Phillip Kelley

Phillip Kelley

Lead Instructor

24 Years of Experience


ISA Certified Arborist
Certified Line Clearance Tree Trimmer
Approved TCIA ASTI trainer
Past President of the Georgia Arborist Association
Resistograph Technician Certified


Phillip is a Lead Instructor for NATS, a position he has held since 2009. In addition to his work with NATS, Phillip is a contract climber and owner of Samara Tree Preservation and Training based in Washington state. He serves as the head judge of the North American Tree Climbing Championship (2014-present) and the Aerial Rescue International Tree Climbing Championship (2013-present), and served as the head technician of the Georgia Arborist Association Tree Climbing Championship (2009-2013).