Our Story

Over thirty years ago, a group of successful landscape industry veterans created an entity to provide their community with specialized business services. The type of services they knew from years of experience were needed to thrive in the business: Insurance, OSHA compliance, Legal and HR Consultation, Safety Training, Vehicle and Equipment Financing, and more.

Since that time, Golden Oak Co-operative (now known as the Green Industry Co-Op), has helped the Green Industry grow and prosper, by playing a substantial role in supporting and giving back to the industry and its Members. And, it’s not just about longevity and tradition, it’s about professionalism, quality, integrity and service. Just ask the thousands of Co-Op Members who have benefited from accessing a world-class assortment of relevant services.

Not only that, our California based Members can receive an equity payment upon retirement and those Members who are insured by our endorsed insurance provider LCIS, can receive significant annual rebates.

So we encourage any member of the green industry, including landscape contractors, tree trimmers, nursery owners, and others to CONNECT with your industry peers and join the Green Industry Co-Op. We’re a community of industry people helping each other with invaluable services, peer advice, support and friendship.

Look around this website and see if you would like to join us. We’d love to have you as a part of our green industry family.

Our Family of Companies


Our Team

The Board of Golden Oak

Tim Nord

Chairman, President & CEO

Pete Dufau

Chairman/Birch Financial

Ron Dietz

Chairman/Finance Committee

Mickey Strauss


Barry Cohen



Ken Chase

Barry Cohen

Sarah Corbin

Ron Dietz

Pete Dufau

Tom Ellington

Rene Emeterio

Lebo Newman

Tim Nord

Mickey Strauss

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