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Transmission from the Top: Ready, Set, Hire!

By Ben Keck, Regional Manager As some of you may have heard, CNUC has recently experienced a substantial amount of growth. We began 2019 with approximately 200 employees and within a few months’ time have grown to just under 300 employees. Statistics aren’t my strong suit, but I think that’s about 50% employee growth just more...

Training Tools Spotlight: Challenges of Working in Alaska

By Philip Chen, Manager of Research & Development Calling a work environment harsh or challenging can be a matter of perspective. For most in our industry, the bleakest work environment imaginable involves a cubicle and computer. For others, a cold rainy day. When preparing for my first trip to Alaska to work with Alex Olesen, more...

Field Facts

By Sarah Lilley, Contract Coordinator When I first started as a CUF with CNUC three years ago, I did what I always do when I start a new job: I invited some coworkers to a pub trivia night. What better way to get to know your new peers than over pints, pondering and punny team more...

Your Partner in Innovative Solutions

By Derek Vannice, President As we rebranded the company, we wanted to develop a stronger and more powerful tagline that better represents who we are. With the help of the marketing and communications department, we brought the management team together and discussed our culture and core values. We discussed our focus on continual improvement and more...

Working Alone—The Risks and Rewards of Independent Work

By Ben Keck, Regional Supervisor If you were to ask a consulting utility forester (CUF) what they like most about their job, I can guarantee that most of them will say something related to “working alone and the freedom it provides”. Let’s see if my assumption holds true … When surveyed, one CUF stated, “The more...

An overview of Utility Arboriculture: A Study Guide for the ISA Utility Specialist Exam

By Randall H. Miller, Director of Research and Development In 2007 Sharon Lilly, then with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), approached Asplundh Manager of Technical Services, Geoff Kempter and me to revise the utility specialist study guide, which was five years old at the time. Now, nearly a decade and six project managers later, more...

Consulting Utility Forester Session

Jessica Critchett is a lead consulting utility forester (CUF) with CNUC, working in Tennessee. She joined CNUC in 2014 and has been in her current role since 2016. On January 5, 2018, Randall H. Miller (RHM), CNUC’s director of research, development and industry intelligence, sat down with Jessica (JC) to discuss her career in the more...

Learn to Grow

By Randall H. Miller, Director of Research and Development I started my career in utility arboriculture in the early 1990s during a dynamic period. At that time, many utilities in the United States had decentralized programs that were run by operations managers, light duty linemen or others without arboricultural training. Roundovers were among the unproductive more...

CNUC Promotes Sprinkle and Mathewson to Regional Supervisors

CNUC recently promoted Brian Sprinkle and Mike Mathewson as regional supervisors for the company. These changes went into effect February 1, 2018. Sprinkle has been involved in the industry since 2009, and has worked for CNUC the past three years. In his most recent position as technical applications supervisor, he was responsible for small projects more...

Transmission from the Top: Evolution of the UVM Industry

By Will Porter, Director of Research, Development and Industry Intelligence In a few weeks, I will retire from a 25-year career in utility vegetation management (UVM). I began when it was still okay to climb without being tied into the tree. Before we climbed the trees back then, we took walks down the block to more...