Business (Accreditation) Profiles

Family Effort Equals Accreditation Success

A passion for tree care is what motivated Mike DuPont, president of Capital Arborists, Inc. – a 10-year TCIA member company operating in the greater Sacramento, California, area – to be part owner of two different tree services over the past couple of decades. “Originally, I ran a tree-service company with a friend of mine,” […]

Accreditation Boosts Credibility at Metropolitan Forestry Services

For Meggan Hargrave, acquiring her father’s tree care company – Metropolitan Forestry Services, Inc., a 33-year TCIA member company based in Ballwin, Missouri – meant the opportunity to bring some improvements to the business that her father, Dan Christie, founded in 1976. She and her husband, Matthew Hargrave, bought the business from Christie, a former […]

Kellie Dodds: Chief Executive Motivator

I’m settling into an empty office I’ve borrowed for this phone call, knowing it’s a quiet day because everyone else is at a trade show, and therefore it’s the best day to do some freelance work over my lunch break. No interruptions. Despite having this quiet space, I’m nervous as I do a last-minute check […]

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Justina Kraus is Just a (First-Rate) Tree Care Worker

In the 1990s, Justina Kraus, now co-owner of Champion Tree Care, LLC, a TCIA member company based in Everett, Washington, began studying environmental horticulture at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland, Wash. “When I took the introductory class in urban forestry,” she says, “I realized I wanted to climb trees with a chain saw.” Unfortunately, […]

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Patriotic Support Results in DoD Award for Petree Arbor Owners

It isn’t every day that someone in the tree care industry gets a call from a representative of the U.S. military to inform them they’ve won the Department of Defense Patriotic Employer Award. But that’s exactly what happened to April and Brad Petree, husband and wife co-owners of Petree Arbor, Lawn & Landscape, Inc., located […]

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