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Starting a Business

Starting my own business has always been an ambition of mine. It was not ever really a choice in my mind, but more of a calling to be able to create a job that can help others and does not feel like work. I have had a lot of jobs in my life where going to work felt exactly like that, work. I always felt like there were options in the world to create something that was mine and that could offer beneficial services. I’ve always loved being outdoors and being outside. Rock climbing has been a passion of mine since I was in my early 20’s. When I started learning how to climb in the tree industry I knew that this is something I would want to continue to do and grow as a business. I learned from some of the best in the business: shoutout to Richard Withey and Colin Dandridge, thanks guys! Doing something I was passionate about and combining that with a job was a dream come true.

Starting the business felt easy to me, but growing the business, is the hard part, but it has been fun. I started this company with just my 1997 Honda Passport and my 5ft x 10ft boat trailer. I just .. started. I named my business, made it official, advertised myself to my friends and family and started working. For awhile I was a one man business. I did sales, estimates, trims, removals and groundsman. I worked hard but I felt good. I was fortunate to have friends who wanted to help grow my business with their skills join me along the way and began building the business. I find the problem solving involved in owning my own business to be one of the most interesting and fulfilling parts of being a business owner. I have tried and failed at other business ideas in the past, but without those experiences to learn from I would not be where I am today. As far as I’m concerned it’s those failures that helped me turn the right idea into a success. Everyday challenges are presented in this business, and if you lay down and give up you never really dive into that void where the growth happens. 

I worked hard when I started the company to ensure I was also knowledgable and giving the best advice to my clients as possible. I knew that being an arborist was the way to do that. I had three years of field training but then committed to six months of studying to become an arborist. I passed the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) test and was proud to be able to offer the knowledge I gained to my clients. Being an Arborist means that you are part of a larger International community of other people doing the same thing we do, everyday. The ISA is a great resource of knowledgeable people that I tap into all of the time for continuing education.

After recieving my ISA certification I wanted to know more. I began working on my Plant Health Care certification and I am a Qualified Supervisor with the Department of Agriculture. This certification allows me to assess the health of trees, diagnose trees, and create treatment plans. I worked under David Walker for two years who was then a Qualified Supervisor and taught me what I needed to know about assessing and various tree treatments. Much love David, not only for that training, but the continued education you continue to provide. The key to success for Colorado Trees is the collaborative effort of all of the people involved in daily operations to do a job well done in a safe manner. No one person would be able to accomplish our work with the efficiency and safety required of a team. I am thankful to all the people in my life who got me to this point. I always want to thank my parents for instilling the work ethic that is the backbone of the work I do. I  thank the many people I have climbed with over the years that have pushed me to go further out on that limb, figuratively and literally. Finally, I also need to thank my wife and kids for their continuous support of my passion to climb higher and help make trees healthy and beautiful.

Go for it, take the leap! 

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Team Work Makes The Dream Work

When it comes to putting out good services and taking pride in what you do, having a supportive team is a major component. Our team at Colorado Trees makes all the difference. Being able to enjoy the people you spend your time with while working, not only benefits you personally but it also benefits the customers that get to deal with such a well oiled machine.

The leader of this team is Mark. His passion for this industry started at a young age. Although he did explore other professions, the tree care industry all kept pulling him back in. With his exploration of other pass times, he was able to bring a different perspective to the team. He worked in the hospitality industry for a bit. Having the experience in dealing with people, he knows how important it is to make people feel comfortable and confident in their decisions. This same idea applies to the tree care industry as well. He also understands that you need the right group of people to help you achieve that.

The team that Mark has put together consists of 4 main players. Rich has been working in the tree care industry for over 7 years. His experience gives him confidence and ease when he is up in the trees. Colin has also been in the tree care industry for a while. His love for rock climbing is what got him interested in trees. Being comfortable off the ground has helped him grow and learn quickly what this industry has to offer. Benjamin has been able to grow quickly within the tree care industry also. He is always trying new things and pushing himself out of his comfort zone. Having an interest in nature since a young age made the tree care industry an easy choice for him. Shane is a hard worker and also takes pride in the jobs that he does, just like his team mates.

When you ask the guys, “what is the most important way to keep everyone on the team safe?”, they almost all said communication. This can sometimes be a dangerous job so making sure everyone is safe and on the same page is extremely important. A strong and like minded team takes safety and success very seriously. Every guy on our crew at Colorado Trees brings something unique and important to the table. The best way to put out great work is when everyone is working together to achieve on one common goal.

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