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M E M B E R S P O T L I G H T In this regular feature, we ask an MAA Member to share his or her perspectives. Michael Bonner, MCA is an Arborist Sales/Manager with Iron Tree Service. Michael joined MAA in 2014. Michael Bonner, MCA What was your first job in the industry? I started as a ground man and plant health care tech at ValleyCrest Tree Care Services. Arborist Sales/Manager Iron Tree Service Where did you go from there? After a few years, I worked my way up to man- aging the tree division at ValleyCrest, which eventually became BrightView. I began working at Iron Tree Service in the spring of 2017. Who was your mentor when you were first starting out in the business, and why? I had two mentors, Steve Lapierre and Dave Green. Steve is the owner of Walnut Hill Lawn Service, the first landscaping company I ever worked for. He taught me the work ethic and pace that it takes to be successful in the green industry. Dave was an arborist at ValleyCrest who has so much experience in the tree industry. He took me under his wing and taught me a lot about the industry. What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received? Be optimistic and open-minded about evolving and trying new things. What advice would you share with people starting out in arboriculture today? Never stop learning! This industry is constantly evolving and the people that are willing to learn and adjust will be the most successful. Since the beginning of your career, what is the biggest change you’ve seen in the tree care industry? The advancement of equipment and climbing techniques that are making our jobs safer and more efficient. What is the next “game-changer” you see on the horizon for the tree care industry? Finding a way to deal with the labor shortage in our industry. What’s your favorite tree? Why? Copper beech, the first mature tree I ever climbed and pruned.I love the large, spread-out canopy of these trees. What’s your favorite/most useful: Equipment? All-Terrain Crane Product? Zig-zag Technology? Decay detection devices What have you enjoyed most about being an MAA member? I value the connections that I have made and enjoy the chances to catch up with friends at the dinner meetings. Is there anything else you’d like to share with your fellow MAA members? It is a pleasure to be a member of MAA! I look forward to the opportunity of building relationships with many more members. New Pesticides Licenses (continued from page 11) Take Notice When New License Numbers are Assigned As outlined above the new EIPAS (System) assigns a new License Number to the individual and the new pesticide license type. This means, that when an individual upgrades their active Appli- cator License (AL) for a Commercial Certification (CC) License, the System will assign him or her, a new license number begin- ning with the letters CC. This same scenario plays out again if he or she seeks out yet another license type—a new license type specific number will be assigned. A person could even maintain an Applicator License (AL) or a Commercial Certification (CC) License, and a Dealer License (DL) and all of these records will have unique license numbers. Operationally speaking, what this means, is that individuals and their employers may need to occasionally update business cards, invoicing systems, or electronic data systems designed to link individuals with records related to pesticide use or business activity. If you or your business use pesticide license numbers within a data system to record work assignments, collect and report out pesticide use, etc., these systems will need to be updated to reflect the new license numbers issued to individuals with their new license types. This information was provided by Steve Antunes-Kenyon of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ Pesticide Program. For more information visit: ➜ https://www.mass.gov/orgs/pesticide-program MAA NEWS / September 2018 15