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A Seed of an Idea

I was a stay-at-home dad who had attended Bible college, traveled on many mission trips around the world, and was considering my next steps. One day I asked my Pastor, “should I go into full-time ministry or start a business”? He told me to start a business and, by faith, I acted on his counsel.

Shortly after that conversation, a buddy of mine mentioned that he had a tree he needed to be taken down and I remember thinking, “how hard could tree work be”? I knew how to fix chainsaws (we cut a lot of firewood growing up), but I didn’t know anything about climbing trees. I had climbed trees as a kid so I thought I could probably figure it out. Although I did almost everything wrong in removing that tree, I began seeking further opportunities to remove trees and later brought my brother on to help me part-time. After we had worked together for a short time we both began to realize we would have to do this full-time. Today, my brother is the Operations Manager for our entire operation.

Getting Rooted in the Tree Care Service

I began to study tree removal articles and books, learning how ropes were tied and how the special climbing gear was to be used. I began putting my learning into practice. I learned very early that in order to get good work all I had to do was show up when I said I would and do what I said I was going to do.

At that time, the chief complaints I heard from customers and clients were things like, “I called five other guys and you were the only ones that showed up” or “I have given the job out twice and no one has shown up to do the job”.

We didn’t always do everything perfectly but we got better every day. As we began to truly serve our clients, we began to grow and take on more clients.

Branching Out

About 4 years into it, I attended a conference where I met a man from another tree company in town. He was experienced and I watched him effortlessly climb a tree and I remember thinking, ‘if I could get him on my team, we could really go forward’.

He agreed to work with me and after 6 months, we decided to merge our companies together and he became a partner in Schneider Tree Care.

We continued to grow and seek out new business opportunities and built many relationships along the way. Through some of these relationships, we were able to extend our reach beyond Greenville to include N Charleston, SC and Charlotte, NC.

So, in 20 years we have grown from a small startup to 70 employees in 3 different markets. We have done that by employing hardworking people who understand that we are a team and are committed to our core values.

Our Core Values

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Do the Right Thing

Most people, have an understanding of right and wrong. And, you might think that “do the right thing’ is trite, simple. But when we look at how we do business and put these words into a business perspective (how we care for a client) it has huge implications. We tell our people to do the right thing. If our team damages something, the wrong thing is to hide it–they know that. They know the right thing is to get to the job on time, to make sure that everyone in the group is doing what they are supposed to be doing (wearing hard hats, safety glasses, etc). We felt that “do the right thing” would be a great start to our core value system.

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Fanatical Client Service

I chose the word ‘fanatical’ because is was a big and extreme word. When it comes to taking care of our clients, it’s fanatical, it’s above and beyond. We’re going to do more than anyone else to make sure our clients are satisfied. We will do whatever it takes to keep them happy from how we sell the job in the beginning, to how we schedule the job, to the call back at the end of the job to find out if they were satisfied with their service. We want to make sure we are serving our clients fanatically well.

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Culture of Safety

In a tree care company, safety is a big deal. When you are putting someone 70-80 feet high up in a tree with a rope and a chainsaw in their hand, things could go wrong. I never want to make the phone call that a son or husband was hurt on the job. So, we are very serious about our training and about cultivating a culture of safety. There is a definite danger in providing tree care service but we can mitigate much of that through training and maintaining a safe culture.

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Pursuit of Excellence

This one was added last as a result of feeling like we were missing one more core value. As we grow, we are always pursuing to be greater than we are today. People might say, “I’m doing all I know how to do” and that’s fine but we can still grow and learn beyond what we know today. Pursuing excellence is learning how to do more.

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Team First

At Schneider Tree, we ARE our brother’s keeper and we have each others back. If someone is doing something that is unsafe or not showing up on time, it doesn’t help them and it doesn’t help the team. So when it comes to team first, we are going to do what the team is doing, not march to our own drum. Having a team that cares about you helps you to go forward in life. We feel we are more than just a workplace. We are a team of guys doing things that are extraordinary.

Meet Your Sales Arborists Team

Ryan Anders

Sales Arborist

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Ryan Anders

Sales Arborist

Certification #

SC #6801

School Attended

Clemson

Years in the Business

6

Favorite Tree

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum).

Location

Greenville

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NATE BALL

Sales Arborist

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NATE BALL

Sales Arborist

Certification #

SO-6796A

School Attended

Appalachian State University

Years in the Business

6

Favorite Tree

Eastern Hemlock

Location

Charleston

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Scott Carlson

Sales Arborist

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Scott Carlson

Sales Arborist

Certification #

SO-1835A

School Attended

Clemson University

Years in the Business

19

Favorite Tree

American Beech

Location

Greenville

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Ryan Chipman


VP of Sales and Marketing

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Ryan Chipman


VP of Sales and Marketing

Certification #

SO-5975A

School Attended

UNC Charlotte

Years in the Business

14

Favorite Tree

Deodoar Cedar

Location

Corporate

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Steven Davis

Sales Arborist

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Steven Davis

Sales Arborist

Years in the Business

28

Favorite Tree

Northern Red Oak

Location

Charlotte

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Jay Engledow

Sales Arborist

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Jay Engledow

Sales Arborist

Certification #

IN-0105A

Years in the Business

28

Favorite Tree

Glory Red Maple

Location

Greenville

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Wes Foster


Sales Arborist

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Wes Foster


Sales Arborist

Years in the Business

2

Favorite Tree

Live Oak

Location

Charlotte

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Brian Gray


Shrub and Tree Care Manager / Consulting Arborist

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Brian Gray


Shrub and Tree Care Manager / Consulting Arborist

Certification #

SO-7417A

Years in the Business

3

Favorite Tree

Paperbark Maple

Location

Charleston

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Chris Green

Sales arborist

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Chris Green

Sales arborist

Certification #

SO-6502A

School Attended

Bethany College

Years in the Business

8

Favorite Tree

Eastern Redbud

Location

Charlotte

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Tim Jackson

Branch Manager

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Tim Jackson

Branch Manager

Certification #

SO-4331A

School Attended

Bob Jones University

Years in the Business

19

Favorite Tree

Live Oak

Location

Charleston

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Bryon Kaufman

Sales Arborist

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Bryon Kaufman

Sales Arborist

Certification #

SO-7199A

School Attended

Bob Jones University

Years in the Business

3

Favorite Tree

Deodar Cedar

Location

Charleston

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Josh Milbourne

Branch Manager / Sales Arborist

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Josh Milbourne

Branch Manager / Sales Arborist

Certification #

SO-7523A

School Attended

American Intercontinental University

Years in the Business

4

Favorite Tree

Hickory

Location

Charlotte

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Luther Marchant


Vice President / Sales Arborist

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Luther Marchant


Vice President / Sales Arborist

Certification #

SO 1594A

Years in the Business

20

Favorite Tree

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

Location

Greenville

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Senior Staff

Erich Schneider: CEO
Brandon Brown: President
Ryan Chipman
: VP of Sales and Marketing
Brian Gray
: Shrub and Tree Care Manager / Consulting Arborist
Tim Jackson: Branch Manager
Josh Milbourne: Branch Manager / Sales Arborist
Luther Marchant
: Vice President / Sales Arborist
Kurt Schneider: COO

Partnering With The Community

  • Augusta Circle Elementary School
  • YMCA Greenville
  • Camp Marietta
  • Center for Developmental Services
  • City of Belmont
  • Taylors Elementary
  • Greenville Council of Garden Clubs
  • Camp Greenville
  • Mini Miracles Farm
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
  • Miracle Hills Industries
  • Generous Garden Project
  • Roper Mountain Science Center
  • Bishop Gadsden
  • Safe Harbor
  • TREESC
  • South Carolina Governor's School
  • Biltmore House
  • Trees Greenville
  • MUSC-Arboretum
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