Owner & Climber

Mr. Geoff Manning

Owner & Climber

Geoff has a true passion for tree care and feels privileged to have his name associated with Roanoke's most professional tree care company...

"I swore I would never start my own tree company" he would say. Then the pieces started falling together when Nick, Bryan, and Austin all came along. "Employees can be a headache, but these guys are the best around and it's an honor to work with them."...

He as an ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, Certified Tree Care Safety Professional, and Certified Tree Worker/ Climber Specialist. He takes his role as a tree care professional seriously and is an advocate for both the health and safety of trees as well as the environment. "We need to be pragmatic as arborists, we need to understand the relationship of trees with people and the environment and be honest with the people who consider us experts."...

When he isn't serving his clients, climbing trees, or maintaining equipment; he's likely taking his dog Pappy Van Winkle up in the mountains and casting flies at native brook trout.

Foreman, Sales Representative

Mr. Bryan Gerndt

Foreman, Sales Representative

Bryan and Geoff met in college and have been friends ever since, but Bryan landed this job on work ethic alone. "He is far and away the hardest worker that I have ever met." Geoff has often said of Bryan... His strong work ethic and great attitude earn him the respect of everyone that works with him and his honesty and attention to detail is valued by our clients when he is estimating jobs... Bryan has completed several courses through TCIA's tree care academy including Tree Care Safety Specialist and Tree Care Specialist and he is currently studying for the ISA Certified Arborist Exam... He serves as the companies Safety Committee Secretary and has become the backbone of our safety program... When he isn't working, which is rare, he's probably floating a river in a canoe or grilling some of his famous chicken.

Shop Manager & Rigger

Mr. Nick Fanti

Shop Manager & Rigger

Nick started working for Manning Arboriculture when it was just a one man operation. He worked for a summer as an intern, assisting Geoff as a rigger and apprentice while Geoff worked as a contract climber... Geoff easily recognized Nicks passion for tree care and took it as an opportunity to expand into a full service tree care company. Nick graduated with a degree in forestry from Dabney S. Lancaster and stayed on with the company.... Nick is punctual, professional, and always willing to help. He is a great rigger and has a great ability to think ahead. "I can count the number of times that Nick has been late on a finger, he is the most consistent and courteous guy I have ever met and helps glue this thing together." He is responsible for keeping our equipment in great working condition and serves as our Safety Committee Equipment Safety Officer... Nick loves his jeep almost as much as his beautiful new fiance, Kari; They will be getting hitched March 2018.

Climber & Job Site Safey Coordinator

Mr. Austin Mobley

Climber & Job Site Safey Coordinator

Austin graduated in 2016 with a forestry degree from WVU. His adventurous spirit attracted him to tree climbing like a magnet. "His incredible natural talent is complemented by his charisma and great attitude. Whenever we prepare for a tough job I ask Austin if he's feeling strong, his answer is invariably an enthusiastic 'ALWAYS!'" Geoff commends... He is extremely personable and professional and serves as our Safety Committee's Job Site Safety Officer. He is studying for the ISA Certified Arborist exam and will most certainly pass with flying colors... He is a Roanoke native and spends rain days running the local creeks in his kayak.

Health & Wellness Officer

Dr. Elise Manning

Health & Wellness Officer

"Elise is the most beautiful creature that god ever created... she is extremely grounded and the string that lets my kite fly." just one of the many affectionate things that Geoff has to say about her... Elise earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Radford University. She works full time as the Manager of Therapy Services for Lewis Gale Medical Center. She literally keeps these guys put together and working full strength for their clients... She helps to prevent overuse and musculoskeletal injuries for our employees and serves as the Safety Committee Health and Wellness Officer... "I've never seen her not working." Geoff says "But sometimes she's only working in her head, that's when she's cuddled up with any of our three dogs."

Geoff Manning

About Manning Arboriculture

Geoff Manning

Geoff Manning is the owner of Manning Arboriculture. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and Certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialist as well as a Certified Tree Care Safety professional from TCIA. His many years of experience working for companies large and small have helped him become a well-rounded arborist. He has a strong desire to help people and made the decision in June 2014 to start a company that allows more interaction with clients and contractors.

Geoff participates in climbing competitions, professional training and education seminars around the country. He enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. Since he began his career he has kept an open mind towards opportunities to grow as an arborist and tune his skills. This has led him to work across the east coast and take on tremendous tasks. He settled his business in Roanoke, where he has deep roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Elise Manning

Elise Manning

Elise Manning has a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from VirginiaTech and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Radford University. She is familiar with the injuries associated with tree workers and is committed to helping them find solutions to keep them in the trees. Elise is currently employed at Lewis Gale Medical Center, working in the department of acute orthopedic rehab.