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, hiking and spending time with her family.
Devon Braithwaite is the Operations Manager here at Grace Tree Service. He has worked for us sense 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. Devon and his wife welcomed a little boy in July 2017. 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.
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!
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.
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. Chris Turned 18 in January this year. He has started our Apprenticeship program for a climbing Arborist.
Beca is our front office receptionist and is a vital part of the Grace Tree Service team! Originally from North Idaho she is a small town girl through and through. From showing at the Fair to spending time with her daughter she enjoys what the area has to offer.
Nolan Meece joined Grace Tree Service in early 2016. He moved to the Coeur d'Alene area from a small town called Darrington, WA. Nolan splits his time working for us as a lead climber and back home helping with his family business logging. He enjoys being outside, dirt biking and snowboarding.
Has a safety first mind-set and promotes a culture of safety
Initiates initiative, Practices Precision & Attains Leadership.
Works smooth and smart as a team to accomplish the most labor in the best manner.
Supports a fun family work environment - Has a clear disdain for gossip & politics. Believes a team is only as strong as its weakest link.
We are always aware of how we conduct ourselves.
Has the desire to serve others.
(Each other, Our Customers, & Our Community)
Zoe is in security. Her speed and agility makes her an excellent member of the Grace team!