Meet Our Team
Jeff Pfeil, Owner
As many of you know, I started Bozeman Tree in 2000 after moving here from Cincinnati to finish college at M.S.U. Here it is already 21 years later and so much has changed. Through the changes and growth, I have tried very hard to maintain perspective and remember who we are. At home, my two sons Kaleb and Oliver are the primary focus of my wife, Jirina, and I. Oliver turns 10 and Kaleb turns 15 in 2021 Kaleb is already starting to talk about coming to work with me and “working alongside you” someday. What more could a guy really ask for!
Claire Cann, Controller
I lived my entire life in Maryland until two years ago when my husband Doug and I moved to Bozeman, Montana to be near our only son Jordan. I have 40 years of accounting experience. I started my career in public accounting as a CPA, and then moved to the private sector where I have spent most of my years in real estate development, construction, and property management.
I started working for BTLP in May of 2020 after my position with Yellowstone Forever was eliminated due to COVID. It has been quite a change of environments for me especially with the seasonal nature of BTLP, but I am liking my job a lot. My co-workers make the job fun and interesting.
When I am not working I love to hike, snowshoe, ski, walk our dogs (Blue, a blue tick hound dog and Coal, a black lab), read, cook, travel, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy exploring my new home state of Montana.
John Noreika, Senior Consulting Arborist
I was raised on a small subsistence farm in Pennsylvania. My first jobs were pulling weeds in the garden and milking the cow. As a teenager, I found myself drawn to jobs in the green industry. Moving to Bozeman in 1994, I enrolled at MSU. Graduating from Montana State University in Horticulture Science set my foundation in the green industry of the great state of Montana. My work experience has ranged from plant biochemical and genetic analysis to vegetable gardening, landscaping, and retail nursery sales. I have worked in research with native plants in Yellowstone National Park and have worked in the fight against noxious weeds with the Rocky Mountain Forestry Sciences Laboratory.
I have over twenty years of experience in the landscape industry and the nursery industry in the Gallatin Valley. I have held various credentials in these industries including Certified Landscape Technician with ALCA (now PLANET), and Certified Plant Professional with MNLA. As an ISA certified arborist, I have been with Bozeman Tree, Lawn & Pest for ten years and have experience in every service that we provide from tree pruning and removal to pesticide spraying. In 2014, I became an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, one of just a few in the state of Montana.
As a sales person, you can expect honest answers to your questions providing you with the knowledge to address your landscape needs from top to bottom. When I am not working I prefer to be navigating the pristine rivers of our state in a drift boat, casting a fly rod to catch that elusive big trout that I know is out there somewhere. As a husband and father I have learned great lessons in patience, humility, and compassion. My wife, Dorothy, and sons, Pete and Lou, are the center of my universe!
Mitch Sangl, Consulting Arborist
I was raised in a rural farming community in Cherokee, Iowa. I grew up helping my family farm and raising livestock to show in 4-H. I have always had an immense passion for the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Following my passion for the outdoors, I attended South Dakota State University earning my bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries in 2015. I assisted in various research projects from radio collaring white-tailed deer to collecting data on various raptor species such as the Golden Eagle.
While attending college I found another passion, climbing trees! I shifted focus and entered the green industry in 2013 working as a groundman for a local tree company. Since then, I have held various positions from bucket operator, crew foreman, and climbing specialist. I have been an ISA certified arborist since 2016. I am currently finishing my master's degree in Forest Entomology working with mountain pine beetle.
I moved to Bozeman in April of 2021 to work for BTLP as a sales arborist. Moving to Montana has been a dream of mine for many years. When I am not working, I do my best to get lost in the Montana wilderness snowboarding, fishing, hiking, or hunting. My girlfriend, Taryn, and two dogs, Piper and Aspen, are excited for the new adventures that lie ahead.
Tim Anderson, Tree Division Manager
I was born and raised in the Colorado foothills. My wife Leah and I moved to Bozeman in 2012 for her work as a Veterinary Technician. We love the area and enjoy camping and hiking with our two dogs, Max and Cooper. I have always loved being outdoors and working with my hands, so I was fortunate to find BTLP. I was hired on as a lawn technician soon after we moved and later that summer got offered a position on a tree crew.
In 2013 I became a certified arborist and for the next 7 years I became a crew leader and grew my skills in tree work; pruning, felling, climbing, operating arial lifts and grapple trailers. In August of 2020, I began my current role as Tree Division Manager. It has been an exciting yet challenging transition and I look forward to helping the growth of our tree division.
Nolan Broden, General Manager of Lawn & Plant Health Division
Montana native, born and raised in Libby, Montana, I moved to Bozeman the summer of 2012 to attend MSU. I started working for BTLP in the summer of 2015 so that I could stay in the area and not have to move. I quickly became interested in the work that BTLP has to offer, and I felt I was a great fit for the awesome team we have here at BTLP.
I've been with the company for 7 years now as of the 2021 season. I am currently the General Manger of the Lawn Care and Plant Health Care Service divisions. I look forward to furthering my education in the field of work as I have a newly found passion for trees.
April Lucore, Customer Service & Marketing Manager
Born and raised in Palmer Alaska, I’m enjoying the new empty nest chapter in life. I started at Bozeman Tree Lawn & Pest in 2016 summer season as the Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Assistant and now the Office Manager has been a wonderful added adventure to my book of life. Born and Raised in Alaska and moved to Montana in 2016. Life the past 5 years in Montana is very much the same, but on a smaller scale, the perk being that I can drive an hour and a half and be in another state!
2020 free time was all about personal growth, life with Covid-19, new friends and enjoying many camping & fishing adventures in Montana.
I am looking forward to all the excitement of the upcoming 2021 season with Bozeman Tree, Lawn & Pest, as we continue to grow with the Gallatin Valley. Special thank you to all our clients and my co-workers for making it so great to come to work each day!
"Quick fishing story: 3 guys and 1 girl go out fishing early... only one comes back with a fish! Me I'm that One!"
Mike Salchert, Pest Control Manager
I grew up and went to school in South Dakota and Oregon. During that time I ended up driving across Montana many times and eventually just stayed . I've been living in the Big Sky/Bozeman area since 2002 with a short break while my wife finished school in Wyoming. In my spare time I love to get outdoors to snowboard and fish in the surrounding mountains.