Speaker Sneak Peek: Leadership for Crew Leaders and Managers

By Todd Kramer


In my nearly 30 years as an arborist, I have seen numerous changes in our industry. Our tools are constantly improving for everything, from climbing and rigging to machines like grapple loaders, chippers and all the various types of cranes that are available. These tools can make us safer and more efficient. Another “tool” that has greatly improved in our industry is training.

At the beginning of my career, there was very little training available; one simply learned from his or her co-workers, eventually trained their newest co-workers and so on. Now training is available on my different platforms and that is helping improve our industry.

Most of the training that is available is based on a skill set to perform a physical task like climbing, chain saw use etc. While reviewing training documents at our organization and other organizations, I find little or no training on leadership. It is very common in the green industry and other trades that people are put into a leadership role based on being competent on a physical skill. Often not much thought is given to leadership skills. One could be great at let’s say removals. That does not automatically make them a competent leader.

Join me at TCI EXPO 2018 for Leadership for Crew Leaders and Managers on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8:45am. This session will focus on identifying skills to become a positive leader. We will also be learning how constantly improve on these skills as leadership is a skill that needs to constantly improve in order to be successful.

Todd Kramer is an ISA Certified Arborist®, ISA Certified Tree Worker®, ISA Climber and Aerial Lift Specialist, TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional, and a Certified Crane Operator through the Crane Institute of America.

Todd applies a refreshing and practical approach to teaching and instructing various arboriculture skillsets. He has been involved in production tree climbing for more than 25 years and has been instructing seminars on rigging, crane assisted tree removals, aerial rescue, emergency response and industry related leadership throughout the United States for more than 15 years.

Todd has been involved on a variety of arboriculture projects in the commercial, municipal and utility sectors. In addition, he is a 10-time Illinois Arborist Association competitive tree climbing champion.

Todd is currently the Training and Performance Manager at the family owned and operated Kramer Tree Specialists in West Chicago, Illinois.