True Professionals of Arboriculture Award Program
2014 Award Winners
Chris Ahlum, Andy Dahl, Richard Gibney, Mark Hoenigman, Steve Nimz
2014 True Professionals Video Bios
Submit a Nomination
The nomination period for the 2015 True Professionals of Arboriculture is not yet open.
You may submit the form electronically or print a form to submit via fax or mail. For questions email ISA or call +1.217.355.9411.
Learn More about the True Professionals Program
What is the “True Professionals of Arboriculture” recognition program?
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is dedicated to raising awareness among the general public about the importance of trees, necessity for proper tree care and the role today’s arborists play in tree care service and education. The “True Professionals of Arboriculture” recognition program allows ISA to spotlight a number of deserving arborists, their best practices and the successes they have had in relating to their communities, clients, colleagues and employees.
Why is the “True Professionals” program important?
It is imperative that members be skilled in educating, communicating and reaching out to the greater public to ensure the environmental health of our communities, neighborhoods and urban forests. By recognizing esteemed arborists, celebrating their efforts and providing ISA’s membership and certified professionals with opportunities to learn from the successes of colleagues, “True Professionals” can inspire others to learn and apply successful techniques to their own practices. ISA will promote these positive aspects of professionalism amongst its membership through our magazines, newsletters and websites, providing direct access to examples of client newsletters, presentations, communication tips and other useful tools.
What constitutes a “True Professional?”
There are a number of qualities that particular arborists may demonstrate to be considered for recognition including special achievement in a professional setting, cultivating fruitful relationships with clients, successful initiatives in community education, unique contributions to the betterment of the profession and the pursuit of professional development. The program in not a lifetime achievement award; however, some winners will have shown the ability for success over a long career. The “True Professionals” program looks to recognize arborists in any stage of their careers that show a high aptitude in any specialized area that fosters professionalism in arboriculture. This could pertain to any of the aforementioned categories but can also reference recent activities such as the implementation of a specific successful communication or marketing tool (for clients and/or employees), the development of a promising educational program or a successful collaboration project pertaining to arboriculture. Ultimately, winners will encompass within their body of work an outstanding achievement or collection of achievements that can be modeled by other arborists and certified professionals looking to hone their skills.
Who is responsible for selecting the “True Professionals?”
An independent panel of leaders from the tree care industry and green community select the winners from a pool of nominations. Judges evaluate entries on a number of criteria including examples of building strong client relationships, inspiring public trust in ISA certified professionals and ISA members, putting the profession in a positive light, educating the public on the need for tree care, marketing their services with great success and fostering professionalism in the workplace.
What benefits do winners receive?
True Professionals of Arboriculture award winners receive recognition in their hometown newspaper and are featured in various case studies publicized in Arborist News, on the ISA website and in editions of Planting Seeds, ISA’s electronic newsletter. Award winners can use this acclaim in their local marketing and recruiting efforts. Winners are announced during the ISA annual conference.
Past Award Winners
View complete list of previous award winners
2013 True Professionals of Arboriculture
2013 True Professionals Video Bios
2012 True Professionals of Arboriculture
2012 True Professionals Video Bios
For More Information
To learn more about this program, contact ISA at email@example.com for additional information.