A Talk in the Trees with ‘the badhans’.

Hans J. Tielmann, CTSP, CIC is an arborist and social media marketer from New Jersey. Hans is the owner of Pine Valley Tree Service, PVTS a family run business, that has been owned and operated by his father for over 40 years. Most Recently, he started a second business Bad Media LLC., a digital marketing company assisting clients in creating engaging online content for the tree care industry. His main goal is to help his clients overcome the challenges and misconceptions of “modern marketing”. A tech savvy graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hans is passionate about trees. He and his crew promote safe and effective techniques in their everyday duties by using modern equipment matched with comprehensive strategy. Ever the tree tactician, Hans’s passion carries over into the world of social media. As an industry contributor, he exhibits his love for what he does best. As his Instagram shows, Hans promotes fun and effective educational posts as well as behind the scenes posts for his audience. With the majority of his audience being in the tree care industry, he has a long-term goal of expanding into the consumer market. Hans also strives to improve safety standards without using fear as a motivator. Hans was a winner of the 2015 & 2016 TCIA Professional Communications Awards for Social Media. Also winning the 2016 Industry Website Award for www.pinevalleytree.com.

To the questions…

1. I became an Arborist because…
I grew up following my fathers business 24/7, he was always really passionate with helping his customers with their trees & yards.  He has owned the business for 42 years and I want to continue his success as a local business owner.

2. My favourite tree is…
White Oak.  (1) in NJ oak trees are one of the most common trees (2) they are an impressive site to see (for a NJ tree) (3) many of the oak trees in my area of NJ are historic, some were planted by America’s first President George Washington.

3. I can’t leave home without…
My cameras.  Documenting the companies performance and expertise by using photography and videography, is not only a great way to promote a better safety culture but it also allows for easy review of efficient climbing techniques and effective ground man duties. Its also beneficial when educating customers by showing examples of similar projects. 

4. The perfect day at work would include…
Coffee, removing an impossible tree, and a hot lunch while filming every second of it.

5. The worst part of my job is...
Hitting a nail with a freshly sharpened chainsaw.

6. The best slice of wisdom I can pass on is...
“Competence not confidence” Never stop learning and always work within your means.

7. If I could hang out in a tree with one person (past/present/living/dead), it would be…
My Dad.

8. The one tree I’d like to climb is…
Any tree with a view.

9. If I wasn’t an arborist I’d be a…
Hollywood Director.

10.  True Tale or Tall Tall Tale?  Once upon a time I…
…went to a house to give a pruning estimate, when I arrived I noticed that the home owner had a very unique landscape preference. Ready for it… he planted 10 artificial Christmas trees in front of his house. Now I have seen artificial flower planting before, but these trees didn’t even have the branches fanned, they were right out of a box. Fortunately, I was happy to see that there were actual trees that needed pruning.

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