Business (Accreditation) Profiles

Denny Deakins with his wife, Dawna, and their son, Sean

TreeHugger Hopes to Encourage Others Through Accreditation

Dawna Deakins, whose husband, Denny, and son, Sean, co-own TreeHugger Complete Tree Care, based in the greater Des Moines area of Iowa, says she wants to promote TCIA Accreditation in the hope of encouraging other small tree care companies to pursue the credential. “We had the grit, grace, and dreams of most small-business owners, but […]

Going “All In” with TCIA at Cumberland Valley Tree Service-Landscaping

George and Lisa Pogue credit their association with TCIA, as well as becoming an accredited company in 2007, as the key to building the confidence they needed to grow a successful business. Cumberland Valley Tree Service – Landscaping, a 24-year TCIA member company co-owned by George and his brother-in-law, Fred Schrom, was launched in 1978 […]

Accreditation: The Obvious “Next Step” to Success for ArborTech

Courtney and Audra Kelly were born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. This also is where they put down roots, started a family and decided to establish a tree-service business. At Audra’s urging to “take a chance,” the couple began their company, ArborTech, in October 2008 in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. “My earliest […]

Being Woman Owned Benefits Kappen Tree Service

Crystal Kappen and her husband, Warren, each were running separate businesses before they started their tree care company, Kappen Tree Service LLC, based in Cass City, Michigan. “I had a cloth-diaper business, and Warren was operating an egg business,” she says. At the same time, she notes, Warren and his brother Jason, who was in […]

Employee Loyalty Helps Build Hughes Tree Service

In an industry marked by labor shortages and hiring challenges, Stacy Hughes, president of Hughes Tree Service – a 30-year TCIA member company based in Omaha, Nebraska – credits his company’s high employee-retention rate to treating his people well. Hughes’ father, Terry, founded Terry Hughes Tree Service more than 60 years ago (he passed away […]

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