Tree Demos

As a courtesy to our attendees, TCIA submits our program to various industry organizations for CEU approval prior to the show.
Tree Demo’s earn 1 ISA CEU and 1 CTSP CEU.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Wayne Coleman, The Training Clinic

What’s one of the scariest things to do? Speak in front of a group of people – no matter how large the size! It’s very natural to feel butterflies in your stomach before speaking. The key is to get them to fly in formation!

In this session, you will learn to identify and plan your delivery techniques to make your presentation run smoothly. Physical presence, tone of voice, gestures, movement, managing appearance, and conquering stress are covered as well as some tips for organizing your material. Join us and get those butterflies to fly in formation.

Wayne Coleman Bio

Lawrence Schultz, Independent Trainer

This session covers creative applications of rigging fundamentals, including the most basic “old school” techniques, in the most complex of situations.

The rope has been the arborist’s first tool before there were any others. In matters of climbing and rigging, rope on rope and rope on wood was the standard. Time of course marches on as does technology. Ropes, just as the tools, are plentiful and varied. However, the merits of the tried-and-true old-school use of aerial friction are still applicable today. In this course, we shall look at creative applications of fundamental principles in tight quarter rigging situations, including aerial friction. Because it is the most demanding and technical type of work an arborist will encounter, it often requires all the tools and techniques we have at our disposal, even the “old school” ones. Lawrence will supplement his presentation with real-life examples from the field including a combination of job site pictures and video footage.

Lawrence Schultz Bio

Brian Kane, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Stockbridge School

Tree biomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to trees. Many arboricultural practices have mechanical aspects, such as the forces associated with climbing and rigging or how pruning and cabling can reduce the likelihood of tree failure. By understanding some basic concepts such as force, moment, stress, frequency, damping ratio, and others, you’ll be better prepared to apply them when you need to estimate the likelihood of failure of a tree, an anchor point, or your gear.

Brian Kane Bio
Liz Boone, Streamline Financial Services

Credit affects every aspect of your life, whether it’s getting a job, insurance, or buying a house. Liz will help business owners understand and build good credit with a focus on:

  1. The various types of credit
  2. What a credit score is (which is not always an accurate picture of someone’s credit)
  3. Credit utilization: how credit is used and how it can affect a person’s credit score
  4. Credit mix: the importance of using different products to build credit
Liz Boone Bio

Lisa Manning, EOS Trainer

Our businesses can benefit from a state-of-the-art operating system. Lisa will outline the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) model and how it can help you with simple, practical tools that you and your leadership team can use immediately for your business. EOS is a great tool to manage the vision for your business, focus on priorities, get clear on issues and gain traction together as a healthier leadership team.
EOS helps you get clear on three areas:

  • Vision: Get everyone in your organization 100% on the same page with where you are going and how you want to get there.
  • People: Surround yourself with great people who will help you achieve your vision.
  • Process: Identify and document your core processes to create consistency and scalability in your company.
Lisa Manning Bio

Stephen Connally, CTSP, Adaptable Aerial Solutions LLC

The tree care profession has made great strides in propelling safety to the forefront. Through an emphasis on job site hazard analysis, emergency preparedness, and personal accountability, we’re cognizant of the hazards around us. A strong emphasis on Risk Assessment and Hazard Mitigation has global benefits. What about our culture of safety? What takes place behind the scenes? What effect does social media play in the reinforcement of safety? Is a recreational climb getting the same attention as a job site? How do we interact online?

In this session, Stephen will review the aspects of group psychology for example, how it affects the progress of safety. We’ll discuss professional acceptance/recognition, and how this affects the reluctance of sharing information. We’ll discuss heuristic traps, and how they often play into incidents. Using research from the avalanche industry, we see a direct correlation to Arboriculture. The goal of this session is to bring more awareness to our social culture and its effect on our safety.

Stephen Connally Bio

Lindsey Purcell, Lp Consulting Group

Arborists face the challenges of creating strong, stable structures within trees but also, reducing the risk that trees present. Proper pruning strategies can moderate risk to an acceptable level and minimize the need for extreme action. Learn how to manage risk with pruning procedures and design safer trees for your client.

Lindsey Purcell Bio

Geoff Kempter and Stephen Hilbert, Asplundh Tree Expert

Has your company been pulled into utility line clearance work on behalf of a local utility or municipality? Is your business frequently getting called to work close to utility infrastructure by clients who are not utilities? This session will detail what your business and employees need to know about utility line clearance in order to take on these jobs..

Geoff Kempter Bio

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – TRADE SHOW FLOOR HOURS

Ryan Torcicollo, CTSP, SavATree and Matt Meckley, The Academy

Get a short crash course on the general fundamentals of trolley and span rigging. Ryan and Matt will go over the pros and cons of the systems and how to go from simple to advanced setups.

Lawrence Schultz, Independent Trainer

People speak of cycles to failure not being exclusive to ropes and hardware. “Climbing is a young person’s game,” they say. A story of musculoskeletal injury mars many a tale of an arborist’s early retirement from production climbing. The bad back, bum knee, or frozen shoulder are all too common. Yet the human body is more resilient than we give it credit for. Routine maintenance is one key ingredient we often neglect to add to succeed in the long run. You wouldn’t run a saw day after day without sharpening the chain, cleaning the filter, and filing the burs off the bar, so why do you work long, hard days without proper sleep, poor nutrition, or no warm-up or post stretching routine?

Lawrence, a seasoned climber, helps you understand how everyday wear and tear, fatigue, and postures can contribute to long-term injury. He’ll share what works for him and how you can apply these principles to stay healthy.

Lawrence Schultz Bio
Andy Jones, CTSP, Rooted Arborcare

If you love rigging but haven’t really experimented much with using friction at the top of your rigging system, then come and join the fun! See how different devices can add friction to benefit your rigging system and when you would use this.

Andy Jones Bio

North American Training Solutions.

Take a deep dive into the specs of mechanical hitches including the limitations and advantages of each device. Learn about courage compatibility, weight limits, and ramifications for aerial rescue, should the need arise. Bring your experiences to share and bring your questions!

A300 Committee

Meet members of the A300 Tree Care Management Standards Committee and learn how to use A300 standards to craft accurate work proposals, specifications and work orders that will get you the job and streamline your operation.

Mark Chisholm, CTSP, Aspen Tree Expert Co

Mark Chisholm Bio

Cyrus DeVere, CTSP, A Plus Tree Inc

Are you thinking about taking the next step into management? Or are you thinking about starting your own tree care company? Have you recently moved into management or started a company and find that becoming a leader is harder than you thought? In this session, Cyrus DeVere, CEO of A Plus Tree will help you understand what taking the next step really means. There are real hurdles all leaders face when they start out and there may be behaviors that set you back or move you forward. It is important to know the difference. Cyrus will help you demystify a few leadership concepts in a fun and interactive session.

Cyus DeVere Bio

Sharon Jean-Phillipe, University of Tennessee

The urban forest is composed of trees and associated vegetation that provides communities with environmental, economic, and social benefits and habitat for fish and wildlife. Thus, urban forests are not only about the trees in the city, but rather, they are a critical part of the green infrastructure that makes up the city ecosystem. Unfortunately, trees are constantly facing challenges such as urban expansion, invasive pests, changing climates, and underfunded management and maintenance. Trees are vital to our environment. This presentation will discuss the basics of tree biology, including tree anatomy (structure) and tree physiology (function).

Sharon Jean-Phillipe Bio

Jeffrey Inman, Jr, CTSP, Truetimber Arborists, Inc.

This lab will show climbers how to choose and build the correct anchor for the climb ahead. It will start with the basics and work towards advanced techniques to help climbers build for the climb and retrieval.

Mark Chisholm, CTSP, Aspen Tree Expert Co

The best removal techniques come from facing the hardest scenarios. In this session, Mark will share some of his most creative solutions for situations that require a different approach than the more typical or traditional methods. You will also hear the science and thought processes that drive decisions to apply to your own jobs.

Mark Chisholm Bio

Annie Rafferty, Butte College and Larry Abernathy, CTSP, Abernathy-VM Services, LLC

With the leadership and financial support of PG&E, two entry-level workforce training programs are being offered in California Community Colleges throughout the state. Learn about the training programs and the goals for expanding the program across the nation. This presentation will share:

  1. Why & how the training program started.
  2. The financial investment, expansion to select colleges, and the sustainability of the program.
  3. The industry organizations and the leaders who are instrumental in the training program curriculum development and delivery.
  4. How TCIA’s training manuals and safety programs play an instrumental role in the training.
  5. Elements of the hands-on training programs including equipment use, certifications earned, safety standards and industry expert engagement.
  6. Action videos, photos and trainee testimonials.
  7. Successes and milestones achieved.
Annie Rafferty Bio

Friday, November 11, 2022

Cassandra Bryant, Rayzor’s Edge Tree Service

Cassandra Bryant Bio

Pete Nieves-Sosa, The Crane Man Inc

Pete helps you understand how our training is evolving with a look back at where we started. He’ll focus on things like how to key ensure safe and successful crane operations including proper techniques used in crane removals and options for rigging off of a crane.

Pete Nieves-Sosa Bio

Michael Raupp, Univ of Maryland – Entomology

Scale insects are one the ten most common insect pests plaguing trees and shrubs in cities and suburbs around the world. In urban landscapes, populations of these sap-sucking pests regularly explode, distorting and discoloring leaves, causing branch dieback, and contributing to tree mortality. Many are phloem feeders producing vast quantities of honeydew which disfigures underlying vegetation, dining areas, sidewalks, and vehicles. Honeydew creates a nuisance and danger for people by attracting stinging insects.

In this session, you will learn the biology and ecology of several of the most common and damaging native and non-native scale insects including armored scales, soft scales, and felt scales found in urban landscapes. Michael will review steps to diagnose scale problems, discover why they are more common and problematic in cities, how they damage plants as well as discuss chemical and non-chemical tactics for mitigating scale outbreaks as part of an integrated plant health care program.

Michael Raupp Bio
Andy Jones, CTSP, Rooted Arborcare

With the continued emphasis on safety culture within our industry, Andy takes a deeper dive into the viability or importance of approved chainsaw protective trousers for aerial workers.

Andy Jones Bio

Luke Scheberl, Mid-State Technical College and Zack Shier, Joseph Tree Service

The world of testing can be difficult to navigate resulting in underutilization in tree care. In this session, you’ll learn everything you need to know about foliar and soil testing, such as: How and what to sample, what metrics you should use, and how they are analyzed and interpreted to guide PHC treatments to make a positive impact for you and your clients!

Luke Scheberl Bio

Josh Caudill, Safety Leadership Innovators LLC

Many companies use personality assessments to enhance their safety culture and help promote efficiency within the organization. In creating a space where positive conflict is encouraged, employees can feel safe to vocalize their ideas as well as build stronger teams in the office and the field. They can also help break down historical communication barriers that can lead to tremendous results within the organization.

In this presentation, you will learn the benefits of utilizing a personality assessment tool to plan work, build teams, and reduce negative conflict within your organization. You’ll also learn how to assess the potential of implementing this strategy within your own organization and culture and how to communicate an effective strategy to increase further employee engagement.

Josh Caudill Bio

Joseph Pipitone, Top Notch Tree Care; Bryan Anderson, Doug’s Tree Service; Jacob Guidry, Tree Guardian USA; Ray Boychew, Rayzor’s Edge Tree, Ben Kravtiz, Kravitz Tree Service

This panel discussion includes owners of many grapple saw cranes, traditional cranes, telehandler devices, and other newly developed tree removal machines. Predetermined questions will focus the panelists on a variety of topics including production, safety and business model shifts specifically focused on the integration of mechanization and grapple saw technology in the industry. The program will be moderated by Joseph B. Pipitone, the owner of Top Notch Tree Care and developer of last year’s grapple saw discussion. Come and leverage the wisdom of these pioneers in the industry and ask the panel questions.

Joseph Pipitone Bio

Blake Duval, CTSP, Chippers Inc.

Blake will go step-by-step to show arborists how to tie, dress and set these knots as well as how they work and what makes them stand out.

August Hoppe, Hoppe Tree Service and Josh Morin, We Love Trees

Arborist apprenticeship is nationally registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprenticeship provides you, the employer, with an effective recruiting, training, and retention tool for employees. By offering an apprenticeship, your business can grow and thrive!

Benefits for your business include:

  • Highly-skilled employees who adopt a safer work ethic and will produce quality results for your business, subsequently saving you money
  • A committed team whose skills, confidence and loyalty will develop under your expert supervision
  • Flexibility to replenish your workforce as experienced employees transition to different roles, change careers or retire
  • Increased productivity, resulting in a profitable return on investment for every dollar you spend on training
  • Lower recruiting costs because a motivated, satisfied employee with a defined career path and wage progression is likely to stay longer

Attend this session to learn how August’s business benefited from an apprenticeship, and, how your business can benefit too.

August Hoppe Bio

Geoff Kempter and Stephen Hilbert, Asplundh Tree Expert

Many arborists are asked to prune or remove trees near utility power lines and other utility infrastructure.  Often the arborist in this situation performs the work when an electrical hazard exists and/or is closer than a minimum approach distance of 10 feet.  When this occurs, both OSHA and ANSI recognize this as incidental line clearance, and the arborist must be recognized as an incidental line clearance arborist.  This session will detail what you need to know about to perform incidental line clearance according to regulations and standards.

Geoff Kempter Bio

Mike Tilford, CTSP, SavATree

Mike provides the 22nd “Arborist Safety Update” with a look at the most common incidents and how work practices and technology changes have transformed our injuries and fatalities.

Mike Tilford Bio

Kathy Glassey, Monster Tree Service

Did you know that root collar excavation is not only great for the trees, but great for your bottom line? Your business profitability is important so Kathy will dive down to the root of the issue and discuss the benefits of root collar excavation along with the practical application of how this service can benefit trees. This service can be a great option to get your plant health care program growing and provide more value to your client.

This session is designed for business owners, arborists and technicians and just like the trees, we aim to build a great foundation with strong roots! You will learn about what root collar excavation is, why we recommend root collar excavation, how to discuss and set expectations with your clients, how to perform it, and options to create the most beneficial environment in which your trees can grow for many years to come.

Kathy Glassey Bio

Richard Hauer, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

As we hit the 20th anniversary of the emerald ash borer (EAB) discovery in North America, what have we learned? What do the next 20 years hold for ash trees? Join us for an interdisciplinary journey using lessons learned with EAB management. See how science has led to effective treatments based on tree size and health as reliable predictors for preventing tree loss. Next, we will explore an ash tree retention and replacement study using tree canopy as a currency to evaluate a no net loss of tree canopy over a 20-year-time period. We will explore EAB decision-making by using sustainability constructs. What do we know about tree treatments to prevent ash loss? Finally, we will look at practical findings from field studies with tree and soil injection to help you make short- to long-term decisions with ash tree populations. (Sponsored by Rainbow Ecoscience)

Richard Hauer Bio

Craig Bachmann, CTSP, Tree 133 LLC

Learn essential skills and strategies to reduce the physical toll of tree work, prolong your career, and have more fun while working aloft.

Craig Bachmann Bio

Ryan Torcicollo, CTSP, SavATree

Learn some tips and tricks to help increase your production as a climber. Learn ways to save your energy and focus on your work positioning to make safer and better cuts.

The Marketing Excellence Awards (MEA) are designed to reward and recognize those individuals and organizations who primarily go unrecognized for helping to build great brands and products of world-class organizations in the tree care industry.

Hear from the winners of the MEA awards who are delivering exceptional performance and innovative approaches. Get some ideas for how to level up your marketing!

Jared Abrojena, The Academy and Derrick Martin, Independent Trainer

North American Training Solutions

This presentation will go in-depth into the history and uses for mechanical advantage and how to use it in tree work. This is an intellectual talk about numbers, friction coefficients, weights, and loads with a look at how to set up a system in order to generate the pulling power you need.

Cyrus DeVere, CTSP, A Plus Tree Inc

Have you ever noticed that some leaders seem to effortlessly have a multiplying effect on their employees?  These leaders attract great people and always seem to draw the best out of them.  While other leaders seem to diminish the ability of their employees and even suck the life out of their organizations.

Are your employees more likely to say that “they love working for you and you always want the best for them”? Or are they more likely to say that “they are tired of not being trusted and wonder who cares” or that you may “just see them as a means to an end.”  This is an advanced leadership session.  Cyrus will lead an interactive session on what it means to be your best self and an effective leader so that you may become a “multiplier” at your company.

Cyrus DeVere Bio

Jeffrey Inman, Jr, CTSP, Truetimber Arborists Inc

Why do we climb? Is it something we are born with, or do we learn to love it? It’s a question Jeffrey asked himself early in his climbing career as to why he was drawn into the complexities of this world and why he continues to push himself to learn and grow in this industry. It’s something that many have considered, but what is it that allows us to process the information we are given and respond in kind?

We use the word safety, but I’m arguing that it’s not the best word to describe our industry. At its core, we analyze and manage risks all day long and use that experience to help us with the next climb. In this session, Jeffrey will look at how we go about that and why we choose to continue to do so as well as to help understand what makes us tick and how to inspire the people around us to grow in their skills and careers. There’s nothing like it and he wanted to know why.

What brings us back time and time again? It’s being tied into the sharp end of the rope.

Jeffrey Inman Jr Bio

Chelsi Abbott, The Davey Tree Expert Company

Wood decay or wood rots are fungal pathogens that can have a negative effect on humans as well as trees. When wood decay fungi attack, the infection can compromise the stability of a tree as well as its health. This results in a potentially hazardous tree that can be dangerous to those working on it or those near it. Since there are many wood decay fungi of varying virulence, proper identification is necessary to understand the risk to the tree and worker. This presentation aims to explain the identification characteristics of common wood decay fungi and recognize the potential dangers associated with each.

Chelsi Abbott Bio

Matt Follett, Université du Québec à Montréal

Rigging arborists use a variety of equipment and techniques to assist them in removal operations. Matt will present results from two research projects to help arborists learn about load distribution. The first examined the efficacy of rigging thimbles in a negative rigging scenario.

The second project looked at the effect of mass/aerodynamic damping in a negative rigging situation, and how limb removal sequence can impact the load and forces in the stem.

Matt Follett Bio

Craig Bachman, CTSP, Tree 133 LLC

Our profession depends on people. Even with the rapid expansion of mechanized tree work, we still rely heavily on skilled human labor. Finding qualified employees is challenging and many experienced tree workers are leaving the profession. We hire people with little or no experience and retain underperforming employees. The result is that unsafe work practices and property damage are common. Poor communication creates problems on the job. And occasional “safety meetings” are not enough.

We must ensure every team member has the knowledge, skills, and experience to work safely and productively in a high-hazard environment. Industry leaders know that success begins with intentional employee engagement.

In this presentation, you’ll learn how to meaningfully engage with employees, connect them with the mission of your company, and build awareness of how success at work can help them achieve personal goals. Developing new hires requires a significant investment. Retraining under-performers can feel nearly impossible. Generational differences, changing expectations, and distrust of business leaders add layers of complexity. Intentional engagement with each employee is the foundation for developing a safe and productive team.

Craig Bachman Bio

Geoff Kempter and Stephen Hilbert, Asplundh Tree Expert

Integrated Vegetation Management, or IVM, is a method all arborists can use to manage vegetation and avoid traditional land clearing or brush-cutting operations.  IVM is a valuable, sustainable service you can offer clients.

IVM can be used to maintain aesthetically pleasing woodland interfaces for residential properties, reduce fuel load that can lead to forest fires and property damage, and provides a cost-effective alternative to managing vegetation on commercial and industrial properties.  From projects as small as a driveway/woodland interface to large-acre woodland or fuel load management, IVM provides a method and service that clients are looking for. This session will provide an overview of IVM standards and how they can be adapted to various service objectives.

Geoff Kempter Bio

4:00 PM – TRADE SHOW FLOOR and TCI EXPOClimb Close

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Patrick Parker, SavATree

Proper planning and setup are the keys to running a successful Plant Health Care (PHC) program. Patrick will give you the ins and outs to consider before launching your business the critical steps to take before you do. You will learn:

  • The various types of PHC services and how to determine which services you should offer.
  • Research required to properly design your PHC program and meet all the regulatory requirements.
  • Equipment requirements and personnel options.
  • The most important business considerations such as costs, pricing of services, and metrics to track.
  • How to evaluate and adjust your program.
  • Ways to grow and expand your new PHC program.
Patrick Parker Bio

Luke Scheberl, Mid-State Technical College

Trees need soil. Learn about important soil parameters for tree health including compaction and nutrient availability. Luke will also include specific management actions to help improve tree health.

Luke Scheberl Bio

Rebecca Seibel, North American Training Solutions

This session is for business owners, crew leaders, safety trainers, and landowners who want a proven way to bring more predictability into the vast array of tree-felling scenarios.

Rebecca will present a Six Step Felling Plan to help you get your felling crew working as an efficient, thoughtful team. Learn what goes into tree assessment, site assessment, drop zone management, equipment, cutting techniques, crew skills, and communication, from first look to tree fall. Walk away with several handouts that you can use immediately.

Megan Bujnowski, Upward Training and Development LLC

Being an effective teacher requires you to understand the types of students you support and how they learn. Megan helps identify their learning styles and to remove the barriers that inhibit a connection with your students like body language, lack of eye contact, and more.  Learn how to really connect with your audience, understand where they’re coming from and how to be a strong presenter.

Megan Bujnowski Bio

9:00 AM – TRADE SHOW FLOOR and TCI EXPOClimb Opens

North American Training Solutions

Learn the techniques you need to know to help you to preserve your body over the long term. Experts will also share insight on how to complete jobs to make more money in a more efficient way to help you work smarter not harder.

Bob Rouse and Erin Demers, Tree Care Industry Association

Learn about the registration intake process for starting an apprenticeship program at your company with Bob Rouse, TCIA’s Senior Vice President of Business Support, and Erin Demers Manager of Workforce Recruitment and Retention.  This session will answer specific questions about the process and what to expect.

Bob Rouse Bio

Zack Shier, Joseph Tree Care Service

This session will provide information and options regarding urban tree nutrition and plant health for tree care companies who are ready to advance their knowledge and practice. Techniques for new companies, as well as established firms, will be presented with science-based systems, modern approaches, and case study anecdotes. Creating a comprehensive tree nutrition program should be the very foundation of all plant health care programs, with a general understanding of plant growth regulators, nutrient testing, proper applications, and ways to assess the program itself. This is an updated presentation for 2022, with new case studies and updated information.

Zack Shier Bio

Tim Bushnell, CTSP, Alex K. Julius and Emmett A. Shutts, Jr., CTSP, QCL, The Davey Tree Expert Co

In a global market, we have seemingly infinite possibilities for purchasing new equipment. But what do you pick? How do you separate the good stuff from the not-so-good stuff? What even makes something the good stuff or not-so-good stuff? This presentation will help you determine if you can trust that the equipment you are purchasing is safe for use in tree care, including what questions to ask and information to find.

Tim Bushnell Bio
  
Emmett Shutts Bio

Blake Duval, CTSP, Chippers Inc.

The tree demo will cover the progression of lanyards and how to get the most out of your work positioning lanyard

Craig Bachmann, CTSP, Tree 133 LLC

Learn the essential knowledge and techniques to manage forces and improve efficiency for stationary rope climbing.

Craig Bachmann Bio

1:00 PM – TRADE SHOW FLOOR and TCI EXPOClimb Close

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