Ken is the owner of First Choice Tree Care and has over 30 years experience in the tree care profession. He holds a B.S. in forestry from UW-Stevens Point and a M.S. from Michigan State University. Ken is past president of both the 700+ member Wisconsin Arborist Association and the 16,000+ member International Society of Arboriculture. He received the ISA President's Award in 1989, WAA Distinguished Service Award in 1991, WAA Honorary Lifetime Member Award in 1996, and the ISA Award of Merit in 2003. He is also an Honorary Life Member of ISA. Ken currently serves on the Governor's Forestry Council, Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, and Tree Research & Education Endowment fund (TREEfund). He has spent most of his career mentoring urban forestry/arboriculture professionals by promoting membership and active participation in industry organizations, and investment into continuing arboricultural research.