Donna Garner: From Firewood Runs to Technology Trailblazer

Arborgold co-founder Donna Garner grew up in tree care. She has memories of her 10-year-old self riding in her dad’s truck with her brothers on firewood deliveries, raking the client’s lawn when her dad took her on a job and performing other tree care-related tasks. Don Francis, Donna’s father, had learned the trade from his […]

Gender Impartial, Finance Is About Knowledge, Service and Reputation

For JoAnn Cucciarre and Tonya Fry, success as commercial lenders in the tree care industry has nothing to do with gender. It’s mostly about knowledge. “When they start talking about the difference between an elevator, a bucket or a diesel, I can talk that with anybody,” says Cucciarre, president of Northern Atlantic Financial, LLC, a […]

Cranes for Cash: Buy or Rent?

Dan Mello’s crane life has come full circle. The president of Seacoast Tree Care, LLC, an accredited, 13-year TCIA member company based in Stratham, New Hampshire, used to rent a crane as he considered buying one, then he bought one for his own business and to rent out to others. Then he sold it, and […]

Partnering with a Commercial Lender for Equipment Purchases

With business strong, many find value in financingequipment purchases through a commercial lender. In the past two years, Michael Roche, CTSP, president of Vermont Arborists, an accredited, 25-year TCIA member company based in Stowe, Vermont, has used cash to purchase a used skidder, stump grinder and pickup truck. He’s also financed two chip trucks, a […]

Know Your Saw Chain

Chain-saw professionals talk shop about a valuable component that might be more complicated than you think. When John Allen was growing up, his parents owned a Stihl dealership in southwest Virginia. As dealers, they were well versed in the details of the equipment and about local conditions that might favor one saw chain over the […]

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