At our 2020 Winter Management Conference in Puerto Vallarta, I said these things in my Chair’s speech:
“All of us [in the business of tree care] need to embrace the challenge of managing the risk of our profession with the right equipment, the right training and the right mindset … by doing the right things, from the top to the bottom and from side to side in our organizations … by what we say, by how we say it and, most important, by our actions and behaviors.
“TCIA has been, is and will continue to be right there beside us, nimble and adaptable, open to change and innovation. Having an association with a growth mindset is essential to keeping us all on our continuous-improvement toes.”
Little did I know then how the ability of TCIA to adapt, adjust and pivot would soon thereafter be put to the ultimate test in 2020! But when faced with the realities of COVID-19, turn on a dime we did, with kindness, strength, deliberation and determination to keep our stay safe while supporting TCIA’s mission to continue serving our members.
When we realized in June 2020 that we could not realistically hold TCI EXPO this past fall, we also knew the profound and immediate financial impact of that decision, since 30% of the organization’s revenue is derived from that event. I am especially proud of the work that the stay, Finance Committee and Board did to develop a budget that was fiscally prudent while also allowing TCIA to continue with its mission of advancing tree care businesses. Your Board is a group of Committed Team Players who have Strategic Open Minds as Stewards of our Industry. I have 100% confidence that they will continue to Keep Calm and Carry On in service to the association for the common good of our members.
James Lane Allen said, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” It has been my great honor to serve as the chair of the TCIA Board of Directors this past year and witness the revelation of character in our stay, leadership and Board members. While this year has been fraught with tragedy, upheaval and unrest, it has also seen remarkable growth, innovation and positive change in the tree care industry and at TCIA, as you will see in the contents of this report.
Mundy Wilson Piper
TCIA Board Chair, 2020-2021
Chippers Inc., President & CEO