K.C. Arborist Profile

K.C. Arborist Professional Tree Care & Management

kc arborist profilesWe believe that the maintenance and management of trees on your property should only be done by a professional tree care company. The term professional implies that the tree company is licensed to operate in the State, employs arborists that are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and they operate within the ANSI Standards for tree care operations.

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Our Credentials

  • Best business practices
  • Formal training & certification of employees
  • Industry, state & federal standards compliance
  • Consumer satisfaction through resolution
  • Better than adequate insurance coverage

Our Affiliations

To maintain an industry leadership position, K.C. Arborist enjoys professional relationships with many tree and landscape organizations. Our affiliations and participation with the organizations listed below enables our company to share in industry best practices and bring the latest advances in arboriculture technology to our customers in the field.

Our Certification

K.C. Arborist’s entire staff of Account Managers and Crew Leaders are trained and certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). You can rest assured that when you receive a written quotation or tree evaluation from a K.C. Arborist account manager it is being done by a specialist in their field. In addition, our crew leaders go through both in house training and the Kansas Arborists Association training course. This assures our crews are performing up to our strict standards of safety and professionalism.

Our Team

Brandon Hendrickson

brandonAs a third generation arborist, Brandon has over 17 years of experience in the tree care industry. He began his career in arboriculture working in the family business where he became a skilled tree climber. He began competing annually at many tree climbing competitions and has been a top competitor at the ISA Midwest Tree Climbing Championships since 2004. Brandon currently oversees daily operations for the company and specializes in consulting with clients on tree preservation and disease management needs. He is an ISA Certified Arborist (MW-4665A), Kansas Certified Arborist, Kansas Certified Pesticide Applicator (#20972) and was amongst the first Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (#416) in the state of Kansas in 2009. Brandon is also an active member of numerous business and green industry associations often hosting advanced tree climbing training seminars for other arborists throughout the Midwest. When not working on the company Brandon enjoys being outdoors, working in his yard, traveling, diving, and spending time with his son John.

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Jeff Sifrit

jeff sifritJeff is K.C. Arborist’s general manager and consulting arborist with over 18 years of experience in the green industry. As one of our ISA Certified Arborists MW-4842A, Jeff specializes in consulting with both residential and commercial clients and identifying their individual tree care needs. He is also a Missouri Certified Pesticide Applicator (#c16353) and was amongst the first Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (#415) in the state of Kansas in 2009. Jeff enjoys his time away from the business, landscaping at his home, coaching his daughter’s soccer team and being a great dad to his two children. Jeff is also a diehard NASCAR fan and enjoys attending the annual races in Kansas City.

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Jody Niccum

Jody NiccumJody is one of K.C. Arborist’s consulting arborists. He is 25 years old, originally from California but has called Kansas his home for almost 10 years now. Jody’s unique combination of studying business at Baker University and University of Arkansas, along with his passion and interest in Arboriculture, has landed Jody at the perfect place. Right here with us! Jody has been intrigued with the tree care industry for several years, loves the outdoors and is now growing in the career he has always wanted. He is a member and recent graduate of Kansas Arborist Association, as well as a Kansas certified arborist and Kansas certified pesticide applicator. Jody’s hobbies are hunting, fishing and golf.

Bryan Hendrickson

Bryan HendricksonBryan is Brandon’s younger brother and is also a 3rd generation arborist with 15 years’ experience in the tree care industry. As a previous tree care company owner with a college education in horticulture, Bryan has been positioned as K.C. Arborist’s General Foreman. As of Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Bryan earned his ISA Certification as an Arborist and is looking forward to entering tree climbing competitions in the future. We are very proud of Bryan’s accomplishment as the ISA Credentialing Program is very difficult to make sure the best of the best can prove themselves. When Bryan is off the job, he enjoys fishing, gardening and being outside.

Steve Lomaka

Steve LomakaSteve began his journey with K.C. Arborist in the tree care industry and is now a seasoned tree climber, bucket truck operator, grapple truck operator & crew Leader. He is a graduate of the Kansas Arborists Association training program and has achieved the accomplishment of both Kansas & ISA Certified Arborist. (MW-5198A) and has enjoyed competing in the tree climbing competitions in Iowa and the Midwestern Chapter Competition in Kansas City since 2010. When Steve is off the job, he enjoys fishing, carpentry and riding his motorcycle.


One of the most dangerous professions in the United States is tree care. Statistics have shown that working in the tree care industry is actually more dangerous than working for a fire or police department. This is especially true if the tree work is performed by untrained or amateur personnel. Homeowners are injured and even killed every year while attempting their own tree work. Any work that involves climbing of any kind should be completely avoided. Homeowners should never perform tree work from a ladder or attempt to cut down/remove his or her own trees. It is important to always contact a knowledgeable and insured tree care professional to handle all tree care issues. This is to ensure not only the safety of the homeowner, but for the surrounding personal property and landscaping, as well as properly caring for the tree. K.C. Arborist is fully insured to cover worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability.

K.C. Arborist is fully insured to cover worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability in case of accidents.

To request a proof of Insurance, Call: Creative Risk Planning at 913-341-0900.

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Best Practices

K.C. Arborist Best Practices were created by company staff members in order to form a consensus and a standard of how K.C. Arborist operates. They are the guiding principles of the actions and culture of the company. Read More

Safety Is Key

According to recent research done by the University of South Dakota, tree care workers have the highest accident rate of any city worker. Tree care is a dangerous profession, in fact the most dangerous act you can perform on a job is to remove a tree. There are numerous variables that come into consideration when dealing with tree removals and pruning. Unfortunately without proper training these operations can quickly turn deadly.

This sobering information is one reason why K.C. Arborist is always building upon our focus on safety. Each week our employees participate in tailgate safety meetings. This training focuses on safe work practices, equipment use as well as updates on the most current safe climbing practices. Additionally, our employees are provided with necessary safety equipment for their protection while performing work on our client’s property.

We are committed to following the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) procedures for “Tree Care Operations” (ANSI Z133) and our company training program emphasizes safe practices throughout our operations.