Meet Our Team:
Our team is truly dedicated to our community, customers, and the plants that we are entrusted to care for. We are honored to be able to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us through the work we do. Blood, sweat, and tears of laughter (because our team has fun) are poured into every project, every day. Once you get to know us, you will see why so many in Central NY turn to Team Grimm for their landscaping and tree care needs.
Owner - President
Dan Deyle bought the company in 2020 after 24 years of working for Michael Grimm Services. He majored in Arboriculture at Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, graduating with an A.A.S. in Arboriculture in 1993. Dan started to learn the business from the bottom up, working for Monroe Tree Service until 1997. Dan hired on with Michael Grimm Services as a climber/foreman in the spring of 1997. Dan became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2000, and a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional in 2004. In 2005, Dan took over the management of the Tree Department, where both customer service and customer satisfaction were his main goals. He enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with his wife and dogs and restoring vintage Snowmobiles.
Property Maintenance and Sales
Ron is a self proclaimed “Jack of all trades.” Ron holds a Bachelor’s in Resource Management from SUNY-ESF, is an ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional and Certified Pesticide Applicator. He joined the Michael Grimm Services team in 1999 and has dabbled in several areas of the company. Ron enjoys snowmobiling and spending time with his wife and son.
Designer and Sales
Eric has been with Michael Grimm since 1999 where he started as a landscaper. He quickly moved to Landscape Foreman and then Design/Sales in part due to his unmatched work ethic, reliability, and rapport with employees and homeowners. Eric is a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP) as well as certified with the Interlocking Concrete Pavers Institute (ICPI) and National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA). Eric has a particular affinity for working with natural stone and has created some of our company’s most amazing stone features and benches.
What are our clients saying?
“I have hired several other tree services companies over the 17 years that I have owned my home. Never have any of them come close to the professionalism and efficiency that your crew from Michael Grimm exhibited. From the quoting process to arriving exactly on time, to the performance of the crew, to the follow-up calls that you provided, I can say from experience – no one should be hiring anyone but you guys. And, your quotes were extremely competitive. The tree removals, stump grindings, and sodding were all perfectly executed before the deadlines I requested. Nice work! And, thank you. You guys are the best.”
Treework and Sales
John started in the landscaping field right out of high school in 1975 in the Westchester County area. In 1985 he decided to focus primarily on trees and tree work. He trained at two upstate NY arboretums. In 1990 he moved to the Syracuse area. John has worked for us continuously since 1991 as a tree climber and crew foreman. In 2016 he joined our sales team in the Tree Division.
Landscape and Christmas Decor Manager
Matt is a certified nursery and landscape professional (CNLP) and has Certifications in interlocking pavers (ICPI) and Segmental Walls (NCMA Level I &II). He has been working in the Landscaping installation industry for 15yrs. Matt enjoys working closely with homeowners to bring together his experience and knowledge with your goals and needs. Bringing both visions together leads to aesthetically pleasing and functional landscapes!!!
Rooted in Local History, Growing Today:
Past President and Founder
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in education from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. His love of gardening, plants, trees, and physical work led him into the landscape and tree care industry. Starting in 1978, Michael went into business for himself. Over the years he grew the company from a one-man operation to a full-service company employing 50+ people making up a team of landscapers, designers, arborists and plant health experts. Michael sold the company in 2020 to his long time friend and Tree Service Manager, Dan Deyle. Michael will continue to support the company as a consultant during this transition time.