The Crew

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).


Stephen Weil
ISA Certified Arborist® (SO-7463A)
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
ASCA Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification (TPAQ)
NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator-GHL (026-34672)
USFS Class A Sawyer
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 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 Jackson
ISA Certified Arborist® (SO-10163A)

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 Poulos
NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator-G (026-35257)
BS in Environmental Studies

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.


Jonathan Rowland
Wilderness First Aid certification
BA in History

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.


Gabe Whitlock
NC Commercial Pesticide Applicator-GL (026-37153)
BA in Chemistry and Psychology

Gabe has worked in a variety of capacities in an outdoor setting, including several farms across the country. He has also had many informal experiences working with both light and heavy duty equipment to complete farm tasks. Most recently, his interest lies within plant health care and integrated pest management from growing an array of low-till, organically raised vegetables on a farm in Western North Carolina. In his spare time, he appreciates touring the country by bicycle, baking pies, handcrafting beer and soap, and reading all types of non-fiction literature. Gabe plans to become an ISA Certified Arborist® as soon as he is eligible.