From November 2001 to present Tim is The Manager of Roadside Vegetation, and Maintenance Rating Program for The Florida Department of Transportation Office of Maintenance. He is responsible for the Quality Assessment, Policy and Procedures for Turf Management statewide. Tim is a Certified Public Manager from Florida State University, and has an Associate in Science Degree from Saint Petersburg College, in Architectural and Building Construction Technology.
Ronnie R. Collins
A Florida Native and Father of 3 boys and husband for 22 years, I have worked in the Utility Line Clearance industry for over 23 years; starting my career in 1989 with Farrens Tree Co, where after 3 years I worked my way to foreperson. In 1994, I was promoted to General Foreperson with Asplundh Tree while working in Fl and Alabama. For the next 7 years, my family and I moved several times and to several different states for the company. I have worked on various utility contracts throughout the U.S and have met many different people over the years. In the spring of 2000, I was promoted to supervisor overseeing several different utility R.O.W jobs in parts of N.M, Ca and Arizona. In Jan of 2004, I moved my family from California back to Florida where I now reside. I am currently Vice president/ manager of operations for Asplundh in parts of Florida. I have been ISA Arborist/Utility certified for over 12 years and have had my Florida Herbicide license for over 7 years. I also currently hold a CPR/1st aid instructor’s license. I am an active Community member in Columbia County where I reside, as a member of the School advisory committee where my son’s attend; as well as work with several other organizations throughout the county in lending my time to assist. I am an avid hunter in my spare time as well as fishing and golfing.
Lindon graduated from Waycross College with a degree in Forestry. For the past 9 years, He has been employed by Florida Power & Light and serving as Sr. Transmission Arborist for the North region for the last 5 years. He has worked for ACRT,Inc , ECI , and The Timber Company. Lindon has been a ISA certified arborist for 9 years as a state certified pesticide applicator for 5 years. This is Lindon’s 3rd year on the Board.
Steve has been employed by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) since 1993, where he is responsible for the planning and implementation of hazardous and exotic vegetation removal, bank stabilization and right of way revegatation projects for more than 2500 miles of the District canals and levees. Additionally, during significant weather events Steve also serves as one of two, emergency debris removal officers for the Districts’ Emergency Operation Center. Prior to SFWMD Steve worked as an assistant golf course/landscape superintendent at a private country club in South Florida and as an area supervisor for a nationally recognized landscape management company. Steve is an active member of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), where he currently serves on the landscape certification committee. Steve received an A.S. degree in Landscape Operations form Lake City Community College (1988), B.S. degree in Landscape Design and Management from Florida A & M University (1991) and an MBA from Columbia Southern University (2012). Steve is also a FNGLA certified Landscape Designer (FDLD) and maintains a FDACS pesticide certification in the categories of right of way and ornamental and turf.
David Hawley is the current President of FVMA . David has worked in the line clearance industry for 18 years with Asplundh Tree Expert Company. He has served prior to that in the United States Marine Corps. David is a Supervisor over Compliance and operations for Asplundh Tree Expert Company in Florida. He is an ISA certified arborist and a Certified Pesticide Applicator. David has been on the FVMA board since 2006.
Jason graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in wildlife biology and forest management in 2001. He has worked as a contract forester for Davey Resource Group with FP&L and Georgia Transmission Cooperation before working for Progress Energy. He is currently the Sr. Transmission Forester for Progress Energy Corporation Northern Area. Jason has been an ISA certified arborist for 8 years and a state pesticide applicator for 5 years. This is his 5th year on the board.
Judd is utility/right-of-way manager for Clear Waters, Inc. He maintains certifications in Aquatic, Natural Areas, and Right-of-Way, and a Florida Master Naturalist. Judd has been a Florida resident for over 40 years with background and experience in wetland mitigation, seashore restoration, and commercial/residential landscape development/design and installation. Judd is a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Avid waterman, Judd enjoys and has been surfing for over 40 years.
J. A. “Andy” Lewis – Andy is a native Floridian, now retired to his small farm in north Florida. He devotes most of his time to hunting, fishing, and travel. He serves as an advisory Director with FVMA, a Property Owners Association and the Quality Deer Management Association. In his forty year plus career he served with the State of Florida Department of Transportation in engineering highway design, construction, and maintenance. He served for the better part of his career as the Engineer of Roadside Maintenance for FDOT Statewide Operations. He also served as the Bureau Chief of Logistical Services with the Division of Law Enforcement Logistical Services of the Florida of Natural Resources and as IVM Manager with Timberland Enterprises. Andy has consulted, owned and managed a custom application company and organized and conducted guided western hunts. He was a Certified Senior Engineering Technician, a Certified Prescription Burner and Certified with FIFRA – the Federal Insecticide Fungicide, Rodenticide Act in Aquatics, Right of Way and Research. He was instrumental in the organizing and formation of the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association (NRVMA) and the Florida Vegetation Management Association (FVMA). He served as the first elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NRVMA the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association. He has served with FVMA as Secretary/Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. Hs is a strong proponent and supporter of the basis for which FEVMA was founded – that being Education in and for the profession and practice of vegetation management!
John MacLaren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 1999 from the University of Florida. He has been employed with NaturChem Vegetation Management since 1999. His position is General Manager of Florida and Gulfcoast Operations. John is a native of Ft. White, Florida and enjoys hunting, farming, and fishing in his spare time. He holds a FDACS commercial applicator license. He has been with the FVMA for the past 3 years.
Dan has been on the board since its foundation and served as President of the Florida Vegetation Management Association 2002 & 2003. Dan graduated with a BS in Agriculture Science specialization in forestry from Penn State University. He has worked as a consulting forester for a variety of utilities throughout the United Stated including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California. He is currently the North Areas Transmission Forester for Florida Power and Light. Dan is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Utility Arborist Association and has maintained his arborist certification for many years. In addition, Dan is a State of Florida Pesticide applicator.
Mr. Maxwell has been involved with utility operations since 1976. He has supervised tree-trimming crews and managed line clearance operations for F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company and Stackhouse Inc, line clearance contractors. Mr. Maxwell has also been Manager of Special Projects with Davey Environmental Services and Vice President for Urban Forestry, Special Projects and Business Development for ACRT, Inc. providing consulting services to municipalities and utilities. Mr. Maxwell’s utility experience includes Division Forester with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, System Forester for Philadelphia Electric Company and Electric System Operations Manager for Gainesville Regional Utilities. Mr. Maxwell has a BA and MA in Plant Ecology and is a Past President of the Florida Vegetation Management Association and past Utility representative for the Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
Billy has been in the vegetation industry for over 15 years. He started his career as vegetation and right of way manager for one of the nation’s largest investor owned utilities. He currently is a general manager for a large herbicide application company. He has served on the board of directors for several NWTF Chapters and is currently the President Elect for the FVMA. Billy has a degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a minor in Forestry from the University of Florida.
Paul (Rocky) Robinson
Paul (Rocky) Robinson is a Certified Arborist and Professional expert in the field of Vegetation Management with 34 years of experience and knowledge of utility line clearing, hazardous tree removals, and storm management. Rocky is the Division Manager for Lewis Tree Service, Inc. in Central and North Florida. He is a member of the Utility Arborist Association, and holds a Commercial Applicator License, State of Florida.
In 1960 Ray Spirnock’s experience with herbicide application began with the South Florida Water Management District where he would eventually serve as Director of Maintenance for the District from 1970 to 1975. Ray went on to serve the State of Florida as Pesticide Administrator from 1975 to 1980. After 20 years with the State of Florida his work in the private sector began.
Ray Spirnock and Complete Vegetation Management, Incorporated; have now been providing quality service to utility companies and the agricultural industry as herbicide applicators for over 30 years. Since 1982 Ray has been working as a private contractor in the Southeastern United States and continues working today in both Florida and Georgia.
Tom is the Owner/Operator of EnviroChem Environmental LLC. Starting in late 2002, through extended family in the industry, he became interested in the field of vegetation management and specialized herbicide application services. He has maintained an FDACS pesticide certification in Aquatic, Natural Areas, and Right of Way and became a certified arborist in 2006 and maintains all his certifications to date.…Read More
Tom is the Owner/Operator of EnviroChem Environmental LLC. Starting in late 2002, through extended family in the industry, he became interested in the field of vegetation management and specialized herbicide application services. He has maintained an FDACS pesticide certification in Aquatic, Natural Areas, and Right of Way and became a certified arborist in 2006 and maintains all his certifications to date. Since starting, his areas of practice and core business have been in dealing with the outdoor advertising industry and vegetation management related issues including permitting and implementation of herbicide application services.
Terrence (Terry) Whitecar
Has been involved with the FVMA since the beginning. Past president (2004 /2005) Terry retired as lead forester (transmission) from Progress Energy Florida in June 2005 with over 35 years of line and rights-of-way experience. Terry hired into Florida Powers’ line dept in November 1969 after serving 4 years in the United States Navy, Submarine Service. He worked 5 years on a distribution line crew then managed distribution tree trimming crews for 5 years. Terry acquired 10 years of distribution engineering experience before moving permanently to transmission as the rights-of-way inspector. He earned an associate degree in Business Administration and Management from St.Petersburg Junior college while working full time. Terry became lead forester responsible for developing an Integrated Vegetation Management program and associated re-clearing contracts on Progress Energy Florida entire transmission system until his retirement from Progress Energy. Terry was hired by UAP Timberland/now CPS as a Utility Specialist for 3 years before retiring a second time.
Terry is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist / Certified Arborist Utility Specialist (FL-O607BU) subscribes to using ecologically sensitive maintenance and management techniques, PHC to maintain plants. Terry holds a Florida Commercial Pesticide Applicators License. He is also a licensed nurseryman with a passion for native tree species. A life long herpetologist, Terry has conducted safety programs on Identifying Florida snakes for more than 45 years.
Trace has spent over 36 years in the Vegetation Management Industry, mostly in aquatic plant management. Trace worked over 18 years as an Aquatic Technician and then Regional Manager for AmerAquatic, Inc, with four offices in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. His career began in 1974 at the Coral Springs Improvement District as an applicator. Then in 1977 moved to the private sector joining Florida Aquatic, which eventually grew out of state becoming AmerAquatic. AmerAquatic was sold in 1995, so a new path led to Helena Chemical Company. Trace spent five years with Helena Chemical Co. as a Florida VM Product Sales Rep, and then one year as the Branch’s Sales Manager. Trace then joined Clear Waters, Inc. in October 2002 as a partner and Vice President taking over responsibility for Sales and Marketing. Since then developing new business in Right of Way Management, Aeration, and Fountain Sales. Trace has been involved with the FVMA as a sponsor and Board member since 1998.