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Winter Management Conference – the Best $536,225 I’ve Ever Spent!

In 2016, I signed up for the TCIA mentorship program. With four employees, one truck and a chipper, we had hit our revenue ceiling at just under $500,000. I felt stuck and was craving some guidance. After a few email exchanges with TCIA, I was paired with Peter Sortwell, founder and CEO of Arborwell, an […]

Winning Hearts and Minds

Steve Pregler’s article (“Celebrating Dr. Alex Shigo,” page 88) took me back to the beginning of my career. In 1986, Al Shigo had just launched his second career as an author and lecturer with Shigo & Trees, Associates. He needed an agent and manager, and he turned to his friends at the National Arborist Association, […]

CDL Trainers Encouraged to Register Before New ELDT Rules Take Effect in February

In four months, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) entry-level driver-training (ELDT) final rule will take effect, setting a new federal standard for mandatory training of entry-level drivers and establishing minimum requirements for entry-level driver-training providers. The standards will apply to all those seeking commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and will impose both theory and […]

Celebrating Dr. Alex Shigo

I was on the Arborists Online Facebook page a while ago and came across postings from a couple of young arborists. They had just received their copies of Dr. Alex Shigo’s books, A New Tree Biology and Modern Arboriculture. I could sense the excitement in their posts, and it brought back a flood of memories […]

Apax Funds buys SavATree, which recently bought Preservation Tree and Giroud Tree and Lawn

Apax Funds, a private equity firm, purchased SavATree in August 2021 from CI Capital Partners, also a private equity firm. SavATree, an accredited, 35-year TCIA member company headquartered in Bedford Hills, New York, services customers in 27 states through 58 locations. “We’ve built SavATree into a company that people trust and rely upon across the […]

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