Vermont Business Magazine A local family-owned business is being recognized by the federal government for its 40 years of growth. DJ's Tree Service, owned and operated by Jim and Lisa Myers, has been named the 2019 Vermont Family-Owned Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration. The company is one of the largest professional tree care, removal and restoration services in northern Vermont and the Burlington area.
Jim Myers and his then business partner Dean Bumstead started the business in the 1970s with only a truck, a chain saw and a few basic hand held tools. The two were groundskeepers at the University of Vermont who often performed tree service as side work, but then decided to strike out on their own.
Today the business is a multimillion-dollar enterprise occupying a 10,000 square foot facility on Depot Road. DJ's Tree Service has 16 employees and a large fleet of vehicles and heavy equipment, including cranes, log loaders, chippers, skid steers, bucket truck, excavators and stump grinding equipment.
The company is capable of removing hundreds of trees in a day. They recently expanded their operation when they turned a long-term problem into a win-win situation. When removing a client's tree, DJ’s Tree Service would often run into the problem of disposal. So the Myers purchased a large waste wood reduction machine. This Bandit Beast recycler is capable of processing large unusable waste wood, creating high-quality mulch, which is then sold to residential or commercial clients. This machine can process tree/land clearing debris right down to the stump as well as processing construction debris.
It is a true family enterprise. All three of the Myers' children are involved in the business. Their sons work at DJ's fulltime. Bobby is a foreman/crane operator and Jacob is an estimator/equipment operator. Their daughter Jessica works part-time in the office. The succession plan is for them to take over operations in the coming years.
"All of our kids are involved. We have been very fortunate to have had great kids and have them take an interest in the business. Over the past few years, we've increased our sales and have slowly been increasing our number of fulltime employees, when our children take over, I think they are going to really take our business to the next level," said Lisa Myers.
DJ's Tree Service and other small business award winners will be presented their awards during the 2019 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony cohosted by Vermont Business Magazine in June. The ceremony is open to the public and registration will be available in late May.