The Crew

Learn a little more about the well-educated and highly-qualified crew at Royce’s Tree Service (RTS).


Stephen Weil
ISA Certified Arborist® (SO-7463A)
NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator (026-34672)
USFS Class A Sawyer
NWCG Firefighter Type 2
BS in Biological Sciences
MS in Health Science

Having worked for nearly a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, arboriculture is a relatively new field for Stephen, but he is eagerly embracing it. At RTS, his responsibilities include Plant Health Care (PHC), maintenance, and other ground-based activities.

When he is not working, Stephen enjoys hiking with his wife and two dogs throughout the spectacular forests of WNC. He also volunteers for the Asheville Humane Society, the Carolina Mountain Club, and is treasurer of the Asheville Badminton Club.


Daniel Bryant
BS in Biology (emphasis in environmental studies)

Daniel first started working with trees as a utility forester in Kansas City, MO. Later, he worked as an arborist at Ryan Lawn & Tree, fulfilled two apprenticeships on organic farms, and now is continuing his career in arboriculture at RTS. Daniel has a deep passion for ecological and sustainable living, which he feels definitely coincides with his career in land stewardship. In his free time, Daniel loves spending time with his wife and two dogs, gardening, reading good books, and looks for any excuse to get outside and be active.


Eli Jackson

Eli started his tree climbing career in 2014 during his freshman year at Warren Wilson College (WWC). He worked with the tree crew at WWC for two years before deciding tree work was his passion. He decided to leave school and work full time as an arborist. Eli loves climbing in all forms and enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering. Eli is also a talented potter and musician. He also has a keen sense of humor and is a hard working individual. Eli plans to become an ISA Certified Arborist® within the next year.


Hugh “Damon” Alexander
NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator
NWCG Firefighter Type 2
North American Forest Technician Honorary for Superior Academic Achievement Award
AAS in Forest Management Technology
BS in Business Management

Hugh has varied work experience ranging from vessel operation management on the Gulf Coast to non-profit work focused on youth mentoring in rural New England. After relocating to North Carolina, Hugh acted upon his dream of pursuing a career in natural resource management. He earned a Forestry Management Technology degree from Haywood Community College in May of 2017, and he is thrilled to begin a career in urban forestry and arboriculture with RTS. In his free time, Hugh enjoys hiking, playing disc golf, kayaking, and spending time with his wife, Libbie, and their dog and two cats.