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February Dinner Meeting & Safety Saves 2018 MAA Leadership Elected “Pruning with Intent” was the MAA dinner meeting topic on February 27, 2018. Neal Reilly, MCA of The Reilly Tree and Landscape Company was the speaker. As tree care profes- sionals, we understand the dynamics of pruning, but do our customers understand our intent? Not always. Neal provided examples of ways we can better communicate intended outcomes to our clients while instill- ing confidence and building rapport. He also showed specific pruning examples from the field. The following are the new officers and directors who will lead the MAA in 2018: PRESIDENT Natascha Batchelor, MCA Davey Tree Expert Company VICE PRESIDENT Trumbull Barrett, MCA Barrett Tree Service East TREASURER Ray Rose, MCA Town of Wrentham DPW DIRECTORS Neil Reilly, MCA The Reilly Tree and Landscape Company Kevin Cleveland, MCA Tree Tech, Inc. Russell Holman, MCA Hartney Greymont MCA REPRESENTATIVE Max Ford-Diamond, MCA Boston Parks & Recreation PAST PRESIDENT Jay Ippolito, MCA , MCLP Olde Colonial Tree & Landscape T C I A Earlier in the day, a Safety Saves Seminar was held at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA. The presentation on, “Commercial Driver’s License: What to Expect & How to Prepare” covered changes to CDL and how best to prepare for the test. The instructor was former state trooper and current owner of Allphase Training, Dan Eaton. There were numerous questions from participants about this topic. U P D A T E Andy Felix Elected Chair of TCIA Congratulations to MAA’s own Andy Felix, MCA who was elected chair of the TCIA Board of Directors. Andy is the founder and president of Tree Tech, Inc. located in Foxboro, Massachusetts. have accomplished. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it.” A graduate of UMass, Andy worked for Bartlett Tree Experts before establishing Tree Tech, Inc. in 1986. He is a strong proponent of giving back to the industry. In addition to his involvement with TCIA as a member of its Accreditation Council and Z133 Standards Committee, Andy is a past president of the MAA, New England GROWS, the Foxboro Lacrosse Association, and is a past Director of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association. Andy’s ties to the industry run deep – his late father, Robert Felix, ran his own successful tree care business on Long Island, New York, before leaving it behind to take over manage- ment of TCIA (then the National Arborist Association), which he led for more than two decades. Having grown up in a tree care fam- ily, Andy continued the family tradition. In a speech Andy recently gave at TCIA’s Winter Management Conference in Maui, Hawaii, he said, “I’d like to repeat how proud and impressed my father would be and my mother, Pat, is now, of this organiza- tion. It is beyond comprehension what we Newly elected chair of TCIA Andy Felix, MCA (left) receives gavel from Peter Sortwell at TCIA’s Conference in Hawaii. Alongside his fellow Board members, Andy wants to keep TCIA focused on the mission of advancing commercial tree businesses and following through on transforming the tree care industry. MAA NEWS / March 2018 3