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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President

Bidd has been employed with Berkeley County Government since 1998 and managed the vegetation management program for over 15 years. After transitioning from public works to serving the county as the Safety and Risk Manager, he is now Project Manager for the county's Economic Development Division. Bidd's hobbies include hunting, fishing and scuba diving.

Vice President

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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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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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. 

Board Member

Jonathan Black grew up in Lexington, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He joined NaturChem 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. 

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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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Board Member

Greg Boozer is a Sales Representative for Helena Agri-Enterprises specializing in the IVM and Forestry markets.   Greg graduated from Clemson University in 1993 and has over 16 years of experience working with vegetation management in both the Forestry and ROW industry as well as an additional 10 years in wildlife habitat management.   Greg currently lives in Gilbert, SC with his wife Patience and their 3 children Madison, Hayden and Noah.   Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator in SC, NC and GA as well as a SC Certified Prescribed Fire Manager.  

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Board Member

Candace S. Jackson handles the Product Sales Business Development Division for NaturChem Inc. Candace joined NaturChem Inc. in 2019 and specialized in Landscape and Forestry markets. Candace currently lives in West Columbia, SC with her husband Bryan and two children Stone and Stanton Clay. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, hunting, and fishing.

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Board Member

Jamie Johnson has over 30 years of experience in vegetation management. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Arborist and a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional. Jamie is a manager for Xylem Tree Experts.

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Board Member

Lee Love is Field Contractor Coordinator with Aiken Electric Cooperative. In his near 16 year tenure with the Co-op, he spent 14 as a lineman and the last two in vegetation management. Lee holds a SC Commercial Pesticide License and is working towards becoming an ISA Certified Arborist. He enjoys spending time with his family.

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Board Member

William "Tater" Oliver is the Resident Maintenance Foreman for the SCDOT Chester Maintenance Unit. Tater has lived his entire life in Chester, South Carolina. He has worked for SCDOT since 2009, and in his most recent role as Resident Maintenance Foreman since 2020. Tater has a vast knowledge of pesticides and herbicides that he obtained during his time as manager of a local feed and seed store. The knowledge he's obtained for turf, right-of-way maintenance, and bare ground control came from this role as well as his father-in-law's herbicide company in Tennessee. Tater enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his beautiful bride, son, and daughter. He spends most weekends working on the farm with his father, brother, and son.

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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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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).

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Board Member

Clifton White is the Assistant District Maintenance Engineer for SCDOT Engineering District Two. He has been employed with the SCDOT for 24 years. He lives in McCormick, South Carolina. Clifton enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the outdoors.

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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.