Brian Smith, Georgia Power Company2017-2018 President 2015-2017 Vice President Georgia Power Company
Brian Smith started his career with Georgia Power Company in March 2003. He has worked as a distribution forester in Coastal and Central Regions. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the vegetation maintenance work on 3,500 miles of distribution rights-of-way.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Certified Utility Specialist. Brian is a member of the Utility Arborist Association. He is also a GA State Registered Forester and holds a State of GA Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License. Brian is a graduate of the Dublin – Laurens Leadership Program.
Brian and his wife, Misty, have been married for 10 years and currently reside in Dexter, GA. They have an 8 yr old daughter, Ava, and a 5 yr old son, Boone.
Ben McTier, Townsend Tree Service
2017-2018 Vice President
Townsend Tree Service
Ben McTier started his career with Townsend Tree Service in February 2011. He is currently the Regional Manager for the Southeast Region. This includes oversight of accounts in Georgia and Alabama.
Ben studied business at the University of Georgia and Shorter University. He is an ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist. Ben is a member of the UAA Safety Committee, holds a State of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License and is a CTSP.
Ben and his wife, Patti, currently live in Canton, GA with their two sons.
Jamie Grantham, Past President
Flint EnergiesJamie is currently employed at Flint Energies as Supervisor of Right of Way Maintenance. He has worked as an apprentice lineman for Sumter EMC and as a foreman on right of way crews for 14 years. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, an ISA Certified Utility Specialist, and a licensed pesticide applicator. He is a graduate of the electrical hazard awareness program offered by the National Arborist Association and completed the TVPPA lineman program. Jamie has been called on many times to assist with hurricane damaged areas and has worked as an instructor in GEMC’s Right of Way training program.Jamie and his wife Melissa reside in Ellaville, GA with their daughter.
Chris Horton, Past President
Mark graduated from the West Telfair Academy and began his electric utility career as a first class lineman with Little Ocmulgeee EMC. In his 18 years at Little Ocmulgee, he also held the positions of purchasing agent and safety coordinator. In 1999 Mark joined Georgia Rural Electric Supply Corporation where he is currently employed as a sales representative. Mark holds certifications for Safety and Truck Inspections and has lived and worked in Georgia his entire life.
Georgia Transmission Company
Dan is the territory manager for GA and SC for Crop Production Services/Timberland Division. He has been involved in the agricultural and industrial herbicide business since 1976. He is a member of the SC and GA Vegetation Management Associations, the SC Aquatic Plant Management Society and the International Society of Arborists. Dan is a Certified Pesticide Applicator holding a commercial license for the state of GA, and is a Certified Arborist with the ISA. He is a past president and current board member of the GVMA and was instrumental in getting the GVMA established having been involved since it’s beginning. Dan and wife, Peggy, reside in Augusta, GA. email@example.com
Eddy Yarbrough has been employed at Sawnee EMC for 22 years, with 19 of those years in the right of way department. Eddy is an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Utility Specialist. He has been married for 17 years and has two daughters that are 14 and 18 years of age. Eddy is currently the Right of Way Specialist for Sawnee EMC and handles all of the right of way maintenance activities.
Phillip Graduated from ABAC in Tifton Georgia with an Associate Degree in Agriculture Engineering and the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Agriculture. Phillip worked with the USDA Soil Conservation Service from 1978 until 1983. He then worked for Thiele Kaolin Company from 1983 until 1989 in the Land Department. In 1989, Phillip started his career with The Department of Transportation as a drafter. He was then promoted to District Environmentalist in 1993. He worked as District Environmentalist until March of 2004. Phillip served as the District Roadside Enhancement Manager for District Two, which includes twenty eight counties in East Central Georgia, until February 2007. Phillip is currently the District Environmental Compliance Engineer in charge of all vegetation management in District Two. Phillip has a Commercial Pesticide Applicators License and is a Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Level 1 Certified Professional Worksite Erosion Control Supervisor as well as a Department of Transportation Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Worksite Supervisor
Tom graduated from West Virginia University in 1978 with a B.S. in Wood Science/ Wood Industries. He began employment with a Wood Technology Consulting Firm located in Ft. Collins, Colorado from 1978 until 1987. He then joined Osmose in the Spring of 1987 and is currently Director – Sales with responsibilities mainly in Georgia and SE Tennessee. Tom is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Georgia Pesticide License in both Wood Treatment and Right of Way Pest Control and is a member of several professional organizations. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Norman has been in the power distribution industry for more than 25 years. He started out doing contract line work then took a job as a lineman with the Water, Gas and Light Commission of Albany GA in 1989. He is currently the Light Director and is in charge of all Light Department Operations including Vegetation Management. Jimmy is an ISA Certified Arborist, Georgia Licensed Pesticide Applicator and has been on the GVMA Board since 2008. Jimmy also serves on the Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo Executive Committee and is the 1st Vice President of the Southwest Georgia Sportsman Club. He is married and the proud parent of a step-daughter and twin sons.
Darrel is an IVM Sale Specialist with Dow AgroSciences, primarily working in the Forestry market. Before joining Dow early in 2001, he spent 10 years selling and marketing Monsanto products in the Aquatic, Turf and Utilities markets. Darrell holds a BS degree from the University of Dayton and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University. email@example.com
Gary is an ISA Certified Arborist, Georgia Licensed Pesticide Applicator and is employed with Crisp Power.
Helena Chemical Company
Kyle is currently the forester for Sawnee EMC where he has been employed since January 2014. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Certified Utility Specialist. He also holds a State of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License. He is married with three children and resides in Cumming, Georgia.