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.
Jason Whitaker – General Manager
Jason Whitaker is the GM. He has been a resident of the WNC mountains for many years. Jason is also a Veteran of the United States Navy and attended the University of Oklahoma. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing golf, and strumming on the guitar.
Brad – Lead Technician
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.
Aaron Carter – Chimney Technician
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.
Thomas Allen – Chimney Technician
Thomas was born and raised in Corning, NY, but has lived in the mountains of WNC for 5 years with his wife and 3 children. He enjoys grilling, camping, hockey, and being outside, Tom has extensive experience in roofing, HVAC, and construction.
Kelli Johnson – Office Manager
Kelli was born and raised in Asheville, NC. After graduating from Enka HS, she attended AB Technical school and received her A.S. in accounting and computer programming. Later in life, she returned to school became certified in medical coding. With 20+ years of experience in accounting, she has worked in a variety of industries. In her free time, Kelli enjoys being at the lake and beach, softball, and spending time with family and friends. She has made it her goal to learn as much as possible about the chimney and fireplace industry and become an integral part of ECSI.