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SOFO is very happy to announce our November Business of the Month

Bill Miller & Associates

Congratulations to Bill Miller & Associates — the award-winning Hamptons Arborists headquartered in Water Mill, New York

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Bill Miller & Associates was founded in 1986 by Chairman Emeritus and SOFO Board Trustee Bill Miller to bring premier tree, shrub and hedge care to the discerning gardens of the East End. BMA and SOFO share a deep appreciation for the South Fork’s unique natural environment, and are both actively engaged as responsible caretakers of our community.
BMA's team of 16 employees embodies the spirit of physical work enhanced with artistry and creativity. BMA’s leading arborists specialize in pruning that maximizes the potential of design-driven landscapes for clients to effortlessly experience the natural beauty of their gardens.  Says new company president and CEO David Beard, “BMA does not look to prune individual specimens; we prune whole gardens. We take a holistic view of ‘The Garden’ as a unified, living, breathing, developing entity. We tend to the trees with love, promoting the understanding of woody plants and appreciation of trees and their allies, namely shrubs, vines and hedges. Our purpose is cultivating the pleasure and comfort our clients’ harvest from their gardens.  Artistry is practiced by seeing what is there, understanding how it came to be, foreseeing where it is going, visualizing what it could be, persuading and educating why this is a worthy effort and lastly, executing on the incremental steps towards a shared vision.”


“SOFO is very happy to welcome Bill Miller & Associates as our November Business of the Month,” says SOFO Executive Director Frank Quevedo. “The BMA team is passionate about its work, and brings integrity and a love of nature to all they do.” Adds President & CEO David Beard, “we are thrilled to continue our company’s long standing support of SOFO, and the exceptional programming and initiatives that the museum offers year-round.  As we enter our 35th year, we are honored to be enhancing the natural beauty of the discerning gardens of the East End, and we are proud to be associated with the wonderful work of SOFO.”   

Bill Miller & Associates Celebrates its 35th Anniversary with New Owners
As BMA enters its 35th year, it is pleased to announce its new owners, David Beard, President & CEO, who moved to Sag Harbor sixteen years ago; partner Matt Hartline, who was born and still resides in Southampton; and Cristina Thorp, who serves as BMA’s CFO, purchased the company from Founder Bill Miller late last year.  Bill Miller currently serves as BMA’s Chairman Emeritus. Through the transition, BMA has retained all or its clients and acquired new ones, and has retained all of its staff, hiring two new young BMA-ers.  The company has recently emerged from a voluntary, 49 day suspension of its field operations during COVID in order to ensure the safety of its clients and staff.  

For more information, please contact David Beard at, 631-725-1571.  BMA’s website is currently under construction.

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