The owners, Shawn and Shawnasy Bennett purchased Grace Tree Service in January of 2016. A romanticized view of the west and a good friend with a job offer brought Shawn to Idaho in 1994 where he met Shawnasy. They ran into one another at the Newport Rodeo and were married 2 years later in Farragut State Park. Shawnasy was born and raised in North Idaho and has worked in the private business sector for years. Shawn started working for the then owner of Grace Tree Service, Tim Kastning and achieved his certification for a Certified Arborist and Certified Risk Assessor. When 2016 came and Tim was ready to sell he held up his end of a gentleman’s agreement and sold the Company to Shawn and Shawnasy. They have 2 children and enjoy taking advantages of all that Coeur d’ Alene has to offer. They are very involved with the community other local businesses.
Shawn Bennett has been in the tree care industry for over 20 years. Originally from the upper peninsula of Michigan, he moved out west to start his career in forestry, specifically tree genetics. After a number of years working in the woods, his focus shifted to more residential tree care. Shortly after he attained his International Society of Arboriculture certification while working at Grace Tree Service. In 2016 Shawn purchased Grace Tree Service with his wife from previous employer and family friend, Tim Kastning. Shawn enjoys exploring what the west has to offer. You might run across him at a lake, hot springs, or an old western ghost town with his family. .
Shawnasy Bennett is a 3rd generation northern Idahoan who grew up on a small family farm. Her background in the business field spans over 20 years. She started at Dan Barton Dealership in payroll and accounts receivables, then gained more experience from other dealerships working in bookkeeping. After a period of time she became a stay at home mom and worked part time at KMC as a Certified Nursing Assistant. While taking classes for accounting at North Idaho College she worked as a receptionist at a local law office. She now owns Grace Tree Service with her husband and works diligently as the full time bookkeeper and mother of 2. Shawnasy enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, Archery and spending time with her family.
Devon Braithwaite is the Operations Manager here at Grace Tree Service. He has worked for us since 2007 starting off as a grounds man and working his way up to where he is now. Originally from northern California, he moved up to Idaho shortly before starting at Grace Tree Service to enjoy the slower pace of life and to be closer to family and friends. He enjoys boating, shooting, and projects around the house.
Chris has been with the Grace Tree Service team since spring of 17'. He came to us with a long history of wild-land firefighting and has extensive knowledge of being a sawyer. His years in the tree industry have taught him to appreciate and respect this type of work. Originally from Priest Lake, Idaho, he enjoys back country snowmobiling the area has to offer as well as hunting and fishing. Chris is enrolled in our GAP Program.
Elijah joined our crew at the beginning of the season of 18' and is from the Coeur d' Alene area. He and his wife welcomed their first baby in 2017 ! He is pursuing a career in Arborculture through our G.A.P Apprentice Program and is excited to learn all it has to offer. Elijah brings his positivity in every day and we are exited to have him! Elijah is enrolled in our GAP Program.
Mike Korab has worked for Grace Tree Service sense 2014. With previous history in the sawmill industry for over 25 years. Happily married, with one son he enjoys woodworking, being outside and the simple things life has to offer. Originally from Wisconsin he moved to Idaho in 92' to be closer to family. Mike brings experience and confidence to our crews.
Kyle Joined the Grace Team in July of 2018. He comes from a logging family and loves to hunt, fish, camp and just spend time with his wife and family. Kyle spent 8 years in the Marine Corps. He is currently enrolled in our GAP Program and is excited to learn all aspect of Arborciulture.
I was born and raised in North Idaho. I enjoy anything outdoors like hunting, fishing and hiking. I grew up doing tree work with my dad ever since I was big enough to drag brush. After high school I joined the Marine Corps and spent 4 years in the infantry. After I got out I went to the Avista Lineman school, upon graduation I realized my heart was still in the trees. I hope to obtain a degree in forestry and wildlife management starting this fall and continue my career in trees.
Kyle Joined us in March of 2018. He was born and raised in Bonners Ferry. Kyle has a background in the Oil Fields. He loves the outdoors, hunting, boating and snowboarding. He is one of our main climbers and a great asset to our team. Kyle is also enrolled in our GAP Program.
Caleb was born and raised in Springfield Missouri. He started his Arboriculture Career 5 years ago at Universal Studios in Florida. Caleb would help maintain the vast variety of trees the park had. He then went to Oregon and worked for a tree service before arriving here at Grace. Caleb enjoys time with his family, camping and biking. We value all he brings to the team!
Chris is from Hayden, ID and is the eldest of the Bennett children. He enjoys fishing, camping, and hunting on the weekends. He is eager to be a part of the family business and is looking forward to learning the tree care trade. He has started our Apprenticeship program for a climbing Arborist.
Will was born and raised in Heber Utah. He has a background in Automotive Repair and drilling. Will enjoys playing pool and riding his Harley. He joined our team in 2020. We are very happy to have him a part of our team!
Chad was born and raised in Canada, he moved to Athol in 2003. Chad went to school and received a Master Automobile Technician, Auto Mech. & Tech. Co-Op Certificate, Automotive Service Technician, as well as an Inspectors’ Authorization Certificate. Chad loves to hunt and fish in his spare time. He splits his time here as a part time mechanic and his own mechanic shop. He is a vital part of our team, we are very fortunate to have him.
Katie joined us in 2020. She has 3 boys, who keep her busy. She loves camping and spending the day at the lake. Katie is an asset to our team.
Cassidy is the youngest of the Bennett children. She is our resident baker for all our special occasions. Cassidy is learning the ropes in the office helping out where she can. Don't be surprised if you get a call from her letting you know when your work is scheduled.
Zoe is in security. Her speed and agility makes her an excellent member of the Grace team!
Has a safety first mind-set and promotes a culture of safety
Initiates initiative, Practices Precision & Attains Leadership.
Supports a family work atmosphere - Has a clear disdain for gossip & politics.
Has a high standard of self-character & Industry Practices
Has the desire to serve others.
(Each other, Our Customers, & Our Community)
If you fit these core values and want a career in Agriculture give us a call