About Us

About Us

Since 1990, the Golden Oak Family of Companies has dedicated itself to helping the Green Industry grow and prosper, by playing a substantial role in supporting and giving back to the industry and its members.

When it comes to insurance, our affiliate company, Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc., (LCIS) helps its customers by offering premium financing through Birch Financial, Inc. However, many LCIS customers don’t know that Birch Financial Equipment Finance, a division of Birch Financial, can finance their equipment needs as well. In fact, since 2000, Birch Equipment has made over $5 million in loans for new and used landscape equipment.

Birch is a member of the Golden Oak Family of Companies

Golden Oak and its Family of Companies has dedicated itself to helping the Green Industry grow and prosper, by playing a substantial role in supporting and giving back to the industry and its members. In fact, since our inception in 1989, we have distributed over $488,000 in equity shares to retired industry members.  

Click here to visit the Golden Oak Website.

Founded in 1989 by landscapers to provide insurance services to other landscapers, today, Landscape Contractors Insurances Services (LCIS) is licensed in twenty-two states with plans to expand nationwide. In fact, LCIS is the largest independent broker writing landscapers, tree trimmers and nurseries in the Western United States.

Click here to visit the LCIS Website.

Birch offers premium financing to landscape contractors who are insured by LCIS. Birch also has an equipment financing division, which provides competitive business financing to members of the Green Industry for new or used mowers, tractors, trenchers and vehicles.

Please look around this website.

Oak Creek offers personal insurance to commercial customers of LCIS and others, including auto, home, group health and life benefits available from leading, nationwide carriers rated ‘A’ by AM Best.

Click here to visit the Oak Creek Website.

Members of the Birch Financial, Inc. Board:

  • Pete Dufau, Chairman of the Board/CEO
  • Nelson Colvin, President
  • Mickey Strauss, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Kim Ayala, COO

 Directors:

  • Ken Chase
  • Barry Cohen
  • Sarah Corbin
  • Ron Dietz
  • Pete Dufau
  • Tom Ellington
  • Rene Emeterio
  • Lebo Newman
  • Tim Nord
  • Mickey Strauss