The East Coast was recently reminded what high winds and heavy rains can do when Hurricane Sandy visited us in late October. Some areas in New Jersey and New York are still in need of help. Northern Virginia, while it was not the hardest hit area, experienced a lot of damage mainly due to fallen limbs and trees.

With so much attention recently placed on the impact of this historic storm, we felt this would be a great time to re-visit a previous spotlight personality from a few years ago. In the aftermath of this hurricane, he became one of the most popular people in the region since he was an arborist – a tree care specialist. For many in the area, it was Jim Wentink to the rescue!

Jim Wentink, of Family Tree Care, has spent that past 30 years caring for the needs of homeowners and commercial facilities in Northern Virginia. As a Certified Arborist with the International Society for Aboriculture (ISA) he is the one to call whether you are facing storm damage or simply the normal care of the trees on your property.

With all of our local damage, Jim’s understanding of tree care became an important part in the recovery of anyone’s property. During an interview he gave us a few years ago, he shared some important insights that underscore why it’s important to hire a certified arborist.

“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.”

Family Tree Care offers tree trimming, pruning, and take-downs, as well as tree and stump removal. Not only does Jim do first-class work, knowing the proper techniques to do a superb job, he also prides himself in excellent customer service.

With his signature orange hat always with him, Jim makes sure people know that he is always committed to safety first for his crew and his clients.

That orange hat also shows up at the many networking events Jim attends through BNI, where he is a member of the Vienna Biznet and the Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce.

Originally from Salisbury, New York, Jim moved to Northern Virginia in 1979 from South Carolina where he truck farmed tomatoes with his father. He is a graduate of Parsons College and attended graduate school at Clemson University.

Early in his life, Jim worked with a different kind of axe. He was a saxophonist, along with playing other woodwinds, 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. He still enjoys playing the sax (as well as clarinet) and is a member of the Annandale Saxophone Ensemble, which has performed in the Navy Invitational Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University.

A championship wrestler during his years of high school, college and grad school, his current interests include skiing, ice-skating and travel. When asked if there might be something people wouldn’t know about him, he said that he was the Mid-Atlantic Chapter ISA Tree Climbing Champion in 1987.

Jim has been a faithful customer of Tysons Auto Specialties for around five years, and met Tom Ivey through Vienna Biznet, the BNI chapter to which they both belonged. “Nothing has really changed since the last time we talked. I still use Tysons Auto Specialties,” Jim states. “I know the work will be done right and on-time”

“My truck and my personal vehicles are all maintained by Tysons Auto. I get such great personalized service, there’s no reason to go anywhere else!”

For more information or to get in contact with Jim Wentink and Family Tree Care, you can email him at

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