“Just look for the guy in an orange hard hat.” If you were looking for Jim Wentink of Family Tree Care at a local networking event, that’s how you’d find him.

For 30 years Jim has put himself out on a limb, providing tree trimming, pruning, take-downs, removal and stump removal. As a Certified Arborist with the International Society for Aboriculture (ISA), he is definitely the “go-to” guy in Northern Virginia for anything related to trees.

“Just look for the guy in an orange hard hat.” If you were looking for Jim Wentink of Family Tree Care at a local networking event, that’s how you’d find him.

For 30 years Jim has put himself out on a limb, providing tree trimming, pruning, take-downs, removal and stump removal. As a Certified Arborist with the International Society for Aboriculture (ISA), he is definitely the “go-to” guy in Northern Virginia for anything related to trees.

Jim has been a resident of Northern Virginia since 1979, relocating here from Clemson, SC where he truck farmed tomatoes with his dad. Originally from Salisbury, New York, he is a graduate of Parsons College, Fairfield Iowa and attended grad school at Clemson University.

He served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 5th Army Band at Fort Sheridan and the West Point Army Band, West Point, NY in the woodwind section. Jim still enjoys playing the saxophone as well as clarinet and is a member of the Annandale Saxaphone Ensemble which recently participated in the Navy Invitational Saxaphone Symposium at George Mason University.

His other hobbies include skiing (where he tries to avoid trees as much as possible), ice skating and travel.

Jim has a real love for his work, providing first-class customer service and the proper techniques necessary for doing a superb job.

When Jim is not up a tree, you will see him at networking functions with Business Networking International (BNI), where he is a greeter and part of the Membership Committee with Vienna Biznet or with Vienna Tysons Chamber of Commerce. With his orange hard hat, he is always easy to spot!

The physical challenges of being an arborist are among the many reasons he enjoys his profession. A championship wrestler in high school, college and grad school he was the Mid-Atlantic Chapter ISA Tree Climbing Champion in 1987.

When asked what he would really like his present and future clients to know, Jim quickly replied, “Trees don’t heal. They compartmentalize. Everything you do to a tree affects it. To give them the quality care they really need, be sure to hire a reputable arborist.”

“The proper techniques known by certified arborists not only provide greater care for the tree; they also ensure that the work can be accomplished safely and efficiently.”

Jim and his wife, Elise, live in Central Fairfax. He has one child who lives in Kentucky where he runs a landscaping/tree service and another who lives locally and attending college.

He has been a customer of Tysons Auto Specialties for three years, meeting Tom Ivey through their BNI chapter. “I use Tysons Auto Specialties,” Jim states, “because they provide excellent service and the work is done right the first time!”

“Tom and the people at Tysons Auto maintain my truck as well as my personal vehicles. With the personal attention I receive and the extended services they offer, I don’t want to take my vehicles anywhere else.”

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