Meet the Arborscapes Team
The Right People
A native of Centerville, Ohio, Nathan attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a BS degree in Urban Forestry. He’s been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1997 – the year he learned how to climb trees during an internship in Varese, Italy. That experienced resulted in publishing a comparative study of European and U.S. urban tree care in Tree Care Industry Magazine. Nathan moved to Charlotte in 1998 and, two years later, founded Arborscapes with his boyhood and Ohio State friend Jason Tebben. Ask them about their childhood forts and rope swings! Nathan is a bundle of energy and loves talking to people about trees and plants. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children – Noah, Lindsey and Molly. Along with their two dogs and three cats, they live on 23 acres in the country in York, S.C.
Jason is the co-founder of Arborscapes. His passion for the outdoors started at a young age with building woodland forts, hiking out West, and family camping trips. After receiving a degree from The Ohio State University in Landscape Horticulture, Jason was eager to start his own business. He knew creating Arborscapes with Nathan, whom he grew up with since 6th grade, was a perfect fit. Jason is married to his caring wife Alysun, and together they have 3 amazing children, Max, Meg, and Morgan. In his free time, Jason loves boating, rebuilding Jeeps or muscle cars, training for marathons/Ironman races and ironically enough, working in his own yard.
Director of Office Operations
I was born in Mexico and lived in NC since 1991. I am a mother of three beautiful children: Lupita, Xander and Lizzy. I am married to a wonderful husband, Brandon. I have two dogs, Luna and Buttons. Family comes first and I am so fortunate to work for a company that respects that. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing with our two dogs.
How I got the job at Arborscapes was kind of strange. I had applied at a company in Indian Trail, which was like 5 minutes away from home. The secretary at this company was also the secretary for Arborscapes. She told me that they were not hiring but to leave my contact information in case they needed me. The following day, I received a call from that company asking me to come in for an interview. I was super excited and hoping that I would get the job because it would be a short commute to work. After the interview, I was told that I was hired but not with their company but with Arborscapes. I was so disappointed when she told me that Arborscapes was in Pineville. However, I wanted to give it a try and took the offer. That is how my journey with Arborscapes began.
I started working for Arborscapes in 2013, moving up from secretary to office manager. I am very blessed to have two great bosses who I enjoy working for. I love our team. I am proud of the growth and success that I have been a part of here and look forward to a bright future.
Born and raised in New York City with Dominican parents. I have a toddler named Elianny so best believe I have my hands full. I have been in Human Resources for a few years now and am lucky to have found my forever career and passion, and I am excited to live that out here.
I started working for Arborscapes in 2023, I am very thankful to Yeni, Jason, and Nathan for giving me this opportunity. I love our team we are more than coworkers here; we are the Arborscapes family. I am ready to see what the future holds for Arborscapes.
My name is Tashiana, or you can call me Tachi.
I was born in Delaware state and raised in Charlotte, NC. At 24 years old, I am a first-time auntie to a beautiful baby girl, Susu, who I am so in love with! My life used to be all about pizza. I worked at a pizzeria for 6 years, with amazing owners who are like family to me. Arborscapes came into my life as a surprise just like my little niece did. What can I say, I am loving it so far! I started working as a receptionist and got promoted to an administrative assistant. Let’s talk about amazing opportunities with Arborscapes.
I am thankful for Yeni, our Office Manager, for being the best teacher in my growing progress with the company. I believe in my heart that Arborscapes will be my forever home. ÍMe gusta mucho todo aqui!
Dedication and giving it my all are my daily goals. I am very excited about this new journey in my life, and I am ready for all that comes my way!
I was born and raised in North Carolina, I am the youngest out of 5. I have a half pit and half German shepherd named Max. One of the things I enjoy doing during my free time is fishing although I don’t eat what I catch. I also like watching soccer because it’s one the of the times that brings my family together.
I graduated from Piedmont High school in 2020 during the beginning of COVID which led to me having an interesting story to talk about. Working at a pizza place and retail truly put into perspective how being bilingual is an advantage to help customers needs.
Unfortunately I had to leave my last job to take care of my brother who was diagnosed with cancer. After a couple of months, he was declared cancer free and is living his life which gave me an opportunity to find a new job. I applied at certain places but had no luck until I found an opportunity to work with Arborscapes. I am grateful for this job opportunity and look forward for what’s next to come.
Colby is an Indian Land, SC native and has seen Charlotte grow into the booming city it is today. As a boy, you could always find him out and about in the forest on his family farm; climbing (and falling out of) any tree that he could find. His love for trees and nature have grown over the years and eventually leading him to pursue a degree in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University. While at Clemson, he found another avenue of the ‘tree world’ in the form of STIHL Timbersports. After years of training and perseverance he represented Clemson at the collegiate nationals in Milwaukee, WI.
After graduation, he found himself in Charleston, SC working for a tree company as a field superintendent. There he gained a wealth of knowledge from some seasoned veterans of the industry. The Grand Oaks of Charleston will make anyone stare in awe. He was also blessed to work with his favorite tree, the Longleaf Pine and its feathered counterpart the Red-cockaded woodpecker. After moving on from that role he wound up in the mountains of Western North Carolina operating a processor for a timber harvest company. He decided after some time that he would move back home to be close to family and friends. Colby was a natural fit for Arborscapes.
Born and raised in Indian Land SC, younger brother to Colby Benfield. Riley grew up on the family farm with plenty of woods to explore where he found his calling for this line of work. Straight out of school he went to work for a local land developer that allowed him to hone his skills operating heavy equipment.
Afterwards moving to Canton, NC with his brother to take jobs at a high grade specialized logging company in the Appalachian mountains. After moving home and returning to the land development company Riley decided to return to the trees. When he’s not at work he enjoys working on vehicles and spending time with his best bud Jr. “his 7 year old mastiff”. Riley feels beyond blessed for any opportunity God opens up to him especially the doors opened and family feel the Arborscapes team has projected!
Landscape Operations Manager
I am wonderfully blessed with a beautiful wife and 3 amazing children. They make my world go round. They serve as constant inspiration for my walk through this life.
I love spending time with my family and sharing our life experiences. I also like to create art in all of its forms. Seeing gardens and old growth forests is another source of joy for me.
Born in Wisconsin, my parents moved our family south when I was 9 and here to Charlotte at 11. After high school, I spent some time in the North Carolina mountains . The beauty I witnessed there was the seed to begin my career in the green industry.
I went to college and told my advisor I wanted to be a radio dj. She thought about it for a moment and replied “we have a horticulture program”. I’m not sure of her motivation but horticulture quickly became my path.
I have spent my whole adult life as a horticulturist and landscape designer-installer here in Charlotte. I am also a lifelong gardener, always experimenting with new plants and techniques.
I enjoy gardening in all its forms. That enjoyment allows me to appreciate all the beauty created and to grow from the experience. Every project brings a unique set of details in which I learn how to do the next project better.
Robert has been in the green industry for over 25 years, and is a self-described plant obsessive. He became a Certified Professional Horticulturist with ANLA in 1998, a Master Gardner in 2000, a Certified Arborist with ISA in 2002, and has been designing landscapes for over 20 years. Robert was the perfect fit for Arborscapes, and we are glad to have him.
Born and raised in small town South Carolina, I was introduced to the green industry from the start. Helping my father with his landscaping business since childhood started me on my path to a career in this field. Whether I was in my hometown, the greater Columbia SC area, or Charlotte, I was always eager to help others create, improve, or transform their lawn and landscape to the property of their dreams. After marrying my best friend Carly in March of 2022, we made the short move to Charlotte to set our roots. I couldn’t be happier to have found Arborscapes and look forward to a great future here. Outside of landscapes I enjoy spending time with my wife and our families, supporting our local Carolina sports teams, and playing mediocre at best golf.
Tree Care Operations Manager
A self-proclaimed tree hugger and preservationist, John has more than 20 years of experience in arboriculture. He earned an Associate Degree in Horticulture Technology from Central Piedmont Community College and became a Board-Certified Master Arborist in 2012. In addition, he has a strong knowledge of plant health care. He and Lori, his wife of 20 years, have one daughter, Adaline. It’s easy to see John’s heart is in the outdoors. His hobbies include mountain biking, whitewater kayaking and wood milling and woodworking.
Tree Care Manager
Marcos, a native of Uruguay, moved to the United States in 2000. He’s been doing tree work for 20 years, including the last 10 as part of the Arborscapes team. He brings experience and impressive credentials to every job. And clients love his enthusiasm. Marcos is a Certified Arborist, ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor and N.C. Certified Pesticide Applicator. Marcos loves playing soccer and is a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Safety Coordinator / Certified Arborist
Matt entered the tree care industry back in 1998 after being inspired by the Redwood trees of Northern California. Safety is paramount to the Arborscapes team as the industry faces daily hazards. Weekly safety meetings and continued education are an integral part of a safety program and requires participation from all employees to create our culture of safety. Having earned his Certified Tree Care Safety Professional accreditation allows Matt to share his experience with his coworkers. He is also a Certified Arborist and is qualified in Tree Risk Assessment. Outside of Arborscapes you may find him playing drums to some groovy music or just hanging out with his son.
Tree Care Manager
Josh is an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. He attended The Pennsylvania State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Contracting and a minor in Arboriculture. His career started in landscaping but felt a strong pull to dive deeper into his passion for arboriculture. Josh began in the tree care industry as a climber for 8 years before transitioning to consulting.
Josh was born and raised in Pennsylvania. It was at Penn State where he met and married his wife of eight years. Life brought Josh and his wife from Pennsylvania to North Carolina in 2016. They resided in Blowing Rock for two years before making the transition to the Charlotte area, where they have lived ever since. They now have a 2-year-old little girl who is a source of constant joy in their life. He enjoys spending time with family and hiking through the woods. To this point, his favorite hiking destination has been Grandfather Mountain but hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety soon.
I currently am a Certified Treecare Safety Professional and ISA certified arborist. I am an ambassador For Teufelburger fiber which a leading rope and climbing equipment manufacturer for the arborist industry. I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago Illinois. Always was outside play sports or working with my fathers landscaping company. I was a committed baseball player through my sophomore year when I found a love for trees and climbing. I moved focus to study urban forest management and horticulture at Western Illinois university. Graduated in 2006. I moved to North Carolina in the same year and with in a few years started my own company and began to compete in ISA tree climbing competitions. Since then I have won the southern chapter championship 7 time, North American championships in 2013 and place in the top as high as 2nd in the world championships in the 6 times I competed. I have a 6 year old daughter Noralee who keeps me busy in most of my free time.
Landscape Maintenance Manager
I was born and raised in a small town by Lake Norman called Sherrills Ford. I have been in the green industry from the start, always helping my father work on a farm since childhood. This started me on a path to a career in the green industry from working summer jobs with golf courses and landscape construction firms. After receiving a degree from Clemson University in Turfgrass Management, I pursed golf course construction in Hilton Head, Atlanta, and Charlotte, NC. I then transitioned into Landscape Maintenance & Construction industry after moving back to Charlotte in 2004. I have certifications in NC Landscape Contractor License and Irrigation Contractors License. I am married to my wife Kristy, and together we have 3 amazing children, Cayden, Banks, and Asa. Outside of Arborscapes I enjoy spending time with my family, spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, coaching and watching my boys play sports. Go Tigers!!
Landscape Maintenance Assistant Manager
Josh is a born and raised native of Phoenix, AZ. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in English literature and originally went into publishing as a career. After the company he worked for closed shop, he chose to pursue his other passion in life, the outdoors, which led him to a career in landscaping. Originally starting at a small garden installation company and moving up to larger install work, Josh discovered an almost unhealthy interest in all things plants. Now at Arborscapes, Josh helps to manage the maintenance department. When he’s not out in the field, you can find him mountain biking, rock climbing or backpacking. On occasion he will clear an entire room with his terrible jokes.
Frank was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Frank first got into the green industry after college, joining a small landscape company working in the Hamptons. A year later he got employed as a Greenskeeper at a local golf course for two and half years. In 2016, Frank packed up his things and moved to Indian Trail, NC, to be with his then girlfriend, Giulia. Frank and Giulia are now married 4 years and have twin girls Alessia and Adriana. Family is important and Frank is happy to work for a company who values that.
Frank got hired by a small landscape company out of Midland, NC where he worked for 6 years. He did everything from maintenance to installation, spraying and irrigation. He is a certified Pesticide Applicator. Frank wanted opportunities to move up and grow in the field he enjoys and that was when Arborscapes came about. Joining Arborscapes has been so amazing, they have welcomed him, and everyone here makes employees feel like family. Arborscapes has truly been a blessing to him in the short amount of time he has been with the company. He is excited for the opportunities and growth he will make.
He is a fourth generation Pigeon Breeder. He got his first pair of pigeons over 25 years ago. He travels all over the United States for show competitions and has won many of them. He has many different breeds, ranging from flying birds to show breeds.
His other big hobby is sports. In high school Frank was all county in cross country and got his number retired when he graduated. He loves his three major sport teams; the Miami Dolphins, New York Mets, and New York Islanders-yes, a weird combo. Also, currently he plays roller hockey, softball and coaches flag football for Indian Trail Athletic Association.
Plant Health Care Department
Plant Health Care Operations Manager
Chris was born in Birmingham and grew up outside of Atlanta. After meeting his wife in Virginia Beach, they eventually made their way to Charlotte in 2006. They have three children: Caleb, Elijah, and Willow, as well as three cats (Pepper Edison, Poncho Velveeta, Luna Estelle), 8ish chickens (Tuna, Turkey, Dumpling, Vienna Sausage, CBK, Nurse Duckenstein, Atilla the Hen, Chikira-Chikira), and a dog (Penelope).
Chris has 20+ years of experience in the industry, is a Board Certified Master Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, a North Carolina Licensed Landscape Contractor, Registered Consulting Arborist and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. He currently serves as Vice President of the Southern Chapter of the ISA, and on their finance, education, and membership committees.
When not overwhelmed with all of his children’s activities, he enjoys camping, reading, smoking various forms of meat and tobacco, and a decent bourbon.
Plant Health Care Manager / Sales
When Paul was 15 years old he moved with his family into a new house that was within walking distance to a maintenance facility for a golf course. He immediately went over got a job working on the golf course after school and on weekends. Paul fell in love and never looked back. He continued to work on the golf course through high school and college. Paul graduated from North Carolina State University with a Turfgrass Management degree in 1998. He has dedicated his entire career to the Green Industry, serving learning and growing in many different aspects of the industry for the last 28 years. As a Certified Arborist, Paul’s emphasis has been on tree and plant health at Arborscapes, and we are lucky to have him!
Head of PHC Training and Development
Casey was born in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, and moved throughout the eastern seaboard in his formative years. He settled in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina in 2007 and has called it home ever since. Casey studied political science at Auburn University before coming to the conclusion that politics was not the most impactful way that he could make a difference in the world. While deciding how to best make that impact, his older brother Chris introduced him to the arboricultural industry, and he found a passion for Tree and Plant Healthcare. In the 5+ years since finding that passion, Casey has become a plant healthcare specialist, an ISA Certified and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Arborist, as well as a Certified Pesticide Applicator. Casey has also dedicated much of his free time to attending ISA conferences and educational events to maintain a finger on the pulse of the tree care industry.
When not working, Casey enjoys traveling, eating brisket his brother smoked, drinking a cold craft beer, and dedicating his undivided attention to any and all Auburn sports teams. War Eagle!
“For the love of the trees”