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T C I A Day on the Hill At its annual Day on the Hill, TCIA Board of Directors and members converged on Capitol Hill to help move forward the organization’s agenda on the following items. ● Changing OSHA regulations to be specific to our industry ● Expanding the H2B program ● Formation of apprenticeship programs for Arboriculture Several board members were invited to a luncheon with the President to celebrate the formation of apprenticeship programs for the many industries that provide career opportunities. These programs will promote job creation and provide a viable career path for those who choose not to attend college. Unfortunately, our Day on the Hill began with the shooting of a congressman and off-duty capital police during a softball practice at a nearby park in Alexandria. Needless to say, the lunch was cancelled and, understandably, we did not have the focus of the politicians and their staff that day. The bright side was the hope that the incident would promote unity amongst the two political parties. For a short while there was a feeling that people were coming together. U P D A T E Mark Garvin To Retire in 2018 The TCIA Board of Directors has begun work to find a successor for President and CEO Mark Garvin, who will retire in early 2018. He has served the association admirably for more than two decades, and as president since 2009. “Mark has expertly piloted the association to significant growth and program expansion during his tenure, leading a talented management team in the delivery of strong and consistent value for TCIA members,” said Peter Sortwell, Chair of the Board of Directors. “The board will miss Mark’s leadership and is thrilled that he will assist in our transition.” “It has been an honor to lead this association and this great industry alongside our dedicated TCIA team,” said Garvin. “Twenty-one years ago when I came aboard the National Arborist Association, we were a much smaller organization with a much more limited reach. Next year, TCIA will celebrate 80 years of advancing tree care businesses. As we work together to write the next chapter in our shared history, I am confident that the asso- ciation and the industry will continue to grow.” By MAA member Andy Felix, MCA , Vice Chair, TCIA Board of Directors. MAA NEWS / Fall 11