When Shane Owens started Tree Pro in 1997, he had three generations of family history in the Rim Country timber business behind him. That tradition of family and a heritage linked to the land is being carried on by new owners Cameron and Gina Vaughan.
Owens sold the business in April to the Vaughans.
"They expressed a genuine interest in pursuing what I'd been doing," Owens said of the Vaughans and why he chose to sell the business to them. "They cared about Payson and what happens here. I didn't want to turn it over to just anyone. Shane has the integrity and honesty I wanted in a new owner."
Originally from Shawnee, Okla., Shane Vaughan grew up on a horse ranch and later worked in the logging industry in Montana and has family in the construction business. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.
He and his family have made their home in Payson for almost two years, moving to the area from New River. He and Gina have two daughters and he also has a son.
"I wanted to get into this business because it keeps me outside," Vaughan said.
Tree Pro offers a wide variety of services for both individuals and small businesses, plus has several large contracts with developers and the government. The company can do hazardous tree removal, land clearing for building, fire prevention, chipping, landscaping and custom milling work.
Among the projects Vaughan and his staff of 15 are currently working on: A soft trail system at The Rim Club, preparing land for a development in Heber and a contract with the Arizona Department of Transportation to clear hazardous snags along the highway between Heber and Show Low.
Vaughan said, in the future, he would like to have satellite offices throughout the Rim Country and out-of-state contracts with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
"Payson will come first though," he said. "I'd love to buy a piece of property and put a building on it where we could do all our work." Currently, they use a mill site in Pine.
The work he does with individuals in preparing lots for construction includes consulting about what materials need to be removed and what should stay.
"But we do whatever the owner wants," Vaughan said.
Tree Pro will do free estimates on any job.
"We try to do estimates within two days of a request," he said.
The length of the job depends on the kind of work that needs to be done, but Vaughan and his staff are usually able to get to a project within a week of contracting for it. However, in the case of hazardous tree removal requests, "We try to get to those as soon as possible."
For more information about Tree Pro, call (928) 474-0102 between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the Web site firstname.lastname@example.org.
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