Meet the Team

John Pogas – Owner

John has over two decades of experience in providing clients with the best customer experience possible. John cut his first tree when he was in high school and has had a deep interest in arboriculture ever since. John joined the Monster Tree Service family in 2012 and has quickly developed the business into one of the leading tree care companies in the Lehigh Valley. John is a member of the Bethlehem chapter of BNI. He is active in his church and is Vice President of his parish council as well as the youth director for Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. John has been married for over 25 years to his college sweetheart and is the proud father of two girls and one spoiled rotten Golden Retriever.

Austin Romero - General Manager

Austin is our General Manager and is responsible for the day to day operations of Monster Tree Service. Austin got his start in arboraculture at the tender young age of 12 when he would work with his father, also an arborist. Austin has always had a passion for the business, even as a young child. Shortly after joining Monster Tree Service, he was promoted to Foreman of our aerial lift crew and was the lead climber on most crane extractions. He received his Arborist certification with the International Society of Arboriculture in 2016. In 2017, Austin was promoted to General Manger focusing on production efficiency, quality control, keeping our equipment maintained and our customers happy. In his spare time, Austin likes to ride four wheelers and spend time with his family.

Crickett Lindsey – Sales Arborist

Crickett has an in-depth knowledge of arboriculture and is passionate about plant health. He has close to two decades of experience in the plant health care industry and loves to offer advice to all of his clients. In his spare time Crickett enjoys photography, sky diving and listening to live music. He also has a knack for winning concert tickets on the radio and can be heard from time to time on the rock stations in the Lehigh Valley. Crickett lives in Bethlehem with his wife and is still on his honeymoon.

Bill Vander Werff - Sales Arborist

Bill comes to Monster Tree service with over 20 years experience in Arbor-culture and Plant Health Care. He is a 2000 Graduate of the prestigious Davey Institute of Tree Sciences and has extensive training in Entomology and Pathology of plants. Bill has been and ISA Certified Arborist since 2000. In his free time, Bill enjoys playing music, hiking, cooking and, of course, gardening. Bill lives in Washington Township and is father to two grown children and has two grandchildren.

Susan Saltzman – Office Manager

Sue is the voice of Monster Tree Service and the person you most likely speak with when you call our phone number. Sue is a stickler for detail and enjoys helping our customers with scheduling, billing and general questions. If you have questions, Sue has answers! Married for almost two decades and mother of two young boys, Sue enjoys spending time with her family – including her brother in law John (see above).

Monster Tree Service of the Lehigh Valley is constantly growing. If you possess a strong work ethic, enjoy working outdoors and are not afraid of inclement weather then click here to fill out an employment application. We are proud to say that over one third of our employees have served our country in the United States Military.