Robert
Robert
Owner

A third generation business owner, Robert got his entrepreneurial chops from his family right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Beginning with his grandfather's business MetalTek International, Robert was raised by two driven individuals and successful business owners in their own right, who instilled in him a commitment to hard work, respect, and quality. A member of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), Robert has been a business owner for 6 years and has been in the tree industry for over 11 years. Robert and his wife Bethany provide vibrant lives for two crazy dogs, Hueco and Darci, and adventure together often. 


Luke
Luke

Before joining the Paden Tree People team over 3 years ago, Luke worked for the United States Forest Service where he was involved in wildland fire suppression, and helped to manage the growth of trees and other vegetation. A native to Chattanooga, Luke is an avid outdoorsman and rock climber, and can be found climbing on and off the clock. Passionate about good music and great films, new and old, Luke can be found on a trail near you with his four legged side-kick, Yogi.


Sam
Sam

Sam has been in the tree pruning and removal business for over 10 years, and is proud to be a member of this elite team. With more than one certification under his belt, Sam offers Paden Tree People a wealth of knowledge and climbing experience. As both an ISA Certified Arborist® and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), you can rest easy that your job site is safe and secure with Sam on the scene. Outside of tree work, Sam enjoys a life of whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, and archery. He's a Chattanooga native, and dog dad to a pup called Pablo. 


Phillip
Phillip

Phillip joined Paden Tree People over 4 years ago, and has consistently bolstered the team with his hard work and dedication every day since. Originally from Chattanooga, Phillip is a proud husband and father to two beautiful kiddos. Other members of the family include two puppy dogs and a snake named Snakespeare. Outside of work, Phillip can be found smelting and forging as an amateur knife maker, sharing quality time with his family, and lending a helping hand whenever needed.


Briar
Briar

A member of the Paden Tree People team for over 3 years, Briar rounds out the crew with his big smile and positive attitude. Originally from Giles County, Briar's time outside of work is committed to good times with good people. When he isn't spending time with family or friends grilling out or at the creek, he is generally enjoying down time with his sweet puppy dog, Piper. A Libra at heart, you can count on Briar for an always harmonious spirit and warm disposition.


John
John

Native to Nashville, Tennessee, John has been a resident of Chattanooga for more than 6 years. Prior to joining the team at Paden Tree People, John worked as a wildland firefighter, where his taste for adventure and hard work in the outdoors flourished. In his free time, John enjoys rock climbing and receiving puppy dog kisses from his best girl, Sue. John would like to give a shout out to his Grandmother and her incredible meatloaf recipe. 


Our Story

Paden Tree People was established in 2017 by Robert Paden. After years of experience running a tree pruning and removal business, and a lifetime of rigging and climbing, Robert saw a need in the Chattanooga and surrounding communities for additional arboriculture education and an expanded specialty in high-risk removal. And thus, Paden Tree People was born.