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TCI EXPO 2013 kicks off Nov. 14 in Charlotte, N.C. The world’s largest tree care industry trade show and conference, hosted by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), combines the value of a first-class conference education and endless networking opportunities with top industry leaders in business, safety and arboriculture.

Show Preview: TCI EXPO 2013

Race with the winners at TCI EXPO 2013, Nov. 14-16, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C. The world’s largest tree care industry trade show and conference, hosted by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), combines the value of a first-class conference education and endless networking opportunities with top industry leaders in business, safety and arboriculture.

TCI EXPO is the ideal place to compare equipment, evaluate products and take advantage of special show-only pricing from hundreds of exhibitors. Plus, check out live demonstrations, win prizes and giveaways, attend forums and roundtables, earn valuable CEUs, and more. You can also meet with colleagues, vendors and manufacturers from around the nation.


75th Museum

To celebrate 75 years as an association, TCIA will be displaying a museum at TCI EXPO 2013. This anniversary serves as a way to honor the commitment of the pioneers who established the organization, to reflect on the volunteer members who oversaw its growth, and to salute the current members who act as stewards for its ongoing legacy.

The collection will chronicle TCIA’s history not only as an association, but as an industry, and will feature donated pieces from TCIA members. Historical exhibit items will include pictures, equipment, documents, tools, climbing gear, stories and informative anecdotes about key figures and events in the tree care industry.


Welcome Reception

Vermeer and TCIA are inviting TCI EXPO attendees to the first-ever welcome reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The reception, to be held Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., is open to all registered TCI EXPO attendees and exhibitors. Complimentary hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be open. The high-tech venue gives welcome reception attendees the chance to get up close and personal with the NASCAR experience. Glory Road displays 18 historic cars and 40 different race tracks along a banked ramp. High Octane Theater traces the history of NASCAR on a 64-foot-wide projection screen. The Hall of Honor celebrates some of the sport’s best drivers. Heritage Speedway showcases the artifacts and items that made NASCAR what it is today. Your TCI EXPO badge gets you in free for this reception, including exclusive access to all four floors for one night only.


Schedule at a Glance

(Note: All seminars and events take place at the Charlotte Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.)



Pre-conference Workshops

7 a.m.

Registration opens


8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tree Injection Summit

Hosted at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, Charlotte, N.C.


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

EHAP – Electrical Hazards Awareness Program

Gary Ickes, CTSP, Ickes Tree Service, Inc.


1 – 5 p.m.

EHAP Train the Trainer

Dr. John Ball, CTSP, South Dakota State University


1 – 5 p.m.

Are You A Fierce Competitor!

Ed Laflamme, LIC, and Bill Arman, The Harvest Group



6 a.m.

Registration opens


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Nothing Happens Without the Sale

Ed Laflamme, LIC, and Bill Arman, The Harvest Group


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Arborist Safety Update: What Happened in 2013?

Dr. John Ball, CTSP, South Dakota State University


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Not a Drop to Drink, Trees are Thirsty

Dr. W. Todd Watson, Texas A&M University


8:45-9:45 a.m.

KEYNOTE: Teamwork at200 mph

Jeff Hammond, Fox Sports NASCAR Commentator


9:57 a.m.



10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Utility Contractor Accreditation Forum

Bob Rouse, Charlie Tentas, and Walter Jackson, TCIA


Noon – 1 p.m.

TCIA Members-only Forum

Maximizing Member Benefits

David Lee, TCIA


2 – 3:30 p.m.

CTSP Networking Forum

Peter Gerstenberger, TCIA


3 – 4 p.m.

Young Business Leaders Forum

Bob Rouse, Amy Tetreault and David Lee, TCIA


4 p.m.



4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Tree Risk Assessment: A Business Service Model

Mike Galvin, SavATree


4:15-5:30 p.m.

Single Rope Ascent and Work Positioning

Odis Sisk, Arborguard Tree Specialists, Inc.


4:15-5:30 p.m.

Arboriculture Throughout History

Don Blair, Arborist/Historian


6 – 9 p.m.

Welcome Reception: NASCAR Hall of Fame



7:30 a.m.

Registration opens


8 – 9 a.m.

How to Incorporate Tree Injection into Your Business/PHC Services

James Zwack, Davey Tree Expert, Co.


8 – 9 a.m.

Strengthen Your Assets: Hiring Employees to be Safe

Patrick McGuiness, Zilmen & McGuiness, PLLC


8 – 9 a.m.

Retrenching: Living with a Hollow Heart

Guy Meilleur, Practicing Arborist, Aerial Consultant


9:00 a.m.



9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Can an Injury Cripple Your Business?

Eric Petersen, CIC, CWCC, CRM, Certified ArboRisk Advisor


9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Safety…It’s Personal

Scott Jamieson, Bartlett Tree Experts


9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Clamp Down on EAB!

Dr. Dan Herms, Ohio Agriculture Research & Development Center


10 a.m.

ISA Certification Exam Pre-registerby10/30/13

217-355-9411 or www.isa-arbor.com


10 a.m.

PLANET Exam, Pre-register by 11/1/13

800-395-2522 or www.landcarenetwork.org


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Accreditation Forum

Bob Rouse, Charlie Tentas, and Walter Jackson, TCIA


10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Chipper Operator Specialist Workshop

Jeffrey Thierbach, CTSP, Victorian Gardens


Noon – 1 p.m.

TCIA Members-only Forum

Fish Where the Fish Are

Amy Tetreault and David Lee, TCIA


1 – 3 p.m.

A300 Open Forum: Revising the Pruning Standard

Robert Rouse, TCIA and ASC A300 Committee


3 – 4:15 p.m.

How to Handle Problem Employees

Patrick McGuiness, Zilmen and McGuiness, PLLC


3 – 4:15 p.m.

The Arborist as First Responder

Dr. John Ball, CTSP, South Dakota State University


3 – 4:15 p.m.

Decline Diseases of Trees

Dr. Glen R. Stanosz, University of Wisconsin-Madison


3 – 4:15 p.m.

Mature Trees: Survival of the Fittest

Dr. Kevin Smith, USDA Forest Service


4 p.m.



4 – 6 p.m.

Accreditation/CTSP/Student Reception


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Post Storm: Working with Insurance Companies

Doug Malawsky, HMI Advantage


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Climbing Safely While Managing ALB

Melissa LeVangie, CTSP, USDA ALB Climbing Inspector


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

A Systems Approach to Production Tree Climbing

Tony Tresselt, CTSP, Arborist Enterprises


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

What’s New in Tree Risk Assessment?

Dr. Tom Smiley, Bartlett Tree Experts


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Controlling Exotic Invasive Pests

Dr. Phil Lewis, USDA APHIS




7:30 a.m.

Registration opens


8 – 9 a.m.

Creating a Coaching Environment in the Workplace

Cynthia Mills, President and CEO, The Leaders’ Haven


8 – 9 a.m.

Forces in Rigging

Todd Kramer, CTSP, Kramer Tree Specialists


8 – 9 a.m.

Aerial Rescue in Complex Situations

Sam Kezar, BCMA,CTSP, Aspen Arboriculture Solutions, LLC


9:00 a.m.



9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Firewise: Urban Landscapes for Fire Prevention

Dr. Eric Wiseman, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech


9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Crane Use Panel Discussion

David Driver, Arbor-X, Inc. and Norm Hall, Arlington Power Equipment


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Introduction to the New Standard on Root Management ANSI A300 Part8

Patrick Parker, SavATree



1 p.m.




Tree Demos


(Facilitated by North American Training Solutions)

10:30 a.m. – Get a Grip: Ergonomics for Climbing Arborists

Noon – Safe Drop Zones, Making Sure Far Enough is Far Enough

1:15 p.m. – Aerial Rescue Victim Retrieval Techniques

2 p.m. – Knotless Rigging Equipment and Techniques



(Facilitated by ArborMaster)

10:30 a.m. – Chain Saw Methods for Safety and Precision Cutting

Noon – Comparing SRT and DdRT Methods for Ascending and Access

1:15 p.m. – Climbing, Rigging and Work Positioning

2 p.m. – Rigging/Dismantling Trees and Precision Cutting



9:15 a.m. – Single Rope Technique (SRT), Donald Coffey and Eric Whipple

11 a.m. – Practical Rigging, Todd Kramer, CTSP


For more information, visit expo2013.tcia.org


TCI EXPO Exhibitors

ACRT, Inc.

Ahlborn Equipment, Inc.

Air-Spade a Div. of Guardair Corp.

All Access Equipment

All Gear, Inc.

Alliance for Community Trees

Altec Industries, Inc.

AlturnaMATS, Inc.

American Arborist Supplies

American Signumat, Ltd.


Arbor Age Magazine/Specialty Information Media

ArborTech Supply, LLC

Arbor Gold/Tree Management Systems

Arborjet, Inc.

ArborMAX Insurance Program

Arbor Nation


ArborSystems, Inc.


Arborwear, LLC

ArboSafe UG

Arrowhead Aerial Products, Inc.

Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

Atlantic Braids

ATR Transmission Remanufacturing, Inc.

Bandit Industries, Inc.

Barko Specialty Equipment

Bartlett Arborist Supply & Manufacturing Co.

Bartlett Tree Experts

Beaver Squeezer Grapple, LLC

Beranek Publications

Bobcat Co.

Boomerope Tools, Inc.

Boomtrux, Inc.

Boss Industrial, Inc.

Branch Manager Attachments/Top

Notch Equip.

Branch Tree Service, Inc.

Buckingham Mfg. Co., Inc.

BugBarrier Tree Band

Carry All-N-Haul, LLC

Charlotte Arborists Association

Cleanfix North America, Ltd.

CMI Corp.

Connect Marketing Services

Creative Sales, Inc.

Cutter’s Choice

Davey Tree Expert Co.


Ditch Witch of the Carolinas

Diversified Products/Rig Em & Roll

DMM International, Ltd.

Doggett Corporation

Dura Deck/Mega Deck

DuraTech Industries, Inc.

Eartec Co.

East Coast Crane & Aerial Services, LLC

Easy-Lift Products International, Inc.

ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment

Employment Screening Services


Engine Distributors, Inc.

Engine Power Source

Fanno Saw Works

Fecon, Inc.

FEVA Forestry Equipment of VA

Fifth Element Protocol, LLC

Fleet Matics

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.

Fred Marvin Associates

Freeworker GmbH

Freightliner Trucks

Georgetown Insurance Service, Inc.

Giuffre Brothers Cranes

Green Manufacturing

Green Pro Solutions, LLC

Growtech, Inc.

Growth Products, Ltd.


IML- Instrument Mechanic Labor, Inc.

Independent Protection Co.

International Safety Components, Ltd.

International Society of Arboriculture

International Truck and Engine Corp./Navistar, Inc.

ISA Southern Chapter

J.J. Kane Auctioneers

J.P. Carlton Company, Div. DAF, Inc.

Jameson, LLC

Jarraff Industries, Inc.

JLG Industries

K&M Equipment

Kershaw Manufacturing

Knapheide Manufacturing Co.

Knot & Rope Supply

Kraft Power Corp.

Larson’s Insurance Solution Agency, Inc.

Leonardi Manufacturing

Liberty Financial Group,Inc.


Lumberman’s Exchange Magazine

Manitowoc Cranes

Map Centrix

Mauget Co.

Minnesota Wanner Co.

Morbark, Inc.

NBB Controls, Inc.

Nelson Tree Service, Inc.

New England Ropes Corp.

New River Equipment

NiftyLift, Inc.

Northeastern Arborist Supply

Northern Atlantic Financial, LLC

Oregon Cutting Systems Group, Blount, Inc.

Palfinger North America Group

Petzl America

Plant Growth Management Systems

Portage and Main Outdoor Water Furnaces

Preformed Line Products

Prinoth, Ltd.

Protos GmbH

Quadco Equipment, Inc.

Quest Products Corp.

Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

Rayco Manufacturing, Inc.


Reddick Equipment Co.


Rigguy, Inc.

R&K Pump & Equipment

Rotochopper, Inc.

Ryan’s Equipment

Salsco, Inc.





Scania USA, Inc.


Simonds International Corp.

Smith Truck Cranes

Sonetics Corp.

Southco Industries, Inc.

Spyder Manufacturing U.S.A.

Stein USA, LLC

Sterling Rope Company, Inc.


Stumper Industries

Supersonic Air Knife, Inc.

SVE Portable Roadway Systems, Inc.


T.H. Glennon Co., Inc.

Teletrac, Inc.

Terex Environmental Equipment

Teupen USA, Inc.

The Knife Source, LLC

The Toro Company

Timberland Truck & Equipment, LLC

Timberwolf Manufacturing Corp.

Top Saw Tool/Portable Winch

Townsend Tree Service Co., LLC

Tracked Lifts, Inc.

Trakked Aerial Lift from 40-60ft.

Tree & Landscape Equipment Trader

Tree Care Industry Association, Inc.


Tree Services Magazine

TreeTech Microinjection Systems

USDA-Animal and Plant Health Care Inspection Service

Utility Auctions, Inc.

Vegetation Control Service, Inc.

Vermeer Corp.

VERSALIFT, TIME Manufacturing Co.

Weaver Leather, LLC

Western Equipment Finance, Inc.

Western Star–Charlotte Truck Center

Yale Cordage, Inc.


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