Our Team

Mark Crane’s Tree Inc. was started in 1995 and we have remained Locally owned and operated since 1995. Our company features a highly motivated and well-trained staff of certified arborists that are not only eager to assist you with all your tree concerns, they are also local, experienced, and English-speaking individuals.

Our team is equipped to handle everything from clearing large areas of land, removing dying trees and old stumps, and precision pruning of trees on your personal property.


Mark Crane

Mark Crane
Certified Arborist, Owner

Mark Crane began working on trees in Lake Tahoe in 1987. He is an ISA-Certified Arborist and a Register Consulting Arborist (RCA #592)  who remains amazed at the trees of Santa Barbara. Each species is so different from the other, and Mark knew that the best thing he could do to really understand the urban forest. When he started his company, the most important quality he looked for in his team members is a true passion for trees. It is also important that the team learn from each other and participate in healthy competitions that enhance the skills they need on a daily basis. Mark is proud of the team at Mark Crane’s Tree and Arborist Services and knows that each person is dedicated to the health and well-being of our client’s trees.


Jeff Denier

Jeff Denier
Certified Arborist (#WE9005A)
Crew Foreman

Jeff Denier grew up working on a working avocado and citrus ranch and began climbing trees as a toddler. He is a California State Tree Climbing Champion and three-time Regional Finalist in the Western Chapter. He earned his Certified Tree Worker certificate, followed shortly by his Certified Arborist accreditation, and he continues his education with seminars and trade shows because his passion for arboriculture never ends.


Xian Hunter

Xian Hunter
Certified Arborist (#WE10143A)
Crew Foreman

With over two decades of arboriculture experience, Xian Hunter is a specialist in trees. He is an ISA-Certified Arborist, a TCIA Certified Tree Care Specialist, and E.H.A.P. Certified. In addition, he is an instructor for ISA, teaching Advanced Climbing and Rigging Technique seminars and teaches an Environmental Horticulture class at Santa Barbara City College. Further, Xian is a competitor and judge at various tree climbing competitions and has re-engineered many canopy tours and zip lines to meet compliance regulations.


Jacob Dallas

Jacob Dallas
Certified Arborist (#WE9524A )
Crew Leader

Jacob Dallas graduated from Dos Pueblos High School and started in the arborist industry in 2006. He began climbing in 2008 and received his certified tree worker license in 2010 and his certified arborist accreditation just one year later. One of his most exciting times in the tree care industry was when he chose to travel out to New Jersey in 2012 to help with the clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

 


Bill Rahilly
Certified Arborist

Bill Rahilly was born and raised in Santa Barbara where as a teen he enjoyed surfing, motocross and skateboarding. After high school he was drawn to the action and excitement of tree work. Eventually he became a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. As his interest in the environment grew, he earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While participating in the U.C.S.B.Education Abroad Program, Bill studied tropical biology at the Monteverde Institute, in Costa Rica. He then worked several years as a naturalist guide in Monteverde, before returning to work as an arborist in Santa Barbara.