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Meet Our Team of Professional Arborists


William Spradley


Owner/President
Bill Spradley - Professional Tree Care Service in St. Louis
Main Expertise: Arboricultural Consultant, Sales Representative, Plant Health Care Diagnostic Specialist, Landscape Designer, Plant Selection/Procurement, Horticultural Instructor/Educator
Established at TFL: Founded company in 1990
Education Experience: Bachelors of Science in Forest Management from University of Missouri
Certifications: ISA Certified Arborist since 1992, Licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator

Since founding Trees, Forests and Landscapes in 1990, Spradley has gone on to do so much for the tree care industry. He has been president of St. Louis Arborists Association and has been on their officer's board for more than a decade. He also has been a past president of the ISA's Midwestern Chapter.

Spradley also likes to help out with future arborists. He is an active Board member of the Horticulture Department at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and has participated in field days with University of Missouri Forestry students along with teaching a night course in plant health care.

Some of the other organizations Spradley is a part of and supports are the Plants of Merit Program, Horticulture Co-op of St. Louis and the campaign to end tree topping in Missouri.

Over the years, Spradley has traveled through most of the country and abroad to give more than 100 speaking engagements for various garden clubs, horticultural symposiums, arboricultural training programs. While in the meantime scouting out what the landscape and tree care industry has to offer in other countries to find the best solutions to our problems or queries back home.

Recently, Spradley was acknowledged for his efforts in aiding the urban forest at Willaim Woods University in Fulton by accepting the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence. The award given out by The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Community Forestry Council recognizes those that excel in improving Missouri communities through the stewardship of our community forests. He was also honored as one of seven receipiants worldwide to receive ISA's True Professionals award. Read more about the award at ISA's website.

Spradley is also one of the only arborists in Missouri to receive a state proclamation from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon for his work in preserving the champion McBaine Bur Oak near Columbia, MO. Read about the work TFL did to help preserve this great natural treasure. Check out this video to learn more about the McBaine Bur Oak.

Michael Sestric

Chief Arborist, Operations Manager, SalesmanMike Sestric - Professional St. Louis Arborist
Main Expertise: Expert Aerial Lift Operator and Pruning Arborist, Arboricultural Consultant/Salesman
Established at TFL: June 2004
Education Experience: B.S. in Arboriculture cum Laude University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Certifications: ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker Evaluator, Tree Care safety Professional, Licensed Pesticide Applicators Technician, CTSP Certified, First Aid/CPR

Michael Sestric has been in the tree industry for more than two decades and has established a great work ethic, professionalism and relations with customers.

Sestric now oversees all facets of arborist care of TFL and manages the company's team of arborists in the most efficient way possible. Since joining TFL, Sestric also has stepped up as a sales representative and consultant.

In the past Sestric has been President and Vice President of St. Louis Arborists Association, Board member of the International Society of Arboriculture Mid-Western Chapter, Arborist on Carondelet Park Master Planning Committee and published in local arboricultural and green industry publications. More recently, Sestric has served as President of the Midwestern ISA chapter.

He was also part of the team that received the Tree Care Industries Excellence in Arboriculture award for Arbor Care in San Jose, CA in 1995.

Sestric has ais the Vice-President of the Midwestern Chapter of the ISA.


Jamie Emmett


Chief Horticulturist and Climbing ExpertJamie Emmett - Professional St. Louis Arborist
Main Expertise: Tree Pruning, Climbing abilities and Expert Landscape Installation Specialist
Established at TFL: Spring 2001
Education Experience: Graduate of Vianney in 1976, Bachelors of Science in Horticulture in 1982 from University of Missouri
Certifications: ISA certified Arborist since 2004, Commercial Pesticide Applicators License, CPR and First-Aid Training

After more than two and a half decades in the tree industry, Jamie Emmett has proved that he is one of the more professional and expert climbers in the St. Louis region. Time and time again he shows his climbing abilities in the tree whether it is a simple pruning job or a large takedown, Emmett gets the job done right and as safe as possible.

Over the years Emmett has also shown expertise in landscape installation. He has excellent equipment operation skills and excels in hardscape installations including boulder walls, steps and flag stone walkways.

In the past, he has been the President and Board Member for Landscape Nurseryman's Association of Greater St. Louis.

He continues to learn more everyday and improve on his skills by obtaining continued education from Arboricultural Conferences for ISA, TCIA, the MidWestern Chapter of ISA, St. Louis Arborists Association, Landscape Nurseryman's Association of Greater St. Louis, EHAP and Horticulture Co-op of St. Louis.

Matt Schmittgens

Climbing ArboristMatt Schmittgens - Professional St. Louis Arborist
Main Expertise: Climber, Chief Equipment Mechanic, Licensed Pesticide Technician
Established at TFL: Spring 2005
Certifications: ISA Certified Arborist, Pesticide Applicators License, CPR/First Aid
Education Experience: Continued Education from Arboricultural Conferences for ISA, EHAP, Hort-Coop, Midwestern Chapter of ISA

Matt Schmittgens has quickly grown into a professional tree climber. Schmittgens's skills do not stop in the tree. He is a skilled mechanic and groundsman.

Matt became TFL's fifth ISA-Certified arborist on staff, setting the standard for professionalism in the St. Louis area. Very few other tree service companies in the country can claim to have as high of a percentage of their employees to be ISA Certified as Trees, Forests and Landscapes does.

Schmittgens continues to attend conferences to obtain continued education units and keep updated on the latest climbing techniques and safety policies. Recently, Schmittgens competed in the Midwestern ISA's Tree Climbing Championships.

James Smith


Apprentice Arborist, Landscaper and Plant Health Care Technician
James Smith - Professional St. Louis Arborist
Main Expertise: Landscape Installer, Tree Pruner, Grounds Man, Equipment Operator and Pesticide Applicator
Established at TFL: Spring 2013
Certifications: Eagle Scout BSA, Red Cross First Aid/CPR Training, Pesticide Technician Applicator, Arbor Master L1 Precision Felling, Chainsaw Handling and Ergonomics, National Forest Service B Intermediate Sawyer Certified and PADI Scuba Certified
Education Experience: Graduate of Vianny High School in 2006, Associates in Applied Science from St. Louis Community College in Criminal Law Enforcement – 2012

James Smith is the newest member of the TFL team of arborists.  He is rapidly adding many important certifications and skills in just a short period of time.  All with a base of safety as well as education to better serve our clients.

He, like all TFL staff, enjoys every facet of arboriculture and is quick to offer assistance or answer any question you may have about your landscape.  Like TFL as a whole, James is ready to answer the call when the community is in need of assistance which is proving him to be a good fit here.

James is patiently waiting to be eligible for his arborist certification.  At which time we are positive he will help TFL maintain its status as the only company in the St. Louis area that has a 100% ISA Certified Arborist field staff.

Michael Garrett


Plant Health Care Technician, Licensed Pesticide Applicator, Degreed Forester and Landscape Designer

Established at TFL: Spring 2014
Certifications: ISA Certified Arborist, Pesticide Applicator Licens, CPR/First Aid
Education Experience: B.S. in Forestry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2001; Masters in Landscape Architecture from University of Illinois in 2009.

Michael joined the TFL team in the spring of 2014 and brings with him a diverse horticulture background. He has experience in horticulture operations, ecological restoration and landscape design; but above all has centered his career around arboriculture, tree preservation and plant health care operations.

He joins the team at TFL to lead the Plant Health Care program to diagnose and treat insect and pest problems, disease, cultural and environmental issues while working with clientele to develop beautiful, creative and manageable urban forests.