About Environmental Chimney Service

Richie Baxley – President
Richie Baxley founded the business as Pioneer Chimney Sweep in Reno, NV in 1990. The company was moved to North Carolina where it was renamed Environmental Chimney Service in 1992. Richie joined the North Carolina Chimney Sweep Association (NCCSA), gaining his certification through the NCCSA and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Richie is native to Lumberton, NC. In 1984, he met his wife Kyong Suk in Korea, while serving in the Army. He is the father of two sons, Ben and Aaron. In his free time, Richie enjoys the great outdoors by hunting and fishing.

Brad – General Manager
Brad has been with ECSI since November 2017. He has lived in Western North Carolina for 13 years and currently lives in Asheville. When he is not sweeping and repairing chimneys, Brad enjoys reading, biking, and having fun with his three children. 


Shadric “Shade” Evans
Born in raised in Durham, NC and spent many years traveling abroad to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Israel.  Enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and glamping, ultimate frisbee and disc golf. Animal lover! Favorite breed is a rescue dog!

Aaron Carter
Born and raised in Hendersonville, NC and is 22 years old.  He is a student pursuing Civil Engineering and Blueprint Design but currently looking forward to expanding his skills and knowledge working with chimneys.  His goal is to learn and gain experience to work towards his career.

Adam Acosta

Adam was born in Hendersonville, NC in 1991. He attended East Henderson High. Upon graduation he relocated to Johnson City, TN and attended Electrical Lineman school. Adam returned to Henderson County in 2016. He has 7+ years of construction experience. When he is not meeting your chimney needs, you can find him outside, hiking, camping rock climbing and snowboarding in the mountains. Adam has also played soccer since he was 7 and stays as engaged with the sport as possible. He is “ready accessible” to serve the chimney needs for WNC.

We are now hiring! Environmental Chimney Service has quality professionals to provide the best chimney and dryer vent services.