BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The South Carolina Vegetation Management Association is managed by a Board of Directors. The voting membership of SCVMA elects new board members each year at the Annual Conference. The Board of Directors consists of members who are active in the field of vegetation management, and are members of SCVMA in good standing. It is the goal of SCVMA to have a diverse Board of Directors, seeking representation in the following areas: Electric, Gas, & Communication Utilities; South Carolina Department of Transportation; Municipalities; Natural Resources; Manufacturers/Distributors; University; Contractors; At Large; and Advisory.

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BIDD SMITH

President

Bidd has been employed with Berkeley County Government since 1998 and managed the vegetation management program for over 15 years. He is currently the Safety Specialist for Berkeley County Safety and Risk Management. Bidd's hobbies include hunting, fishing and scuba diving.

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TERRY SMITH

Advisor

Terry has been employed at Duke Energy for 34 years, 18 of which have been in Vegetation Management.  He and his wife of 41 years, Nancy, live in Piedmont, SC.  They have a daughter, Kelly and a son, Brady;  two grandchildren, Jud and Gracie.  He loves fishing, especially with the 2  "grands".

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ADAM BRADSHAW

Treasurer

Adam is the Superintendent of Vegetation Management for Berkeley Electric Cooperative.  After graduating from Clemson University with a BS in Forestry and a minor in Urban Forestry, Adam has gained over 15 years of experience in forestry and natural resource environments.  He is an ISA certified arborist and SC licensed pesticide applicator.  He lives in Moncks Corner, SC, with his wife and three kids and enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors. 

JONATHAN BLACK

Board Member

Jonathan Black grew up in Lexington, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He joined Natur Chem in March of 2009 and currently handles business and personnel development. Jonathan joined the SCVMA Board of Directors in 2013. He enjoys spending time with his family, church events, coaching, golfing, hunting, and fishing. Jonathan is known for 

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BENJAMIN BLANKS

Board Member

Benjamin currently serves Francis Marion University as the Director of Facilities Support. Previously, he was the Asset Manager for Charleston County Public Works for over 10 years. Prior to that he served South Carolina Department of Transportation for 16 years in District’s five, six, and seven.  Benjamin is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a BS in Civil Engineering Technology. He is a certified Master Gardener and licensed herbicide applicator in category 6 and 3. Benjamin serves on the Board of Directors for the Lowcountry Branch of American Public Works Association; Father to Father, Inc.; and South Carolina Vegetation Management Association.  He is married with three children.  Benjamin enjoys running, tennis, fishing, gardening and helping others.

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GREG BOOZER

Board Member

Greg is a sales representative for Helena Agri-Enterprises. 

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JAMIE JOHNSON

Board Member

Jamie Johnson has 28 years of experience in vegetation management. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Arborist and a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional. Jamie currently works for Carolina Tree Care out of Concord N.C. as a Regional Manager, and has been on the SCVMA Board for 2 years.​

BILLY NOWLEN

Board Member

Billy is from Camden, SC and he retired from the SC Department of Transportation in July-2016 with 32 years service, 26 in Vegetation Management. He is a current board member of the SCVMA, a member of Kershaw County Forest Landowners Association, and a life member of the Quality Deer Management Association. Billy is a Stewardship Forest Owner and a Certified Tree Farmer. He was selected as the District 2 Tree Farmer of the Year in 2014 and is a Licensed Pesticide Applicator in 6 categories. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time on Lake Wateree.

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BUDDY PARKER

Board Member

Buddy is a right-of-way coordinator for Horry Electric Cooperative. He has been with Horry Electric for 17 years. Buddy started his career at Asplundh Tree where he worked his way up to general foreman. He is a SC Certified Pesticide Applicator.

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THOMAS REEDER

Board Member

Thomas is a native of Camden, SC and a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Turfgrass Management.  He has been a full time employee of Modern Turf in Rembert, SC for four years as the Operations Manager of Modern Turf Care.  He and his wife reside in Camden, SC with their cat and two dogs.  Thomas’ passion for the outdoors and natural resources is what attracted him to the SCVMA and he is honored to serve on its board of directors. 

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DUSTY TURNER

Board Member

Dusty is the District Maintenance Engineer for SCDOT's District 2 Region. Covering Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda Counties; this region is considered the Lakelands area of South Carolina.

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JIMMY WALTERS

Board Member

Jimmy retired from the South Carolina Forestry Commission with over 40 years of service in various aspects of forestry, including forest management, fire control, administration, community development and urban forestry. He served as Regional Urban Forester for the Piedmont Region of South Carolina, and became the interim Program Coordinator for the Commission’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Jimmy is a Certified Arborist with the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and is an ISA* Approved Instructor for the TRAQ course. He operates Urban Forest Advisors, LLC, an urban forestry consulting firm specializing in training. Jimmy has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Clemson University, Class of 1971. He is a member of Trees SC, the SC Green Industry Association, the SC Vegetation Management Association (Board of Directors) and the Southern Chapter, ISA (President-Elect).

CORDY WILLIAMSON

Board Member

Cordy is an ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Forester and acting Senior Vegetation Management Specialist with Duke Energy, where he holds the longest running tenure as an employee. Cordy’s record is at 55 years and counting. He is a talented pilot, a master on the grill, and a pretty good fisherman - though that fact is still yet to be determined. Cordy brings with him countless years of vegetation and utility experience, along with an exceptional recipe for chicken bog. 

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