Meet Our Team
Stanley Zuba - President & CEO
Stanley Zuba is the President, CEO and founder of Stanley Tree Service, Inc. In 1986, with just a chainsaw, pickup truck, some close friends and a vision; he created Stanley Tree Service.
Since then, the company has grown under his leadership to over 250 devoted employees. Stanley attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with an AAS in Forestry Technology, while simultaneously working as a firefighter on campus.
Stanley then returned to Rhode Island where he is a fully licensed arborist and worked in the field as a skilled climber, bucket operator, and log truck operator building the foundation the company operates on today. Though he is no longer in the field, he focuses his leadership and dedication on inspiring the employees of Stanley Tree Service and supporting the community as the North Smithfield Town Tree Warden and a retired Warwick Firefighter.
Bruce Berard - Vice President & COO
Vice President & COO, Bruce is responsible for driving company growth/safety across all divisions and contracts throughout the overall company, reporting directly to Stan. He is responsible for overseeing all operations, contracts, and safety while continuing to build strong networks and relationships throughout the industry. He is constantly working towards building and strengthening each division as well as driving growth of new divisions.
Bruce is a hard worker with experience in running his own business and has a passion for working outdoors and leading teams. He served in the US Army till his career was cut short due to a severe knee injury, receiving an honorable medical discharge. He uses his experiences and strengths that he has learned in his short time of being a U.S. Soldier to help lead and create a positive and safe work culture within his everyday tasks. With his experience running his own business, he understands the importance of getting the job done and done right. Bruce is married with two beautiful children, a son and a daughter, who he enjoys coaching and spending time with. He also enjoys playing hockey, golf and watching sports and history documentaries.
Stephanie Clift - VP of Finance & Administration
Vice President of Finance & Administration, Steph is responsible for overseeing all financial matters for the company reporting directly to the VP & COO daily. Steph is a Certified Public Accountant with several years of experience in both the public and private sector.
During her time at Stanley Tree Service she has built and developed the finance division while continually reviewing controls/processes to ensure compliance/efficiency. The company now runs with internal software to track divisional profitability each week with the controls Steph has created. Steph manages all office and administration roles within the company keeping accounts payable, payroll, utility and commercial billing on track each week.
As a former, All American and Division 1 athlete graduating from Bryant University in 2012, she credits her work ethic and drive to her athletic upbringing. During her time at Bryant University she was named captain of her team and awarded MVP her senior year. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Bryant, she continued her education by attaining her Masters in Professional Accountancy from Rhode Island College while working full time at a local public accounting firm. Following graduation, Steph successfully completed her CPA license and becoming licensed in the state of Rhode Island. Steph began working for Stanley Tree Service in 2016.
Between working on her career and bettering herself through continuing education, along with playing soccer at night and learning how to golf on the weekends, Steph is the mother of two beautiful daughters under the age of 5.
Paul Lozeau - Director of Safety & Operations
Director of Safety & Operations at Stanley Tree Service, Paul started at Stanley in 2007, working his way from ground man to A Foreman and beyond. As a valuable team member and “go to guy”, Paul is often asked to work alongside crews that need little to no oversight from a general foreman. These projects are often remote from our home base and projects that require close interaction between the customer and the crew. Through the experiences in the field Paul has grown and has gained a great respect for his co-workers and the safety programs that help everyone go home safe. As the Safety Director Paul takes on the responsibility of creating trainings and developing safety programs. Safety is the number one goal, through teamwork, communication and cooperation our safety program will create a culture that is respected by all.
A Smithfield native, Paul is an avid outdoors man, and hands on learning. In his junior year of high school, he started working alongside his father as a welder. After high school, his father gave him an ultimatum, either go to college to keep his health benefits or get a job that offered those benefits. Two days later he applied at Stanley Tree Service and hasn’t looked back since. The life experience and skills he has gained from working with his father and at Stanley Tree Service cannot be taught in any classroom and has helped shape the person he is today.
Ben Wheaton - Director of Utility Services
Director of Utility Services, Ben is responsible for transmission and distribution work in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. His daily responsibilities include line clearance bid work, hazard tree mitigation programs, challenging tree work others turn away, crane work and specialty work. He also provides the utility with storm crews at a moment’s notice when mother nature is at her worst.
Ben graduated from high school, went on to CCRI graduating with an associate degree. He started working at Stanley Tree during this time and quickly developed a passion for tree work. In 99’, Ben joined the US Navy to serve his country. He became part of an elite company known as the Navy Seabees in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 from 00’-04’. Ben served during different tours around the world including a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Seabee, he learned the importance of quality leadership, loyalty, reliability and honesty. Values he lives by every day. After an honorable discharge, Ben decided to go back and explore his interest of tree work; he made his way back home to Stanley Tree Service.
Ben and his wife Jessica have two wonderful daughters, one is a recent graduate from Columbia College of Chicago and the other is in high school and is a competitive cheerleader. Ben is an avid Boston Sports fan and enjoys Classic Muscle Cars.
Mike Zuba - Fleet Manager
Mike has been part of Stanley Tree Service since its inception in 1986 where he supported his brother’s new business. From climbing to crane work Mike has held numerous roles and currently operates as the company’s Fleet Manager. In addition, Mike is a retired Lieutenant from the Woonsocket Fire Dept. where he worked as part of the Special Hazards team.
Mike takes great pride in the company’s fleet and works hard keep the company’s equipment safe, well maintained, and going to work every day.
When not at work Mike enjoys spending time with his family, dogs, and along with his son; maintaining and expanding the classic car collection started by his father and uncle.
Aaron Lavoie - Residential and Plant Health Care Manager
Aaron joined Stanley Tree Service in 2014 as a groundman with several years of experience in the arbor care industry. Since then, Aaron has risen through the ranks of plant heath care specialist, salesman, and now Residential and Plant Health Care Manager. Aaron’s wide range of skills assist the company in maintaining and growing its residential facing business. As a Rhode Island Licensed and International Society of Arboriculture Arborist, plus being T.R.A.Q. certified Aaron finds himself operating as “the tree doctor” on a daily basis.
When not at work, Aaron enjoys playing ice hockey, playing golf, or riding through the forests of Rhode Island.
Jarad Wainwright -Commercial Sales
Jarad joined Stanley Tree Service in the summer of 2020 as a residential salesman. Since then, he has transitioned into building out the Commercial Division given his heavy background in B2B sales.
Originally from Indianapolis, Jarad assisted his father with the family tree business that had been operating successfully since 1986. Jarad began by spending summers working with crews, transitioning into crew operations/sales, and ultimately full time as the company’s Vice President. In 2019, Jarad and his father decided to close the family business and Jarad relocated to his wife’s home state of Rhode Island. Jarad is also an ISA Certified Arborist, TRAQ certified and continued to pursue more training through the Purdue Extension program in Lafayette, IN.
When not at work Jarad enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and riding motorcycles.
Ty Cardin - Transmission Utility Manager
Starting in the green industry in 2009, Ty has been a member of the Stanley Tree Service team since 2011. Joining as a crew foreman, Ty now holds the position of Transmission Utility Manager.
Ty uses his well-rounded skill set from the field to manage transmission utility projects in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Ty also avidly seeks out new business opportunities and is consistently building and developing those on his team.
Outside of work, Ty is an avid competitor spending his free time outdoors mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing.
Francisco Minaya - Bid Manager
Francisco joined the Stanley Tree Service team in 2016 as a Climber/Foreman with 12 years of experience in the arbor care industry. Since then, he has been promoted and is currently the Bid Manager for one of our Utility customers. Francisco prides himself on sharing his knowledge/experience with his team, building those beneath him and watching them grow.
Francisco enjoys the new environment this industry offers daily, and the positive energy/ enthusiasm provided by working outdoors.
When not at work, Francisco enjoys reading, traveling, learning about finance/real estate, playing softball, and going to the batting cages.
Dan Murray - RI Utility Manager
Dan’s career in the industry started back with Stanley 20 years ago. Over the past 20 + years he has grown personally and professionally with Stanley Tree Service. He started out working as a ground man and learning the ins and out of this great profession. This experience has inspired him from all aspects and has taught him to understand the importance of true safety culture along with the business side of the world. Dan is currently managing the Rhode Island portion of the utility business assisting the Director in day to day operations.
Dan is the father of 2 children and the husband of a beautiful wife. On his off time, he enjoys playing a few rounds of golf and the outdoors. He can usually be found at one his son’s hockey games or daughter’s soccer games, is a huge Boston sports fan and enjoys going to any game that he can or watching it on T.V.
People Choose Us
Stanley Tree Service is a fully licensed and insured company that puts safety and our customers first. Our fleet of state of the art equipment and experienced staff can handle anything tree or plant healthcare related. As a Stanley Tree Service customer you can expect a quality job at a reasonable price every time.