Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator, Certified Nursery Professional, Certified Arborist, Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Tree Risk Assessor (TRACE), Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)

John W. Wickes is a professionally trained Tree and Landscape Consultant. He has been continuously engaged in his field of expertise since 1983.  Originally, he was trained as an Orchard Worker and then Orchard Manager at Viola Orchards in Monsey, NY.  He continued his education by becoming a Tree Climber and General Tree Work foreman in his family’s business, Rockland Tree Expert Co., Inc. doing business as Ira Wickes/arborists, now as Wickes arborists. Then he moved into a position as a Plant Health Care Technician, maintaining client’s landscapes.

In addition, throughout his college years, he worked seasonally to continue his field training. His levels of expertise increased when he was promoted to Horticultural Consultant, and has been diagnosing and investigating insect, disease and plant health problems since 1988. He became Vice President in charge of sales in 1989 while remaining an active horticultural consultant, and was responsible for designing and implementing the first commercial Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in the Hudson Valley.

Forming a consulting branch in the business in 1990, Mr. Wickes was trained by the New York State Arborists Association and the International Society of Arboriculture to specialize in diagnosing plant problems, establishing tree values and specification writing. He became a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator in 1986, a Certified Arborist in 1990 and a Certified Nursery Professional in 1993. Mr. Wickes attended and graduated from the American Society of Consulting Arborists Academy in 2004, and earned the membership status of Registered Consulting Arborist in March 2008.

In 2010, he continued his education and training by attending the Tree Risk Assessment Course (TRACE), conducted by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, and passed the exam to become a Certified Tree Risk Assessor, and was grandfathered into the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). He attended the training for TRAQ in 2014 and passed the exam to continue his qualification. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Consulting Arborists.

He currently serves as Regional Governor for the New York State Arborists Association, and other numerous professional and service organizations.

Mr. Wickes is licensed and certified in the application of pesticides by New York and New Jersey and can train apprentices, technicians and other applicators, in the latest technology and methodologies.  He also trains and instructs company personnel in identification, diagnosis and remedy of plant health care problems, as well as being an instructor for the company in-house communication and team building program. He is the sole distributor in the United States, of the Arborsonic 3D tomograph, a minimally invasive decay detection device, used in advanced technological assessments of the structural integrity of trees.

Mr. Wickes is the Founding Business Partner and a Mentor, in the Hudson Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH). PTECH is a revolutionary, project-based high school, which also grants two year college degrees at no additional cost to the students. It focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). He was instrumental in obtaining a multi-million dollar grant to start the school and for the genesis of the vocational relationships with local industries. He assists in creating the curriculum, interviewing the staff and students, and mentoring and teaching students. He formed, and continues to grow, the network of the Business Partners and Mentors. These Business Partners and Mentors ultimately provide advice and career paths for the students, into the Business Partner’s and other related industries.

Dean has been working in the green industry for 48 years, having started working for a landscaper when a young teenager.

He has been working exclusively in the tree industry for 42 years, and started with Wickes Arborists in 2003.

He is a Certified Arborist since 1990 and a registered consulting arborist since 2001.

Dean has come to his position as Senior Arborist by working his way up from an entry level position, dragging brush and feeding a chipper, all the way through tree foreman, plant health care technician, IPM technician, and has been an arborist representative since 1989.

Working outside is in Dean’s blood, his father having been a tree climber and landscaper when Dean was a child.

He enjoys working with people to preserve and enhance their green assets.
Dean is married with four grown children, and resides in Orange County, NY, where he enjoys turning wood on a lathe and milling slabs from tree trunks.

His community service endeavors include Nyack Rotary, where he is an active participant in Meals on Wheels and other charitable pursuits.

He is the pastor of Victory Church of God in Walden, NY, where he preaches and leads worship on Sunday, facilitates a Bible study and performs counseling and other pastoral duties.

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