Arborjet, Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced an expanded role for one of its veteran tree care professionals, Joe Aiken. He’s been named regional technical manager for the Great Lakes region and Canada.
Aiken has over 30 years of experience in the tree care industry. “Joe Aiken has provided valuable insight to help guide a diverse set of clients with their plant health care decisions,” says President and COO Russ Davis.
“He shares our belief in the important goal of tree preservation and the need to educate others on the benefit of environmentally sustainable solutions for maintaining and caring for the world’s urban forests,” Davis added.
Aiken, who joined the Arborjet team in 2001, has worked in all phases of tree care both as a licensed applicator and an ISA certified arborist. He routinely conducts product seminars and presentations on various treatment methods which are attended by arborists, city foresters, plant health care technicians, master gardeners, university extension agents, grounds departments and research personnel.
He will also continue his work as the official Arborjet university liaison identifying the universities that are impactful in setting procedure and policy around trees, shrubs and pests. Part of that job includes establishing relationships to facilitate product trials and cultivate guest speaker and instructional and training opportunities. He has a longstanding relationship with many institutions across the country, including Michigan State University.
Aiken will continue to support Arborjet’s Research Department, assisting universities with tree injection research sites to aid the development of new equipment and formulations for controlling today’s invasive pests. It includes setting up, completing and reviewing product trials and assessing their results accordingly.
He’ll also conduct field trials to better establish the overall potential of our Ecologel and Hydretain products, including taking “before and after” photographs of test sites.
His expanded role will also include distributor training and working with regional technical managers to identify locations that need training. It will also involve scheduling training sessions in a wide range of subjects for industry groups and new customers.
Aiken is a proud founding member of the Arboriculture Society of Michigan Foundation and curator of the Arboriculture Historical Society.