Landscape Design Project Director
Lake Bluff, Illinois
| || |
B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1991
Area of emphasis: Ornamental Horticulture
|"We encourage our clients to imagine all the attributes that plants offer," says Richard Grant, Landscape Design Project Director for Mariani Landscape. "We help them to envision the fragrance of the plant, the beauty of the blossoms and even sense the coolness from a shady overstory tree. Plants help our customers in many ways and provide them with tranquility, comfort and even excitement. This is why they purchase a landscape project." |
As the client contact from the initial design until project completion, Grant prides himself in customer satisfaction. "I am the contact to the client that represents out firm and is responsible for overseeing the design and installation process. A rewarding experience is overcoming the challenges of installing a landscape project and giving a lot of personal commitment and time to see that the project is installed beyond my expectations."
A student who benefited from the personal attention of gifted professors, Grant advises young professionals to not sell themselves short. "Aim for the very top and have an entrepreneurial attitude and an ownership mentality at every position they hold. Success is easy . . . just work very hard and love what you do."
Grant believes the landscape industry has benefited from the many professionals entering the field. "Landscape construction is a serious business that employs people with a trained skill set and a professional attitude who are educated at a level to provide clients with credible solutions and outcomes to their projects."