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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

Advisory

Terry Smith

President

 

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".

Jonathan Black

Advisor

 

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 and is now the Advisor. He enjoys spending time with his family, church events, coaching, golfing, hunting, and fishing.

Dan McMillan

 

Dan McMillan is the Territory Manager for Crop Production  Services, Timberland Division over SC and GA. Dan was an original member of the SCVMA, and is still an active member of both the South Carolina and Georgia VMA's. He is a Certified Arborist and member of the ISA and the  SC EPPC. He resides in Augusta, GA.

Cordy Williamson

 

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. 

Thomas Reeder

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. 

Jimmy Walters

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).

Bidd Smith

Vice President

Bidd has been employed with Berkeley County Government since 1998 and has managed the vegetation management program for the last 15 years. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and scuba diving.

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. 

Jamie Johnson

 

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.​

Buddy Parker

 

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.

 

Benjamin Blanks, Jr.

 

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

 

Billy Nowlen

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.

 

Dusty Turner

Dusty is the District Maintenance Engineer for SCDOT District 2. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and joined the SCVMA Board in 2018.

Jennifer Gruber 

Executive Director

 

Jennifer has been the district vegetation manager for SCDOT District 6 since 2004. She graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Horticulture. She is an ISA Certified Arborist qualified in tree risk assessment and an SC licensed pesticide applicator.  Jennifer lives in Reevesville with her husband and three children.