E.M. – Virginia Beach
Tom grew up in New York on Long Island. Throughout high school Tom spent his summers working for a tree service learning every part of the business; from ground work to rigging.
In 1989 Tom wanted to challenge himself by joining the Navy and attempting to become a member of an elite Naval Special Operations Unit, The Unites States Navy Seals. Tom successfully completed training in November 1991 with class number 178. He remained with the U.S. Navy Seals until 1997. While stationed at Little Creek Virginia with Seal Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Tom started a small part time business of trimming, pruning, and removing trees. It did not take long for people to recognize his professional attitude and no-nonsense work ethic. Torn between remaining with the Seals or taking on his own company full time, Tom chose the path of his tree company and his business grown year after year.
Poor Folks Tree Company constantly seeks to improve their efficiency and remain current with the latest techniques. As an ISA certified Arborist, Tom knows there’s more to owning this company than just cutting down trees.
Steve comes to Poor Folks with 17 years of tree work experience. His practical experience is paired with his participation in industry groups and professional organizations. Steve is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arborculture and a member of the chapter Safety Committee. Steve was also one of the few volunteers for our area to provide aerial rescue services for pet owners via PETA and the International Cat In A Tree Rescue Group.
Steve is also a career firefighter Captain and Paramedic with a local fire department. A member of the Hampton Roads Technical Rescue Team and the Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team, he has provided specific training to area fire departments on rescue techniques related to tree work and job site accidents. He brings a safety oriented approach to all job sites and has qualifications and training unique to Poor Folks Tree Service.
Originally from New Jersey, Steve served in the Navy for 8 years and remained in Virginia after his honorable discharge in 1994. Having served at sea and ashore in Virginia, he decided to make Hampton Roads his home.
Steve's passion shows with his attention to detail, skill, and professional approach to tree work. If you get a chance to watch him work, you can tell right away, this is someone who loves their profession.
Our crew is the most important part of our business and we are constantly seeking to improve their efficiency and help them remain current with the latest techniques and safety protocols. Our employees take pride in their work and care for our customers like they're family.