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TCI Expo is set to kick off in Hartford, Conn., today with pre-conference workshops. The trade show portion will run Nov. 3-5, and the pre-conference workshops will be held Nov. 1-2. TCI Expo, which is dedicated completely to the tree care industry, features...

TCI Expo set to kick off in Hartford this week

TCI Expo, which is dedicated completely to the tree care industry, features more than 60 hours of education, and attendees can earn up to 33 CEUs in just a few days. Earn credits toward CTSP, ISA, PLANET and ASCA re-certification. Pesticide credits are also available for many states. Earn up to 13.25 CEUs free (with a trade show pass) directly on the trade show floor with engaging tree demonstrations or participate in open forums, seminars, workshops and more.


Compare equipment, evaluate new products and take advantage of special show-only pricing. Check out live demonstrations and get answers directly from the manufacturer. Participate in raffles, giveaways and contests.


TCI Expo also enables attendees to meet top industry leaders specializing in business, safety and arboriculture. In addition to networking in seminars and on the show floor, there are free organized social events plus plenty of time for connecting with friends at various forums, meeting new people on the show floor, and enjoying downtown Hartford with colleagues!


 


Schedule at a glance


 


2-Day Pre-Conference Workshop Nov. 1 and 2


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
CTSP Workshop and Certification Exam
Note: workshop takes place at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. CTSP registration is separate from TCI Expo registration.


 


1-Day Pre-Conference Workshops, Nov. 2


7 a.m.
Registration Opens – Connecticut Convention Center


 


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
EHAP Electrical Hazards Awareness Program
Jackson Dodds, CTSP, Ray Smith & Associates, Inc.


 


10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Business Boot Camp
Bob Rouse, TCIA; John Iurka and Randall McDonald, Accreditation Consultants


 


1 – 5 p.m.
Utility Companies: Pruning PR and Best Practices
Geoff Kempter, Asplundh Technical Services


 


1 – 5 p.m.
Increase Sales, Decrease Stress
Steve Beck, Beck & Associates


 


Thursday, November 3


6 a.m.
Registration Opens – Connecticut Convention Center


 


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (concurrent sessions)
Wireless Vehicle Management Solutions
Michael Lingman, Wright Express


Safety Update 2011 – Don’t Become a Statistic
Dr. John Ball, CTSP, South Dakota State University


Key Diseases of Conifers
Dr. Sharon Douglas, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station


 


8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Work-Life Balance – What Does it Take? (free for attendees)
Steve Beck, Beck & Associates


 


9:57 a.m. TCI Expo Trade Show Opens


 


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Utility Contractor Accreditation Information Session
Bob Rouse, TCIA


 


11 a.m. – Noon
#TCIEXPO 2nd Annual TweetUp (free for attendees)
Amy Tetreault, TCIA


 


Noon – 1 p.m.
TCIA Members-Only Forum – Productive Business Ideas in Today’s Economy (free for TCIA member companies)
David Lee, TCIA


 


2 – 3:30 p.m.
CTSP Networking Forum (free for attendees)
Peter Gerstenberger, TCIA


 


3 – 4 p.m.
Young Business Leaders Forum (free for attendees)


 


4 p.m.
TCI Expo Trade Show Closes


 


4:15 – 5:30 p.m. (concurrent sessions)
Frugal and Effective Marketing
Dr. Cliff Robbins, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network


 


Rigging: Know The Ropes
Ken Palmer, ArborMaster


 


Pruning: The Good, Bad & Ugly
David Schwartz, Schwartz Tree Care


 


5:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception (free for attendees and exhibitors)
Connecticut Convention Center (in partnership with TCIA and Vermeer Corporation)


 


Friday, November 4


7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens – Connecticut Convention Center


 


8 – 9 a.m. (concurrent sessions)
Keeping it Green
Terrill Collier, Collier Arbor Care


Understanding Rigging Forces
Todd Kramer, CTSP, Kramer Tree Care


Top 10 Tree Pests in 2011
Joe Boggs, Ohio State University Extension


9 a.m.
TCI Expo Trade Show Opens


9:15 – 10:30 a.m. (concurrent sessions)
Beyond Mulch
Edith Makra Kusnierz, The Morton Arboretum


Finding and Keeping Top Performers
Anthony Tresselt, CTSP, Arborist Enterprises, Inc.


Emerald Ash Borer: Biology, Impact and Options
Nate Siegert, USDA Forest Service


 


9:30 a.m.
Check-in Time: ISA Certification Exam (pre-registration required)


 


10 – 11 a.m.
CTLA Forum (free for attendees)
David Hucker, David Hucker Consulting


 


10 a.m.
Check-in Time: PLANET Certification Exam (pre-registration required)


 


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Accredited Companies Forum (free for accredited companies and enrollees)
Bob Rouse and Charlie Tentas, TCIA


 


Noon – 1 p.m.
TCIA Members-Only Forum: Making Your Membership Pay (free for TCIA Member Companies)
David Lee, TCIA


 


1 – 3 p.m.
A300 Open Forum (free for attendees)
Bob Rouse, TCIA and ASC A300 committee members


 


3 – 4:15 p.m. (concurrent sessions)
Winning Municipal Bids
Gordon Mann, Mann Made Resources, Consulting Arborist


Crane Safety: A Rigger’s Perspective
Todd Kramer, CTSP, Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.


The Arborist as an Athlete
Dr. John Ball, CTSP, South Dakota State University


Diagnostic Dilemmas
Joe Boggs, Ohio State University Extension


 


4 p.m.
TCI Expo Trade Show Closes


 


4 – 6 p.m.
Accreditation/CTSP/Student Reception (open to accredited companies, CTSPs, CTSP enrollees and students only) Reception takes places at the Marriott Hotel


 


4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (concurrent sessions)
TCIA Accreditation Information Session (free for attendees)
Bob Rouse and Charlie Tentas, TCIA


Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan
Dwayne Neustaeter, Arboriculture Canada Training


Diseases Spread by Insects
Dr. Gary Moorman Penn State University


Crane Safe Lift Calculations
Joseph W. Birkbeck III, Altec Industries


Getting to Know ANSI A300 Part 9: Tree Risk Assessment
Dr. Eric Wiseman, Virginia Tech


 


Saturday, November 5


7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens – Connecticut Convention Center


 


8 – 9 a.m. (concurrent sessions)
Pricing and Forecasting for Profit
John Iurka, TCIA


Z133 and the Every Day Tree Trimmer
Tim Walsh, CTSP, Asplundh Tree Expert Co.


Managing Systemic Tree Diseases
Mark Stennes, S & S Tree & Horticultural Specialists, Inc.


 


9 a.m.
TCI Expo Trade Show Opens


 


9:15 – 10:15 a.m. (concurrent sessions)
Post Storm: Working with Insurance Companies
Doug Malawsky, HMI


Do You Use Cranes Correctly?
Eric Fidler, The Manitowoc Co.


A Sucker Born Every Minute
Dr. Michael Raupp, University of Maryland


 


9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Z133 Open Forum (free for attendees)
Peter Gerstenberger, TCIA


 


1 p.m.
TCI Expo Trade Show Closes


 

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