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Monday, February 12, 2024

Tara Goodwin, Founder of Goodwin Consulting and Co-Founder of Crisis Interception, Inc.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to react in crisis situations while considering the omnipresence of social media and the importance of teamwork. Real-life examples will be used to illustrate key concepts. Topics covered include crisis identification, effective communication, collaborative response, adaptability, and learning from past experiences. The interactive session will encourage active participation and problem-solving. Attendees will gain the confidence and skills needed to navigate crises, protect their reputation, and ensure safety.

Dan Lambe, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation

Join Dan Lambe, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation, for an insightful briefing on the groundbreaking impact of the Inflation Reduction Act’s $1.5 billion investment in urban forestry. During this session, Dan will delve into the Arbor Day Foundation’s work across the country, their role in deploying a significant portion of these funds and discuss what this historic investment means for the tree care industry.

Specialized staff are available to answer all your questions about TCIA programs. This is a great opportunity to go straight to the source for those who want to learn more about any of the specific programs:

  • Accreditation: Bob Rouse- SVP, Business Support | Manager, Industry Standards and Internal Compliance
  • Apprenticeships: Erin Aaron, Manager, Workforce Recruitment & Retention
  • Corporate Collaboration: Kyla Cunningham, Director of Corporate Engagement
  • Urban Forestry Investments: Dan Lambe, CEO, Arbor Day Foundation

All registered attendees are welcome to join the Women in Tree Care network for a lively networking event at the Poolside Patio. Connect with industry professionals, share insights, and foster meaningful connections against the backdrop of stunning scenery and a supportive community.

Relax and unwind on an unforgettable sunset cruise in Puerto Vallarta as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, painting the tropical sky with a stunning array of colors. Let the cares of the day melt away as you indulge in delectable snacks and refreshing beverages and enjoy some soothing sunset melodies.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Pandit Dasa, Mindful Leadership Expert, Motivational Speaker, and Author of The Urban Monk and Mindfulness of the Wondering Mind

This workshop will address the importance of creating an environment where ego battles aren’t driving the company down and where individuals are willing to put aside their own self-interest for the sake of the greater good. It encourages an environment where individuals are willing to appreciate the contributions of their co-workers instead of feeling threatened by them.

Pandit Dasa will share his personal journey on how and why he lived as a monk in New York City for 15 years and why he’s no longer a monk. He will also share his key takeaways from that experience such as how to close the gaps apps in the mind and how to develop resilience during uncertainty and change. During this interactive workshop, the audience will engage in discussion on the following topics focused on creating a mindful and positive workplace culture:

Self-Care and Boundaries

  • What are we currently doing for our own self-care?
  • Where are we lacking and how can we improve upon it?
  • What boundaries have we created to maintain our work-life balance?
  • How can we improve the quality of our sleep


  • How are we encouraging and promoting work-life balance within the organization?
  • How often do we appreciate the contribution of our colleagues?
  • What methods do we use to express appreciation?
  • Can we identify individuals we need to appreciate that have been overlooked?
  • How to develop positive social connections in the workplace

Mindful Communication

  • How we listen to understand and not respond
  • Understanding our message and tone for effecting communication
  • How to manage our emotions during challenging meetings


The latest research on mindfulness will be shared. The audience will then be engaged in a variety of secular breathing, focusing and gratitude exercises that can help lower stress, anxiety and depression while improving clarity and productivity.

Make Your Own Sweet Treat – Try your hand at making a tasty treat with one of Marriott’s chefs. Located in the Mikado Restaurant

Nicolaas Verloop, President of ISA, Caitlyn Pollihan, CEO & Executive Director, ISA

Join Nicolaas Verloop, President, and Caitlyn Pollihan, CEO and Executive Director of the International Society of Arboriculture, for a short update on what to expect from ISA in the coming months.

12:00 – 4:00pm – The Ranch Tour – ATV (Double or Single)

Dare to discover the rustic terrain of the impressive Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range.  See magnificent mountain views and look down upon the canyon and the majestic waterfalls!  This is for people with sense of adventure who want to see the mountains, valleys and everything in between.

12:15 – 5:45pm – ½ Day of Fishing

Puerto Vallarta is known for its diverse marine life.  Depending on the season, you can target a wide range of species such as marlin, sailfish, dorado (mahi-mahi), tuna snapper, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice, the professional guides will guide you to the best fishing spots in the area.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of fishing with your tree care friends. (It takes place the same day and time as the Robert Felix Memorial Golf Tournament.)  It has limited capacity, so book early!  This is just for fun and is not a tournament. 12:15pm pickup for fishing returning 5:45pm

12:30 – 5:30pm – Robert Felix Memorial Golf Tournament – update tab with description

Grab your clubs, recruit your friends and plan for an afternoon of good-humored competition!  Registration includes beautiful views, a shared cart, green fees, lunch, awards reception, and prizes/  Pre-registration is required.

Support the future of our industry while indulging in an afternoon of guilt-free golf!

Organized and hosted by the Tree Care Industry Association Foundation (TCIAF), proceeds from the Robert Felix Memorial Golf Tournament benefit the future of the industry by directly aiding the foundation’s mission.

Not only are you funding the future of arboriculture by playing, but the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, home to this year’s tournament, offers one of the most scenic golf courses in the area.  You will enjoy views of lush vegetation, natural lagoons, and the shores of Bandera Bay.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Gordon Ho, Founder of Rainmaker Dots and Author of The Linked in Rainmaker 

This interactive workshop will demonstrate real examples of leveraging business tools that members can understand and implement into their own organizations. While harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence and utilizing this to supercharge sales initiatives.  Members will leave educated, excited, and energized and with a whole new outlook on Artificial Intelligence Innovations.

Paul Putman, President & CEO, TREE Fund

Join Paul Putman, President & CEO, of the TREE Fund, for a short update on the TREE Fund. As the new President, Paul will share his future vision for the research organization.

12:00 – 5:00pm – Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
Join an unforgettable Catamaran Snorkel Cruise! Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise with sun, sea, music, and gentle breezes. Explore lush island vegetation, drop anchor to marvel at rich sea life in clear blue waters, and create lasting memories on this breathtaking journey. 12:00 departure.

12:00 – 4:00pm – Jorullo Bridge Tour – ATV (Double or Single)
Jump on your All-Terrain Vehicle and explore the dirt roads of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. You’ll cross several ecosystems, including desert and subtropical zones. This tour is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes surrounding the El Salto waterfall and enjoy its crystal-clear water. One of the most exciting parts of the tour is crossing the longest traffic suspension bridge in the world. It is 470 meters long and 150 high above the river Cuale. It’s pure adrenaline from end to end!

12:00 – 4:00pm – The Ranch Tour – RZR
Take a trip on the back roads of the spectacular Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range on an RZR off-road sport vehicle. See fantastic views of the mountains, river canyon, and waterfalls on this exciting adventure.

5:00 – 10:00pm – ASTI Dinner & Live Auction – add this to tab in schedule
The party of the year is happening at TCIA’s Winter Management Conference 2024! Come join your colleagues from around the industry for an exclusive sit-down dinner at the most picturesque location in Mexico: La Cappella. That’s right, the TCIA Foundation is back with the ASTI Dinner & Auction, with proceeds from this event benefiting the Arborist Safety Training Institute (ASTI).

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Patrick Nelson, CEO Loyalty Point Leadership

Disrupt workplace stagnation and empower your people to lead themselves and others. What is the true cost of an unengaged workforce? According to global estimates, just 13% of people are engaged at work, which contributes to a huge productivity loss and hundreds of billions of macro-economic losses. This workshop, customized for the tree care industry delivers practical and sustainable development that will engage and equip participants with proven strategies to lead by tapping into their leadership and discretionary potential.

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“Fun in the Sun” friendly competition open to all registered WMC attendees. There will be volleyball, cornhole, live music, non-motorized water activities and more! A BBQ lunch and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

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