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: