A company is only as good as its people.
Lucky for us, we have an outstanding group of individuals who are professional, courteous, competent, hard-working, interesting, and unique.
Alana is an avid rock climber who comes to us from Birmingham, Alabama. Her climbing experience spans five states and includes Yosemite National Park and Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Now she’s hoping to put those skills to use climbing trees. But wait, there's more! Alana recently earned her Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health and was attracted to Leaf & Limb because of its focus on care, preservation, and conservation (though she’ll admit it’s pretty fun to use a chainsaw, too). Outside of work, Alana is a self-proclaimed geek, nerd, and future crazy cat lady. Some of her favorite activities include yoga, board games, and pretty much everything outdoors.
Andrea is an extremely talented manager. Her mind is a steel trap of information – she knows all and forgets nothing. She has several forms of synesthesia, which could explain her keen abilities. She loves working at Leaf & Limb because she can't wait to make sure you have a fantastic experience. Rest assured, you will enjoy interacting with Andrea – everybody always does. As a native Minnesotan, she is a self-described hockey addict. She also loves pizza, 80’s rock, and Stephen King. Oh and reading. Andrea never leaves home without her Kindle - she is always reading at least two books (usually more) and listening to at least one audiobook at all times. Oh and cats. She currently has 6, of which all are rescues. Meow.
Andrew is one of the old guard at Leaf & Limb. Before joining, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Forestry and worked for a major tree care company in Baltimore, MD. During his time in the arboriculture industry he has attained an array of experience and has become a expert climber. He is currently one of our talented crew leaders. Outside of work he is a skier, a life-long Giants fan, connoisseur of all things pierogi, and pipe band extraordinaire.
Basil’s official title? Wizard of Things. Basil went to Duke, where he graduated magna cum laude with a double major in economics and history. After working as an economic analyst, Basil decided to abandon this career path and become an entrepreneur. His first endeavor was Lark Tours, a company specializing in private travel in Africa. If he is not working, Basil's favorite pastime is hanging out with his amazing wife and sons. His favorite hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, soccer, power lifting, long distance running, hiking, traveling, and reading a good biography. Favorite foods? Blazing hot peppers, pickles, garlic, capers, and anything from Lucette Grace (best pastries ever!)
Caleb originally worked in the landscaping industry but decided to join Leaf & Limb so he could work outdoors with trees and build a great career while doing so. He loves fishing, especially with his father who originally introduced him to the fun. Harris Lake is his favorite place to fish locally. He also likes hunting deer and going to the Coast to hunt duck. Golf is another of his favorite sports – he is quite good and actually played on his high school golf team.
Cedric is gifted with athleticism and smarts to match – pretty much the perfect recipe for becoming a great climber. But becoming a great climber also requires hard work and dedication, something Cedric proved he possesses. After working for years as a crew leader, he now oversees our training program, working hard to share his knowledge with other aspiring climbers. Cedric is a self-taught musician who creates his own tracks. He is also a self-taught basketball extraordinaire, demonstrating on courts all across Raleigh that white boys CAN jump.
Charlie enjoys long evening walks on the beach, preferably in the company of prancing unicorns... Wait, scratch that. Charlie enjoys beating people and lifting heavy objects. He is an MMA fighter with a record of 10-2 on the pro circuit. He competes in strong man competitions and can deadlift over 650lbs. Within the tree industry Charlie has focused intently on training. He has developed into a skilled climber with a knack for tough removals. He is currently studying for his ISA Certified Arborist exam. Outside of work he loves spending time with his wife and children. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Charlie IS able to lift his car.
Chris was born in Ohio to a family of hard core OSU Buckeye football fans. He earned an engineering degree from NC State’s College of Engineering, as well as a minor in German. He is still conversational. Then he took to the high seas where he spent 6 years on the open ocean as a Merchant Marine and earned his Captain's license. He loves his pet squirrel, drawing (he is an accomplished artist), reading the classics, camping, and grilling out with friends and family. He was drawn to Leaf & Limb because he enjoys working outdoors. For Chris a positive attitude and outlook on life are very important.
Affectionately known as “Young Grease”, Chris is a crowd favorite. With his quick wit and positive attitude, it’s impossible not to enjoy his company. He is left handed, proud of his Italian heritage, loves football, and is a talented public speaker. He embodies all of Leaf & Limb’s values, especially the bit about “show that you care.”
Chris is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience. He has an A.A.S. Degree in Forest Technology and is an ISA Certified Arborist. His training ranges from academic topics such as dendrology, entomology, botany, and forest biology to applied skills such as climbing, installing lightning protection systems, and pruning. He is a master of complex structural pruning and properly hand pruning a wide array of shrub and ornamental tree species. Away from work you may find him tinkering with his 1970 Mach I Mustang that he has owned since the age of 18 or hanging out with his Jack Russel Terrier, a hunting extraordinaire.
Ciara was born in Minnesota and raised in Wisconsin. She loves spending time with her husband and two furbabies, Roxie and Winston. She has had Roxie since 5th grade! She is insanely organized, which makes her the perfect addition to the office team. She also loves learning. She attended Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College for three years, where she earned two associates degrees (business management and human resources management), a technical diploma as an accounting assistant, and four other certificates. In her spare time you can find her poolside, baking incredible desserts, or hiding in the dark - binging on Netflix.
Cody is known here as Koala-T. He hails from the southern regions of the Golden State. At a young age he tied his thick locks behind his head and moved slowly – though determinedly – to the Tar Heel State. He is now a dogged climber and crew leader. When he is not munching on Eucalyptus leaves, he is probably playing basketball, watching football, or hanging out with friends. And yes, he sometimes shows Ced a thing or two about basketball.
Where to begin? Colin originally founded this company in 1997, starting with nothing but an old truck. Many years later, Colin is now among the top in the industry when it comes to knowledge of all things tree-related. He is a regular arboriculture encyclopedia – people are always amazed by his expertise. He is CTSP accredited, an ISA Certified Arborist, has his Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, and is obsessed with perfection. He was born and raised in South Africa, speaks many languages including Dutch and Afrikaans, has mastered soccer, used to compete nationally in judo, and loves samosas.
Craig is an industry veteran who began his career in 1988. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and an illustrious member of the League of Extraordinary Sales Representatives. His super power is plant health care. If you have trees or shrubs that are in need of help, Craig is your man. He is also a skillful musician. He makes the mandolin purr like a kitty with catnip. He also plays the guitar and saxophone. One of his favorite quotes is, “All music is folk music, because it’s played by folks” by Jerome Garcia.
Daniel was born and raised in Cincinnati before moving to Raleigh to be with family. He is a wildlife nerd of the highest order. He has more interesting encounters with Nature than most. He can wrangle up a snake from just about anywhere. As a matter of fact, recently he was eating lunch when a snake (with a frog half way in its mouth) dropped out of a tree and landed next to him. He is able to identify an extraordinary number of plants, birds, and insects. He loves anything from the order Lepidoptera, especially hawk moths. Two of his favorite ecosystems are deciduous forests and coral reefs. He loves all trees except Bradford Pears. He has been a tree climber with a specialty in pruning for 6 years and a certified scuba diver for 15. When he is not soaking up nature, he attends live shows (and he always uses ear protection, he'll have you know) and jams out with his friends.
Forrest (the PERFECT name for a person working in the tree care industry!) grew up in many different places around the world and is able to speak Italian, Spanish, and Dutch. But over the years, North Carolina has become his home. When he is not at work in the trees, he spends a lot of time watching and training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. His favorite intellectual subjects are (without a doubt) history and geography. He can name all 50 state capitals on demand. He is also one of those rare people who can tell a great joke on demand in front of a crowd without missing a beat.
Garrett is a former Marine (originally from Louisburg) who joined the tree care industry on a whim. It fit the bill for what he was looking for. But since then, he has greatly enjoyed it and loves learning all about trees – but not as much as he loves spending time with his young daughter. In his spare time he pursues a number of interesting hobbies: bone carving, writing a book, and animation (he used to take drawing classes).
Greyson is a Raleigh native (one of the few and proud!), an ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Treecare Safety Professional, veteran tree climber, and an illustrious member of Leaf & Limb's league of extraordinary sales & consulting team. He has been working and training in the local tree care industry full-time for 12 years. During his off-time he enjoys life with his wife, Kelsey, and their three children. Greyson is also a dedicated student of Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. One lesser known fact is that he owns a collection of over 50 (and counting) vintage cameras.
Nary a rain cloud in the western sky could dampen this man’s cheerful outlook on life. This is Mr. Can-do, Mr. Conversational, a multi-faceted individual. He is a former Marine who does everything from track wild game to write and perform epic hip-hop. If you have stumps that need to be ground, you may have the pleasure of interacting with James. When he is on site, the clients rave about his excellent service. He shows that he cares each and every day. Little known fact about James? He has been writing an adventure trilogy over the last 11 years.
John greatly enjoys working with his hands, with trees, and living a simple existence. For him, working at Leaf & Limb is not really work at all because he loves it so much. He marvels at the puzzle that trees present; how they work, how they foster and take part in a complex ecosystem, and how the create healthy environments. “The growing realization of the deep symbiotic relationship between humans and trees is a catalyst for being in God” (direct quote from John). Aside from trees and their boundless beauty, he loves working on his two Volkswagens, planting flowers, and day dreaming about a rainforest. His ambition is to become a modern-day Johnny Appleseed. His favorite flower is Echinacea because it looks beautiful and can be used as a health supplement.
Josh lives a vegan and minimalist lifestyle with his wife, Terrier Schnauzer mix, and tail-less Manx. After playing music across America, working as a manufacturing engineer, and dreaming of an outdoor career, Josh moved to the City of Oaks in 2016 to pursue his passions. He is now an avid tree enthusiast who is mastering many different skills at Leaf & Limb. In his spare time, Josh enjoys skateboarding, playing music, camping, cooking Italian food, and exploring the Triangle.
There is little doubt that Juan is one of the best tree climbers in the industry. Juan will tackle any project head on, and do so in an efficient and safe manner. Watch Juan in action when he is working on your property, and you will be amazed – we regularly hear “oohs” and “ahhs” from clients when Juan is in action. He has countless years of experience and is a long-time Leaf & Limb veteran, tied for longest career at our company. Little known fact about Juan: he is also an accomplished mechanic and expert tinkerer.
Standing in the pouring rain in the Amazon, looking up at the 150’ tall mother tree, that AH HA moment struck Katie Rose. She had spent years working with the environment and people, leading ethnobotanical trips around South America, studying medicinal plants in Appalachia, and tracking wolves out west. No matter where she went, it was the trees that tied it all together. So she left the jungle, earned two masters degrees from Duke University, then joined Duke as its first ever Natural Resource Manager. It was there that she met Leaf & Limb and discovered that we shared similar goals - creating positive impact for people and our planet. After four years at Duke she left to join Leaf & Limb as Director of Consulting, to continue and expand our mission for positive change. Katie Rose has a Master of Forestry and a Master of Environmental Management, has the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, and is a Board Certified Master Arborist.
Kelly grew up in Baltimore, so naturally he loves crab cakes, the Ravens, and the O’s. He has been happily married to his lovely wife for two decades. When he is not spending time with her, he tinkers with his Chevy Blazer and will fish for anything that swims. He began his career as a tree climber in the late 80’s and since that time has mastered all aspects of tree care, biology, biotic/abiotic issues, soil, and so much more. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and an illustrious member of Leaf & Limb’s League of Extraordinary Sales Representatives. He has been involved in high profile tree care projects within the National Parks of Washington DC, Manasssas Battlefield, Antietam Battlefield and the C.O. Canal. Last but not least, he loves his two toy poodles.
Insects be warned – the Tree Whisperer is here! Larry Eacret is an ISA Certified Arborist with a degree in Forest Technology. More importantly, he is a premier expert when it comes to insects, diseases, fungi, and other tree afflictions. As manager of our plant health care division he has worked diligently to build our tree care operations by increasing service offerings, training new technicians, and tutoring sales representatives. When he is not busy vanquishing the baddest of bugs, you can find him surf fishing, reading, sipping on a good whisky, or smoking a cigar.
Leo is a highly skilled tree professional who has a passion for all things wood. Born and raised in southern California, he did not have much exposure to the mighty pines and oaks we enjoy here on the east coast. After his career in the US Army brought him to North Carolina, he fell in love with our plentiful deciduous woodlands, and more importantly, his beautiful wife. So he decided to stay for good. He continually thirsts for new tree knowledge, loves teaching others at Leaf & Limb, and is an outstanding crew leader. He loves trees so much that in his spare time he enjoys all manners of woodworking and carpentry, as well as mountain biking through our fantastic local forests.
Matt grew up in Northern Pennsylvania where he earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration. He works hard (and smart) at each of his jobs, and has made a positive impact at several companies, including helping revive his hometown newspaper. He then rose through the ranks of a prominent food chain before deciding he was tired of working indoors. So he joined Leaf & Limb. He soaks up knowledge with the best of them and is well on his way to become a talented climber and tree expert. In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife and daughter, especially at the beach. He enjoys biking, rollerblading, running, kayaking and anything to keep him moving (he is a bit of an adrenaline junkie). He also loves to make people laugh.
Eager to learn the skills necessary to become a tree care professional, Matt joined Leaf & Limb. He has dived eagerly into his training and has mastered a number of different specialties. Matt is an ECU graduate who spent time in the military and in the landscaping industry before joining our company. He has a pit bull named Jade and his all-time favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Squirrels ain’t got nuthin’ on this man! Oscar can climb trees with the best of them. He is extremely talented as a climber – one of the best in the industry – and has ranked in climbing competitions in the Southwest. He always has a smile on his face and a joke ready for any occasion – he is a real joy to work with. He is currently one of our amazing crew leaders specializing in all things pruning. When he is not at work, Oscar loves spending time with his wife and children. He is also an expert fisherman and loves getting away to the coast on the weekends to catch delicious flounder, red drum, spotted sea trout.
Patrick is a father of two awesome kids and happily married to his soul mate and best friend. He goes hiking as often as he can and has visited nearly half of North Carolina's state parks. He also loves kayaking, especially along the coast (he highly recommends the Bear Island kayak trail outside Atlantic Beach). He considers himself to be a good cook and makes a MEAN strawberry cheesecake. Patrick graduated from ECU and spent most of his professional career working in sales and business development. One day he decided it was time for a change, something outdoors, something that involved hands-on work. So he joined Leaf & Limb to pursue his passions. He enjoys the tree industry because every day brings something new, different, and challenging.
Stuart is a veteran arborist and master of his trade. After finishing school, he decided to pursue a career in the arboriculture industry. He began as a hard worker with excellent decision-making abilities before being promoted to crew leader. He is now an ISA Certified Arborist working as an illustrious member of Leaf & Limb's League of Extraordinary Sales Representatives. Though he excels in many areas, his strength is plant health care. If your trees have problems, Stuart has solutions. He is an accomplished soccer player, climbs rock and boulders like a pro, enjoys listening to underground music, and loves spending time with his daughter.
Tessa graduated from NC State and has interests ranging from foxes to cheesecake, and from paintball to coke icees. Better yet, she had chickenpox twice, wrote her thesis on the Halo video game franchise, and sometimes stays up late doing astral photography. She is truly a unique individual, which makes her right at home at Leaf & Limb (we really like interesting people). She is our director of media and a truly talented videographer and photographer.
TJ is a Raleigh resident by way of New Jersey and UNCW. At UNCW he earned college degrees in writing and teaching English, so he has a penchant for precise, yet plentiful language. He worked as an English teacher before deciding to pursue his outdoor and tree-related passions at Leaf & Limb. He loves learning, has blazed his way through our training program, and is well on his way to becoming a tree expert. His favorites include, but are not limited to: alliteration, art, blues music, gardens, bees, trees, and muppets. Not-so-Favorites: tomatoes (the Devil's fruit), red lights, getting throw-balls stuck, and non-muppet puppets.
Before joining Leaf & Limb, Tyler attended ECU (he pursued a business degree) and worked as an exterminator. He did not particularly love this line of work and decided to make a change to do something more enjoyable. Outside of work, he is a very talented musician. He plays guitar for three different bands – a jazz band, an 80’s hair metal cover band, and a death metal band. What a spread! His favorite band is Avenged Sevenfold. He also loves Duke basketball (hence why he will always be welcome at Leaf & Limb). As a matter of fact, his aunt was once involved in a serious car accident. News spread and Coach K found out that she is a diehard Duke fan. So Coach K sent her tickets to a big game. She took Tyler to watch the Blue Devils play at Cameron Indoor and they had a blast. Man, that Coach K, what a good guy. And Tyler too.
Will was born in Cary (a surprisingly rare thing to meet someone from Cary these days) but then moved to California to work on a farm. Eventually his sister convinced him to come back to good ole’ North Carolina. He found his way into the tree care industry because it intersected with many of his passions: he gardens, grows aeroponics, and is generally interested in all things related to sustainability, whether to do with trees or food production. If he is not tending lovingly to his herbs, leafy greens, watermelon, and cantaloupe, you will find him out exploring, whether that is new cities, restaurants, or outdoor spaces. Oh, and he love to cook, especially fish. Maybe we’ll get lucky and he will cook us some fresh-caught red drum with rosemary from his garden... Mmm...
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