16: Interview with Tim Morris (Park City Tree)

July 27, 2020
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Today Ete sits down with Tim Morris of Park City Tree.

Tim Morris has found success in a lot of places. As a kid, he learned how to work hard, a starting place for a lot of the entrepreneurs we've talked to. That industriousness, coupled with being in the right place at the right time, has helped him prosper in some wildly diverse and unique fields. When we say "diverse," we mean diverse. He's helped build flourishing businesses in the roofing industry, the tree care and landscaping industry, found some success in the entertainment industry, and is now involved in a company creating nuclear isotopes. And when we say "unique," we mean unique. At one point, Tim was poised to become a professional Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas. And the coincidences, the chance meetings and unexpected doors that have opened to feed these successes, the part about being in the right place at the right time, are unbelievable, but just crazy enough to be true.

Tim Morris, as a young man, spent some time in VA and FL, but eventually came to call southern California his home. He had a close relationship with his grandfather, a contractor, and Tim got the chance to work side-by-side with him. As he worked construction with his grandfather, Tim found that he really liked the idea of being his own boss. At 12, he and his older brother started a landscaping business, where he learned how to work with a variety of clients with a variety of personalities. He spent summers repairing his grandmother's house in Mississippi. He worked in a fish house and then in fast food. And of course, all of these experiences helped him learn what it means to work hard, and gave him the chance to develop the work ethic that has served him throughout his life.

After serving a mission in Michigan, Tim and his brother started a roofing company. The timing couldn't have been better. The houses in the area, having been built at the same time, all needed their shake roofs replaced at the same time and Tim and his brother were there to do the job. The company grew quickly and Tim found that he was making 10 times what his college-educated friends were making. But he also learned just how much stress can be involved in running your own company.

In a complete change of direction, Tim then made his way to Nashville hoping to break into the country music scene. Tim had previously been a legitimate Elvis impersonator (we've seen him perform and he really is that convincing). With talent and the good fortune of having major opportunities fall in his lap, along with having made an important contact in the industry, Tim found himself on the cusp of signing with a major record label. The deal fell through after a shake up in the label. But in the interim, he had scored a major victory in finding and marrying his wife, Hannah. He moved back to CA, started a family, and helped the roofing company to grow. All of these experiences had taught him that doors could be opened in the most unexpected places and ways. He found that these experiences were each a stepping stone to greater wisdom, and sometimes, greater success. He gained faith that the doors would continue to open for him.

And they did. In 2016 Tim got the chance to partner in Park City Tree, and he was soon able to buy the company outright. He moved his family to Heber and became a certified arborist. Once again, the pieces fell into place. Park City Tree has done extremely well and continues to attract clients and maintain a great reputation in the area. Trees have become a true passion for Tim. For him there is nothing better than taking a dying tree and making it a thriving tree. And in yet another example of opportunities opening up to him, Tim has been asked to serve on the board of directors for a company that makes isotopes that will be used to help cancer patients.

The most amazing quote I've ever heard. You can't get better than this. Keep going with it.

- Enzo Whipple

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