The Faces Behind the Name

At Tree Worx, we are more than a team, we are family. Respect, loyalty and professionalism are top traits we look for among our staff.


Hannes de Wet


Hannes, born in South Africa, started Tree Worx, LLC prior to graduating from University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a degree in Entrepreneurship. Within two years, Hannes was able to strike out on his own with Tree Worx on a full-time basis. Now 10 years into growing the business, Tree Worx, LLC has become Chattanooga’s premier tree service.


Hannes enjoys spending time with his wife, Liz, and their growing family. They welcomed their first son this year.

Duane Blomberg


Duane gained his love for tree work at the age of 10, when his grandfather taught him to drive a skidder on the sites of his logging company. After gaining degrees in both auto and diesel mechanics from Chattanooga State, he took that engrained love of tree work and started his own tree care company in 2012.


He is married to Whitney and they have one daughter, Ila James. If Duane isn’t in a tree, you can find him on the basketball court or spending time with his family.

Support Staff

Kristen Estes Chattanooga

Kristen Estes


Kristen has been with the Tree Worx team since 2020. She is passionate about helping others, whether that be people or furry friends.


Kristen is the first voice you hear when you make the call for your free consultation and she can’t wait to assist you!

Hali Vice


Hali has been assisting our clients in the office since early 2021, before which she worked in the dental field.


When she’s not at work, you can find Hali, her husband Zack and daughter spending time outdoors on their farm, camping, or enjoying anything outdoors.

Lindsay Waldroup

Estimator/Tree Care Consultant

Lindsay is passionate about tree care and enjoys building relationships with our clients, which she has been doing as a tree care consultant since 2017. She and her 4 children live in Chickamauga, GA.


When she isn’t consulting for Tree Worx, she loves being on the lake with her kids and her family.

Russell Courtney

Estimator/Tree Care Consultant

Russell has always had an interest and passion for horticulture, and knowledge of tree care comes from his father’s teachings and his experience in landscaping.


He lives in downtown Chattanooga with his wife Kate and two boys, Hudson and Henry. When not consulting for Tree Worx, he spends time meeting with individuals at a local counseling practice.

Slaton Ailey

Estimator/Tree Care Consultant

Slaton has six years of arborist experience and a Forestry Biology degree from Lincoln Memorial University. He uses that education as an estimator, and in the field for our team.


Slaton is the father to a 3 year old daughter and enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, and attending music festivals.

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