D
Common Stock 3,063.7061 ( 3 ) I By 401(k) Plan
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
( e.g. , puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (MM/DD/YY) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (MM/DD/YY) 4. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4, and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(MM/DD/YY)
7. Title and Amount of Underlying Securities
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 4)
10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Appreciation Rights (2017) ( 4 ) $ 35.2 03/14/2017 A 6,300 03/14/2018 12/31/2026 Common Stock 6,300 $ 0 6,300 D
Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
PAUL JOSEPH R
1500 NORTH MANTUA STREET
KENT, OH44240
EVP, CFO & Secretary
Signatures
/s/Joseph R. Paul, Christopher J. Bast, by Power of Attorney 03/16/2017
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
Explanation of Responses:
( 1 )Upon the achievement of certain performance criteria, performance restricted stock units (PRSUs) were granted pursuant to the Company's performance restricted stock unit program, are payable in common shares, will be fully vested on the earlier of (a) the fifth anniversary of the grant date (the transaction date herein), (b) retirement (provided that the participant has attained the age of 55 years and has had at least five years of service with the Company), (c) total or permanent disability or death, or (d) certain events of termination, and will be paid no later than March 15 following the year in which the participant retires.
( 2 )Reflects common shares granted pursuant to the Company's Management Incentive Plan.
( 3 )This total reflects routine accumulation of 3,063.7061 common shares acquired through the Company's 401(K) benefit plan as of March 14, 2017, based on internal records.
( 4 )These stock appreciation rights become exercisable in five equal annual installments beginning on the first anniversary of the grant date.

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