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TCI EXPO 2020

TCI EXPO 2020

TCI EXPO is the perfect opportunity to engage with industry professionals and your peers, evaluate the equipment and services your business needs to grow, and share a first-class education with your crew to stay on the cutting edge. This is a trade show experience you need and simply won’t get anywhere else!

When
10/29/2020 - 10/31/2020
Where
Baltimore Convention Center 1 W. Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21201

Program

   

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

 
Crane Crew Training: Pete Nieves-Sosa, The Crane Man, Inc.;   We’ve all heard stories about cranes tipping over. Has your crew ever experienced a close call on a crane job? This panel focuses on the tasks and required know-how for all crew members working crane jobs, including job planning, crane set up, load expectations, balanced rigging, chainsaw cuts for crane picks, etc. The combined expertise of Qualified Crane Operators, Arborists in Charge, Ground Persons, Arborists Aloft and Spotters can make every crane job safe and profitable.  All workshop attendees are automatically enrolled in the Tree Care Academy Crane Crew Specialist training and receive a copy of the manual by that name. Complete the training in addition to the workshop to receive the industry credential for Crane Crew Specialist. Lunch and transportation to/from the demo site included!
Category
Safety
Track
Preconference
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Crew Leader Qualification Skip Kincaid, CTSP, QCL, Hansen's Tree, Lawn and Landscaping, Inc and Travis Vickerson, CTSP, QCL, Chippers Inc. Aspiring, new and veteran crew leaders – develop and grow your leadership, communication and personnel management skills, and learn how to apply them to strengthen your team. Participants will take an exam to earn TCIA’s new Crew Leader Qualification. Prerequisite: Completion of Tree Care Academy Crew Leader manual. Includes lunch.
Track
Preconference
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) Bob Mead, CTSP, QCL, Mead Tree and Turf Care TCIA’s Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) has trained thousands of arborists involved in line clearance and work on residential properties near energized lines. It is widely recognized as the best industry training standard that ensures compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 regulations. Learn about identifying electrical system components, the presence and nature of electrical hazards, protective measures available and common unsafe acts to avoid. Appropriate for line-clearance arborists, LCA trainees and residential/commercial arborists. TCIA EHAP materials ($135 value!) and lunch are included.
Category
Safety
Track
Preconference
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

TCIA Accreditation Tom Dunn TCIA; John Iurka, CTSP and Randall McDonald, CTSP, TCIA Auditor FREE for attendees Are you enrolled in the TCIA Accreditation program, or are you seriously considering enrolling? This workshop covers every step of the Accreditation process, and features helpful “insider” tips from TCIA staff and Accreditation auditors.
Category
Business
Track
Preconference
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

Thursday, 29 October 2020

 
Best Management Practices for Utility Tree Risk Assessment Geoff Kempter, Asplundh Tree Expert
Track
Utility
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM

Beyond Training: A Complete Performance Improvement Process Bill Owen, CTSP, QCL, ArborWell Many approaches to performance improvement focus exclusively on training. While there are many benefits to training, managers and leaders have numerous alternatives besides training in order to improve overall performance.  The performance improvement elements discussed in this presentation focus on organizational and management aspects that affect employee performance
Track
Training
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM

Knuckleboom Inspection & Maintenance  Hans Tielmann, Pine Valley Tree Service
Track
Safety
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM

PHC, Building and Growing Your Business  Phil Perron, Barrett Tree East  Starting a tree company is hard enough, trying to become a full-service company can be  daunting. This class will explore the PHC side of tree preservation. Whether you are just starting or have been doing PHC for some time we will focus on both getting started and improving your program. We will explore what a good manager and technician bring to the table. I will also talk about how PHC has changed over the past twenty years in regards to both the chemicals and the tools that are used.
Track
PHC
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM

Retaining Great Employees Noel Boyer, CTSP, All About Trees  Discussing ways that businesses can make employees happy, ASIDE FROM just money.  Great team culture can make your company safer, happier, and more loyal.
Track
Business
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM

Tree Pruning Essentials by Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University Pruning is a necessary arboriculture practice on trees in the built environment and this activity has a major impact on plant processes. To prune properly, it is important to understand both the proper methods, dosage and influence on the plant system. This presentation explains the essential information needed to prune trees properly and according to current research and best management practices.
Track
Arboriculture
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM

Arboriculture Presentation  Mike Tilford, CTSP, SavATree
Track
Arboriculture
Time
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
8:45 AM

How Do You Know if You Have Trained Them? Evan Beck, CTSP,  Joseph Tree Service  This presentation is based off of Joseph Tree's "Jedi Program." A one year apprenticeship program that is designed to bring members in, and give them the tools and experience necessary to succeed as a professional arborist. This speech is designed to share concepts and ideas about the programs need, inception and implementation. We will also discuss learning styles, oversight options and ways to engage your team members throughout the process.
Track
Training
Time
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
8:45 AM

Importance of Wood Decay Fungi and How to Identify The Christine Balk, The Davey Tree Expert Company  Wood decay fungi are all around us! Fungi don’t follow rules and therefore, do not take the safety of arborists into consideration. It is crucial as arborists, to understand the benefits and risks of fungi in urban environments and how to properly identify them
Track
PHC
Time
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
8:45 AM

Organizing Operations for Maximum Efficiency  Tad Jacobs, CTSP, QCL, Treemasters  Learn how to break down your tree service operations into three major areas – office, production and maintenance – and gain insight on systems you can implement to maximize efficiency in these areas. Tree care companies of all sizes can benefit from the concepts covered and learn how to refine these concepts for their own business.
Track
Business
Time
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
8:45 AM

SRS Climbing Systems – Work Positioning Techniques Aaron Feather, CTSP,  Cumberland Valley Tree Service Landscaping  This presentation will cover the technical work positioning techniques involved with SRS climbing systems.
Track
Safety
Time
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
8:45 AM

Using an App for Job Briefings Gerry Breton Lucas Tree Expert
Track
Utility
Time
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
8:45 AM

Residential Commercial and Utility Contractor TCIA Accreditation Info Session Bob Rouse, TCIA; Accreditation Council members FREE for attendees Companies considering TCIA Accreditation will learn about the process, hear first-hand from TCIA accredited tree care companies and meet with members of the Accreditation and Utility Contractor Accreditation Council.
Track
Free_forum
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
10:30 AM

FREE for attendees. Learn how you can get involved with the only peer-to-peer networking group dedicated to the tree care industry!
Track
Free_forum
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1:00 PM

Workforce Development Forum Bob Rouse and Meagan Pukhtiar, TCIA FREE for attendees As the economy continues to expand and access to qualified, skilled workers becomes increasingly challenging, apprenticeship programs like the arborist apprenticeship are crucial to support employers in recruiting, training, and retaining talent.  The Arborist Apprenticeship Program is an advanced employee training program where the apprentice can earn while they learn, while also contributing as a member of your crew.  During this forum, you will learn about the apprenticeship model, TCIA's related instruction program, and how to implement your own program locally.
Track
Free_forum
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM

CTSP Networking Forum Peter Gerstenberger, TCIA FREE for attendees With our shared goal of fewer incidents and improved safety for our employees, the CTSP Forum is an opportunity to network with your peers about safety and compliance concerns we share, to get insight from industry experts, and to do some collective problem-solving.  Whether you want to join in the lively discussion or simply learn more about CTSP program, this 90-minute free session is a good way to invest your time at EXPO.
Track
Free_forum
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM

Women in Tree Care Forum Moderated by Amy Tetreault, TCIA FREE for attendees Being a woman working in a male-dominated industry can present challenges. Guest speakers with diverse backgrounds will discuss specific topics, such as running a woman-owned business, developing a growing career and more. All attendees are welcome to attend to network and engage in conversations about their experiences in this industry.
Track
Free_forum
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

Connecting & Training Employees from "Underserved" Populations Warren Williams, CTSP, Wright Tree Service Information to better understand "the undeserved" mentality and mind set. Methods, tools and techniques to help build a connection with these employees (or future employees) in order to maximize the impact of the time and training that you will invest in them.
Track
Training
Time
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM

Crane Safety: Starting From A Solid Foundation Pete Nieves-Sosa The Crane Man, Inc. In order for a crane to perform it must have a solid foundation. This presentation will focus on the front end of crane jobs, and the importance of a safe and stable set up of the crane. We will talk about the many obstacles that need to be addressed on a job site, as well as some of the other many hazards that need to be watched for during safe crane operations.
Track
Safety
Time
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM

Effective Employee Coaching for Performance Improvement  Cyrus DeVere, CTSP, A Plus Tree
Track
Business
Time
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM

Incident Prevention and Electrical Safety Randy Miller, CNUC  An overview of behavioral-based incident prevention and how to create a culture of safety. It also recognizes that electrical shock is among the leading causes of work place fatalities in the tree care industry. This presentation explains electrical fundamentals and how to avoid injury due to electrical contact.
Track
Utility
Time
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM

Tips and Tricks of Production Climbing Marck Chisholm,  CTSP, Aspen Tree Expert
Track
Arboriculture
Time
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM

Tree Biology Jim Downer,  University of California
Track
PHC
Time
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM

Tree Pruning Essentials by Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University Pruning has been called "one of the best, worst maintenance practices" performed on trees and has a major impact on plant processes. To prune properly, it is important to understand both the proper techniques, dose and impact on the plant. Learn the essential information needed to prune properly and according to best management practices.
Track
Arboriculture
Time
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM

Friday, 30 October 2020

 
Creating a Career Path in Utility Arboriculture, Steve Hilbert, Asplundh Tree Experts, LLC  Steve will explore the different career paths that Utility Arboriculture can offer to arborist.  There will be an overview of the many career path options along with discussions on how those career paths have been achieved from people in the industry.
Track
Utility
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

Diagnosing Abiotic Disorders Jim Downer University of California
Track
Arboriculture
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

Effective Job Briefings Mike Tilford , CTSP, SavATree
Track
Safety
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

How to Conduct Performance Appraisals Cyrus DeVere, CTSP, A Plus Tree
Track
Business
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

Mentoring: A Solution to Employee Problems and Growth  Matt Hogarth, CTSP, Higher Ground Tree Care, LLC Have you ever wondered how to hold employees accountable for personal and professional growth; motivate them to break bad habits that undermine their success; build stronger teams;  turn adversity into growth in your people; or how to keep your top performers? Dive into these and other “sticky” topics and share practical strategies that are front and center in the day-to-day world of tree work.
Track
Training
Time
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
8:00 AM

Organizing Operations for Maximum Efficiency Tad Jacobs, CTSP, QCL, Treemasters, Inc  Learn how to break down your tree service operations into three major areas – office, production and maintenance – and gain insight on systems you can implement to maximize efficiency in these areas. Tree care companies of all sizes can benefit from the concepts covered and learn how to refine these concepts for their own business.
Track
Business
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

Cabling and Bracing - Back to Basics Kyle Donaldson, Harrison McPhee Inc and North American Training Solutions Delve into the evolution of cabling, from its original conception up to the newest techniques, and when and where are more sophisticated systems necessary. Static and dynamic systems will both be explored, as well as the need for a strong pruning regiment and regular inspections. Following the ANSI A300 Supplemental Support Systems standard will help alleviate liabilities.
Track
Arboriculture
Time
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
9:15 AM

Incorporating a Grapple Saw Crane Into Tree Service Operations (4 person panel) Joe Pipitone, Top Notch Tree Care; James Eaves, CTSP, Bofinger Tree Service;  Josh Guin, QCL, Oak Brother Tree Care and Removal   A panel format with a moderator will pose pre-written questions to four panelists ranging from different company size, demographic, crane size and brands. Questions answered will help paint the picture of how each company incorporated the new technology into their operation and will answer the questions of the attendees faced with similar integration possibilities. Advantages, challenges, and lessons that have been learned along the way will be described
Track
Safety
Time
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
9:15 AM

Nutrition and Fertilization for Trees and Shrubs Zach Shier,  Joseph Tree Service  Exploring the reason trees need nutrients, how they obtain those nutrients, and the relationship between soil and tree health. Breaking down the relationship between organic matter, available nutrients, and the modern fertilizers we use, often showing how some of our fertilization practices may be out dated, and in some cases harmful to trees. Using a balanced and comprehensive tree health program, we learn to use diagnostic testing, as well as all of the tools in our arborist toolbox to positively effect a tree's health. Professionalizing the plant healthcare industry and adopting an education based mindset helps not only satisfy our clients' goals, while also do what is best and right for tree.
Track
PHC
Time
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
9:15 AM

Successful Commercial Contracting  Peter Sortwell, Arborwell  Understand the commercial real estate buyer and how to connect with them.  What is commercial work, how is it different from residential? Challenges of commercial. Why commercial work? Who are your competitors? What makes you different? Understanding your marketplace. The “Relationship Sale”. Utilizing marketing strategies and channel partners. What it takes to close a deal. Company Culture
Track
Business
Time
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
9:15 AM

Taking Safety to the Next Level Elizabeth Lay, Lewis Tree Service.   At Lewis Tree, we are on a journey to transform from traditional, Behavior Based Safety to Safety II-Safety Differently focused on managing variable work to create safety in the high-risk work line clearance. Building adaptive capacity is critical to doing highly variable work well.  There is no more highly variable work than line clearance: working outside in all kinds of weather, with trees – every tree is different, and close to energized lines.  I will share how the acknowledgement of variability influences how safety is perceived and accomplished in everyday work.     I will share tools and practices which we’ve developed and adapted for line clearance work: Building adaptive capacity to enable flexibility to respond to a variety of situations.  Learning from Surprise.  Use of Story.  Serious Injury Potential close call mining, lessons from a storytelling coach.    Creating space to practice: Drill Day  Developing cognitive science-based Situation Awareness skills
Track
Utility
Time
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
9:15 AM

A300 Open Forum: How to Write Pruning Specs Bob Rouse, TCIA; ASC A300 Committee Members FREE for attendees Meet members of the A300 Tree Care Management Standards Committee and learn how to use A300 standards to craft accurate work proposals, specifications and work orders that will get you the job and streamline your operation.
Track
Free_forum
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1:00 PM

Aerial Rescue Tony Tresselt, North American Training Solutions  A look at what the accident statistics are telling us and what actual situations we may experience should a rescue become necessary.  A look at preparing for A.R.  training as well as good sense on the job actions.
Track
Safety
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM

Competition Climbing Applied to Daily Tree Work Krista Strating  ITCC Women’s Tree Climbing Champion
Track
Arboriculture
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM

Honing Your Plant Health Care Diagnostic Skills Dr. Michael Raupp, University of Maryland - Entomology.  Biotic factors including insects and pathogens injure plants as they feed, make homes, lay eggs, and infect woody plants. This injury may damage or kill plants. Symptoms and signs of injury are often expressed on leaves, stems, and roots. In many cases, the cause or perpetrator of this injury will not be present on the plant when you arrive to inspect it. Only symptoms or signs may remain. Like a crime scene investigator, you can use these clues to help identify the environmental cause, insect, or pathogen causing the injury. Accurate identification will enable you to design the right strategy for managing the problem or pest in a timely and efficacious way. Using an approach called “symptomatology” we will explore how signs and symptoms are used to identify problems and create environmentally sustainable solutions.
Track
PHC
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM

Take the Lead and Inspire Your Crew!  David Joseph, Joseph Tree, LLC How can a leader inspire crew members, with different roles and responsibilities, to work together towards a common goal? There are two dynamics here – those doing the leading and those being led. Each has a critical role.  David Joseph, Co-Owner of Joseph Tree and a Captain with Columbus Division Fire, discusses how the foundation of any organization is effective leadership. Learn successful leadership methods to help you bridge the gap
Track
Business
Time
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
3:00 PM

TCIA Trainers Open Forum Bob Rouse, TCIA; Beth Ibitz, TCIA: Bryan Dalton, TCIA FREE for attendees This is an opportunity for trainers to share and network.  It will be lead by Bob Rouse, TCIA.  We will start with a discussion of the TCIA trainer approval process required to offically use EHAP and Tree Care Academy programs as part of a workshop.  We will then open the discussion to training related topics.  All trainers are welcome, this is not limited to TCIA approved trainers.
Track
Free_forum
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

Crane Crew Training Travis Vickerson, CTSP, QCL,  Chippers Inc
Track
Safety
Time
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
4:30 PM

Life Skills for Crews on the Edge Erick Palacios, Mowbrays Tree Service.  Our industry has always been high risk, on the edge of the top 10 most dangerous careers in the world. You add to that Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Fires, pandemics, working long fatigued stressful hours away from home and family, personal problems and complex tree problems that require critical thinking and all this adds up to an even more hazardous profession. To keep the industrial complex infrastructure going and make civilized life easier for all of us, requires high level teams. And these teams require, high level People. A formal education along with hands on experience is great, but high level people have these other 3 qualities (Life Skills, People Skills and Customer Service) qualities lost in corporate America now in these days. Together we will share ideas and concepts to help you sharpen these skills or qualities to help a teams on the edge become elite teams and not only become more successful but more valuable and prepare you for more high level projects in this wonderful, exciting and most rewarding industry of Arboriculture.
Track
Business
Time
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
4:30 PM

Mechanical Advantage Systems and Practices David Stice WesSpur Tree Equipment
Track
Arboriculture
Time
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
4:30 PM

Urban Rigging Lawrence Schultz,  Pfanner Man An in depth real life analysis of the challenges and considerations encountered in the concrete jungle. Rope rigging is the most demanding and technical type of work an arborist will encounter, especially when the space is limited and the targets are close. The fundamentals of the techniques we learn become the building blocks of the plan we construct to safely take apart each arboricultural puzzle we encounter. So how do we use those fundamentals to figure out the toughest puzzles in the tightest spaces? We have to apply our knowledge creatively. In this course we will take a look at unique combinations of those same old tried and true building blocks to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Track
Arboriculture
Time
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
4:30 PM

Saturday, 31 October 2020

 
Beyond the 1099: Are Your Workers Employees or Contractors? Bryan Zliman, Zlimen & McGuiness, PLLC - Help your business avoid costly fines and penalties.  Correctly classifying employees and independent contractors is critical to staffing your business and staying on the right side of the DOL and IRS.  We’ll look at the differences between W-2 and 1099 workers, the advantages to each structure, and how to ensure workers are properly classified.   Real-life examples and frequently asked questions  will be included.
Track
Business
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

Evaluating Trees for Hazard Tony Tresselt, North American Training Solutions. A look at actionable items climbers, aerial lift operators and riggers can use to establish best practices when working in trees.
Track
Arboriculture
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

Importance of Climbing and Rigging Gear Inspections Craig Bachmann, Tree 133, LLC  Tree company owners/managers are overloaded with demands of the business. Time is money and crews need to be in the field. This means gear inspection is often postponed in favor of production. Another challenge is suspect climbing gear available on the internet – climbers are trusting their lives to potentially dangerous equipment. In an industry with recognized hazards, who is responsible for the fall protection equipment of climber employees? How can we better manage these risks to protect our employees and our businesses? Dig into the results of research with industry experts, including business leaders, risk managers, regulators and insurers.
Track
Safety
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

Urban Rigging Lawrence Schultz,  Pfanner Man An in depth real life analysis of the challenges and considerations encountered in the concrete jungle. Rope rigging is the most demanding and technical type of work an arborist will encounter, especially when the space is limited and the targets are close. The fundamentals of the techniques we learn become the building blocks of the plan we construct to safely take apart each arboricultural puzzle we encounter. So how do we use those fundamentals to figure out the toughest puzzles in the tightest spaces? We have to apply our knowledge creatively. In this course we will take a look at unique combinations of those same old tried and true building blocks to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Track
Arboriculture
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM

5 Steps to Increasing Your Profitability with QuickBooks Monica Muir  Muir & Associates, LLC Learn the 5 steps that will help you increase your profitability with QuickBooks – from setup, streamlining your workflow to reviewing reports so you can make better business decisions. You’ll also learn common mistakes so you can correct or avoid as well as a variety of time-saving tips. This class will discuss both desktop and online QuickBooks.
Track
Business
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Incidental Line Clearance  Tim Walsh, CTSP, The Davey Tree Expert Company
Track
Safety
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Root Wrestling Daniel Mirival, CTSP, QCL,  Green Extraction Technologies  Creating a profit center in your business through the safe operation and use of Super Sonic pneumatic compressed air devices in arboriculture and use Super Sonic Technology and how to profit from it. Proper Personal Protective Equipment and unique safety considerations Recommendations for the Arborists toolbox in relation to this highly skilled/specialized work Stem Girdling roots cause and effects Mitigation of stem girdling roots and other root defects Pneumatic soil aeration and soil amending, and other uses will be discussed.
Track
Arboriculture
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

Skid Steer Operations and Best Practices Tim Powell Bartlett Tree
Track
Safety
Time
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM

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