Chat with the Virtual Summit’ 21 keynote speakers

Has this ever happened to you? You go to a tree care conference with the hope of talking directly to one of the featured industry speakers. They finish their amazing talk, and are immediately encircled by a horde of adoring arborist fans in what seems like a human-wall 30 heads deep. You flare your elbows and try to side-step through the mob to get closer to the speaker, but he/she is fully engulfed in a detailed explanation to one of the lucky fans in the front of the mob who can actually hear what is being said, and is not where you are – cemented in the middle of the crowd and catching every fifth word.

Here is our gift to you: full access to three of TCI Virtual Summit’s best speakers for a half hour every day! No pushing or shoving necessary! Chat live with Dr. John Ball, Dr. Mike Raupp, Mark Chisholm, CTSP….AND!….the editor of TCI Magazine, Don Staruk!  All those questions you have about arborist safety, tree insect pests, climbing and rigging and magazine educational content can be answered from your front row computer screen, where you’ll be able to catch. Every. Word.

Mark your calendar and bring your list of questions or comments. This is your chance to get up close and personal (while maintaining social distancing) to the industry’s brilliant minds.

Dr. Mike Raupp
January 15, 12:00 pm
Mike has some 250 publications and 1300 presentations including appearances on National Geographic, Science Channel, NPR and all major television networks. His “Bug of the Week” websites and reach thousands weekly. His most recent book “26 Things that Bug Me” connects youngsters to nature while “Managing Insect and Mites on Woody Landscape Plants” published by TCIA is a standard for the arboricultural industry.

Chat Box

Archived Live Chats with Keynote Speakers

Dr. John Ball, CTSP
January 13, 1:00 pm
Dr. Ball is a Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University where he instructs courses in arboriculture, forestry and emergency medical technician training. He also serves as a campus arborist. John is a Board Certified Master Arborists, a Treecare Safety Professional, and an Advanced EMT. He previously managed tree care and PHC programs in tree companies in the Midwest and East.

Don Staruk
January 14, 11:00 am

Don Staruk has been the editor of TCI Magazine for 16 years. As such, he is responsible for all aspects of the publication, from acquiring the editorial content to layout to printing and distribution.

Prior to coming to TCIA, he worked for 15 years as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor for a variety of publications.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/English from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Mark Chisholm, CTSP
January 15, 10:00 am

Mark Chisholm is a third-generation arborist who works with his father Steve, mother Laura, and brother Stephen for the family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company. Mark has won the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) New Jersey Chapter Tree Climbing Championship for 21 years and is a past president of the NJ chapter of the ISA. He has conquered the wider tree climbing world on three occasions, most recently in 2010. The ITCC in Tampa, FL 2015 marked the 20th time Mark has placed in the top 5 overall! He is the creator and owner of the interactive website that sees over 80,000 users each month. He is a Licensed Tree Expert with the state of NJ, an ISA Certified Arborist and a TCIA CTSP. Mark is also a spokesperson for STIHL Inc, Teufelberger Fiber Rope Corporation and Kask Safety.

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