The Crew

Learn a little more about the well-educated and highly-qualified crew at 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

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 “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 tree crew 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.


Hugh “Damon” Alexander
NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator
NWCG Firefighter Type 2
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 in 2015, he acted upon his dream of pursuing a career in natural resource management by earning a Forest Management Technology degree from Haywood Community College. In his free time, Hugh enjoys hiking, playing disc golf, kayaking, and spending time with his wife, and their dog and two cats.