Sunday, February 10
5:00 - 6:00 pm Newcomers Meet & Greet
All WMC newcomers are strongly encouraged to attend this Meet & Greet – designed exclusively for you! Network with other first-time attendees, as well as TCIA staff and board members. Learn the ropes from last year’s first-timers, find out how they made the most of their experiences and discover why they returned to WMC this year.
6:00 - 7:30 pm Welcome to St Kitts Poolside Reception
Leave winter far behind. Refresh your spirit with the uplifting sights and sounds of the Caribbean – enjoy tropical music, refreshing drinks, and hors d’ouevres…all with the vast ocean as a backdrop. Mingle with old friends and new as you look forward to a week of education, networking and fun.
Monday, February 11
7:30 am Welcome Presentation
Join us as we kick off WMC 2013! Enjoy breakfast while catching up on the latest industry news, networking with peers and welcoming newcomers. TCIA will also present awards, including the esteemed Award of Merit and the Chair’s Award.
9:00 – 11:30 am Sixth Annual Families in Business Roundtable Discussion (Optional Add-on Activity)
Back by popular demand and better than ever! This popular roundtable is an informal opportunity for family members who work full or “part-time” in the tree care business to share and exchange ideas with peers. Some of the topics discussed include time management, succession planning, managing the balance between business and family and the challenges of working side by side every day with family members. It’s also a great event for those who don’t work “officially” in the business, as business often works itself into the family.
This event is Included at no charge for full guest program attendees; pre-registration required.
2:00 - 3:00 pm Young Business Leaders Forum
The young business leaders group is for young and talented tree care professionals interested in networking, building friendships and working together to advance tree care businesses. We will also review TCIA’s mentoring program -- what it is and the how’s and why’s for accessing it. Industry mentors will offer a unique perspective for today’s young owners and managers. Also connect with other young professionals at any time through our Young Business Leaders Facebook Group!
Wednesday, February 13
8:45 - 9:15 am CTSP & Safety Awards Industry Overview
6:30 - 10:00 pm Voice for Trees Political Action Committee Gala and Auction (Separate ticketed event)
The highlight of every WMC, the Voice for Trees Political Action Committee cocktail reception, dinner and auction offers an exciting and often times hilarious way to raise needed dollars to advance your interests in Washington. Join us for a night of bidding and festivity in a stunning beachfront setting - The Beach House Restaurant. Enjoy cocktails overlooking the ocean and then enjoy a delicious dinner in the upscale yet comfortable restaurant. Along with the stunning views, lucky bidders can find great deals on hunting trips, unique jewelry, vacations and equipment rentals!
Contact Sarah Winslow at 800-733-2622 for more information and to find out how you can reserve a seat at this not-to-be-missed event.
Thursday, February 14
7:30 - 8:30 am Accredited Member Breakfast Forum
Join other accredited members in an open forum with representatives from the Accreditation Council. Discuss the latest developments in the Accreditation program; provide your input and learn how your colleagues have benefited from the accreditation process. The forum is open to all owners and personnel from accredited companies as well as any TCIA member interested in learning more about accreditation. Pre-registration for this forum is required and seating is limited.
7:00 - 10:00 pm Kittitian Masquarade Party!
Help us close out WMC in style with a traditional Kittitian Masquerade party. Listen to a steel band and enjoy a delicious meal while you recap the week’s events with friends. Following dinner, Caribbean folkloric characters make their way through the crowd, encouraging you to join in on the dance PARTY! You are sure to return home refreshed and re-invigorated to tackle the year ahead! Dress is resort casual.