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Meet Our Team

  • Headshot of Mike and Renee Barnes (and Tucker our mini-Australian Shepherd)

    Mike and Renee Barnes (and Tucker our mini-Australian Shepherd)

    Owner/Operator

    Mike and Renee grew up in the Green Mountain area and still reside there. They love spending time in the Colorado outdoors including camping, dirt biking and UTV'ing. They are both passionate to serve the community. After a long haul in the corporate finance world, Mike decided to make a change in 2019 and do something different and outdoors (not behind a desk). Who knew they would decide to open the Southwest Denver Monster Tree Service Franchise and love every minute of it.
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    MJ (AKA Michael Jordan)

    Climber Specialist/Certified Arborist

    MJ was born and raised in New Orleans LA. He moved to Fort Collins when he was 18 and then to Denver when he was 24. His mom, brother and 2 nephews live in California where he likes to visit as much as possible. MJ got into the tree business when he was 21 because some friends were working at Kincaid Tree Surgery in Fort Collins. He decided to try it out and his boss had him climbing almost right away. He fell in love with the work when he started climbing and has been doing it for the past 11 years. In his free time he spends time with his dog Copper, hiking, camping, skiing, and just about anything else there is to do outside.
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    Andrew Powers

    Trim Department Lead/Climber Specialist

    Andrew was born and raised in Lakewood as a Colorado native. He welcomes all others to our state. He is a proud father of two girls, who as he states, “is his sunshine”. Andrew has worked in Landscaping and Forming, but once he saw Mike and Jesse having a blast one day cutting down some trees he knew it was for him and decided he wanted some of the fun. He enjoys the hard but rewarding work. He loves that his office is in the trees and his crew/team keeps him energized. Andrew is a sport nut and loves his kids “ To the Moon an back’ in his words. Andrew spent 90 days on a missions trip when he was younger and loves all walks of life.

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    Paul Ramirez

    Operations Manager

    Paul was born and raised in Denver Colorado.  He remembers growing up camping, fishing, and hunting with his family and enjoying the outdoors.   Paul says he is so blessed with an awesome wife and three wonderful daughters.  He was introduced to the industry right out of High School when one of his classmates asked him to join him to grow his tree business.  Paul took the challenge and has learned many facets of the industry. He has taken on the challenge as our Safety Coordinator and one of our trainers.  He will tell you he is most passionate about safety and Plant Health Care.  Paul takes great pride in educating our clients and providing excellent customer service.  When he’s not at work you will find him spending time with his family and doing anything outdoors.
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    Dave Combs

    Plant Health Care Specialist/Climber and Groundsman

    Dave grew up in Littleton and has not traveled far from home. He remembers growing up spending time with his family in the mountains, especially camping trips. He learned about the tree industry when a friend was showing him zip-lining. Dave is always willing to help and learn new things. He is now one of our most versatile employees and can pretty much perform any job we have for him. Dave’s primary focus is in the Health Care department, but he continues to hone his climbing/pruning skills. When not working hard, you will find Dave climbing or riding a motorcycle.

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    Joseph Martinez

    Lead Climber Specialist/Trainer

    Joseph is a Denver native.  As a youngster he remembers enjoying the Colorado outdoors including fishing, traveling and going to the mountains often.  He comes from a large family with 3 sisters and 2 brothers.  Several years ago he was looking for a change in life and excitement and somehow got involved with tree work.  He learned how to climb and has never looked back. He loves the science and the fact that there is so much to know about Arborculture and there’s always something you can learn. For his free time, Joseph loves to fish, camp, garden and cars.  Joseph has been a great asset to our team since joining us in late 2023.  
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    Drew King

    Salesman/Certified Arborist

    Drew was born and raised in Conifer, CO, so yes another Colorado native.  He mostly remembers spending hours carving sticks into swords and swinging them around in the Pine forest behind my house.  He has a lovely wife, a 15 year old who has no business being almost as tall as me, two cheeky, rambunctious boys under the age of 5, and a dog whose love for the outside rivals the entire family's love for it.

    While working through college, he started working with a good friend and his dad who would go on to be his Arboriculture mentors.  Before long he was climbing trees and even spent a summer taking a crack at ownership.  He learned a lot and worked hard, making some great memories along the way. Once Drew finished college, he moved on to spend some time in corporate IT management. Despite success and steady advancement, he found that he missed arboriculture and couldn't shake a desire to return. With the help and encouragement of his mentors, he finally decided to leave IT management behind. Drew took the opportunity to start working with Monster Tree Service and hasn't looked back.