Meet Our Team
Mason City native, husband and father of six children, Kevin is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa, where he majored in Business Management with an emphasis on supply chain and operations management. In 2002, he founded The Cutting Edge Tree Service, serving the Des Moines metro area and surrounding communities out of Ames, Iowa. Recognizing a need for professional arborists in his hometown who understand the value of innovation and continual self improvement, Kevin returned to North Iowa and streamlined the company's identity, now Cutting Edge Tree Services in Mason City. Kevin is expertly trained in non-invasive tree climbing procedures necessary to trim hard to reach trees without harming them in the climbing process. More than just a tree guy, he genuinely cares for trees, becoming a member of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) in 2008 and an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist in 2009. As an annual attendee of the Shade Tree Short Course at Iowa State University, he continues his arborist education and encourages his employees to attend as well. Further credentials include ACRT Urban Forestry training as a line clearance certified arborist, aerial rescue, first aid and CPR training. He later created Arbor Master, The Tree Health Care Specialist and became licensed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as a pesticide applicator, a state requirement for arborists to treat ornamental and shade trees for insect control and disease prevention. With a passionate dedication to quality customer service, Kevin Hardy, Cutting Edge and Arbor Master continue to exceed our customers' expectations.
Originally from Runnells, Iowa (just east of Des Moines), Jeremy has worked for Cutting Edge Tree Services since 2005. He previously worked as a foreman at Jensen Construction, serving the capacity of an equipment operator while managing a crew of bridge builders. Jeremy has attended several arborist conferences held by the Tree Care Industry Association and International Society of Arboriculture alike. With well over ten years of experience in the tree care business, he is a leader who adheres to the highest standards of quality and customer satisfaction.
One of the best saw men to get in a bucket or climb a tree, Todd Dyslin grew up in Algona, Iowa. He began working for Wright Tree Care in the Des Moines metro in 1991, where he worked his way up to foreman. At Wright, Todd learned to execute safe and efficient tree removals with climbing techniques, aerial lifts and cranes. Todd has been in the tree care industry working for various companies for more than 25 years before finding a home with Cutting Edge Tree Services in 2004. In 2015, Todd supplemented his life experience with continuing education as a Line Clearance Certified Arborist through the ACRT Urban Foresty program, also fulfilling their requirements for aerial rescue, first aid and CPR training. Finally, Todd and his wife Laura Dyslin founded Dyslin's Tree Service to work hand in hand with Cutting Edge as an independent contractor specializing in Single Rope Technique. SRT is a tool kit for tree trimmers to safely climb, rig and prune trees without the use of any heavy equipment.
Jesse grew up in Mason City, Iowa before moving to San Diego, California in the late 90's to attend art school. After graduating from San Diego State University and spending many years painting scenic western landscapes and fantastic portraits, he was invited by childhood friend Kevin Hardy to return home and reinvent himself as the personality behind Arbor Master, The Tree Health Care Specialist. In 2013, Jesse started working as a groundsman for Cutting Edge Tree Services to learn everything he could about the physical side of tree care before going back to school to study arboriculture in the 2014 Shade Tree Short Course at Iowa State University. As an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship certified pesticide applicator, he is qualified in many aspects of tree health care and continually seeking further education by attending annual tree care conferences, webinars and workshops. In 2015, Jesse completed Arbojet's winter webinar series, acquiring expert knowledge and skills working with trunk injection technology. Arborjet is the industry leader in injectable tree health care solutions and Jesse is proud to be certified "Arborjet Trained." The most interesting part of the tree service business for him is how much creativity plays a role in daily problem solving. As a painter of pictures, getting to work in the beauty of the natural environment is like living in a constantly evolving work of art for Jesse, with new places to see and people to meet every day.