Meet Our Team


Rhett Richardson, Principal

Rhett has been a Certified Arborist since 1990 (#WE-0966B) and founded Solano Shade in 1994. He is a recognized leader in the Tree Care Industry, having served two terms as the president of the California Arborists Association.


Yvan Smith, Sales/Consultations

Yvan is our veteran associate, with over 15 years experience in arboriculture.  Yvan is an ISA Certified Arborist (#WE-7047A). He has demonstrated proficiency in every aspect of providing tree services, but is now dedicated to arboricultural consulting and job estimating.


Katherine Smith, Office Manager

Katherine is the friendly voice you hear when you call our office. She will schedule your estimate and service appointments and also handles invoices and payments. She is an experienced horticulturalist, who can answer many of your questions or connect you with further resources if needed.


Darrell Frost, Operations Officer

Darrell has been with Solano Shade since 2004. He is competent in every phase of our operation and is responsible for crew, equipment and job management.