In our latest Life at Height blog post, we invite you to meet Brandon Culpan, an arborist at Brothers in Arms Tree Service, a veteran owned and operated tree care business that serves Florida's Emerald Coast. Brandon entered the tree care industry 4 years ago by way of his best friend who introduced him to climbing. He absolutely loves seeing happy customers, and that's why customer satisfaction is the number one thing that he loves about his job. He also enjoys "tackling trees that make me think and coming up with a solution to solve the problem."
Brandon shares his craziest storm story. In September 2020, Hurricane Sally hit Pensacola, Florida—and Brandon was busy to say the least! "We had so many crane jobs every day for about 2 months straight," he adds.
So, how does Brandon manage the crazy and unpredictable work schedule? He says, "My other half keeps me in line! No matter what, she has my back. And here's a tip for colleagues in the trade, Brandon stays connected to his family and friends by spending quality time whenever he is home and he also makes sure to not bring the frustrations of work home to them.
Brandon shares some of his favorite products from J.L Matthews that help him to get his job done. "First of all, I enjoy hearing about safety tips from other climbers, and I really love J.L. Matthews' chainsaw chaps. I've had 4 pairs of them and I use them daily!"
For anyone who is considering joining the arbor care industry, here's some advice from Brandon: "Start on the ground first before before you become a production climber."
At J.L. Matthews, we are a family-owned business since 1946 and are your one-stop shop for linemen, ironworkers, and arborists. We get it that every project is unique when you're living life at height. In this blog series, we will cover everything from the craziest storms lineman, arborists or ironworkers have worked to how they keep in touch with loved ones while they are away. We'll even ask them to offer tips to those who are interested in joining the trade.