A company is only as good as its people.
Lucky for us, we have an outstanding team here at Leaf & Limb.
Andrea is a Raleigh native who cares deeply about the natural world, trees in particular. She especially loves the beautiful bark of the white oak. Andrea’s delight in the natural world runs deep and even led to a heated argument with a friend over a relatively minor act of littering. Leaf & Limb stands out among other tree companies for Andrea because of its dedication to being environmentally minded, a quality she sought out when seeking employment.
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 has a little east coast and a little west coast in him. A native Virginian, he has also spent time in California, which left him with a lasting love of redwood trees. Andrew loves working with trees. In fact, one of his favorite hobbies is bonsai, an activity similar to the work he does at Leaf & Limb, but on a different scale. Beyond working with trees, Andrew enjoys woodworking, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with dogs.
Basil’s official title? Chief Vision Officer & Wizard of Things. He is also a Treecologist and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. 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!)
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.
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.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Chris comes to tree care from an unusual academic background: physics, in which he earned a degree from Williams College in Massachusetts. In addition to golf, tennis, and playing guitar, Chris enjoys gardening, a hobby that nudged him towards tree care, with which he is fascinated. Among many things he loves about North Carolina, the beautiful flowering of the crape myrtles may be his favorite.
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 sales 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.
Courtney, from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will always love the tall, strong, and beautiful Hemlock. When relocating to Raleigh to make a home in a great community, Courtney looked for a company that shared her values about helping the planet, and she found it in Leaf & Limb. Courtney, a dog lover who adores her pit bull Benny, frequently volunteers at local animal shelters and hopes to rescue many more dogs through that volunteer work.
Craig is an industry veteran who began his career in 1988. He is an ISA Certified Arborist with the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and an illustrious member of our sales team. His super power is plant health care. If you have trees or shrubs that are in need of help, Craig is your expert. 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.
Darin hails from Iowa where he learned to love Greek food, especially Kofta Pita and Moussaka. Solitary hobbies like reading and playing guitar suit Darin just fine, especially if he can do them outdoors, preferably under an oak, his favorite tree. Darin has spent a lot of time on Interstate highways and uses his CB radio to communicate traffic dangers to other drivers, especially after witnessing a terrible incident in Virginia where a semi failed to stop in time when traffic was backed up and crashed in flames.
Darren is from Raleigh. When he was a kid, he and his family were cutting down trees on their land when Darren decided to try out something he had just learned—determining a tree’s age by counting its rings. There were 12 rings on the first tree. Darren and the tree were exactly the same age. He never thought about trees the same after that. Darren especially loves the dogwood for its beauty when it blooms in the spring. When not working with trees, Darren practices Gracie Jiu Jitsu, a form of the ancient martial art that stresses defense.
Born in Australia, EB still misses those Aussie waves. He was 10 when he moved to Raleigh. In Raleigh, he had a close group of friends who lived in the same neighborhood. There’s a video about them called The Creek Boys, which sometimes gets presented at urban planning conferences. A natural fit at Leaf & Limb, EB has enjoyed growing tree saplings for years. The Hemlock is EB’s current obsession, a tree that grows well in shade and eventually takes its place in the canopy. He loves playing basketball and really any sport. Although he was raised in Raleigh he is happy to now call Durham his home.
Greyson is a Raleigh native (one of the few and proud!), an ISA Certified Arborist with the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ), Certified Treecare Safety Professional, veteran tree climber, and member of Leaf & Limb's extraordinary sales team. He has been working and training in the local tree care industry full-time for over a decade. 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.
Jeremy is another employee who is amazed by red oaks, whose massive root systems create a strong foundation for the massive tree aboveground. Jeremy is from Angier, NC, but traces his love of nature particularly to a trip out west. Walking through parks near Denver and further up the Rockies in Breckenridge led Jeremy to know he wanted to be in the outdoors as much as possible. He definitely picked the right line of work.
Born in Texas and raised in New Jersey, Jeremy has also lived in Kenya, the U.S. Virgin Islands and every state that I-35 runs through. He has two favorite trees, both of which stand in contrast to their natural environments; the Piñon Pine stubbornly thriving in rugged and remote places and the Paper Birch providing a visual pop against backdrops of green. Jeremy is a serious maker of Spotify playlists and a serious reader, an activity that nourishes his talent with the written word. While we can’t include all the wonderful anecdotes Jeremy has shared with us about his life, rest assured we have a true Treecologist-Poet on staff at Leaf & Limb.
Though Jimmy recently moved here from Seattle, his roots are in Maryland, where he learned to love Maryland blue crabs and beech trees, a tree that always reminds his of roaming the woods as a kid. Around trees is where Jimmy most likes to be, whether he’s maintaining outdoor spaces to encourage healthy communities or rock climbing and fly fishing. Jimmy’s awe of nature was punctuated by a nearly mystical fly fishing experience where he witnessed a snake catch and devour a trout on the bank of a river.
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.
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 over 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 with the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and an illustrious member of Leaf & Limb’s sales team. 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 training 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 bourbon, or smoking a cigar.
Leo hails from Wilson, NC, just down the road from the Triangle. There, Leo developed an early love of exploring nature through climbing magnolia trees (still his favorite) and kayaking down the streams of eastern North Carolina. After a harrowing experience in high school with an autoimmune disease that filled his lungs with blood and sent him to the hospital for over a week, Leo re-emerged a more healthy and positive person. He loves that Leaf & Limb is a tree company focused on planting, tending to trees, and pruning. He also appreciates the volunteer opportunities available through the company.
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.
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.
Like many of our employees, Phil can trace his partiality to one species of tree back to childhood memories. In Phil’s case, it was a Japanese Maple in front of his childhood home in Brooklyn that inspired his fondness for that tree. While living in Las Vegas, Phil met the woman who is now his partner and they bonded over a shared vision of moving to North Carolina. And that is just what they did. Phil enjoys physical labor and working outdoors.
Richard, who comes to us from Portland, Oregon, says he loves anything “outdoorsy.” For Richard, that includes the usual suspects: hiking, biking, rock climbing, and camping, but also foraging. Richard loves food, especially when it’s cooked and shared with friends. It doesn’t hurt if the meal includes a fresh-baked croissant, probably his favorite food. Richard needs plenty of energy for the long hikes he takes, the most memorable of which was an impromptu stroll in his sandals that turned into an arduous ten mile loop that ascended two summits.
Stuart is a veteran arborist and master of his trade. After finishing school, he decided to pursue a career in the arboriculture industry. He is now an ISA Certified Arborist with the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. 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.
Taylor, from Buffalo, NY, thinks North Carolina snowstorms are cute. She’s seen the real thing, though, especially the “snowvember” storm in 2014 that brought over 7 feet of snow, sent people jumping out of second story windows to avoid being trapped in their houses, and killed 14. She moved to North Carolina to find something completely new (and maybe a bit less snow) and is relieved to be out of the corporate sales world. A fan of music festivals, she’ll have plenty to check out with Moog Fest in Durham and Hopscotch in Raleigh.
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.
Will, from Beaufort, loves the water even though his first experience piloting a boat in the ocean took him through choppy seas that nearly sunk the boat. Will’s upbringing instilled in him a love of seafood. He also loves the formidable red oak and never ceases to be amazed how such a thing can spring from a small seed. It is important to Will that the company he works for cares about its people and the effects that arboriculture has on the environment.
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 loves 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...
Zeb comes to us from Blacksburg, Virginia where he learned to love the outdoors, and especially trees. The Ginkgo bilboa is his favorite, not only because mankind has a rich history with the tree, but also because it is the lone giant of its order, all others being extinct. Zeb is a bit of an autodidact who reads philosophy and enjoys creative outlets and hobbies like producing music, rock climbing, and hiking.
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