The CEOs and founders of Oak Grove Tree Experts are Sam and Randi Cooper. Sam and Randi have two young boys. Sam Cooper is the production manager of Oak Grove Tree Experts and is an internationally recognized Competitive Climber and Certified Arborist. In 2003, he competed in his first ISA Climbing Competition. Competing quickly became a passion and an annual event for the Cooper family. In 2011, Sam competed against the world’s best climbers at the ISA World Competition in Sydney Australia, placing 16th overall and 1st place in the Throw Line Event. In 2013, Sam was the Mid-Atlantic Champion securing his place, yet again, in another World Competition. This time the event was held in Toronto, Canada. Again, Sam was competing against the best of the best and placed 8th overall.

Sam Cooper is also the creator of the Cooper’s Hitch. This climbing hitch is used by climbers all over the globe. For more information on this Hitch and how to incorporate it into your climb, please visit our blog.

A large portion of Sam’s experience and, truthfully, his favorite projects have been Maintenance and Care of Large Estates, Corporate Sites and Historic Properties. Each project is unique in its own way. A few properties include: Grounds For Sculpture by J.S. Johnson Atelier (a 42-acre arboretum, public sculpture garden and museum); Princeton University; Fairleigh Dickinson University (grounds designed by Landscape architect F.L Olmsted); the College of William & Mary; and The Duke Estate in Somerville, NJ.

Throughout Sam’s career he has been called upon for high profile and hazardous contracts. Recognized for his leadership and specialties in rigging and tree removal operations, Sam has helped several states in devastation due to natural disasters. Organizing crews to perform tasks, such as lifting trees off of houses, bridges and clearing roadways. Some of these contracts included The 2002 Charlotte, NC ice storm and 2004 Williamsburg, VA Hurricane Isabel.

In 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, Sam participated in the Asian Long Horn Beetle eradication program. A USDA and EPA project in northern NJ.