The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) announced its recognition of seven individuals as “True Professionals of Arboriculture.” ISA’s immediate past president and panel judge, Lauren Lanphear, introduced the award winners before fellow arborists and peers at July’s opening ceremony of the 85th ISA Conference & Trade Show held in Providence, R.I.
ISA launched “True Professionals of Arboriculture” to recognize professional arborists who help increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today’s arborists.
“ISA’s highly-skilled members are practicing the profession at a remarkable level, in ways that ensure the safe and effective care of our world’s trees—and help people to understand the importance of trees and the necessity for their proper care,” said Jim Skiera, Executive Director of ISA. “We want to honor those ISA members who advance our profession through education, communication and outreach. “
Profiles and case studies of the arborists will be featured on the ISA website (www.isa-arbor.org) and highlighted in future ISA publications. Sharing their achievements and tactics with ISA’s membership and certified professionals allows practicing arborists to model their successes and better interact with their own clients, employees and community. “ISA is dedicated to making arboriculture better by teaching people about trees and why they need professional care,” continued Skiera. “We created this initiative to recognize our ambassadors, celebrate their efforts and learn from them.”
The 2009 winners were selected from a pool of over 50 nominees. Entries were reviewed by the judging panel and finalists were chosen based on representation of various attributes of professionalism including a dedication to the profession, commitment to community outreach and education, innovation in client communication techniques and unique achievements linking arboriculture with the general public.
“‘True Professionals’ was designed to highlight a group of today’s arborists who represent our profession in the most positive light,” says Lanphear. “By recognizing these individuals and their accomplishments within the communities in which they live and work, their actions can be modeled by other arborists as we strive to better our world one tree at a time.”
2009 True Professionals of Arboriculture
Sandy Clark – Mount Prospect, IL
Gerard Fournier – Didsbury, AB Canada
Edward B. Hopkins –Rochester, NH
Dave Leonard – Lexington,KY
Harold Spiegel – Dallas, TX
Dennis Swartzel – Las Vegas, NV
Philip Van Wassenaer – Mississauga, ON Canada