Our staff is what makes us better! Learn a little more about the well-educated and highly-qualified crew at Royce’s Tree Service (RTS).
ISA Certified Arborist® (SO-7463A)
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator (026-34672)
USFS Class A Sawyer
BS in Biological Sciences
MS in Health Science
Stephen worked for nearly a decade in the pharmaceutical industry before joining RTS. He appreciates how arboriculture combines hands-on work plus critical thinking in an outdoor setting. Stephen’s main responsibility is Plant Health Care (PHC), with secondary responsibilities in sales, training, IT, HR, and maintenance. 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 a member of the Asheville Badminton Club.
Eli started his tree climbing career in 2014 during his freshman year at Warren Wilson College (WWC). He worked with the Landscaping Crew to maintain the trees at WWC for two years before deciding tree work was his passion. Eli loves climbing in all forms and particularly enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering. He is also a talented potter, musician, and has a keen sense of humor. Eli worked hard and became RTS’ third ISA Certified Arborist® in 2018.
Noah has worked in a variety of capacities within the environmental field including invasive plant removal, vegetation assessments, and landscaping. He majored in Environmental Studies with a focus in Ecology and Field Biology at UNC Asheville. He is passionate about environmental stewardship, sustainable land management, and ecology. When he is not working, Noah likes to expand his homestead, wild-forage, backpack, and go birding. Noah plans to become an ISA Certified Arborist® as soon as he is eligible.
Korey worked four summers as a USFS intern/field technician and spent four years on the Forestry Crew at Warren Wilson College before joining RTS. He has been interested in forestry and plant pathology for many years, and believes the forest is the world’s greatest renewable resource. Commercial arboriculture is a new occupation for Korey, but he is a quick learner and appreciates the work. In his free time, Korey enjoys, fishing, hunting, fine woodworking, playing/watching sports, and exploring our great Appalachian forests. Korey plans to become an ISA Certified Arborist® as soon as he is eligible.
Jonathan became interested in conservation after working for the Clinton County (PA) Conservation District. The opportunities to positively impact the environment led to him joining American Conservation Experience, a conservation corps that taught him how to prune trees and operate a chainsaw. Jonathan is most interested in gaining more knowledge about sustainable pruning and SRT climbing. When he is not working, Jonathan enjoys foraging for wild mushrooms, woodworking, playing the drums, and water sports. Jonathan plans to become an ISA Certified Arborist® as soon as he is eligible.