meet nick willis

and the other Arborists


Meet the Trees "R" Us, Inc.Team

The Right Experience


Why Hire an Arborist?

What is a Certified Arborist?

The Right Experience


Hiring an Arborist Means...

An arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.


Certified Arborists...

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist is a voluntary process through which individuals can measure their knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care. ISA Certification is not government-sponsored or government-endorsed; it is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture as a way for tree care professionals to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and the industry.


Trees "R" Us, Inc has...

The Right Experience. Our crew of Certified Arborists brings more than 60 years experience in aboriculture to our business. You will be hard pressed to find another tree service in the area that can offer it's customers that kind of expertise.

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Bill is a seasoned Arborist with roots in the tree care industry that date back to the 1990s. Bill began his career in the tree industry in January of 1990 selling arborist supplies and equipment to tree companies. He quickly learned the industry and worked in all aspects of tree work from tree trimming and removal crews, plant health care, client relations, training of personnel, and management. In 2008, Bill became a Certified Arborist and in addition he has served on the board of directors for the Illinois Arborist Association for 2 years as the industrial chair.  Today Bill is most interested in the plant health care and safety regulations of the tree industry.

Bill is originally from Michigan where his love for the outdoors and trees started. Bill is an outdoor enthusiast with a love for camping, hunting, shooting, and fishing. In his spare time, Bill, a Marine Corp Veteram, enjoys volunteer work for the Marine Corp League, Pink Heals Cancer awareness, and Veterans R & R.


Bill is  one of our Certified Arborists and our Logistics Manager.


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Besides expansive knowledge of the tree industry, Tim comes to us with a unique skill set.


After graduating University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 1986 with an Masters of Science in Forest Pathology, Tim started his career in arboriculture in 1987. By 1989 he became a Certified Arborist (certification number IL-0136). He has a love for trees and nature and has been in the industry ever since. Tim served on the Illinois Arborist Association Board of Directors for two years as the Commercial Director. That unique experience is what makes Tim excellent at customer service in addition to tree care. In addition, Tim proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1978. He has been married to his wife Ruth for 32 years and has one son. Besides his love for trees, Tim enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and being in the wilderness. Tim manages the Trees "R" Us, Inc. Cook County area for sales. Please join us in welcoming Tim to our friendly team of tree care professionals!


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We have 6 Certified Arborists and 3 Certified Tree Care Safety Professionals on staff.




Nick has spent the last 15 years building Trees "R" Us, Inc. into a solid and growing business.  As the Vice President of Trees "R" us, Inc., he has worked in all capacities - climbing and trimming, mechanic, sales, manager, and employee training. He is a Certified Arborist and continues his education through the ISA to remain up to date on the newest products and techniques for tree care. Nick is an active member of the Illinois Arborist Association, including being an active member of the IAA Legislative Committee and was one of their judges for the 2012 Climbing Competition.  Nick is a true outdoors man. He loves to go camping with his family and elk hunting in Colorado.


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Tom has been in the Tree Care Industry for the past twenty years, literally starting from the ground up.  He attended the College of Lake County majoring in Biological Sciences.  One summer he answered an ad in the local paper for a laborer at a nearby tree care company.  Officially he entered the tree care industry in 1993 as a ground man for what he thought was just going to be a summer job.  After a couple of seasons of being a ground laborer, he moved into a foreman position and became a certified Arborist.  Over the course of the next twenty years he has gained expertise in rope and saddle work, rigging, bucket and crane operations. His current interests in the field of arboriculture are disease and pest identification and management.

Outside of work Tom is an avid sportsman and outdoorsman.  Being involved in Boy Scouting at a young age his interests range from mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and bow hunting.  His current obsession is kayak fishing.  Tom is also semi-domesticated; he enjoys entertaining and cooking both indoors and out.   His specialty is smoking Texas style brisket and roasting whole hog on an open fire. .


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Trees "R" Us Inc.

P.O. Box 6014

Wauconda, IL 60084 Phone: (847) 913-9069

Fax: (847) 487-3753