Our History

See how fifteen years of hard work and determination resulted in the Russell Tree Experts you know today!

 

2004

 
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Joe and Shari meet while studying at OSU, both in Landscape Horticulture. They meet as Mayhew Scholars, a scholarship program. Through the program they get to know each other while working at the Chadwick Arboretum on campus.

2005

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Joe and Shari drive to Illinois to pick up a chipper he bought on eBay, nicknamed the “The Chuck-n-Duck”

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Russell Tree Service (The original name of the company) collects the needed tools for the job!

2006

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Company is renamed to Russell Tree Experts ltd. and new logo is revealed

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First two employees are hired

2007

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First website is launched

2008

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First bucket truck is purchased

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Plant Health Care services begin

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RTE has four employees

2009

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Services are expanded to municipal clients

2010

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Redesigned website is launched

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Truck fleet expands to four in production

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We take up official residence at 3427 E Dublin-Granville Rd in Westerville, Ohio

2011

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Office staff hired

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First disaster relief crew is dispatched to Hurricane Irene

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We accept the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the 5th year in a row

2012

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First grapple truck joins the fleet

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Disaster relief crew is dispatched to Hurricane Sandy

2013

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Joe is elected Vice President of the Ohio Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

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Our 13th truck joins the fleet

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Our staff reaches 16 employees with eight ISA Certified Arborists

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Redesigned website is launched

2014

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Disaster relief team dispatched to Georgia ice storm

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Shop/truck garage is constructed at the Russell Tree Experts home office

2015

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Disaster relief team dispatched to California wild fires

2016

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Disaster relief team dispatched to Hurricane Matthew (Florida)

2017

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Disaster relief team dispatched to Hurricane Irma (Florida)

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Redesigned, mobile-friendly website launched

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Educational resource ARBOR ED™ is launched

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Russell Tree Experts hosts first “Open Climb” inviting the public to try their hand at tree climbing

2018

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Three Russell Tree Experts arborists compete in the Ohio Chapter ISA Tree Climbing Competition in Columbus, Ohio

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TREE FOR A TREE® program is launched

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Sponsors the Columbus Clippers’ “Arbor Day Game” and gives away 5,000 trees to attendees

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Russell Tree Experts hosts RTE18, a tree climbing celebration and competition

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TCIA awards us the Professional Communications Award for outstanding newsletter/blog

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Disaster relief team dispatched to Hurricane Florence

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José Fernández holds first ARBOR ED™ tree ID workshop

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250 trees are planted at Pickerington Ponds Metro Park by the TREE FOR A TREE® program

2019

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To celebrate Arbor Day, 5,000 trees are planted for the TREE FOR A TREE® program

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Street tree pruning crew is deployed to Point Pleasant, West Virginia