SPEAKER BIOS

Craig is a Certified Arborist, a Certified Tree Worker – Climber Specialist, an ISA-qualified tree risk assessor and an experienced safety/skills trainer. He is currently preparing for the Board Certified Master Arborist exam. Craig is also a Head Judge for the International Tree Climbing Championship.

In 2017, Craig established Tree133 LLC to provide safety-focused contract climbing for small tree companies. He works with client crews to complete challenging tree projects, grow their knowledge and skills, and help them implement safe work practices. Tree133 also provides high-quality tree care for residential and commercial clients.

Getting started in arboriculture, Craig was fortunate to learn from top-level arborists who generously shared their knowledge and guidance. Craig continues to pursue new skills and experiences and “pay it forward” by training and mentoring fellow arborists.

Craig and his wife, Joanna, currently live in Seattle, WA.

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Speaker Highlight - Craig Bachmann

Dr. Ball is a Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University where he instructs courses in arboriculture, forestry and emergency medical technician training. He also serves as a campus arborist. John is a Board Certified Master Arborists, a Treecare Safety Professional, and an Advanced EMT. He previously managed tree care and PHC programs in tree companies in the Midwest and East.

Jake Carufel has been immersed in the tree care industry for 15 years. He has been a Certified Arborist for 9 years as well as TRAQ Qualified. Through his career he has been fortunate enough to work in the 4th and 5th largest trees in the world as well as compete at an international level and meet amazing people from around the world all because of our shared passion for these amazing living structures called trees!

Evan is a Safety Supervisor with Wright Tree Service, Safety Education and Training Department. Evan started the position in January, 2021 but has been in the arboriculture industry for 12 years. Evan holds current certifications in: ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Climber Specialist, TCIA CTSP, SPRAT Level 1 Rope Access Technician. He is a former Firefighter/Paramedic in Central Ohio. Evan is also a Rope Rescue Instructor at Bowling Green State University, Rescue Methods and Rowen Tree Training. When not at work, Evan enjoys spending his time with family and friends. Especially his wife and two daughters, and soon to be third.

Jeff is the Arbormax Program Manager. He has worked at Eydent Insurance Services for seventeen years as a specialty insurance underwriter. Jeff has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Davenport University, is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional. Jeff lives in Mount Pleasant MI with his wife Maria and their two youngest sons.

Sue has been involved in the outsourcing HR industry since 1990, with ASO’s, PEO’s and HCM. PuzzleHR is a ‘payroll agnostic’, ‘over the top’, ‘white glove’ Human Resource Outsourcing (HRO) Organization dedicated to helping our clients make the most out of their investments, maximize their Human Resources, remain in compliance, and operate as efficiently as possible. We are vendor facing and partner with the industry-leading payroll and HCM technology service providers representing the client end-user.

Vicki has assisted many businesses in setting up and maintaining their accounting functions. Her area of expertise is capturing the chaos of everyday operations and providing solutions so you can take control of your business and understand it. Her accreditation’s include: M.B.A., B.S. in Accounting and Business Management, and Intuit Advanced Certified ProAdvisor.

25 years in arboriculture, 15 as a business owner. Board Certified Master Arborist, Certified Treecare Safety Professional. Seven-time Midwestern Chapter ISA Tree Climbing Champion. Currently serving on TCIA Board of Directors.

Gerry Breton resides in Cumberland Maine with his wife and has 2 grown children. He is a US Navy Veteran and has a BS Degree in Industry Technology from the University of Southern Maine with a minor Safety and Ergonomics. After working in the Utility industry for Central Maine Power Co. and FPL Energy, he ran a small safety consulting business. In 2007 Gerry joined Lucas Tree Experts as Director of Safety & Training and is one of the partners of the company. Gerry is a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional by the Tree Care Industry Association and Certified Safety Management Practitioner by the Institute for Safety and Health Management and a Certified Utility Safety Professional by USOLN.

Tim started with the tree care industry in 1985 and at Davey in 2018. He’s been an ISA Certified Arborist since ‘92 and a TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional since ‘09. Tim chaired the ANSI A300 Committee, participated as a voting member in current and previous Z133 updates and sits on several ANSI Z133 tasks groups. Tim was head technician from 2005-2011 for ISA’s International Tree Climbing Championship and has been certified by Petzl America as a Competent Person regarding PPE. He is also a competent person in climbing/ rigging gear inspections to the United Kingdom standards (LOLER) and North American Training Solutions recognizes Tim as a qualified chainsaw technician and trainer. Most recently, Tim became a SPRAT Level 1 Technician. He brings with him an unparalleled passion for trees, safety and gear.

Ed is President, CEO and owner of North American Training Solutions Inc., has a true passion for empowering others with the resources needed to safely perform their jobs so at the end of the day, everyone returns safely home. With over 24 years of experience in the arboriculture, forestry and vegetation management industries, Ed has continued to pursue his personal mission to inspire people to make a positive change. Ed often says, “I like trees, and I like people, but I love tree people.”

Throughout Ed’s career, he has achieved an impressive list of honors, certifications, accomplishments, and qualifications, some of which include:

  • AS Arboriculture Stockbridge School of Agriculture 2003
  • BS Urban Forestry University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2006
  • OSHA-Authorized Instructor (General Industry)
  • ANSI Z133 Training Task Group Chairman
  • HeartMath Certified Trainer Resilience Advantage®
  • HeartMath Certified Trainer Activating the Heart of Teams ®
  • NATS Instructor Review Board Member
  • NATS Author / Co Author All NATS Courses

Mark is a third generation arborist who works with his father Steve, mother Laura, and brother Steve for the family owned Aspen Tree Expert Company. Mark has won the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) New Jersey Chapter Tree Climbing Championship for 21 years and is a past president of the NJ chapter of the ISA. He has conquered the wider tree climbing world on three occasions, most recently in 2010.The ITCC in Tampa, FL 2015 marked the 20th time Mark has placed in the top 5 overall! He is the creator and owner of the interactive TreeBuzz.com website that sees over 80,000 users each month.

He is a Licensed Tree Expert with the state of NJ, an ISA Certified Arborist and a TCIA CTSP.

Mark is also a spokesperson for STIHL Inc, Teufelberger Fiber Rope Corporation and Kask Safety.

25 year climber. Retired Captain Norfolk Fire Rescue, Norfolk VA. 30 years experience as a Paramedic in 2 of Virginia’s busiest EMS systems. Former EMT/Paramedic/CPR/ACLS/BTLS/PALS/PEMSTEP Instructor. EMS Educator of the Year 1997 Tidewater EMS Council. CTSP, Cert-Arb, Crane Operations Specialist Instructor. Research Climber, College of William and Mary. Prior Presenter at TCIA Expo and numerous trade events.

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Speaker Highlight - Bill Owen

I have been in the tree industry since 1992. I started in the logging industry and have worked in the utility industry since 2001. I have been a safety professional for the last 10 years.

Jim is the production manager and safety trainer for Bofinger’s Tree Service in Baton Rouge, LA. He is an SCA board member, and ISA certified arborist, a Louisiana licensed arborist, a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional, and a member of ASCA.

Aaron is a graduate of Penn State Mont Alto, 2yr Forest Technology program, 15 years in tree care, ISA cert arb, TCIA CTSP, 2014 Penn Del Climbing Champion, TCIA Approved Trainer, Safety and Training Director for Cumberland Valley Tree Service, AHA first aid / CPR Trainer, Family man, Christian, coach, runner.

With over 25 years’ experience as a practicing arborist, and currently pursuing a PhD in tree biomechanics, Matt has a strong interest in the technical aspects of preserving large trees in the urban setting. His long climbing career has also influenced his dedication to climber safety, and a research interest in the loads associated with technical removal operations. Matt has taught practical arboriculture and tree climbing since 2001; worked in Southern Ontario, England, Seattle, Halifax and Montreal; and has presented on arboricultural topics at regional and international conferences, research symposia, private training courses and garden exhibitions.

Dan has been an arborist since 2002. His experience spans the U.K., Australia, and Canada, where he currently runs his own tree business and two online resources: ClimbingArborist.com (an educational website) and ClimbingArboristJobs.com. Dan loves being part of the local arborist community and competing in tree climbing competitions.

Tad Jacobs started Treemasters in 1987 and has grown it to a 40 person company in Marin County, California. Tad is an ISA Certified Arborist, a CTSP, is TRAQ qualified and is a California QAL. Treemasters is a TCIA Accredited Company.

Co-Owner of Joseph Tree and also a Captain with Columbus Division of Fire with a uniformed strength of 1600 fire fighters. I am an ISA Certified Arborist, State of Ohio Certified Applicator and a EMT Paramedic as well. Joseph Tree is a TCIA Accredited company located in central Ohio.

Phillip has over 25 years of experience in the Industry.  Team leader in development and training with Wright Tree Service. Lead instructor since 2009 and Vice President from 2015 – 2018 at North American Training Solutions.  Contract climber and owner of Samara Tree Preservation since 2014.  Speaker at TCIA Expo along as multiple chapter conferences.  Speaker at Kletterforum in Augsburg, Germany.  Head Judge at North American Tree Climbing Championship since 2014.  Head Technician at International Tree Climbing Championship since 2017.  Head Judge at Aerial Rescue International Tree Climbing Championship from 2013 – 2017.  Head Judge/Technician multiple ISA Chapter Tree Climbing Championships since 2009.  Past President of the Georgia Arborist Association.  TCIA ASTI trainer and Certified Arborist since 2000.

Geoff Kempter is Technical Services Manager for Asplundh with 32 years of experience in utility arboriculture and urban forestry. He is currently President of the Utility Arborist Association. He is co-author of Utility Arboriculture, the Utility Specialist Study Guide, and author of the ISA Best Management Practices Guide for Utility Pruning.  Geoff teaches tree risk assessment qualification (TRAQ) for the ISA, and is an Instructor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Utility Vegetation Management Certificate Program.  He has served on the ANSI A300 Tree Care Standards Committee since 1996, and on the ISA Board, the TREE Fund Board and as ISA Certification Chair. He holds a degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.

James Komen is a consulting arborist in California specializing in risk assessment and tree appraisal. He helps clients make informed management decisions for individual trees and for tree inventories. His work has been published in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, Arboricultural Consultant, Palms, Ontario Arborist and Western Arborist. He is an ISA TRAQ instructor and has taught workshops on tree appraisal around the U.S. and Canada.

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Speaker Highlight - James Komen

ISA Certified Arborist
ISA TRAQ Arborist
CT Supervisory Licensed Arborist
Eversource Utility Arborist
WTCW Co-Founder & Lead Instructor
University of Montana alumni
First Aid/CPR/AED
Licensed Pesticide applicator in the states of MA, NY, CT

Melissa adores sharing her love of trees and the skills she’s acquired over the last 26 years in the industry of arboriculture. Melissa is a passionate educator and her down to earth ability lends her subject matter expertise to be accessible by students, newbie to advanced alike.

Melissa is the Customer Experience & Engagement Leader and also leads Arborist Education for RBI Corp dba SHELTER Tree. Melissa is a co-founder and lead instructor for the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop, and offers community education with chainsaw safety, pruning, and tree identification seminars, to name a few.

Her qualifications include: ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Climber Specialist, TRAQ holder, TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional, Past President of New England Chapter of ISA, Past President of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens & Forester’s Association, past New England ISA, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and New York Tree Climbing Champion, and past ITCC Competitor.

Lisa’s passion is working with entrepreneurs. She has 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and business advisor.  Over the course of that career she has specialized on successfully turning dozens of businesses around to double digit growth and profitability as well as growing an eight-figure family owned business.  Lisa no longer managers the family owned business but rather sis on the board and spends all her time guiding other entrepreneurs so that they too can get what they want from their business.

Pete has been a crane operator since 1999. He started The Crane Man, Inc. in 2008. Peter has over 20 years of crane experience and specializes in large and hazardous tree removal.  He is a member of the ISA and TCIA. He is NCCCO Certified crane operator. He is the founder of the Crane Safety Climber School which is now in its 11th year.

As a career arborist my goal is to share my experience and knowledge in order to help move the industry forward. My specific focus is on the relationship between Learning and Development and industry management practices. Certifications include; ISA BCMA, TCIA CTSP, TCIA Qualified Crew Leader Instructor, California Qualified Applicators License.

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Speaker Highlight - Bill Owen

Experienced practitioner, Motivational and leadership speaker, conference and team building coordinator, Life coach and consultant in Business Management, Utility, Municipal, Commercial, and Residential Forestry. His vast field experience leading teams in the field along with formal accreditation from the International Society of Business Leaders, International Society of Arboriculture, and the Tree Care Industry Association have allowed him to thrive in the field of Arboriculture, utility powerline clearance and general forestry, all while sharing his passion for advancing the responsible care of people, trees, and business all over the world.

Phil Perron graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Forestry in 2000.  He joined Hartney Greymont in the fall of 2000 and worked as an IPM technician for eleven years before becoming the Plant Health Care Director for a satellite office in 2011.  In 2014 he joined Barrett Tree East in Medford, MA and currently runs the Plant Health Care Department.

Joe has an undergrad in business from Misericordia university, MPA from Kutztown university. For two years I taught entrepreneurship at Lackawanna college, currently I own and operate Top Notch Tree Care and have my certification as an ISA certified arborist. I am also a wrestling coach.

Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist and Instructor in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at Purdue University. His educational background includes an A.S. degree from Vincennes University, a B.S. degree from Purdue University and a M.Ed. degree from Indiana State University. Lindsey serves as Executive Director of the Indiana Arborist Association in addition to teaching at Purdue.  He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and an ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist.

Mike is a leader in developing PHC programs. His “Bug of the Week” website reaches thousands of viewers weekly. His books “26 Things that Bug Me” introduces youngsters to insects and natural history while “Managing Insect and Mites on Woody Landscape Plants” is a standard for the arboricultural industry.

Mr. Schultz has been involved in tree care since the fall of 2003. 10 years of his career were spent in New York City, working for the Brooklyn Forestry Department and later Central Park. He has been residing in California as a full-time contract climbing arborist since the fall of 2015.

Luke Scheberl has field experience as a soil scientist and ISA Certified Arborist in South Eastern Wisconsin. He recently began working as a full-time arboriculture instructor for Mid-State Technical College. He received a B.S. degree in Urban Forestry and an M.S. degree in Soil Science from UW-Stevens Point.

Audrey is a Pesticide Compliance Specialist for the Davey Institute in Kent, Ohio. She has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been with Davey Tree since 2018. Audrey’s field experience as a plant healthcare specialist has been a significant source of her expertise, which she uses to provide compliance assistance to Davey offices across the US and Canada.

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Speaker Highlight - Audrey Sellepack

Zack was born and raised in Marysville, OH before joining the U.S. Army after High School. Zack spent 4 years at Hunter Army Airfield, GA with 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he deployed 3 times overseas. After the Army, Zack attended The Ohio State University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Ecosystem management. Zack has worked at Joseph Tree for 7 years, where he has been a climber, equipment operator, salesman, and is currently the PHC manager. Zack is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, TCIA Certified Plant Healthcare Technician, and an Ohio certified applicator. Zack currently lives in Marysville, OH with his wife, Rachel, and their son, Oliver.

Paul Tigner, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, CGMA
Trusted Advisor and Expert Witness
Certified Public Accountant
Accredited in Business Valuation
Certified in Financial Forensics
Certified Fraud Examiner
Chartered Global Management Accountant

A practicing CPA for over 30 years, Paul Tigner is the CEO of FairShare Advisors, a CPA and business advisory firm offering accounting, tax, business valuation and business advisory solutions to the tree care industry. He is a highly regarded thought leader, speaker and trainer to business as well as an expert witness in legal matters.

Director of Tree Care at Savatree, ISA Certified Tree Worker, Certified Arborist, Certified Municipal Specialist, CTSP, past presenter at TCIA, Head Judge for AR at ITCC, presenter at regional conferences, trainer at regional events, voting member of Z133 committee.

SavATree GTC skills and safety trainer ISA, CTSP, Certified Tree Climber, EHAP, TRAQ, certified crane operator, NCCER crane exam proctor

Travis has spent 18 years in the arboriculture industry with roles ranging from climber, business owner, trainer, consultant and current VP of Operations for Chippers Inc. a green care company out of New England. Travis is an industry leader in safety and leadership training as well as published author in leadership and technical manuals for arboricultural operations. Author of, Leadership for TODAY: Leadership for those who keep life civilized.

ISA Certified Arborist #SO-7350A
TCIA CTSP #1932
TCIA QCL #002

Tim is the Corporate Safety Director for the Davey Tree Expert Co.
Tim is working on his doctorate, in ergonomics and safety. His research looks at risk in the tree care profession. He has a Master’s degree in ergonomics from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He has Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

He is a Certified Treecare Safety Professional. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Worker, New Hampshire certified arborist and a Maine licensed arborist.

He has been a voting member of the Accredited Standards Committee Z133 for several revisions, is a task chair and is still actively involved in several Task Groups. Including; electrical hazards, rigging, crane use, chain saws, chippers and, and others.

He is provided input for the CAL/OSHA Tree Climbing and Access Advisory Committee, and Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee for Brush Chippers and the Oregon OSHA Forest Activities Standards Advisory Committee.

Tim has also been a climbing arborist for more than 30 years, has owned his own business and worked with companies around the world.

David is the President & CEO of the Tree Care Industry Association, a national trade group focused on advancing tree care businesses. He is passionate about helping organizations succeed and believes that a shared vision and positive culture are critical to achieving that success.

In addition to TCIA, David has also held leadership positions at the Northeast Public Power Association and Massachusetts Dental Society and is a former member of the New England Society of Association Executives Board of Directors. He earned his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Suffolk University and is a Certified Association Executive.

Warren began production climbing in 1991, specializing in tree health care and maintenance. During his career he has served as Climber Trainer, Operations manager, and Sales Consultant for several major companies in the southeast; as well as having been a lead trainer for North American Training Solutions since 2005. He holds numerous certifications from ISA, TCIA, OSHA, NCCCO, and NSC. Presently he is a manager (and trainer) of the Safety, Education and Training Team in the southeast for Wright Tree Service and is the owner of Genesis Training & Tree care, where he still actively contract climbs & trains for several companies.

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