Mentoring and Networking
Business Mentor Network
The TCIA Business Mentor Network represents one of the biggest
benefits of TCIA membership – networking!
Seeking advice, sharing
knowledge, and providing personalized feedback helps us become better
tree care professionals, and raises the bar for the industry as a whole.
Whether you’re looking to teach or learn, TCIA will match you with a
mentor/mentee with similar business goals. Topics include business
development, sales and marketing, human resources, finance, and
everything in between!
Peer-to-Peer Networking Group
TCIA has the only peer-to-peer group dedicated to the tree care industry.
The peer-to-peer group is a facilitated, self-governing, strategic
gathering of company leaders who are willing to share their backgrounds,
skills, and industry experiences for the purpose of developing
strategies, solutions and best practices for personal, professional or
The group determines the structure and topics. Typically the meetings
cover personal development, company development (such as business
growth, profitability benchmarks, exit strategies), HR issues (such as
employee development, succession planning, employee motivational
strategies), and other topics as the group determines.
All topics discussed are confidential, and each member will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement
“There is no other group or location to gain this type of
experience, insight and accountability than the TCIA peer-to-peer group.
The fellowship and camaraderie the group is developing cannot be
emphasized enough. Over time the group members become familiar with you
and your business, so they can really provide insights.”
Ron Rubin of
- “It’s great to be in a group of like-minded people that really
understand my problems. I knew the benefit of getting together with such
a group of business owners would be good, but it’s even better than I
had hoped. It’s now like I have my own private advisory board that
counsels me and helps me achieve my goals.”
David Scharfenberger of
Wachtel Tree Science
- "I am honored to be with a group of professionals who want to see
each other succeed."
Robert Hendricksen of Hendricksen Tree Care
Other Great Networking Opportunities
TCIA members are encouraged to join our niche networking groups and
take part in targeted discussions with members from around the country.
The goal of this Group is
to establish connections and foster discussions focused on the tree care
industry. Open strictly to TCIA members (manufacturers, dealers, and
suppliers to the industry and utility, residential, and commercial tree
care companies), as well as people with a vested interest in the tree
care industry who are not eligible for membership, TCIA’s LinkedIn Group
is a great resource for news, questions, photos and more.
TCIA storm network
participants go here for industry links, discussion groups, sample press
releases and list of companies in the network.
TCIA’s Young Business
Leaders (YBL) is a new group for young (40 years old and under) and
talented tree care professionals interested in networking, building
friendships and working together to advance tree care businesses.
The mission of YBL is to provide social and professional networking
opportunities for young leaders in the tree care industry. Membership in
YBL is open to any self-defined young, professionally-minded tree care
This group will meet a few times each year for networking
opportunities, professional and personal development workshops on
industry topics they care about, civic and community events, and more.
On occasion, experienced (yes, over 40) industry experts will offer an
insider’s perspectives for these up-and-coming owners and managers.
In between meetings, members can utilize the new Young Business
Leaders Facebook group. Join the group and connect with colleagues
around the country – ask questions, contribute to discussions, share
photos or videos, suggest ideas and more.
open to all TCIA member families, is a result of conversations held
during past Winter Management Conferences and is used as an outlet for
family members with questions or comments, as a social outlet to share
photos or stories, or as a resource for news and information. After all -
when you mix family and business, you’re never off the clock.
Not a TCIA member? Join today and start utilizing these mentoring and networking opportunities!