Justin Greer is an 18-year veteran of the tree service industry and Director of Operations at Western Tree Removal Specialists, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 219-6259 or email.

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Justin Greer: Out on a Limb

  • Justin Greer is the Director of Operations at Western Tree Removal Specialists.

Justin Greer: Out on a Limb
"Very few people can say they’re fulfilling their true calling, but that’s exactly what I’m doing."

WINDSOR − Few people discover their life’s calling at an early age, but for Justin Greer, it just came naturally. “I grew up in western Sonoma County, in the town of Rio Nido, which is basically in the middle of a forest,” he says. “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been infatuated with nature, and with trees in particular.” As he entered adolescence, Justin’s love of trees quickly translated to an occupational opportunity. “When I was 15, I started clearing brush for a tree company, and from there I advanced extremely rapidly in the industry. At the ripe old age of 22, I was managing the operations of a local tree service company.”

Today, as Director of Operations at Western Tree Removal Specialists, Justin says he’s still profoundly passionate about his chosen profession. “I enjoy every aspect of my job. You could tell me, ‘Hey, Justin, guess what? Tomorrow, you’re going to take the bottom of the ladder grunt position,’ and I’d be like, ‘Awesome!’ Very few people can say they’re fulfilling their true calling, but that’s exactly what I’m doing in working with trees every day and improving people’s lives in the process.”

As a resident of Windsor (where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Sequoia), Justin says he appreciates the topographical diversity that characterizes the North Bay Area landscape. “Our landscape goes from coastal to mountainous in a short distance and contains all different types of microclimates. With all the challenges this entails, it makes for a really unique and rewarding place to operate a tree service business.”

Outside of work, Justin engages in a variety of pastimes, from hanging out with his family to driving in demolition derbies. “I drive for a monster truck team on the national circuit,” he says. “It was just something I got into during high school and continue to enjoy today.” Additionally, Justin likes designing innovative electronic circuitry—a hobby he frequently applies toward his profession. “My brother and I work on a lot of interesting tech projects. Some of the equipment we use at Western includes features that we custom-designed, including an electronic hydraulic control system for a specialized Caterpillar, which allows the operator to gain greater accuracy with some of the hydraulic features.”

In his life and career, Justin espouses a two-tiered philosophy. “My first philosophy is that if you’re going to commit yourself to something, you have to give it your all,” he explains. “That plays into the second philosophy: If and when you make a mistake, don’t let it get you down—rather, you should recognize it, make it right and learn from it. If you focus too much on your mistakes, you’re never going to get to the solution, and solutions are what life is about.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Justin’s response is unsurprising in light of his passion for his career. “I would continue to show up at work,” he says. “I’m already living out my life’s calling, so I wouldn’t want to change anything. However, I might leave work an hour earlier, just to get in a little extra daddy-daughter time with Sequoia.”

Ask me anything!
Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?

A: Dog person. My dog’s name is Leo Thor Amore, which means Lion, Thunder, Love.

Q: What’s your favorite kind of tree?

A: Sequoia. I love the fact that they’re the largest living thing on the planet. I even named my daughter Sequoia, and our running joke is that she’s the next big thing.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Cricklewood in Santa Rosa.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?

A: My dad’s old tools.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

A: Answer emergency storm calls. All of our trucks are set up like fire trucks, with flashing lights and stuff, and I love driving down the road with the lights on.

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