Sam Hill celebrates 20th year anniversary
Sam Hill Tree Care is pleased to announce a major milestone in the history of the company as they celebrate their 20-year anniversary. The company has distinguished itself in the tree care industry by emphasizing continuing staff education while applying the latest scientific advancements.
“I was always interested in how science could be applied to the tree care industry,” said Sam Hill, founder of the business.
But while Hill excelled in his high school biology and chemistry classes and was passionate about scientific technology he quickly realized that he wanted to apply that knowledge to the outdoors and knew that he could never be confined to a classroom.
After gaining valuable field experience with Lambert’s Landscape Company in Dallas, Hill received his Arborist Certification and opened Sam Hill Tree Care in 1998.
During the first years of the company, Hill’s commitment to education and study was demonstrated by serving as an adjunct professor at Richland Community College. “I would spend all day in the field and then find myself in front of a classroom at night,” he said.
It didn’t take long for Hill to realize that other tree care companies weren’t as committed to training their employees or using new technology to better serve their clients. In fact, only about 25 percent of tree care professionals currently approach the business from a scientific aspect, according to Hill.
“It’s really important for me to provide the best care for trees that we know that science will allow,” Hill said.
When the ISA Board Certified Master Arborist program was in its infancy, Hill was approached to be involved in the BETA program, but declined.
“Probably one of my great regrets,” said Hill. “But I had too much going on and didn’t get involved in the earlier stages of development.”
However, he amended for that regret by attaining his ISA certification as a Board Certified Master Arborist in 2011.
Sam Hill’s educational commitment goes beyond his own training to mentorship and staff development.
Even as Hill serves on the American National Standards Institute A300 Committee to assist with national tree care standards, another Sam Hill Tree Care arborist, Andrew Wimmel, also serves on the Z133 committee. It is uncommon for two members of the same company to sit on these committees.
Hill joined the Tree Care Industry Association at very beginning of his business, but it wasn’t until he attended their 2013 conference that he became one of eight founding members of the association’s “Peer-to-Peer Group.” Participants from across the country meet quarterly to share resources, training, and experiences.
“A lot of tree care businesses don’t invest in training like this,” Hill said. “But our commitment to ongoing training has made Sam Hill Tree Care the reliable company it is today.”
Over the years, Hill formed relationships with specialists to provide continual education for the Sam Hill Tree Care team. Such as enlisting recently retired Dr. Ed Gilman from the University of Florida to share his expertise in hurricane resistant planting and tree care.
“While we may not have hurricanes in Dallas, a lot of the same techniques can be applied to thunderstorm preparation,” Hill said.
Hill also consults regularly with tropical ornamental horticulture expert Dr. Timothy K. Broschat and tree decay and preservation experts Dr. Christopher Luley of the American Society of Consulting Arborists.
Hill is currently completing the Conscious Leadership Program presented by Aileron in Dayton, Ohio. The program aims to strengthen America’s entrepreneurs through the emphasis of leadership skills, client care, corporate values, and mentoring.
This is yet another example of Sam Hill Tree Care’s commitment to excellence in industry standards, continuing education and scientific advancement as the company celebrates 20 years of service in the tree care industry.
“I want to ensure that my business outlasts me,” said Hill. “It’s not important that I’m remembered, but that the values and customer service of Sam Hill Tree Care continue serving the industry into the future.”