Our employees are the most valuable resource at Van Yahres Tree Company; they are the reason we earn our reputation on every job. More than half of our crew members are ISA-Certified Arborists with more industry experience and know-how than you’ll find anywhere. Just as we focus on building relationships with our clients, we focus on training and retaining our employees for the long-term. Our employees receive the best compensation and benefits in the industry—and what you’ll see is a passion and commitment to professional service and care on every visit to your property.
Today Van Yahres Tree Company is owned and operated by Mitch’s son, Mike Van Yahres. Mike is a trained arborist and also holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Mike has published articles in national magazines and is invited to speak across country on the subjects of campus design and tree management.
Crew Leader; Certified Arborist (MA4508A)
Jeremy learned tree work at Van Yahres Tree Company after joining our team in 2002. After training with some of our most experienced arborists, Jeremy quickly worked to receive his certification from the ISA and is among our most efficient and accomplished crew leaders.
Plant Healthcare Specialist; Certified Horticulturalist; Certified Arborist (MA5561A); Certified Pesticide Applicator (49915-C)
Sammy joined the VYTC team in 2012 bringing her many years of landscape and horticulture knowledge (she became a certified arborist in early 2014). Sammy cares deeply about trees and shrubs as well as environmental impact and takes great care and pride in providing excellent service.
Certified Arborist (MA-5668A)
Justin joined VYTC in 2013 bringing with him a background in landscaping. Tree care has been a natural transition for Justin and he has grasped concepts and techniques easily.
Troy joined VYTC in 2013 after spending several years in local tree care and building his repertoire of skills. Troy has worked for line clearance companies and has experience working around power lines.
Stacy joined VYTC in 2015 and, leveraging her background in Human Resources, leads the efforts on developing and maintaining administrative and financial processes/procedures as well as ensuring the smooth operation of company logistics.
Certified Arborist (MA-5840A), Certified Pesticide Applicator (130781-T)
Thomas, a native of Charlottesville, joined VYTC in early 2014 to expand our sales department. His background in the green industry spans various industries which include owning and operating a landscape company as well as working in sales capacity for a locally based biofuel company. Thomas’ goals include enhancing customer satisfaction and growing the business in the current competitive market place.
Certified Arborist (MA0310A)
A graduate of Kent State University (1979), Dave has worked in numerous capacities in the green industry since the early 1980s. His experience includes work with plant materials at the Holden Arboretum in Ohio and five years as Grounds Manager at the Woodberry Forest School of Virginia. After twenty years with us Dave is still consulting with VYTC to offer his unique expertise for our clients.