I earned my BS in Urban Forestry from UWSP in May, 1998. While pursuing my degree I worked as a field arborist starting as summer help in 1997 for a company in Chicago north suburbs. I worked 5 years in the field performing both pruning/removal work and Plant Health Care treatments – learning the ropes. I took part in (3) state tree climbing championships – finishing about middle of the pack each time. I earned a sales role full time during 2002 working with a wide variety of residential, commercial, municipal and construction site clients. I began working at Wachtel Tree Science as a Sales/Diagnostician in December 2012. Since 2017, I have served on the board of the Wisconsin Arborist Association as the Publicity Chair.
I married my bride in December 2002 and we have (3) children. We enjoy camping and waterparks during the summer months, and the many shenanigans of having (3) young children to entertain and “occupy” mom and dad. My personal hobbies have always included outdoor activities like camping, hunting, and fishing. During winter, I play on an adult hockey team. During summer I help coach my son’s baseball team. It is great to see the kids compete and learn the sports while getting great exercise all while learning to motivate and teach the sport.
I enjoy tree care as a profession and a science. It is rewarding to share my knowledge to help others understand their trees that are often loved and cherished as a part of the family. The more I learn and experience tree issues and needs the more interesting the science of Arboriculture becomes. Trees commonly outlive our existence and have many secrets to maximize their longevity. The mix of natural sciences including: pathology, entomology, soil science, and even physics are a challenge and a joy to learn daily. I strive to help you understand your tree and how the tree is responding to the environment and how we can help the tree overcome issues and thrive as a part of your landscape.
Service Area: Milwaukee County