Mentoring & Networking

NEW! Peer-to-Peer Networking Group

“There is no other group or location to gain this type of experience, insight and accountability than the TCIA peer-to-peer group. The fellowship and camaraderie the group is developing cannot be emphasized enough. Over time the group members become familiar with you and your business, so they can really provide insights.” – Ron Rubin of Thrive, Inc.

TCIA has the only peer-to-peer groups dedicated to the tree care industry.

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 for the purpose of developing strategies, solutions and best practices for personal, professional or business development.

The group determines the structure and topics. Typically the meetings cover personal development, company development (such as business growth, profitability benchmarks, exit strategies), HR issues (such as employee development, succession planning, employee motivational strategies), and other topics as the group determines.

All topics discussed are confidential, and each member will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement

To learn more download our FAQ sheet and fill out and submit the questionnaire to apply.

To learn more about Mark Tobin, the Peer-to-Peer Networking Program leader, view his bio here.

“It’s great to be in a group of like-minded people that really understand my problems. I knew the benefit of getting together with such a group of business owners would be good, but it’s even better than I had hoped. It’s now like I have my own private advisory board that counsels me and helps me achieve my goals.” - David Scharfenberger of Wachtel Tree Science

"I am honored to be with a group of professionals who want to see each other succeed."- Robert Hendricksen of Hendricksen Tree Care

Business Mentor Program!

Probably the biggest benefit of TCIA membership, bar none, is the opportunity to network—seeking advice and sharing knowledge from one another raises us all up, enables us to be better at what we do and sets the bar higher for the industry.

In the past, TCIA’s mentor program has been integral to the success of many of you. Dedicated members stepped up to share their experience, skills and successes in order to help out their peers in need of advice or direction. In today’s day and age, this network is more important than ever to our members success. As a result, we have revamped this program to make it more dynamic and more useful to TCIA members.

Introducing the new TCIA Business Mentor Network. Potential mentors will fill out a short questionnaire describing their areas of expertise. Prospective mentees will fill out a similar questionnaire indicating topics they are interested in exploring with a mentor. TCIA will facilitate the program, matching mentors with mentees. Topics include business development, sales and marketing, human resources, finance and more.

Interested in being a mentor? Learn more about the program and enroll here.  You can also download the application here.

Interested in finding a mentor? Learn more about the program and enroll here. Or, download the application here.

Or, if you would prefer to speak with someone about the program, contact David. 800-733-2622.

Other Great Networking Opportunities

TCIA members are encouraged to join our niche networking groups and take part in targeted discussions with members from around the country. We’ve got something for everyone:

TCIA’s LinkedIn Group
The goal of this Group is to establish connections and foster discussions focused on the tree care industry. Open strictly to TCIA members (manufacturers, dealers, and suppliers to the industry and utility, residential, and commercial tree care companies), as well as people with a vested interest in the tree care industry who are not eligible for membership, TCIA’s LinkedIn Group is a great resource for news, questions, photos and more. TCIA members are encouraged to join this Group.

Young Business Leaders
TCIA’s Young Business Leaders (YBL) is a new group for young (40 years old and under) and talented tree care professionals interested in networking, building friendships and working together to advance tree care businesses.

The mission of YBL is to provide social and professional networking opportunities for young leaders in the tree care industry. Membership in YBL is open to any self-defined young, professionally-minded tree care industry member.

This group will meet a few times each year for networking opportunities, professional and personal development workshops on industry topics they care about, civic and community events, and more. On occasion, experienced (yes, over 40) industry experts will offer an insider’s perspectives for these up-and-coming owners and managers.

In between meetings, members can utilize the new Young Business Leaders Facebook group. Join the group and connect with colleagues around the country – ask questions, contribute to discussions, share photos or videos, suggest ideas and more. Young, professionally-minded. TCIA members are encouraged to join the Facebook Group.

Families in Business Facebook Group
This Group, open to all TCIA member families, is a result of conversations held during past Winter Management Conferences and is used as an outlet for family members with questions or comments, as a social outlet to share photos or stories, or as a resource for news and information. After all - when you mix family and business, you’re never off the clock. TCIA members, and their family members, are encouraged to join this Group.

CTSP Facebook Group
This Group, open to all TCIA CTSP’s and enrolled CTSP candidates, is similar to a traditional forum, but with more benefits. Members can participate in communal activities like group chat, email lists, document sharing and group photo-tagging. Our TCIA CTSP is controlled by the entirety of its members. TCIA CTSPs are encouraged to join this Group.

Storm Response Network
Severe weather throughout the country is a given…as an industry, let’s be prepared.

If you are a TCIA member, consider adding your company name to our Storm Response Network List. Companies on the list are willing to help other TCIA members in their time of need Additionally, TCIA member companies can add their company name if they are willing to accept assistance in case of emergencies. . It’s a great way to work together, get the job done and stay safe. Learn more, and add your name to the Storm Response Network List.

And, as always, TCIA members can contact TCIA directly if they are in need of assistance, 800-733-2622.


Not a TCIA member? Join today and start utilizing these mentoring and networking opportunities!