Douglas Liva

Originally from Northern New Jersey, Doug got his first taste of living in the Southwest when he moved to Arizona for college in 2006. After graduating, he moved back to NJ and became involved with the tree service industry just after Hurricane Sandy, while working as a fence contractor.
From 2012 to 2017 Doug had a joint fence & tree company in Northern NJ working from Warren to Bergen County. Since he spent most of his winters in the Wasatch Mountains, Doug decided to relocate his tree service business & make the permanent move to Park City where his family has had a residence since 2006. He started Canyon Cutters in the spring of 2018 and enjoys the new lifestyle that has come along with it.

John Hill

Born and raised in Massachusetts along the shores of Cape Cod, and the woods of Eastern Maine- John grew up sailing and hauling brush, depending on which Grandfather he was with at the time.

Bouncing around North America as a professional Chef, John arrived in Park City in 2011. Eventually, cooking and butchering for a living had reached a crossroads with his family roots, so he decided it was time for a change and got involved with the tree service industry. John joined the crew of Canyon Cutters in June 2018 during the company’s infancy. Covering all the bases in the woods from felling trees, to operating machinery, John hopes to continue learning the trade alongside the Canyon Cutters team.

Chelsea Kimball

Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Chelsea relocated to Southern California shortly after graduating high school. Living in California is where she discovered rock climbing, and it quickly became her new favorite activity. She then began a traveling lifestyle, living in the mountains exploring climbing destinations and picking up the new hobby of mountain biking along the way. In 2016, when training to climb the famous El Capitan in Yosemite, she began working for a local Arborist in Colorado. Loving the work, she committed herself to learning the trade and has had a passion for it ever since.

Canyon Cutters welcomed Chelsea to the team during the summer of 2020. Her favorite part of being an arborist is pruning trees, which she says, “I just love making trees beautiful, safe and healthy and am proud to be a part of a company that cares so much about this as well.” When Chelsea is not on the clock you can find her on two wheels. She is a professional mountain biker commonly traveling the world competing in downhill and freeride events

Kraig Ketelsen

Kraig grew up in Wyoming, where the primary source of heat for his childhood home was a wood-burning stove. At the beginning of Fall every year his family would head into the nearby mountains in order to cut enough wood to last them through the winter. This was one of his favorite annual activities, and he would volunteer to split the wood, and usually had it all split within a few days of gathering. After college, when people would ask him what his dream job was, the most honest answer he always had was becoming a lumberjack.

Kraig always liked the idea of spending his days secluded in the forest, working hard, and at the end of the day having a pile of logs to show as the fruit of his labor. In the summer of 2018, the stars aligned while he was on hiatus from a 20 year career in investment banking, as an opportunity to work with Canyon Cutters in the mountains of Park City presented itself. Kraig says it has been an absolute pleasure learning the business from Doug, and forming a partnership with the rest of the Canyon Cutters team.

Jesse Gardner

A Utah native and born a rambling man, Jesse shares a passion for rock climbing, snowboarding, fly fishing, and anything outdoors. Jesse says that trees are his passion and that, “Life’s a garden and I’m a Gardener, so let’s get digging. I’m here to make people smile, so let’s keep it positive!”

Alex Gonce

Born in California, Alex now calls Utah his home. From a young age he has been no stranger to hard work, and has found his true calling in the spring of 2019 with the Canyon Cutters team. Alex says, “The wilderness beckoned me and I discovered a way to be where I love and do what I love.”

A current student at the University of Utah studying strategic communications, Alex is helpful in navigating our client’s needs and answering any questions or concerns with a smile. Alex says there is never a job too big or too small for him- he loves a challenge and finds reward in a job well done.

Christopher “CJ” Hall

Born and raised in Dallas Texas, CJ transplanted to Utah over a decade ago. CJ holds a passion of climbing and has experience of doing rope access through his winter job being a patroller for PCMR. The love for trees has meshed well with his hobbies, and has always been the driving force to provide the best care to any tree he encounters.

Nate Potter

Nate grew up in the Northeast, with a deep love for the mountains and forests of New England. Throughout his youth he enjoyed camping, hiking, and skiing in New Hampshire and Maine. He moved to Salt Lake City in 2013 to attend Westminster college where he majored in Marketing. During his time at Westminster college Nate worked for Doppelmayr building ski lifts in Utah, Montana, and Idaho. This experience taught him about working in the mountains, where he continues to enjoy the winter and summer seasons and the wilderness of the west.

Keith Powell

Originally from New Jersey, Keith grew up in a small Alaskan town and moved to Utah in 2020 with his family. Keith loves the outdoors and spends his free time exploring the mountains with his wife and son. Some of his favorite things to do are riding snow machines, snowboarding, camping, fishing and hiking. Keith has been an Auto Tech for the last 12 years and is excited to be part of the Canyon Cutters team.

Erik Gronseth

After graduating from Westminster College in 2017, Erik (aka “Gronny”) was faced with the difficult question of what to do next. After spending time in many different roles trying to find the best fit, he ultimately chose the combination of hard work and fresh air, which led him to join the Canyon Cutters team in the Spring of 2020. Erik enjoys the technical nature of tree care and says that he feels lucky to work with a team that always teaches him new things.

Erich Kolan

Erich grew up in the Salt Lake Valley and considers the Wasatch Mountains to be his home. He spends most of his free time hiking, fishing, skiing, and rock climbing. So when He joined canyon cutters in the summer of 2021 he fell right in with the rest of the team. His favorite part of falling trees is the technical aspects such as rigging down large branches and working in a bucket truck.

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