In order to bring more transparency to the TCIA Board of Directors election process we have listed all of the applicants for the current cycle below. We will be accepting feedback from June 1, 2021 until August 30, 2021.
The candidates are as follows (click on the candidates name to learn more):
Arthur Batson III, CFO – Lucas Tree Experts, Maine
I see enormous opportunities for our industry to continue to grow and promote Arboriculture as a career for the next generation of leaders. TCIA play a crucial role in enabling organizations to educate their customers, improve on business processes, train in safe work practices, and understand regulatory affairs. I feel my educational background in finance, along with my leadership experience in driving strategic growth at Lucas Tree through adaptation of technological innovation, will help shape the future direction of our industry. I would be honored to serve as a member of the Board and to promote the success and diversity of all our member organizations.
Gabe Beeler, Owner – Fallen Leaf Tree Management
I believe that having multiple Organizations throughout the West Coast will be crucial in raising the bar on Quality and the Safety of Arboriculture Practices not only here, but on an International level.
Noel Boyer, Owner – All About Trees
I want to continue to offer my thoughts and ideas to this dynamic Board, as we work to make TCIA the most valuable resource to tree care businesses. TCIA has changed so much structurally and culturally in the last three years, and I am proud to have participated in this vision.
Walter Gonzalez, Vice President – Frank’s Tree Service, Inc.
The board of directors plays an important leadership role ushering a noteworthy association into a new era of tree care. The board will benefit from diversity and inclusivity if it expects to achieve its goals of increasing engagement and recruitment. Changes to the industry have steadily been taking place and yet also remain stagnant in other aspects. We might see safety regulations specifically for our field, but rules and regulations addressed by the association have mostly focused on the federal level. Post-pandemic operations have expedited changes which already should have been taking place. The move to online learning and education is only beginning to take shape and is a good example of steps taken by the association? for the benefit of employees and employers. The move however was reactionary — it should have been enacted much earlier on to meet the needs of employers and employees with the inability to travel as required in past years. The association serves as a lobby group not only for employers doing business in an ever-changing world of environmental protection, but also touches important aspects of employee labor protections, safety regulations, and immigration. While the industry itself seems to be growing exponentially, finding skilled labor is at times difficult. The association is a resource for workers but could do more to effort recruitment and training of new tradespeople. As a second-generation tree business employee and as a lawyer, I have the experience to deal with upcoming challenges to our industry. I know trees, I know the laws, and I know changes that could be implemented for the benefit of all. The board has the potential to position our association among the most relevant for setting best practices on an individual company basis as well as guiding policy in Washington. I have the background and skills to get that done.
Brian Goodall, Arborist – Goodall Arboriculture LLC
I would like to serve on the TCIA Board of Directors because I wish to serve others and help our industry grow.
August Hoppe, President – Hoppe Tree Service
August Hoppe, President of Hoppe Tree Service. I would like to apply for another 3 year term as a TCIA board member because I feel strongly aligned with the TCIA purpose of advancing tree care businesses. Over the years, TCIA has provided me so many resources for growing my business. As a 20 year member of the association and a current board member already, I have a good understanding of how the organization works and would like to continue to help other companies reach new heights. Two of my favorite topics that I am involved with are Apprenticeship and Urban Wood Utilization.
Tad Jacobs, Owner – Treemasters
TCIA I am respectfully applying for one of the at large director positions for the period 2022 through 2025. I am currently a TCIA Board member, I own and operate a tree care company in the San Francisco Bay area, Marin County, TREEMASTERS, founded in 1987. My credentials are as follows, I am a licensed tree care contractor in the state of California, a certified arborist, certified tree care safety professional, a qualified tree risk assessor, and a qualified applicator by the state of California for use of pesticides. I have been quite involved with the TCIA; I was a member of the TCIA peer-to-peer group for three consecutive years. I have presented at two Expo conferences on business efficiencies and operations. I presented at the inaugural EAW and one subsequent EAW. I hosted a formal TCIA shop walkabout for the West Coast EAW and have hosted countless informal tours of our operation with many TCIA member companies. I currently mentor several companies. With this I feel I can help bring the voice of companies that range from 3 to 50 employees. I personally see a very bright future for our industry, enhanced through better collaboration between business owners, managers, office, and production staff resulting in increased safety, productivity, and efficiency for this industry that so many are passionate about. I look forward to completing this year on the Board helping execute the goals and objectives that we have started. I hope to be privileged with a second term to continue the progression that we have started with our TCIA traction plan. Sincerely, Tad Jacobs ISA Certified Arborist #8281 TREEMASTERS
Brent Oberlink, President – Lanracorp
TCIA represents many types of tree care businesses, each bringing a unique service and customer base to the mix. I would like to join TCIA to help represent those in the ROW Clearing space and push forward ideas, safety, pricing structure and more that will help elevate all TCIA members and the industry as a whole. We all can improve our standing by setting a higher bar, never accepting status quo, and seeking continuous improvement. Moving the industry towards these values will help all TCIA members.
Phil Sims, CEO – Integrity Tree Services
This industry is filled with passionate people, many of whom, are unified in their pursuit of making our communities safer, more reliable, and more beautiful as a result of our efforts. As leaders in the industry, we need to unify in our pursuit of telling the story of an industry full of intelligent people creating opportunity, everyday. With forecasted labor shortages, the time is now to magnify the voice of our industry, together.
Jonathan Wolfson, Owner – Sherlock Tree Company, Inc.
I would like to be a part of the TCIA Board because I feel like my grassroots knowledge of the tree care industry can benefit other companies, and to help add new perspective for upcoming companies to develop and grow their businesses.