As chair of TCIA, I am very proud to say our industry organization is strong and operating at a high level of professionalism. After navigating through the COVID-19 disruption, TCIA managed to operate without laying off staff and utilizing a line of credit for a limited amount of time.
Through shrewd management by David White and the entire leadership team, we financially made it through a tough economic time successfully while still providing the membership the services they deserve. Our financial position and reserves have never been stronger and place TCIA in a solid position to impact the industry positively.
Early in 2021, we still engaged the board via zoom (more often than the traditional face-to-face meetings.) In June, we held our first in-person board meeting and made critical decisions to use our resources to serve the membership best wisely.
We just witnessed the largest TCI EXPO in history, with the most equipment ever on the trade-show floor and a record of more than 4,000-plus attendees. Most tree care companies around the country are reporting record or near-record sales in 2021. Challenges remain for us – labor shortages, equipment shortages, parts shortages, inflation affecting fuel, labor cost, repair cost, etc. In addition, most companies are backlogged for 2 to 3 months with continued business still coming in yet, fortunately profit margins are increasing. As members of TCIA, we are more prepared than our competitors to prevail through these economic times.
TCIA continues with its mission of advancing tree care companies. Your board comprises dedicated team players who give their own time and talents to further our mission-setting strategic direction and develop new ways to assist our members with the challenges we face every day. We will focus primarily on training, retaining and recruiting employees and enhancing business practices to build long-term, stable, profitable and professional businesses.
Our company joined TCIA in 1963, the year I was born. I’ve seen a lot of changes over the last 58 years. Our industry has come a long way and for the better. It is gratifying for me to see the progress made and that we now have the financial strength to grow and make a significant impact on the tree industry. The following report highlights our success as our organization. I wish all of you the best and hope to visit with you at WMC.
TCIA Board Chair, 2021-2022