Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Jason Porter

ISA Certified Arborist | Certified Tree Care Safety Professional | Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Jason began doing tree work in his high school years, before joining the Marine Corps. After serving for six years, he returned to the trade, studied business, and founded Treeworks, Inc. After much work and many mistakes, Jason found the door had opened to a whole new level of potential for serving the community. The experience of owning and operating Treeworks, Inc. has developed his confidence in the crew and given him the freedom to think strategically and direct all efforts towards the highest level of customer satisfaction. The greatest reward is seeing the team’s synergy in action, as all crew members constantly rely on and challenge one another to be the best at their trade. Working daily with his brothers Luke and Zach has also been a unique blessing. His favorite activities include time spent with his beloved wife Valerie and five children, running, and shooting. If he were to be a tree, Jason would choose sycamore, because they are solid and able to stand fast against any storm.

Luke Porter

ISA Certified Arborist | ISA Certified Utility Specialist | Certified Tree Care Safety Professional | Certified Chainsaw Instructor

As a co-owner of Treeworks, Inc., Luke has worked in arboriculture for twenty-five years. He and his brothers Jason and Zach grew up doing tree work for their father, and eventually helped forge the Treeworks, Inc. of today. Since the birth of the company, Luke has grown in his dedication to high standards and in his appreciation of the team that makes those goals possible. He firmly believes the company’s greatest asset is the team itself, because of each crew member’s initiative and skill. In his own words, “The crew’s motivation is never monetary—it’s about customer satisfaction.” Aside from the guys he gets to work with, Luke is most proud of his wife Becky and their kids, and loves spending time with them in the outdoors. A few of his many rugged pastimes include archery, backpacking, and hunting. If he could sprout leaves and become a tree, Luke would opt for a hemlock, because they grow in remote, pristine environments and keep their foliage year-round.

Randy Baatenburg

Asset Manager | ISA Certified Arborist | ISA Certified Utility Specialist

A twenty-year veteran in tree service, Randy has been with Treeworks, Inc. since the company was first planted. Although he doesn’t flaunt his vast knowledge, Randy serves as the team’s human encyclopedia, able to answer almost any question on any subject. Among other skills, he makes a mean burrito and can beat just about anyone at chess. Having mentored a number of the younger staff, Randy is extremely proud of the team at Treeworks, Inc. and the superior end product of their work. If given the opportunity to be a tree, Randy fancies he would be an ash, because “sometimes you really like them, and sometimes you really don’t.”

Zach Jonio

ISA Certified Arborist

Zach has been in tree service ever since he was a young sapling himself. He began by working for his father’s company at age sixteen, and joined the Treeworks, Inc. team three years ago. Zach enjoys the challenge of the larger jobs Treeworks, Inc. tackles, and has grown in his ability to manage more intense tasks with greater precision. As a man of both rugged and domestic skills, Zach takes pride in his four-wheeler and his vegetable garden. One of his most worthy accomplishments is his license as an ISA Certified Arborist, consistent with his passion for tree health. As a tree, Zach identifies with the white oak because, along with their size and strength, they are known to grow gradually and steadily.

Ethan Parcher

 

Although fairly green in his profession, Ethan quickly earned his keep alongside the other crew members. He first developed a taste for tree service while doing some hurricane relief work in Georgia during October of 2018. A matter of months later, he met Jason and was struck by the universal motivation and mutual respect among the team members at Treeworks, Inc. Since joining their ranks, Ethan has acquired a new level of professionalism, character, and ethical standards, which he attributes to the company’s exemplary work and high expectations. As a newcomer to the industry, Ethan adds that he has especially appreciated the team’s dedication to helping him learn and grow at his own pace, giving him confidence in the skills he has formed. Two of his most noteworthy achievements with the company include the occasion on which Luke dubbed him as “cool,” and the chess game in which he defeated Kurt. When not on the job, Ethan enjoys performing mission work in the inner city of Grand Rapids, reading history and apologetics, and taking outdoor excursions with his brothers and friends. As a tree, he would choose the American Beech, since he aspires to their level of year-round tenacity and resilience.

Darnell Neuberger

Aerial Specialist

As the company’s most seasoned climber, Darnell enjoys heights and the broad range of tasks the team tackles. Since beginning his career eight years ago, he has grown in his confidence around potentially dangerous situations and takes special pride in seeing difficult tasks through to completion. A true outdoorsman, Darnell likes to take his dirt bike for a ride in his spare time. He is also quite proud of his grandmother who is a professional German yodeler on the other side of the Atlantic. Darnell wishes it to be known that if he could be any kind of tree, he would be a redwood because they are impossible to cut down.

Mike Wallace

ISA Certified Arborist

Mike’s career in tree service began in the mountainous state of Colorado twenty years ago. Since then, he has blossomed in all things plant-related, recently receiving his ISA certification as an arborist. After moving back to Michigan, Mike found Treeworks, Inc. through the grapevine of “tree guys” and quickly joined the team. He brings with him an enthusiasm for greenery, and will soon be spearheading the company’s development of plant health care and property maintenance. He especially enjoys the challenge of diagnosing mysterious plant afflictions and identifying the appropriate cure. Mike remains a man of mystery in other regards, as well– for instance, his reluctance to share what tree species he identifies with most, although he is known to spurn the Russian Olive. However, he has received poetic comparison to the species in the eloquent words of Ethan, who writes, “He would reside in the acquaintance of the Russian Olive, who alone could, in one branch, cover the unadulterated beauty of the prairies like wildfire on a summer wind… The practicality of his thorns would be a refuge to the birds of the air, but the bane of existence to mankind.”

Kurt Heft

 

Kurt first entered tree service out of a desire to challenge himself with the high caliber of work the field requires. Five years later, his experience with Treeworks, Inc. has forged a spirit of determination and an eye for detail in each job. Kurt strongly believes in the team’s attention to the specifics and the precision of their work from the simplest tasks to the most intricate. As a hobby, he enjoys astronomy and breaking out his telescope on clear nights. But most importantly, if Kurt could be a tree he would choose sassafras because they smell nice when cut down.

 

Zach Porter

 

Having spent nearly the past two decades in tree service, Zach knows this trade. He also knows that it takes a special kind of team to accomplish the difficult tasks Treeworks, Inc. has tackled over the years for diverse companies. As one of the crew’s senior members, he believes that the loyalty of the team, forged by close and intense work together, is what has enabled Treeworks, Inc. to serve the community for so long. His favorite part of his job is watching the crew grow and learn from one another, always striving for the highest standards. Outside work, Zach and his wife run a greenhouse where they sell vegetables and flowers. He feels that the time he spends growing plants makes up for the time he spends cutting them down at work. If he could be a tree, Zach imagines he would be a sugar maple, since his pastimes include boiling maple syrup, and sugar maples are the easiest trees to clean up after cutting them down.

Scott Fryman

 

Scott has a solid twenty-five years of experience in all things technical. After spending those years running his own shop, Scott turned over a new leaf in his career and joined the Treeworks, Inc. team. Since then he has enjoyed and grown from the variety of work the job provides, as well as the experience of collaborating with a team whose versatile skills mean that roles area always changing. When not with his machines, Scott can be found on the golf range, fishing on the lake, or blazing trails in the winter with his snowmobile. If he could be any type of tree, Scott would prefer red maple, because of their vibrant colors, especially in the fall.

Joe Fritz

 

Ever since receiving an invitation to join Treeworks, Inc. in the fall of 2018, Joe has flourished in the company climate. Having already known a number of the crew members, he quickly sank roots into the team and has grown in skill and flexibility alongside them. Joe has especially appreciated the company’s strong sense of dedication to high standards, and the wide scope of tasks he gets to execute. Among other things, he has enjoyed constructing attachments for equipment and seeing them contribute to the efficiency of any given job. On his own time, he can be found in the great outdoors, hunting and fishing. If Joe were a tree, he would like to be a sequoia amidst a pack of others, as this would guarantee him both long life and protection.

Nate Mencarelli

Mechanic

With twenty years of experience in mechanics under his belt, Nate decided to branch out and take his skills into the tree care industry in the fall of 2019. The transition to Treeworks, Inc. was a seamless one, as he had pre-existing friendships with Randy, the Porters, and a number of the crew. As he expected, the main highlight of the job has been working closely with a group of quality guys who see one another as people, and not just as co-workers. Outside work, Nate enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his most prized possession: his family. If Nate were a tree, he would ideally be a member of a white pine forest, because of the uniquely awe-inspiring aura such a forest holds. However, if he ever catches you touching his tools you are more likely to encounter a fear-inspiring face (see image on the left). Consider yourself warned!

Becky Porter

Chief Administrator

Having grown up on a fruit farm, Becky has had a lifelong passion for plants and gardening. She went on to develop this interest at Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture with a minor in landscape design. She has designed and installed landscapes for both residential and commercial clients for fifteen years. While landscape design has lately taken a back seat to raising a family, Becky continues to keep the financial and administrative cogs and wheels of Treeworks, Inc. running in the office. She is most impressed by the team’s professionalism and desire to lead the industry in technique and safety standards that are second to none. Travel, food (both cooking and eating), and spending time on the water are her favorite pastimes. If she had to choose her favorite tree (an impossible task) one of the leading contenders would be the Dawn Redwood for its nickname as the Eternity tree, its ancient history and the fact that it has one of the coolest Latin names: Metasequoia glyptostrobiodes, say that three times fast!

Shiloh Carozza

Communications Director

As a Hillsdale College graduate, Shiloh joined the Treeworks, Inc. team in the summer of 2018 to create and launch the company’s marketing program. She is thrilled to be a part of the team and to work with all the dedicated, genuine, hilarious people on staff. Her favorite part of her job, without question, has been interacting with and observing the crew members in their natural habitat.  Growing up in West Michigan, Shiloh has developed a strong affection for the community and the great Michigan outdoors. In her spare time she can be found running, writing, and playing the banjo on her porch. If Shiloh were to be a tree, she could see herself as a lilac tree because they smell nice and, while not very tall, they will take up as much space as you let them.

 

Trained and inspired by their father Ranier Porter, the Porter brothers have worked for two decades to promote growth and service in arboriculture to the next generation and beyond.