Jud Smith founded Smith Lawn and Tree in 1997 and has had hands on involvement every day to grow Smith Lawn and Tree to what it is today. Jud attended Texas Christian University and continued to grow Smith Lawn and Tree through his college years.
Jud is a licensed irrigator, which has driven him in developing a large commercial installation division of the company. He enjoys implementing all commercial installations as well as many construction and hardscape projects. Jud is also the head of all tree operations.
Russell Simpler joined Smith Lawn and Tree in 2006 as a managing partner. Russell studied horticultural business at Tarleton State University which has excelled his knowledge of plants, turf, and landscape design. His entrepreneurial drive has helped in growing Smith Lawn and Tree into a large landscape management company serving the DFW metro area.
Russell is a licensed commercial pesticide applicator, and has over 13 years of green industry experience. His focus at Smith Lawn and Tree is on landscape management, employee development, and managing all financial aspects of the company.
Tammy Blackburn joined Smith Lawn and Tree in 2012 as the Office Assistant. She was promoted to the Office Manager in 2013, and in 2016 also became our Human Resources Manager . She has many responsibilities including payroll, Human Resources, managing the office/employee needs, and customer relations.
Tammy has over 17 years of experience in Customer Relations. She was born and raised in Fort Worth Texas. She attended Tarrant County College and majored in Psychology/Clinical Counseling. Her positive personality and passion for working with people is an asset to our customers and Smith Lawn and Tree.
Shannon Finch joined the Smith Lawn and Tree team in March 2018 as an Arborist. He has been in the green industry since the early 2000’s, starting with lawn care. In 2014, he joined the Arborist world and received his certification through the International Society of Arboriculture. His meticulous attention to detail and dedication makes him a great asset to Smith Lawn and Tree. He loves the outdoors and spending time with his family.
David is a 2005 graduate of Tarleton State University with a degree in horticulture and landscape management. He’s been in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1996 although he grew up in Massachusetts. During college, David worked for 3 years at a tree farm in Stephenville, TX. After graduating from college, he worked for a design/build firm in Dallas for 10 years. David is a licensed irrigator in the state of Texas and a Texas Certified Landscape Professional through the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA).
David has also served on the TNLA Region IV Board of Directors as a landscapce director (2008-2012) Vice-Chairman (2012) and Chairman (2013&2014). When he’s not working, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Marla, his son, Riley and daughter, McKenna.
Michael Strauss joined Smith Lawn and Tree in 2019 as our new Business Developer. He has been working in the green industry for the last 16 years. Prior to Smith he worked for a Dallas based company as the Director of Landscape Maintenance for 6 years. Michael holds an Irrigation Tech License with the state of Texas. He is well rounded in every aspect of landscaping which makes him a perfect fit for this role. Michael loves meeting with clients & building long lasting relationships.
A new addition to the Smith team, Glen Jennings has been in the tree care industry for over 35 years. He attended Kansas State and became a Kansas certified arborist in 1989. A couple years later he received his certification through the International Society of Arboriculture. Glen enjoys being in this field because of his dedication to taking care of trees for our clients.
Brad Bennett joined Smith Lawn and Tree in 2018 as our new Residential Manager. He has been in the green industry for 5 years. His background prior to that was in sales and the oil and gas industry. Brad thoroughly enjoys meeting with clients and helping people make their vision a reality. He enjoys being in the field checking on properties, assuring there are no issues and suggesting improvements. When Brad is not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his wife and two kids.
Shelly joined Smith Lawn and Tree in February 2016 as a Commercial Accounts Manager. Along with 26 years’ experience in various fields through the green industry, Shelly also has two degrees from Eastern Oklahoma State College in Horticulture and Psychology that give her a strong background. Through her years of experience she has come to have a good eye for detail that benefits commercial accounts. Her specialty and passion is for annual color designs.
Shelly feels strongly about building good client relationships through communication and dedication to her job and that makes her a great asset to the Smith Lawn and Tree team. She looks forward to continue to grow those relationships with the company.
Francisco Segura joined Smith Lawn and Tree in 2016 as the Field Manager for our new Dallas office. Living in the Dallas area for 33 years, Francisco has spent the last 30 years working in the green industry on both commercial and residential landscape maintenance. Throughout his career he has strived to make customers and crews his top priority. He leads by example with both his attitude and his professionalism.
Francisco’s experience and knowledge of the area makes him a perfect fit for Smith’s new Dallas facility. He enjoys supporting his son, who plays soccer for the high school team and practicing with FC Dallas.
Brent Bailey joined Smith Lawn and Tree in 2015 as Residential Production Manager, and has since branched out into the role of Commercial Account Manager. Brent graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011, with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. Upon graduation, he moved back to Dallas and has spent the last 6 years working in the landscape design/build industry. Brent is excited to continue his contributions to the DFW green industry with the Smith Lawn and Tree team, combining his rich experience in design and production.
Brent’s attention to detail in all aspects of a project, and strong commitment to customer satisfaction, help ensure every project and property meets Smith’s top tier level of quality. As Commercial Account Manager, Brent applies his energy and passion for landscaping to our commercial portfolio, alongside the talented installation and maintenance crews of Smith Lawn and Tree.
Destany Hall joined Smith Lawn and Tree in 2016 as the Office Assistant. She handles various responsibilities including scheduling and customer relations. In 2018 she was promoted to accounts payable/accounts receivable. She’s always jumping in to assist our staff and loves a challenge. Destany has over five years of experience specializing in Customer Relations.
A native Texan, Destany’s outgoing and bubbly personality with people is an asset to our customers and our company. When she is not working Destany loves spending time with her Pit babies.
Brandon Byrd joined the Smith Lawn and Tree team in 2018 as a Commercial Account Manager. Brandon studied Business Administration at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. During college, Brandon worked for 4 years at a landscape firm. After college, he worked numerous years in the construction industry in Management and Human Resources. Brandon decided to get back into the landscape industry 3 years ago excelling in Human Resources, Account Management, and Operations.
Brandon enjoys building strong, long lasting relationships with customers which makes him a great fit at Smith Lawn and Tree. When he’s not working, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.