The Chair's Award

The Chair's Award is presented by the current chairperson of the Board to recognize outstanding contributions to the Association.

Nominations for the Chair’s Award are made by the President and the Board of Directors of the TCIA. The recipient is honored at TCIA’s annual Winter Management Conference.

Current winner

Chair’s Award presented to Bartlett’s Peter Becker

Text of the presentation by Jack Guffey, outgoing TCIA Board chair, at Winter Management Conference in Grand Cayman in February.

ChairsEach year, the TCIA Chair has the privilege of recognizing a member of our industry who is providing exemplary service to the tree care industry. This year I chose someone who exemplifies the concept of mentorship.

There are many different ways to help others. The most effective mentors are patient and calm in demeanor … and relentless in working toward the common goal of personal improvement for themselves and others. The greatest mentors know that the very process of coaching others is one of the best learning opportunities available.

This year’s Chair’s Award honoree is one of the most important mentors in our industry.

Over his 43 year career, he mentored 44 managers and arborists at his company alone. His interest in helping improve our industry didn’t stop at the doors of his company. He is one of TCIA’s most active business mentors, helping many company owners develop their businesses and even become Accredited.

He also mentored an industry. He helped to teach us how to implement IPM in the landscape. He did this by creating one of the first commercial landscape IPM programs, at a time when virtually all arborists were still using programmed cover sprays. Then, he selflessly helped to teach our industry what he learned. Most recently, his career has come full circle as he led the development of the first American National Standard for landscape IPM, the new A300 Part 10.  

He also helps guide our industry’s most important business development program, TCIA Accreditation, by serving on the TCIA Accreditation Council.  

He partially retired this year, but agreed to continue part-time with Bartlett to help mentor newly acquired businesses and to help Bartlett’s president with special projects.

We’d like to recognize Peter Becker, senior vice president at large of the Bartlett Tree Expert Company, with this year’s Chair’s Award. Please join me in thanking him for his decades of service to the industry.

Past winners

  • 2014 Chris Frank
  • 2013 Howard Eckel
  • 2012 Mark Garvin
  • 2011 Terrill Collier
  • 2010 Tony Gann
  • 2009 Dr. Michael Raupp
  • 2008 Bob Rouse
  • 2007 Dave Zerfoss
  • 2006 Penny Judd
  • 2005 Cynthia Mills
  • 2004 Jerry Morey
  • 2003 Tom Tolkacz
  • 2002 NAA Staff
  • 2001 Robert A. Bartlett, Jr.
  • 2000 Pat Felix and Peter Gerstenberger
  • 1998 50-Year Member Companies: Alpine the Care of Trees, Inc.; Forest City Tree Protection Co., Inc.; Gustin Gardens Tree Service, Inc.; H. A. Morrison, Arborist; Ira Wickes / Arborists; K. P. Soergel & Associates, Inc.; Neville Landscape & Tree Service; Swingle Tree Company; Walgren Tree Experts, Inc.
  • 1997 Peter Sortwell
  • 1996 NAA Board
  • 1995 Rusty Girouard
  • 1994 NAA Staff