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Expertise, Integrity, Excellence

The Kemp West Team

Learn more about how our team embodies the values we've set as an organization.

ABOUT THE KEMP WEST TEAM

The Kemp West team is a diverse, talented group of passionate individuals committed to serving our customers and each other.

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Kari Hakso

President / CEO

Kari and his wife, Ruth Ann, have owned the business since 1995. Kari is responsible for shaping organizational values and moving the mission of Kemp West forward. Kari is blessed to come from a large family and has 6 of his own kids with grandkids adding up – a lot of companions for his favorite activities of camping and riding in the mountains.

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Kari Hakso

Kari and his wife, Ruth Ann, have owned the business since 1995. Kari is responsible for shaping organizational values and moving the mission of Kemp West forward. Kari is blessed to come from a large family and has 6 of his own kids with grandkids adding up – a lot of companions for his favorite activities of camping and riding in the mountains.

Credentials: BA in English Literature from Western Washington University, Journeyman Tree Trimmer, ISA Certified Arborist

Gary Johnson

Operations Manager

Gary’s lifelong career with Kemp West started in 1990 when he left his job in the tire business and joined a tree crew. Promotions soon followed putting Gary in the position of managing field operations and crew management. Gary has earned a reputation as a caring leader who makes sure customers’ expectations are met. Gary and his wife have two children and enjoy camping, traveling and golf.

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Gary Johnson

Gary’s lifelong career with Kemp West started in 1990 when he left his job in the tire business and joined a tree crew. Promotions soon followed putting Gary in the position of managing field operations and crew management. Gary has earned a reputation as a caring leader who makes sure customers’ expectations are met. Gary and his wife have two children and enjoy camping, traveling and golf.

Credentials: Journeyman Tree Trimmer, First Aid & CPR, Class B Commercial Driver’s License, 30 Year Service Award in 2020

Caitlin Knox

Chief Business Strategist & Consulting Arborist

Caitlin started with Kemp West in 2012 and works as part of the leadership team to ensure that strategic initiatives are achieved, and organizational values maintained. Caitlin is committed to the preservation of trees and brings her background in environmental science to her consulting work. She is also a self-proclaimed “nature nerd”, and her happy place is being shoulder to shoulder with strangers at a rock show.

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Caitlin Knox

Caitlin started with Kemp West in 2012 and works as part of the leadership team to ensure that strategic initiatives are achieved, and organizational values maintained. Caitlin is committed to the preservation of trees and brings her background in environmental science to her consulting work. She is also a self-proclaimed “nature nerd”, and her happy place is being shoulder to shoulder with strangers at a rock show.

Credentials: BS in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Rick Weaver

Seattle Supervisor

Rick Weaver joined Kemp West in 1990. As a field Supervisor and Certified Arborist, Rick is in charge of managing teams and projects in the Seattle area. In his spare time, Rick spends time with his wife and grand kids. Recently, he bought his first motorhome and is trying out the RV Lifestyle!

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Rick Weaver

Rick Weaver joined Kemp West in 1990. As a field Supervisor and Certified Arborist, Rick is in charge of managing teams and projects in the Seattle area. In his spare time, Rick spends time with his wife and grand kids. Recently, he bought his first motorhome and is trying out the RV Lifestyle!

Credentials: Journeyman Tree Trimmer, ISA Certified Arborist, WA State Flagger’s Certification, First Aid & CPR, Class A Commercial Driver’s License, 30 Year Service Award in 2020

Jaime Olsen

Senior Accountant

Jaime joined Kemp West in 2017. With a Master’s degree in accounting and as a CPA, Jaime oversees all company accounting functions and gathers data from jobs to create meaningful, timely reports to project managers. Jaime enjoys traveling and exploring the state with her family.

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Jaime Olsen

Jaime joined Kemp West in 2017. With a Master’s degree in accounting and as a CPA, Jaime oversees all company accounting functions and gathers data from jobs to create meaningful, timely reports to project managers. Jaime enjoys traveling and exploring the state with her family.

Credentials: Certified Public Accountant, MS in Accounting from Western Governors University, BS in Accounting from Western Governors University

Joel Fuller

Shop Foreman

Joel came to Kemp West in 2007 as an assistant mechanic. Supporting the large Kemp West fleet was a natural fit for Joel’s personality and talents, leading to a promotion to Fleet Manager in 2010. In 2014, Joel, received his degree from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Diesel / Heavy Equipment Repair. Joel owns a sailboat and is happiest when he’s on the water with his family, cruising around the San Juan Islands.

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Joel Fuller

Joel came to Kemp West in 2007 as an assistant mechanic. Supporting the large Kemp West fleet was a natural fit for Joel’s personality and talents, leading to a promotion to Fleet Manager in 2010. In 2014, Joel, received his degree from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Diesel / Heavy Equipment Repair. Joel owns a sailboat and is happiest when he’s on the water with his family, cruising around the San Juan Islands.

Credentials: Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician AAS from Lake Washington Technical Institute, First Aid & CPR, Class B Commercial Driver’s License, 10 Year Service Award in 2017

Dave Gratton

Snohomish County Supervisor

Dave joined Kemp West in 2004. His background includes US Navy, and Seattle City Light as a line worker. Dave is in charge of supervising teams on Snohomish County PUD projects. Dave lives with his family in Sedro Wooley and is forever trying to train his German Shepard, Kona.

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Dave Gratton

Dave joined Kemp West in 2004. His background includes US Navy, and Seattle City Light as a line worker. Dave is in charge of supervising teams on Snohomish County PUD projects. Dave lives with his family in Sedro Wooley and is forever trying to train his German Shepard, Kona.

Credentials: Journeyman Tree Trimmer, WA State Traffic Control Supervisor, WA State Flagger’s Certification, WA State Pesticide License, First Aid & CPR, Class B Commercial Driver’s License

Rick Jolley

Clark County Supervisor / Foreman

Rick came to Kemp West in 1988 from the logging industry. With his work ethic and talent for leadership, Rick quickly grew to be a key part of the success of Kemp West. Away from work, Rick can be found working on home remodeling projects or crabbing on the Oregon Coast.

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Rick Jolley

Rick came to Kemp West in 1988 from the logging industry. With his work ethic and talent for leadership, Rick quickly grew to be a key part of the success of Kemp West. Away from work, Rick can be found working on home remodeling projects or crabbing on the Oregon Coast.

Credentials: Journeyman Tree Trimmer, WA State Traffic Control Supervisor, WA State Flagger’s Certification, WA State Pesticide License, First Aid & CPR, Class B Commercial Driver’s License, 30 Year Service Award in 2018.

Connie Ducoing

Accounting Assistant

Connie became part of the office staff in 2017 and supports accounting and customer care functions. Connie will tell you she doesn’t like to wear shoes and spends her free time with friends traveling and hiking as far as she can get on weekends.

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Connie Ducoing

Connie became part of the office staff in 2017 and supports accounting and customer care functions. Connie will tell you she doesn’t like to wear shoes and spends her free time with friends traveling and hiking as far as she can get on weekends.

Credentials: Snohomish High School Graduate