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.
It is highly unlikely that you can find somebody who is a better manager than Andrea. Her mind is a steel trap of information – she knows all and forgets nothing. She is super organized, very efficient, and great with clients. She manages office operations like the talented pro that she is. Rest assured, you will enjoy interacting with Andrea when you work with Leaf & Limb – everybody always does. As a native Minnesotan, she is a self-described hockey addict. She also loves pizza, 80’s rock, and Stephen King.
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. He is in charge of all things business development related. He 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 pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. If he is not working, Basil's favorite pastime is hanging with his amazing wife and son. His favorite hobbies include training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, soccer, power lifting, long distance running, hiking, traveling, and reading a good biography. Favorite foods? Blazing hot peppers, pickles, capers, and anything from Lucette Grace (best pastries ever!)
Bryan describes his own history as follows: “I was born in Siberia and shipped to America to infiltrate and undermine western democracy. Unfortunately for the motherland, I have decided that I prefer the freedoms and amenities of this country and their plans failed spectacularly. I really can eat just about anything, but everything tastes better with a fifth of Jack Daniels. I have had quite a few unusual experiences in my lifetime including playing QB for the Oakland Raiders, being the stunt double for Brad Pitt in Oceans Eleven, discovering the element Iodine, and setting the worlds most hotdog eating contest.” Believe none of this, LOL! But believe one thing: Bryan is a very interesting character (he was nearly elected for congress in NC, this is true) who fits right in with our unique and talented cast of characters at Leaf & Limb.
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.
Chad was born in Paradise (Key West to be exact). He grew up in Illinois and Indiana, where he learned to swim. He was nationally ranked by the age of 8, state champion in high school, and then recruited to UNC for swimming. At UNC he was an All-ACC swimmer, nationally ranked, and was an Olympic Trial Qualifier in 2004 and 2008. This man can swim with the best of them! Today he enjoys scuba diving, surfing, boating, and fishing. If he is not doing something near the water, you can find him listing to local bands, eating the best that new chefs in Raleigh have to offer, or hanging out with his girlfriend and pit bull.
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. After proving his mettle on a crew, Chris now works with our sales team as a customer service specialist and sales support. 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, which makes him an excellent crew leader. 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.
Greyson is the master of giggles. No sales meeting goes by without Greyson eliciting chuckles, or outright laughter. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Treecare Safety Professional, veteran tree climber, and an illustrious member of Leaf & Limb's League of Extraordinary Sales Representatives. During his off time he loves hanging out with his wife and two kids, watching the Carolina Panthers, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and generally relaxing in his Raleigh hometown. Little known fact: Greyson owns a collection of over 50 (and counting) vintage cameras.
Gregarious and quick with a laugh, Hunter always livens the day for those around him. He is veteran in the industry with a wide range of experience and knowledge. He earned a degree in English from NC State. His hobbies include golfing (he narrowly missed making the cut for Junior PGA Series), hiking, traveling, and video games. Fun facts about Hunter: He earned the rank of Gold 3 in League of Legends, is designing his own tiny home, is an avid ping ponger, his favorite beer is Blue Moon, and he is a HUGE Game of Thrones enthusiast. He loves eating sushi in the summer and likes history, business, economics, writing, environmental issues, and landscape design. This is one interesting fellow.
Joe is as a former Marine Corporal, Eagle Scout, father of two beautiful children, and husband to an amazing wife. He loves being outdoors, which is one of the reasons he was attracted to the tree care industry. Learning is one of his passions: he soaks up all the information he can. This thirst for knowledge has helped him excel at various roles, including tree climber and tree care technician. He is now and ISA Certified Arborist who knows a tremendous amount of information about how to identify and treat trees and shrubs. When he is not at work, Joe loves hanging out with his families, rooting for the Carolina Panthers, and working on computers and other technical gadgetry (wizarding devices, if you will).
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, is an ISA Certified Arborist has the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
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.
Whether backpacking through redwood forests, paddling among the old bald cypresses, or planting a cherry tree with her niece, Mary has had trees paint the backdrop of her best memories. Her love of trees and open spaces started on a South Carolina catfish farm, where she spent her childhood among lofty pecans and live oaks. She taught vocational skills to adults with disabilities before joining Leaf & Limb as a tree care specialist. Mary is an ISA Certified Arborist. Outside of work Mary grows vegetables and flowers, mountain bikes, tends to her bees, plays with her dog at the lake, and enjoys listening to live music. She also enjoys reading, especially Appalachian fiction, Southern “grit lit,” and anything/everything about trees and growing food.
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.
Sosha grew up in rural Maine in a small fishing/boatbuilding town, where she hauled lobster traps in the summer. She has had a series of jobs ranging from kitchen work to gardening and from helping in a psychiatric hospital to farming. Her distaste for working indoors, passion for plants, and love of learning new things is what led her to the tree industry. In her spare time she trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, plays the banjo, and sings. She is believed to be the only person left in America with a "dumb phone" that cannot access the internet - she still uses paper maps and gets lost a lot when driving.
Steven has a true passion for the tree industry. He loves being in and among the trees. He has plowed through training aggressively, and is well on his way to becoming a top climber. Determined, focused, passionate about what he does – Steven has a long career ahead of him as an arborist. He loves fresh water fishing, a cool summer breeze, and warming his hands next to a crackling winter fire.
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.
Tanner graduated from NC State and has interests ranging from foxes to cheesecake, and from paintball to coke icees. Better yet, he had chickenpox twice, wrote his thesis on the Halo video game franchise, and sometimes stays up late doing astral photography. He is truly a unique individual, which makes him right at home at Leaf & Limb (we really like interesting people). He 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.
Vincent moved to Raleigh from New York. Before Leaf & Limb he worked in the video game development industry for a few years, but grew tired of working indoors all day. So he transitioned to the tree care industry to be able to work outside among the trees. He answered the call of the wild! Outside of work he serves as a volunteer firefighter, trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and rides his motorcycle. Interesting fact about Vincent? He is a connoisseur of chocolate milk.
Will was born and raised in Youngsville, NC. His favorite things in the world are sailing and boating, basically anything to be out on the water. He has a diverse professional background: he started off as a chef before deciding to earn his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from ECU. During this time, he worked in the tree care industry to pay his way through college. He fell in love with our industry then, and decided to return after working for a pharmaceutical company growing weary of the technical, repetitive nature of his scientific work. His goal is to make a positive impact on the world through trees, which is what attracted him to Leaf & Limb. In his spare time he loves to play guitar (and has been doing so for close to 15 years) and learn new information about trees. Favorite type of food? Seafood - with a nice steak thrown in for good measure.
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