Contributing Virtues of JOHN A. WOLLER

  • WHEREAS, JOHN A. WOLLER founded Summit Specialties in 1981; and has been innovative in the designing of treestands, harnesses and accessories with an emphasis on quality and safety for over twenty-eight years.
  • JOHN A. WOLLER as the representative of Summit Specialties, was one of the founders of the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association and was instrumental in forming its bylaws and charter.
  • JOHN A. WOLLER has served on the Board of Directors of the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association from 1999 to 2009.
  • JOHN A. WOLLER has been instrumental in developing and establishing the standards approved by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association and ASTM.
  • JOHN A. WOLLER has voluntarily served as Chairman of TMA’s Standard Task Force and also appointed as the Technical Adviser for the ASTM Archery subcommittee since their inception.
  • JOHN A. WOLLER has freely given of his time and expertise in reviewing scripts for video productions and other publications to educate and inform the consumer on best treestand safety practices.
  • JOHN A. WOLLER, also known as “THE LAB COAT GUY,” considering his eagerness to influence others; is regarded as a friend by most TMA members and others in the hunting industry.

Contributing Virtues of DR. RAY G. McINTYRE

  • DR. RAY G. McINTYRE purchased Warren & Sweat Treestand Manufacturing Company in 1983.
  • DR. RAY G. McINTYRE, as the owner of Warren & Sweat Treestand Manufacturing Company, was instrumental in the beginning of the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association.
  • DR. RAY G. McINTYRE served as the first President of the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association from 1996 to 1998.
  • DR. RAY G. McINTYRE was instrumental in establishing the first sets of standards approved by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association.
  • DR. RAY G. McINTYRE was innovative in the design and safety of Warren & Sweat Treestands for over thirty-five years.
  • DR. RAY G. McINTYRE wrote articles and books as well as producing videos to inform the public about safety with Treestands.
  • DR. RAY G. McINTYRE retired in 2002 while still being active in the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association.

Contributing Virtues of LORNE “L.J.” SMITH, Jr.

  • LORNE “L.J.” SMITH, Jr. was instrumental in planning and participating in the first organizational meeting for the treestand industry in 1989 and has supported TMA by promoting treestand safety since its inception.

 

  • L.J. SMITH, Jr., was instrumental in producing and publishing one of the first treestand safety videos in 1997 and has freely given of his time and expertise in reviewing scripts for video productions and other publications to educate and inform the consumer on best treestand safety practices.
  • L.J. SMITH, J., has a passion for teaching treestand safety, as a volunteer, faithfully contributed more than 1,000 hours of his time conducting training for instructors and conservation officers in treestand safety and treestand accident investigation.
  • L.J. SMITH, JR., since 2001 has served as consultant, investigator and expert witness in support of manufacturers and retailers in more than 400 hunting and treestand related accidents.
  • L.J. SMITH, JR., has shown a commitment to promote treestand safety by sharing numerous recommendations to manufacturers to enhance product design and also improve the hunter’s safety.

 

  • L.J. SMITH, JR., because of his willingness to serve others, is regarded as a trusted friend by members of the Association and also many in the hunting industry.
  • L.J. SMITH, JR. has represented himself with the utmost of integrity and is respected not only as a professional but also as a person in the treestand and hunting industries.

Contributing Virtues of PAUL MEEKS

  • PAUL MEEKS founded API OUTDOORS in late 1986 introducing the first all-aluminum line of treestands; and has been innovative in designing treestands, harnesses and accessories with an emphasis on quality and safety for over twenty-four (24) years.
  • PAUL MEEKS as representative of API OUTDOORS was one of the founders of the TMA and was instrumental in forming its bylaws and charter.
  • PAUL MEEKS has served on the Board of Directors of TMA from 1997 to Present and is recognized as the longest standing board member serving in various capacities including: President, Vice President and currently Secretary.
  • PAUL MEEKS has been instrumental in developing and establishing the standards approved by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association and ASTM.
  • PAUL MEEKS has lead API Outdoors to be one of the first manufacturers to include a Full Body Harness with their product.
  • PAUL MEEKS has freely given of his time and expertise in reviewing scripts for video productions and lead his company to be one of the first manufacturers to co-package video instructions.
  • PAUL MEEKS has been instrumental in developing and establishing the standards approved by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association and ASTM.
  • PAUL MEEKS lead API Outdoors to be one of the first manufacturers to include a Full Body Harness with their product and also to co-package video instructions.
  • PAUL MEEKS has been actively involved with the TMA not only as a representative for API Outdoors but also Bass Pro Shops as well.

Contributing Virtues of ROBERT “Bob” CALDWELL HICE, SR.

  • ROBERT CALDWELL HICE, SR., affectionately known as Bob Hice, founded in 1981 the Tree Lounge, an innovative design in Treestands.
  • Bob Hice owned and sold the Tree Lounge for over 25 years through direct sales to the public.
  • Bob Hice was not only innovative in the design of the Tree Lounge, but in the instructions, video and safety equipment for the Tree Lounge.
  • Bob Hice was so concerned about treestand safety that in 1996 he contracted with a treestand expert to create a treestand safety video which in no way mentioned his company or product.
  • Bob Hice distributed over 44,000 copies of this video to Hunter Education Instructors, at his cost, and distributed an additional 250,000 of these videos, at his cost, to the State Hunter Education Programs requesting copies.
  • Bob Hice was a member in good-standing of the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association.
  • Bob Hice passed away during the year 2006 while still owning and selling the Tree Lounge Tree Stands.

Contributing Virtues of THOMAS HUGH GALLAGHER (“TOM”)

  • THOMAS HUGH GALLAGHER (“TOM”) was elected to serve on the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (“TMA”) Board as the first representative of the Retailer/Buyer Class in 2003 and has served as Treasurer, Vice President and Board Member for five two-year terms.
  • TOM GALLAGHER was instrumental in the continued support of TMA’s solvency by securing funding for the association from Cabela’s during the association’s infancy.
  • TOM GALLAGHER, while serving on the Board of Directors has encouraged other retailers to become involved with the TMA.
  • TOM GALLAGHER has been instrumental in establishing the TMA standards and their credibility by encouraging Vendor Partners who market their products through Cabela’s to be complaint to industry standards; and,
  • TOM GALLAGHER has been actively involved with TMA by promoting treestand safety and TMA’s charter; and,
  • TOM GALLAGHER has always placed a strong emphasis on safety and product testing; and,
  • TOM GALLAGHER has represented TMA and Cabela’s with the utmost of integrity and is respected not only as a professional but also as a person in the treestand and hunting industry.

TMA Supporting Members

360 Treestands LLC
Academy
Advanced Treestand Technologies
ALTAN Safe Outdoors Inc.
American Association For Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
Ameristep
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Bass Pro Shops
Big Game Treetands (Mainstream Holding)
Cabela’s
Direct Outdoor Products
Family Tradition
Hays Companies
Hunter Safety System
Hurricane Safety Systems
Innopower (HAWK)
Lone Wolf
Millennium Outdoors, LLC
Muddy Outdoors (Mainstream Holdings)
National Bowhunter Education Foundation
Ol’Man Outdoors
Oquirrh Productions, LC.
Out On A Limb Mfg., LLC
Primal Vantage Co. Inc.
Realtree (Jordan Outdoor Enterprizes, Ltd.)
Rivers Edge Treestands, Inc.
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.
Sherpa Hunting
Skyline Safety System
Sniper Treestands
Stress Engineering Services Inc.
Summit Treestands, LLC
Sutter O’Connell
TEC Services, Inc.
The Craft Agency, Inc.
The Sportsman’s Guide
Tree Stand Buddy
TrueNorth Companies
TrueTimber Outdoors Holding Co., LLC
Twisted Timber Treestands LLC
X – Stand Treestands
Xtreme Outdoor Products (XOP)