The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), the national trade association for commercial and utility tree care companies, recently installed Jack Guffey as chair of the Board of Directors.
Guffey, president of Carolina Tree Care in Concord, North Carolina, previously served two three-year Board terms leading up to the chairmanship, having served since 2009.
Along with increasing professionalism in the tree care industry, Guffey wants the TCIA Board to focus on attracting more young people to arboriculture by supporting their education and job placement. “We’re seeing a number of colleges and universities eliminate their forestry program or their arboriculture program. I really would rather see our college systems increasing the number of programs for our industry. Trying to find qualified labor is a major issue,” he explains.
Also joining the TCIA Board is Mundy Wilson Piper, president and CEO of Chippers, Inc., in Woodstock, Vermont. Piper is the newest addition to the board, and the first woman to serve on the board in eight years.
“I am 100 percent committed to the tree care industry and to the advancement of the association’s missions and goals,” says Piper. “I have served my family, company, community and region in various capacities, and I now feel the time has come for me to serve the industry that I love.”
Guffey and Piper were appointed to their respective positions at the annual TCIA Winter Management Conference in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this February.
TCIA also announced other changes to the Board of Directors: Andy Ross of RTEC in Virginia was named vice chair, and Peter Sortwell of Arborwell in California moved to senior director.