Southern 401 Tree Service INC, is a  family-friendly tree care company located in South Kingstown, RI and Hopkinton, RI.    Our company is committed to providing the highest quality service to our customers.  We pride ourselves in being professional and courteous.  We love getting to know our existing customers and meeting with all of our new customers.  Our crew operates year round and we offer 24 hour emergency tree service.  No job is too big or too small! 

From everyone on the Southern 401 Tree team we look forward to working with you in the near future!

Our Team

Company Bio

Owner: Kenny Shields

Owner: Pete LaMotte

Owner/Business Manager: Alex Shields



My name is Pete LaMotte.  I was born and raised in Charlestown, RI and currently reside in Hopkinton, RI with my family.  I started in the tree industry in 1990 for Intrastate Tree Service out of Stonington Conneticut.  I then transferred to Barlett Tree Service in Seekonk, MA where I became a licensed arborist in 1992.  My employment with Barlett lasted about 10 years.  During my time at Barlett I learned a lot about the field of arboriculture from experience and research lab classes that I attended in Charlotte, NC.  Over the past 10 years I worked for various tree companies in the area broadening my tree knowledge and expertise.

Now I am co-owner of Southern 401 Tree Service INC.  We have a great team focusing on top quality tree care, customer satisfaction, and very reasonable rates. I have enjoyed working locally in the tree industry an look forward to helping you in the future!

    My name is Kenny Shields and I am co-owner/operator of Southern 401 Tree Service INC.  I am a licensed arborist and have been in the tree business for over 15 years.  I was born and raised in Wakefield, RI and attended South Kingstown High School.  After high school I struggled to find a job that sparked my interest and kept my attention.  After one day of work in the tree business I knew this was the profession for me.  It is a hard working career that requires fast thinking and continuous learning.

Currently I reside in Wakefield, RI with my wife Alex, our son Colton, 3 dogs and pig Willow.  We look forward to providing our customers with the best service around!   

My name is Alex Shields.  I am co-owner/business manager of Southern 401 Tree Service INC.  I grew up in Narragansett, RI and currently reside in Wakefield, RI with my husband Kenny, son Colton, and our animals. I attended the University of Rhode Island graduating in 2008 with a Bachelors in International Business and minor in Italian.  After graduation I worked in the jewelry industry for about 4 years, but decided it was not the right industry for me.

In September of 2013 with the help of my husband and Pete, we founded  Southern 401 Tree Service.  I realized that being a business owner/manager was the best way for me to utilize my education to the fullest.  I am so excited to see the business grow and cannot not wait to speak with and meet all of our new customers!!