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“We are pleased to announce that the board unanimously agreed to select Mark Garvin as the association’s next president,” announced Randy Owen, chair of the board of directors. The decision followed an extensive executive search involving internal and external candidates.

Since November, Garvin has served as interim president of the nation’s only trade association dedicated to advancing tree care businesses.

Owen said that Garvin’s work as interim president “clearly demonstrated his strong leadership skills, combined with the ability to execute the association’s strategic initiatives and a strategy of delivering increasing member value. We have recruited a president who will hit the ground running, with a deep knowledge of the association and the industry.”

“Mark has been in the industry and the association for many years, so he is familiar with the people and the issues. He believes in our cause. He’s demonstrated his skills on the political side, helping strengthen our voice in Washington. He understands the importance of building new relationships and strengthening our relationships with our allies in the industry – OSHA, ISA and the TREE Fund. He understands that we need to continue growing and building these relationships to further safety, unity and advancements in tree care for the future.”

Owen commended Garvin’s leadership during the last nine months.

“Mark and the rest of the association’s staff have gotten us through these tough economic times without sacrificing services or having to draw on our reserves,” Owen said. “His leadership during this interim period has allowed us to maintain stability and to make a seamless transition, so that we can move forward and maintain the focus on our members, both small and large, and their needs.

But, Owen added, the work has only just begun.

“Ours may be a small industry, but it is an important one. We are the original Green Industry, and part of Mark’s challenge will be to deliver that message through greater recognition of what our industry does for society and a sustainable environment.”

Garvin joined the association in 1996 as managing editor of Tree Care Industry Magazine, served as vice president of public policy and communications, and as chief program officer. Prior to joining the association, he worked as a journalist, editor, business consultant and lobbyist in New England and Washington, D.C.

“I am extremely honored to be asked to help lead the industry toward a more professional and profitable future,” Garvin said. “This is an exciting time to be involved in the green industry, and I have promised the board – and through them the membership – that we will continue the positive momentum developed over the past decade. The industry and the profession face a number of long-term challenges. We will work together on those issues, fully aware that the efforts of utility and commercial tree care companies can significantly improve the environment in which we live.”