2017 Participant Gallery

Note: Gallery updated often, but for most current list of participants, click HERE.
8 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y
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Tom Armstrong
Arborist/Owner, Self-Employed

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown:The Plains, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I always look forward to connecting with friends I have been on the ride with in the past. This event allows me to give something back to the industry that has done so much for me.

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Barbara Ballard
Registered Nurse, Atrium Medical Center

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Middletown, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
As a first year rider, I am excited to join this amazing family of cyclists and support staff. Planting trees, educating kids, and sharing how trees benefit our community and personal well-being is a wonderful way to practice healthy living.

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Harry Banker
Retired

TEAM JERZYBOYZ

Hometown: Lavallette, NJ

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Hi tech told me to.

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Kristina Bezanson
College Professor, Tidewater Community College

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am excited the 2017 Tour will be in my home chapter area this year. I am riding to help support tree research and education.

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Melvin Brandenburg
Brandenburg Intellectual Group, President/CEO

TEAM INDIVIDUALS

Hometown: Fort Yates, ND

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To promote the love of our city trees.

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Rich Cartier
Territory Manager, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

TEAM RAINBOW TREECARE

Hometown: Milford, MA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This industry has given so much to me both professionally and personally, and this provides an opportunity for me to give something back.

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James Clark
Consulting Arborist, HortScience, Inc.

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I rode in the first Tour in 1992. It’s time I rode another. TREE Fund has done so much good work for arboriculture, it is honor to support it.

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Mike Connick
Arborist, Connick Tree Care

TEAM UK

Hometown: Tadworth, Surrey – United Kingdom

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To raise awareness of trees and the good things they do, with a great bunch of like minded people.

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David Crary
CEO, HindSite Software

TEAM MINNESOTA

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The Tour supports something very important to all of us and it’s fun!

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Max Darrington
Arborist, Brigham Young University

TEAM UTAH

Hometown: Spanish Fork, UT

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This is my small way to give back to the industry that has given me so much and to the students that I work with.

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Aaron Dickinson
Arborist Extraordinaire, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

TEAM RAINBOW TREECARE

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
A week to spend with my fellow Tree Wizards, educate the local communities about the importance of trees and to support the ongoing research of trees!

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Hallie Dozier
Professor, Louisiana State University

TEAM SOUTHERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Riding is fun and it is a way for me to put my money, blood, swat and tears where my mouth is.

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Jeff Edgar
Co-owner, Silver Creek Nurseries, Inc.

TEAM WISCONSIN

Hometown: Manitowoc, WI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I’m riding for several reasons. The foremost reason is to give something back to an industry which has provided me with opportunities and with everything I am and my family is. I wish to maintain old friendships and create new ones with people who share the same passions as I do. I also need to prove to myself that I can go the distance.

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Justin Espy
Field Testing Technician, STIHL Inc.

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding to support the tree care industry.

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Steve Geist
Consulting Arborist, Swingle Lawn Tree and Landscape Care

TEAM SPOKESMEN FOR TREES

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I’m riding the Tour because I still can. It is one of the ways I can give back to the tree care profession. Urban trees face more perils than they did when I started my career 34 years ago and more knowledge is required to face these threats.

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William Gerhardt
Retired

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown: Norfolk, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
My first childhood home was on a wooded lot and I loved being able to go out exploring nature. Since then I have always had an appreciation for their beauty and as I moved and traveled they reminded me of my childhood and home. After becoming a Master Gardener, I came to appreciate even more the significant ecological role of trees. I have always loved cycling and a few years ago I started mountain biking. I loved being able to cycle through wooded trails and look forward to exploring new areas. So the Tour des Trees gives me the opportunity to cycle and raise money for the sustainment of trees.
 
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Al Gilens
Photographer/Writer, Self-Employed

TEAM 84

Hometown: Gladwyne, PA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To celebrate life with friends and to assist the health of our beleaguered planet.

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Kathy Gilmour
Sawyer Nursery

TEAM MICHIGAN

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To help support tree research and education and to hang out with my TREE Family!

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Warren Hoselton
Parks Supervisor, City of Toronto

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
It’s like Christmas in July! The trees, the ride, the riders, the sights = the best week of the year!

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Jeff Iles
Professor & Department Chair, Iowa State University

TEAM IOWA

Hometown: Ames, IA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Raising money for tree research is a worthy cause and one that I have long believed in. Besides, I like the look of bike chain grease on my legs.

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Kevin Jones
Business Development Manager, ACRT Inc.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Hudson, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
TREE Fund promotes research and education to improve our urban forests that truly benefits everyone. The Tour is a week to spend with a great group of people for a great cause.

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Robert Jones
Shipping Clerk, STIHL

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I enjoy riding with my tree family, and what the ride stands for – taking care of the trees.

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Susan Kirby
Registered Nurse/Asst. Nurse Manager, Minneapolis Veteran’s Hospital

TEAM RAINBOW TREECARE

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I did the tour last year for the experience. I met so many diverse, amazing people from the tree industry. I thought I would go and learn more about urban forestry and trees in general. Which I did. But I also learned so much about myself in terms of personal growth both mentally and physically. It was the most challenging adventure I have ever undertaken. And I can’t wait to do it again!

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Andy Kittsley
Urban Forestry Manager, City of Orlando

TEAM FLORIDA

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Been tangling with trees my entire life and I’m just now starting to sort it all out. Trees alleviate much of humankind’s strife and cause our brains to shake shimmer and shout. That’s why.

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Joe Lentz
Vice President, Arborchem Products

TEAM INDIVIDUALS

Hometown: Easton, PA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The STIHL Tour des Trees is a great event with great cause, wonderful people and well organized. I love riding my bike!

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Tina Matthews
Doctor, NHS UK

TEAM UK

Hometown: Epsom, Surrey – United Kingdom

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am concerned for the environment, and because of that I cycle. I am concerned for the environment and because of that I love trees. All trees. Huge majestic oak trees, flimsy delicate willows, whispering silver birches. I cannot conceive of planet Earth without them so I am pleased to ride for their preservation. I heard of this ride from a fellow club cyclist whose entire life is trees and tree care; I wanted to support and ride with him.

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Brian Maxson
Division Safety and Training Coordinator, Bartlett Tree Experts

TEAM BARTLETT

Hometown: Durham, NC

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding to give back to my profession and to bring focus on the need to do research on arborist techniques and equipment.

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Jeff McMullen
President, Denny Lumber

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Middleton, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To raise awareness of the great things that trees do for us and our planet. To support TREE Fund and spend a week with friends new and old.

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Josh Miller
Assistant Supervisor, STIHL

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This is a great opportunity to support a great cause with a great group of people: The Tree Family!

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Randy Miller
Director of Industry Intelligence, CN Utility Consulting

TEAM UTAH

Hometown: Syracuse, UT

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding to support the critical research and education that TREE Fund drives.

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Scott Oestmann
Arborist, Gnarled Root Tree Care

TEAM INDIVIDUALS

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding in the Tour to help benefit tree research. For over 9 years I have been working in the tree care industry in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where it is very difficult to grow trees. Working with trees here has become a passion of mine.

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Thomas Ordway
Forester, Duke Energy

TEAM INDIANA

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Been tangling with trees my entire life and I’m just now starting to sort it all out. Trees alleviate much of humankind’s strife and cause our brains to shake shimmer and shout. That’s why. Wait…that’s what Andy [Kittsley] said.

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Loral Patchen
Midwife, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

TEAM INDIVIDUALS

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Trees and birds are an important foundation of our ecosystem. Urban environments are very hard on trees and we need to better understand how to support their survival. It’s a fundamental part of mitigating climate change.

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Mike Pateneaude
Territory Manager, STIHL Inc.

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Standish, ME

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Great cause! Great people! Lots of fun!

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Susan Paul
Retired Lorain County Community College Library and eLearning

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Aurora, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding the 2017 STIHL Tour des Trees because I understand the importance of trees for our environment and importantly, to raise monies for tree research and tree education programs. I am excited to be a part of the Tour des Trees 25th Anniversary ride this year. It is going to be a great ride!

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Frazer Pehmoeller
Arborist, Bartlett Tree Experts

TEAM BARTLETT

Hometown: Poughquag, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The Tour is a true expression of passion; an enthusiasm for cycling, an obsession with trees and the urban forest and a perennial eagerness to meet up with good friends who are all seemingly excited to encounter the daily challenges Mr. Wood confronts us with. Looking forward to more lumps and bumps.

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Ward Peterson
Arborist, The Davey Tree Expert Company

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Aurora, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Trees and bikes are a great combination. Combine them again with tree research and the ride becomes the best way that I can imagine to have fun and to contribute to the world.

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Dick Rideout
Urban Forester, Retired

TEAM WISCONSIN

Hometown: Madison, WI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To spread the word of the value of the urban forest to the world’s future, cycle with friends old and new, and ride like the wind on a breezy day.

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Paul Sellers
Arborist, Eversource

TEAM NEW ENGLAND

Hometown: West Falmouth, MA

Why are you riding this year?
It’s a great time and a great event.

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Melanie Sherrod
Pediatric Physical Therapist, Therapy.Works LLC

TEAM SOUTHERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Kingston, TN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I ride to support trees and get to spend a week with my sister and friends while riding a bicycle. It is such a fun week!

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J. Eric Smith
President and CEO, TREE Fund

TEAM INDIVIDUALS

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? The STIHL Tour des Trees is my organization’s signature annual community engagement event, and there is no better way for me to honor and affirm our volunteers, riders, and staff than by personally sharing the entire journey with them, from fundraising the first dollar to riding the final mile. I am particularly honored and humbled to have the chance to celebrate TREE Fund’s 15th Anniversary and the Tour’s 25th Anniversary this year, in conjunction with ISA’s International Conference and the International Tree Climbing Championship in and around Washington, DC. It will be a wonderful gathering to celebrate our history, be in the moment with friends, and share our vision for a meaningful, high impact future.

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Pete Smith
Urban Forestry Program Manager, Arbor Day Foundation

TEAM ARBOR DAY

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am pairing two of my favorite things: bikes and trees! Both make the world a better place to live, and I support the TREE Fund mission to improve our understanding of trees through research and education.

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Dave Staats
Supervisor, City Of Upper Arlington

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Raising money, riding bikes, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. A great way explore a different area of the country.

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Philip Svoboda
Clerk, Fred Meyer

TEAM PNW-ISA

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding because 25 years ago my dear friend Jim Clark was kind enough to invite me on an adventure of bicycle riding from Seattle to Oakland; at the time I did not know what I was getting into, but the original ride was one of the best vacations I ever experienced. Through Jim and others of the ISA I have come to appreciate the immense value of trees and I simply wish to donate my time and energy to help TREE Fund (http://www.treefund.org/) achieve its mission. I recall the quote by Nelson Henderson: The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Although I may never directly benefit from TREE Fund’s work and mission, I will relish the idea that perhaps my efforts helped others.

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Sue Throop
Receptionist, Pine Ridge Veterinary Clinic

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Cobourg, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I believe that the only way to improve/keep our world and the people in it healthy is to keep the trees alive and the only way to keep the trees alive and thriving is to continue spreading the word, living the word, being the word. Also, I love riding my bike and being with the TREE family!

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Sam VanMaanen
Corporate Sales Manager, Vermeer Corporation

TEAM IOWA

Hometown: Pella, IA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
A really great week of education, entertainment and just spending quality time with some of the finest folks in the industry – all on two wheels…

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Greg Walker
Arborist, Bartlett Tree Experts

TEAM BARTLETT

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To help raise research funds for a safe and healthy urban forest.

 

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Rex Webber
Arborist, Bradley Tree and Landscaping, Inc.

TEAM NEW YORK

Hometown: Holland, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I have had a love for trees all my life and started Bradley Tree and Landscaping over 38 years ago with the goal to properly care for our customers’ trees. I hate to see the decline of our large trees such as the American Chestnut, American Elm and now the Ash. If I can help to raise money for research by riding my bike, which I also love, I’m in!

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Derrick Wells
Arborist Representative/Local Manager, Bartlett Tree Experts

TEAM SOUTHERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Estill, SC

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
2017 marks my 23rd year in the tree care industry and my 7th participating in the STIHL Tour des Trees. I ride to support research and education. It’s the perfect opportunity to ride big miles with friends while giving back to the industry that’s been so good to me and my family.

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Tom Wolf
VP Business Development, The Davey Tree Expert Company

TEAM SOUTHERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I’m riding in the Tour des Trees again this year to be part of something awesome. Helping to promote awareness of the benefits of trees while riding a bicycle with interesting people is a great way to spend a few days.

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