Thomas is as an operator and investor in consumer brands and consumer Internet companies. Since founding ecommerce retailer Balsam Hill, Thomas has launched several other national brands under the Balsam Brands umbrella including pool retailer Backyard Ocean. Prior to founding Balsam Brands, Thomas ran a contract manufacturing company, worked in consumer products marketing, business development, and as a management consultant.

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About Thomas Harman

Thomas is as an operator and investor in consumer brands and consumer Internet companies. Since founding ecommerce retailer Balsam Hill, Thomas has launched several other national brands under the Balsam Brands umbrella including pool retailer Backyard Ocean. Prior to founding Balsam Brands, Thomas ran a contract manufacturing company, worked in consumer products marketing, business development, and as a management consultant.

Thomas Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Our Delightful Castle Peak Pine

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It’s our busy time of year, and as we prepare for our peak season, it can be easy to forget why we do what we do. In the midst of all the busy-ness, I had a truly refreshing experience yesterday.

A media publication contacted us and asked if they could run a story about Balsam Hill, to which we happily obliged. They asked to do a photo shoot with me and one of our trees in a home setting, and since we are so busy, I asked a friend to set up and decorate a tree for the photo shoot. I arrived after all the decorating was done, and found a gorgeously decorated Castle Peak Pine awaiting.

Castle Peak Pine from Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill’s Castle Peak Pine features 100% True Needle™ tips for exceptional realism.

My friend and her daughter were beaming, they were so thrilled with how great the tree looked. It was the first time they’d set up a Balsam Hill tree, and they bashfully admitted to me that they had always had fresh Christmas trees, but after setting up the Castle Peak Pine, they were pretty much convinced to buy a Balsam Hill tree. Read This Entry

Thomas Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Inspirations: The Shasta Fir

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Mount Shasta

The beauty and majesty of Mount Shasta. Photo from Summitpost.org

Mt. Shasta is simply awe inspiring. Standing at 14,163 feet, it is the largest Cascade Range volcano by volume. It is a beautiful mountain and one that, in my opinion, deserves to have a gorgeous Balsam Hill Christmas tree named after it.

For years, we’ve received feedback from our customers saying they absolutely love our BH Noble Fir for its beautiful shape and sturdy upward sloping needles. However, some of them also wished the foliage were a color other than the classic silver-green of the Noble Fir. This prompted me to look into other possible foliage colors for this popular Christmas tree.

In my research of Christmas tree lots on the Pacific Coast, I found that most of the Noble Firs sold in the region had the same classic silver-green color, but that a few of them would have greener foliage.
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Thomas Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill Special Feature: An Interview with Flip Tree Inventor Bruce Schooley

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When I first started Balsam Hill, my goal was to provide homeowners with premium quality artificial Christmas trees unlike anything they had ever seen before. I wanted to create a collection of trees that capture the beauty and elegance of nature but without sacrificing the convenience of an easy-to-install design.

With modern innovations, such as our signature True Needle™ foliage and Easy Plug™ technology, we have been able to do just that. And now, with the introduction of the Flip™technology, we have taken the next step to making our Balsam Hill Christmas trees the best in form and function.

I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Bruce Schooley, inventor of the Flip Tree™. A long-time innovator of artificial Christmas tree designs, Bruce brings his state-of-the-art creation to our premium evergreens. We’re extremely excited to be working with him to bring Flip Tree to Balsam Hill.

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Thomas Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Why Choose Balsam Hill vs Tree Classics

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Choosing a Christmas tree is one of the most important events of the holiday season, and even more so when it comes to artificial Christmas trees, as they are typically purchased online with only photos, descriptions, and testimonials as a guide. At Balsam Hill, we are exceptionally confident about our unparalleled quality, exquisite realism, and superlative customer service. However, we know that you are faced with many options when it comes to deciding on the perfect tree for you. In that light, we would like to offer you some information about Balsam Hill vs. Tree Classics, one of our top competitors, so that you are equipped with all the information you need to make the best purchase possible.

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Founded in 1976, Tree Classics boasts over 30 years of experience in artificial Christmas tree manufacturing. Their design, merchandising, and production of pre-lit artificial Christmas trees and related holiday décor makes them a leader in the industry, and they have a large customer base to prove it.

Balsam Hill, on the other hand, is more of a specialty boutique. We are not just known for top quality and realism, but also for our ability to take our products to a superior level that is simply unmatched by our competitors. We deliver more than just a great tree – we provide customers with the best products and service on the market.

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