The board of directors of the Tree Care Industry Association recently began work to find a successor for president Mark Garvin, who plans to retire early next year. He has served the association 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,” says Peter Sortwell, chairman of the TCIA board of directors. “The board will miss Mark’s leadership and is thrilled that he will assist in our transition.”

The timeline for the search was expected to take two to three months.

“It has been an honor to lead this association and this great industry alongside our dedicated TCIA team,” Garvin says. “Twenty-one years ago, when I came aboard the National Arborist Association, we were a much smaller organization with a much more limited reach. TCI EXPO was relatively new. There was no accreditation, CTSP safety certification, Voice for Trees political action committee, Arborist Safety Training Institute, workforce development initiative or regional outreach coordinators.

“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 association and the industry will continue to grow.”

The new TCIA president and CEO will begin his or her tenure in approximately February or March.