CHAT | WATCH | PLAY

Attendees can head over to the CHAT | WATCH | PLAY area for networking, bonding, and engagement. Attendees will be encouraged to use their free time in between sessions to join in a conversation with other attendees, chat with industry experts in our topic-specific forums, or simply just unwind!

Join us in the Chat, Watch, Play Arena to hang out, win prizes and connect with your industry peers!

  • CHAT – You know it… tree people have the most interesting convos! Check out the free-flowing and moderated chats planned for each day.

  • WATCH – Grab the popcorn and watch some fun and tree-centric videos curated by TCIA.

  • PLAY – channel your competitive nature into some fun activities and prizes… you got this.

Wednesday, January 13:

CHAT (unmoderated) – 8:00 – 9:00 am
Topic: Coffee Bar – Wake Up Call
Stop in, fill your cup, and say “hi” to friends and make some new ones!

CHAT (moderated) 10:00 – 11:00 am
Aiden O’Brien TCIA Manager, Advocacy and Standards
Topic: State Licensure.
Aiden will break down where TCIA stands on state licensure for tree care/arboriculture. He will facilitate a discussion on what has gone well in states that have licenses, what has not worked, and where states that don’t have licenses can improve.

CHAT (moderated) 10:00 – 11:00 am
Rick Shepard, Live Oak Consulting, & Tom Dunn, TCIA Director of Business Solutions
Topic: On-Site Business Consulting
“Running a tree care business is easy,” said no one ever. TCIA is now offering individualized consulting service for tree care companies looking for assistance on a wide range of business issues, including:

  • Business-Organization Best Practices
  • Safety Consulting
  • Business and Equipment Financing
  • Business Valuation
  • Succession Planning
  • Budgeting/Sales Forecasting
  • And More!

The service includes a two-day evaluation of company operations onsite, as well as out on job sites, discussions with you and staff and a review of relevant documents to help clarify any apparent issues or identify unknown issues.

The consultant will sit down with the owners at the end of the second day and provide a summary of initial observations. Within seven days of the visit and depending on the issues, the consultant will provide a detailed report with recommendations on next steps with any available industry resources that could help address the issue(s).

CHAT (moderated) 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Joe Pipitone, Top Notch Tree Care
Topic: Grapple Saw Grins and Gripes
Get set up and extend your grapple-saw reach with Joe as he leads the K-boom chat. Share what you love (and really don’t love) about grapple saws.

CHAT (moderated) 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Rich Cawthorne, Alpha Pension Group, and Tom Dunn, TCIA Director of Business Solutions
Topic: Business After Hours – Introduction into the TCIA Endorsed Retirement Plan

Come learn about the new TCIA endorsed 401(k) retirement plan that will be available to members starting in February 2021. Rich and Tom will provide an overview and answer your questions about this exciting new program.

WATCH – anytime (unmoderated videos)

  • Visit Indy – “All things Indy,” videos provided by Visit Indy, come see why attending TCI EXPO 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana, will be a blast! We’re looking forward to seeing all of our 4,000 closest tree friends next fall.
  • Visit Grand Hyatt Kauai – Come watch a video on the Grand Hyatt Kauai – home of WMC 2022. You will be saying, “Teach me to hula – I need to go to WMC” after watching this!
  • Walking and Talking About Trees – Take a short walk among the trees in a beautiful New England setting with TCIA Staff Arborist Tchukki Andersen. Let’s learn what to look for when identifying trees with few leaves and that are heading into dormancy, always a fun challenge.
  • Jump to the Left, Step to the Right – The next series of trees in this video will give you some good insights on their habitats, as well as the chance to do some “hopping.” Is one of the trees a hophornbeam? Why, yes. Yes, it is.
  • Trees Commonly Known as…. – This video atlas will offer some common names of some common trees. Or at least what New Englander’s commonly call these common trees.

PLAY – anytime (entries close at 6:00 pm ET.)
Solve some tree trivia, earn badges and fill out your bingo card as you travel throughout the conference!

Thursday, January 14:

CHAT (moderated) 8:00 – 9:00 am
Topic: Coffee with the BOD
Sit down with your coffee for an hour-long chat with TCIA Officers of the Board, including Mundy Wilson, Dave Fleischner and Tim Gamma, plus TCIA President & CEO David White. TCIA is lucky to have some of the most engaged and successful people in the tree care industry as part of our Board. This is your chance to ask questions and discuss and learn about the ins and outs of the tree care industry and how your association can help your business thrive.

CHAT (moderated) 10:00 – 11:00 am
Aiden O’Brien TCIA Manager, Advocacy and Standards
Topic: The Green Wave
As a result of the 2020 election, one in three Americans now live in a state where cannabis is legal. How does this impact employers, and how is your company handling this growing “green wave”? In this chat, we’ll dive into these questions, and look at strategies business owners are taking to stay ahead of this issue.

CHAT (moderated) 10:00 – 11:00 am
Tom Dunn and John Hendericksen
Topic: Peer-to-Peer Forum
The peer-to-peer group is a facilitated, self-governing, strategic gathering of company leaders who are willing to share their backgrounds, skills and industry experiences with each other to develop strategies, solutions and best practices for personal, professional or business development. Learn how to get involved with the only peer-to-peer networking group dedicated to the tree care industry.

CHAT (moderated) 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Rebecca Johnson, Arborholic, LLC, and Kristy Hiller, TCIA VP of Administration and Operations
Topic: Women in Tree Care
Join Rebecca and Kristy in an open conversation about business topics, including difficult conversations, key personnel, work attire and anywhere else the dialog wanders!

CHAT (moderated) 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Devin Bush, NH Brewer of the Year 2020
Topic: Beer Making with the Brew master
Learn all about making beer and tour the facility where NH Brewer of the year works his brewing skills. This pre-recorded tour will also include a Q & A of all things beer afterwards!

WATCH – anytime (unmoderated videos)

  • Visit Indy – “All things Indy,” videos provided by Visit Indy, come see why attending TCI EXPO 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana, will be a blast! We’re looking forward to seeing all of our 4,000 closest tree friends’ next fall.
  • Visit Grand Hyatt Kauai – Come watch a video on the Grand Hyatt Kauai – home of WMC 2022. You will be saying, “Teach me to hula – I need to go to WMC” after watching this!
  • Walking and Talking About Trees – Take a short walk among the trees in a beautiful New England setting with TCIA Staff Arborist Tchukki Andersen. Let us learn what to look for when identifying trees with few leaves and that are heading into dormancy, always a fun challenge.
  • Jump to the Left, Step to the Right – The next series of trees in this video will give you some good insights on their habitats, as well as the chance to do some “hopping.” Is one of the trees a hophornbeam? Why, yes. Yes, it is.
  • Trees Commonly Known as…. – This video atlas will offer some common names of some common trees. Or at least what New Englander’s commonly call these common trees.

PLAY – anytime (entries close at 6:00 pm ET.)

Solve some tree trivia, earn badges, and fill out your bingo card as you travel throughout the conference!

Friday, January 15:

CHAT (unmoderated) 8:00 – 9:00 am
Topic: Coffee Bar – Wake Up Call

CHAT (moderated) 10:00 – 11:00 am
Basil Thompson, with Ulman Public Policy, TCIA’s Washington, D.C., Policy Team, and
Aiden O’Brien TCIA Manager, Advocacy and Standards
Topic: Rooted in Politics
Discuss where policies important to the industry may head in 2021, and how the elections in 2020 changed our outlook. Bring your questions about the world of politics in our nation’s capital!

CHAT (moderated) 10:00 – 11:00 am
Tom Dunn, TCIA Director of Business Solutions
Topic: TCIA Business Solutions
Learn about business solutions now available through TCIA, as well as many resources that are currently in development. Tom would like to hear your feedback on these exciting developments and discuss future needs that could be addressed to help your tree care business succeed.

CHAT (moderated) 10:30 – 11:30 am
Topic: CTSP Open Forum
Bryan Dalton, TCIA, Director of Training and Credentialing
Irina Kochurov, TCIA, Manager Credentialing Programs
Calling all current and former CTSPs, Bryan and Irina will be looking to engage in conversation about all things CTSP, including the virtual CTSP workshops, the CEU process and ideas on how to develop and improve these programs. Lean forward and let your voices be heard to positively impact this program and create opportunities for the future.

WATCH – anytime (unmoderated videos)

  • Visit Indy – “All things Indy,” videos provided by Visit Indy, come see why attending TCI EXPO 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana, will be a blast! We’re looking forward to seeing all of our 4,000 closest tree friends next fall.
  • Visit Grand Hyatt Kauai – Come watch a video on the Grand Hyatt Kauai – home of WMC 2022. You will be saying, “Teach me to hula – I need to go to WMC” after watching this!
  • Walking and Talking About Trees – Take a short walk among the trees in a beautiful New England setting with TCIA Staff Arborist Tchukki Andersen. Let us learn what to look for when identifying trees with few leaves and that are heading into dormancy, always a fun challenge.
  • Jump to the Left, Step to the Right – The next series of trees in this video will give you some good insights on their habitats, as well as the chance to do some “hopping.” Is one of the trees a hophornbeam? Why, yes. Yes, it is.
  • Trees Commonly Known as…. – This video atlas will offer some common names of some common trees. Or at least what New Englander’s commonly call these common trees.

PLAY – anytime (entries close at 6:00 pm ET.)

Solve some tree trivia, earn badges and fill out your bingo card as you travel throughout the conference!

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