About Us

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Mr. David Lawyer started The Tree Man in the year 2000 after over 20 years of professional life as a banker and property manager.  His love of trees and plants and his dedication to clients has left a lasting effect.  In 2016, David retired and The Tree Man was acquired by Dave Leonard Tree Specialists, an industry leading company with over 40 years of practice in properly caring for the trees of Central Kentucky.  Our dedication to providing clients with top-notch tree care services has never been higher.

Ross Raterman, President

Board Certified Master Arborist #KY-0648B

Ross earned his ISA Certified Arborist designation at the age of 22 while a senior Horticulture student at the University of Kentucky.  After graduating and working out of state for a handful of years, he moved back to Lexington, KY to work under Master Arborist Dave Leonard.  In 2012, Dave and Ross became business partners and the rest is history.  Ross takes pride in building a world-class Arboriculture firm right here in Central Kentucky.  In 2017, Ross became one of the youngest Board Certified Master Arborists in ISA history.  He is available for educational and speaking engagements.

Alyssa DeLeon, Administrative Assistant

Alyssa joined us in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant and has become an integral part of our team and our organization.  She learns something new about trees every day and is often the first line of contact for client requests.

Tracie Bauman, Office Manager / Scheduling Coordinator

Tracie joined us in 2015 after replacing our long-time Office Manager.  Among many other important “behind the scenes” job functions, she is in charge of scheduling client tree work jobs and communicating that schedule with clients.

Nick Tomlin, PHC Manager

ISA Certified Arborist #KY-9859A

As PHC Manager, Nick meets with clients who have trees and shrubs with insect and disease issues, or other tree health related issues, in order to properly diagnose the problem and prescribe treatment as needed.  Nick dedicates time on a daily basis to clients who value their landscape and wish for us to provide proactive health care to their plants and landscapes.  During the growing season, Nick schedules and directs our team of Plant Health Care technicians.

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