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In January 2021, Texas Tree Surgeons was certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). This recognition, along with our certification as an Historically Underutilized Business by the State of Texas, is not just another certificate we can hang on our wall, but is an external sign of what is key to our life as a company — that we are woman-owned and women-managed. Those of you who have worked with Texas Tree Surgeons in the past, especially our long-time customers, will not be surprised to learn that Texas Tree Surgeons is woman-owned and operated. Newer customers, however, may not be aware that we pride ourselves on having female leadership, something that distinguishes us from many other companies in the tree care industry.

Woman-Owned Since 2010

Our owner, Amy Langbein Heath, began at Texas Tree Surgeons (then called Dallas Tree Surgeons) as an arborist. After just a few years, however, she was overseeing the operations of the company, as the then-owner had moved away. In 2010, Amy purchased Texas Tree Surgeons, and we became 100% woman-owned. Since taking over, Amy has expanded every aspect of the company, increasing the number of ISA Certified Arborists from two to seven, diversifying services to include year-round plant health care programs, and moving from a home office to a three-acre facility in Garland, Texas. In 2019, Amy became the first woman in Texas to attain the ISA Board Certified Master Arborist credential, the pinnacle of the tree service profession. Amy’s passion for tree care and love for her community have led to her election to the Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council and the International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter Board of Directors. Her commitment to excellence in her industry and her unfailing support of her Texas Tree Surgeons family has created a corporate culture of trust, personal attention, and work-life balance that is unparalleled. Amy’s motto for Texas Tree Surgeons has always been “We Love Trees,” but her employees, customers, and community know that Amy’s compassion extends much further than that.

Amy was a guest on the Common Threads podcast on January 21, 2021. Check out her interview for more on her story and her business philosophy!

A Culture of Female Leadership

As part of her vision for Texas Tree Surgeons, Amy has cultivated an environment that encourages personal growth, rewards continuing education, and emphasizes individual success. In this mission, Amy has been supported since day one by Jade Nowell, our operations manager. Jade joined Texas Tree Surgeons in 2007 and soon began the hands-on management of the day-to-day operations of the company. In the early days, Jade spoke to every customer on the phone and dispatched arborists and crews with hand-written schedules. As we have expanded, technology has streamlined much of the scheduling process and new co-workers have assumed some responsibilities, but Jade is still the organizational nerve center of Texas Tree Surgeons. Whether it is customer communication, crew management, or arborist support, Jade keeps the company’s operations functioning and ensures that every customer receives exceptional service and every team member is able to succeed.

Joining Amy and Jade in caring for your trees is Hannah Edinburgh, Texas Tree Surgeons’ managing arborist and the second woman in Texas to become an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (after Amy!). In addition to providing excellent customer service, Hannah helps coordinate arborist services and pricing, advises on our plant health care and tree service protocols and programs, and is passionate about continuing education. She recently completed the American Society of Consulting Arborists’ Consulting Academy and is in the process of becoming a Registered Consulting Arborist.

In addition to our female leadership, we are proud to hire female arborists, plant health care technicians, and office staff! Lindsey Brammer is our longest-tenured ISA Certified Arborist and has a loyal customer base that relies on her knowledge and is enriched by her outgoing personality. Andrea Davies started as a receptionist, but has become an expert on the behind-the-scenes organization of our plant health care programs. Emily Long has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 2015 and is not only only outstanding at sales, but is able to develop a personal connection with her clients. Joy Kinney also started in the office, but moved into a field position and is now one of our highly-skilled plant health care application technicians. Sarah Garcia is the newest member of our team, and has proven to be invaluable in managing customer communication, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We value all the members of our Texas Tree Surgeons family, but we are especially thankful for all the strong, intelligent women who want to find a career in a field traditionally dominated by men.

Outside of the Texas Tree Surgeons, Amy strives to support women interested in arboriculture and related fields, as well as organizations that highlight the important role of women in not only the tree care industry, but all areas of business. If you know a woman who is interested in what an arborist does, or what careers are available in tree care, let Amy know! She is always happy to pass on the knowledge she has gained over the past decade.