The Crew

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


Stephen “Statham” 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
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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 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 a member of the Asheville Badminton Club.


Daniel “Pitt” Bryant
ISA Certified Arborist® (SO-9978A)
BS in Biology

Daniel first started working with trees as a utility forester in Kansas City, Missouri. Later, he worked as an arborist at Ryan Lawn & Tree, fulfilled two apprenticeships on organic farms, and now is continuing his career at RTS as the crew leader. He 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 “DiCaprio” Jackson

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 plans to become an ISA Certified Arborist® as soon as he is eligible.


Korey Largo

USFS Class B Sawyer – Felling and Bucking
NWCG Firefighter Type 2
BA in Environmental Studies (Ecological Forestry concentration)

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.