Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year Award

The Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year Award is named after an industry leader who, along with her husband Bob, helped run this Association without any staff – just volunteers. Since the retirement of Pat Felix in 2001, TCIA has helped carry on her legacy of hard work and dedication with this Award, which is presented annually to a TCIA member volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a volunteer.

Nominations for the Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year Award are made by the President and the Board of Directors of the TCIA. The recipient(s) are honored at TCIA’s annual Winter Management Conference.

2020 Winner

The following is the text of Alan Jones’ presentation of the Award of Merit at the Winter Management Conference in Puerto Vallarta in February.

I’d now like to turn to the Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year Award.

Each year, the Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a TCIA member or members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, committing a great deal of time and effort to the success of TCIA and the advancement of commercial arboriculture.

This year we would like to recognize the outstanding contributions of several of our member companies. On September 10, TCIA orchestrated a demonstration day for a very unique audience from the federal government. Unlike previous training events that were conducted for OSHA field compliance personnel, the focus this time was on educating OSHA’s standard writers in preparation for drafting regulations for our industry.

By all accounts, the event was a massive success. Our audience included eight key people from federal OSHA, two representatives from the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, two field compliance folks from Maryland OSHA, and numerous employees from the National Park Service (NPS). Our attentive OSHA audience included Loren Sweatt, the acting head of OSHA as well as many representatives from the Directorate of Standards & Guidance. To their credit, the entire audience stayed highly engaged and asked good questions throughout the course of a five-hour demonstration on a hot and muggy day in Potomac, MD.

We owe a debt of gratitude to those who made this event possible and that’s why we’d like to present the following members with the Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year Award – if you are here in the audience, please join me on the stage:

  • From RTEC Tree Care: Andy Ross, CTSP; Rick Sephton, CTSP; Jim Osborn, CTSP; Samantha Huff; and Monika Rivero

  • From Good’s Tree Care: Bob Good and Mitchell Good, QCL

  • From Woodline Tree Care: Brad Hughes, CTSP

Past winners

  • 2015 Dave Scharfenberger
  • 2014 Peter Becker
  • 2013 Sandy Clark
  • 2012 Ron Keith, Arbor Master Tree & Lawn
  • 2011 Joe Bones, Bartlett, and Dane Buell, SavATree
  • 2010 Greg Ina, Davey Tree
  • 2009Tim Johnson
  • 2008 Mark Shipp, Ogilvy, Hill
  • 2007 Lyle  Feilmeier, Collier Arbor Care
  • 2006 Paul Markworth, Wachtel
  • 2005 CTSP Task Force: Steve Chisholm, TCIA Safety Committee Chair and President of Aspen Tree Expert Company in Jackson, NJ; Paul Cyr, Retired OSHA official in the US Department of Labor; and a long-time friend of the tree care industry; Dr. John Ball from South Dakota State University; one of our  industry’s renowned safety researchers; Lyle Feilmeier, Manager at Collier Arbor Care in Clackamas, OR; Keith Sheriff, Director of Safety, Education, Training from Wright Tree Service in Des Moines, IA; Erich Schneider, President, Schneider Tree Service in Taylors, SC
  • 2004 Accreditation Council: Michael Galvin, Andy Ross, Anne Baldwin, Eugene Critter, Fred Johnson, Joe Engberg, and John Ball
  • 2003 Joe Tommasi
  • 2002 David G. Marren
  • 2001 George Klinger