A Passion for Tropical Arboriculture Leads to True Tree’s Accreditation

Hearing him speak, no one would doubt Drake Kurlander’s passion for the environment of South Florida and its tropical flora. The co-owner of True Tree Service, LLC, a five-year TCIA member company based in Miami, says he grew up in the area climbing its trees and studying the local ecology, and has seen many changes […]

Work, Eat, Play: Employee Mentoring and Retention

During TCIA’s Virtual Summit’21, held this past January, I discussed motivating employees to grow. Specifically, I discussed moving a person from being motivated extrinsically to intrinsically. In other words: How do we inspire someone to grow from a grunt-worker simply collecting a paycheck to a self-motivated, committed employee? Ultimately, a great employee will have the […]

Tips for Using Contract Workers

When companies need additional workers for a large job or someone with a special skill set, hiring an independent contractor can be an efficient and effective way to accomplish the task. Any time you hire a contractor, however, it is critical to ensure that he or she qualifies to be a contractor and would not […]

Utility Contractor Accreditation Validates the Mission of Minority-Owned ClearWay Industries

For first-generation Cuban-American Percy Caraballo, building his small landscaping business into a nationwide right-of-way (ROW) management company has been a decades-long mission. The owner of ClearWay Industries, LLC – a six-year TCIA member company that recently earned its Utility Contractor Accreditation – also has made it his life’s work to further the careers of minority […]

Hamm’s ArborCare Achieves Accreditation, Redux

What might have been a disaster – both personally and professionally – turned out to be a valuable lesson in perseverance, vision and financial responsibility, according to Kevin Hamm, CTSP, BCMA and owner of Hamm’s ArborCare, Inc., a 22-year TCIA member company based in Pardeeville, Wisconsin. When asked about recently becoming accredited, Hamm explains that […]

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