Meet the S&S Tree Staff
Our staff is trained and certified for their safety and your protection. We have twenty International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists® and five Foresters.
ISA Certified Arborist® OH-#6351A
Assistant District Manager
ISA Certified Arborist® MN-0552BUTM
Jacob graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Urban Forestry. He attained his Master’s Degree in organizational leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has had a broad variety of career experiences in Arboriculture from studying in abroad in Europe, a Commercial Arborist for a private tree service and a Municipal Arborist for the City of Rochester, MN and the City of Madison, WI. Jacob is currently and actively an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Municipal Specialist, ISA Utility Specialist, ISA Certified Tree Worker Specialist, an ISA exam proctor, and a Tree Care Industry Association – Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (#1972). He directs seventeen fulltime employees in tree care and plant health care operations. His career passions are working with volunteers and mentoring students who are pursuing a career in the field of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Jacobs’ personal passions include being with his family, tree boating, wilderness camping and travel. He is happily married to his wife Jennifer for sixteen years. Jacob enjoys taking his daughters Olive and Eleanor tree climbing.
Assistant District Manager
ISA Certified Arborist® MN-0276A
Gail received both her B.S. and M.S. in Urban Forestry from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in the tree care industry for the past 19 years. Her passion in the industry lies in educating the public, customers, and employees in a variety of topics, including urban forestry, tree inventory and arboriculture. She has presented locally, statewide, and nationally. She is also actively involved with state and national committees, such as the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. When she’s not busy at work, Gail enjoys time with her family, volunteering with the Girl Scouts, camping, and working in her yard.
Assistant District Manager
John has been in the landscape design/build industry for 29 years. When he was 15 years old, he took a summer job in landscaping – and it developed into a lifelong career. He has designed and installed hundreds of commercial and residential projects all over the Twin Cities and surrounding states. John has the utmost dedication to the customer experience, a vision for reshaping our outdoor living spaces, and exceptional expertise in landscaping.
Assistan District Manager
Rick started working with S&S 8 years ago and worked his way through the ranks at S&S from general laborer on tree crews to managing the property care division to his current position in our wood products division. Winning numerous company awards, his greatest accomplishment was learning to climb trees at 42 years of age.
ISA Certified Arborist® #MN – 0167A
While earning my B.S. in Urban Forestry from the University of Minnesota, I gained experience volunteering for the US Forestry Service, working for the City forester of Minnetonka and St Louis Park and interning with the City of Minneapolis. I have 2 daughters that share my love for the outdoors, camping, fishing and skiing. Having over 20 years experience in the tree industry, I feel blessed to be doing what I love to do. S&S Tree, A Davey Company has the best climbers and crews I have ever worked with. Working for this employee-owned company allows us to create our own destiny. We care for trees, landscapes and lawns for residential and commercial sites to preserve and maintain our piece of the urban forest landscape.
ISA Certified Arborist® #MN - 0167A
Rob is very passionate about serving his customers. He is an ISA Certified Arborist®, has been in the industry for five years, and is an Eagle Scout. His love of the outdoors, and specifically trees, began when he was scouting. Today, Rob spends his free time camping, fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children.
ISA Certified Arborist® #MN - 4652A
Lance Carlson, has been in the green industry for 10 years. Originally from Michigan, he has extensive knowledge of the care that trees and shrubs need. Lance attended NWTC in Green Bay, WI where he earned his degree in Landscape and Horticulture. He has been both a Plant Health Care Technician and a Tree Climber. During his free time, Lance likes spending time with his family and friends.
ISA Certified Arborist® #MW - 5547A
Emily earned her B.S. in Biology from Northern Michigan University. She has the ISA Arborist Certification and the Minnesota Tree Inspector Certification. Previous to joining the sales team, she was out in the field climbing trees with the crew. Emily has a love for the outdoors, and she spends much of her free time hiking, kayaking, and camping with her family. Emily became an arborist to help improve the urban landscape and share her love and knowledge of trees with clients.
Commercial Account Manager
As a child on various hikes through the woods, I remember asking my Dad, “What is that tree.” His answer was always followed with, “How do you know one from the other or how do you know this stuff?” This inquisitiveness for horticulture has never waned. In Oregon as a teen, while on a hike to my most favorite rope swing, I remember looking up and seeing the dense but delicate filigree of branching and leaves and felt invigorated and alive.Today, 19 years into my career in landscaping, I find that filigree spectacularly beautiful and always still feel a sense of inspired awe.This, I believe, is where my passion for horticulture found roots and what has carried me through to today. I bring my passion for the beauty and awe in landscaping to you as a steward to the properties I manage, as a designer to bring to life what you find beautiful and serene and as a person who is always curious to know more.
ISA Certified Arborist® #MN – 0256A
Mark is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. A passion for science and horticulture were the foundation for his career in tree care. He’s worked for the Minnesota Horticultural Society and a number of cities as a tree inspector. Mark has performed inventories using GPS and presented information using GIS. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, coaching hockey, and spending time with his family.
Celine is the recipient of four landscape design awards through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.
Fueled by her passion to be outdoors and guided by her experience with interior design, she draws a client’s interior design aesthetic to the outdoors, creating a one-of-a-kind space that perfectly meets the client’s needs and reflects their style.
With over 20 years of landscape design experience, she continually enjoys improving people’s lives through designs that functions in real life.
Just a little thank you note for the wonderful planning for the work done in my yard by you, Kevin and your amazing crew. They were so very respectful of me and my home.
D. Hulse, Inver Grove Heights
S&S has proven their integrity and skill and I will absolutely contact them when I have a need. Not only will I contact them in the future, I will go out of my way to say good things about them to anybody who will listen and will highly recommend them to friends and family.
J. Henderson, St. Paul
It’s my opinion that these guys are the best. Very professional. They don’t try and upsell you and give good advice. They always arrive on time, do a good job and clean up nicely.
I use S&S Tree every year for elm tree care. They do leaf minor control, soil injection and spray for Japanese beetles. I have an annual contract with them. I am satisfied with the service they provide me.
G. Naber, Roseville
They did a great job. They were very accommodating to our schedule and had no issues with anything like that. We had multiple meetings with the head guy to kind of find out what we were doing. He was really great to work with.
I have worked with this company several times for various tree care services. The services are always exceptional. A neighbor and I both had our trees trimmed on the same day and they looked amazing afterward!