It’s hard to define a business in a few words, of course – but if we had to choose just one, it would be: Transformative.
Or possibly: Innovative. Determined. Visionary. Discerning. Honest. Conscientious. Modest.
Okay, maybe not that last one. See? We can't pick just one!
So let us tell you a little bit about our team.
GREG RAYMOND, President
Greg went to Michigan State University for horticulture and landscape architecture, and later earned a certification in natural shoreline restoration. He’s also an accredited GRP, or green roof professional – a member of the inaugural class, as it happens.
Over the years, and through a variety of different ecologically oriented jobs, Greg developed his passion for melding the hard bones of urban infrastructure with the organic texture of native plants and animals, rich soils and clean water.
Thus was born a diehard nature nut who loves heading out into the verge, but would much rather bring it in to our fair cities. Today, Greg designs and installs green roofs, creates urban gardens, implements stormwater management systems and consults on all things green infrastructure.
Rondi Raymond, Director of Marketing
Rondi Raymond has spent her life building great teams and great stories. From the publishing and editorial world to the search consulting industry, Rondi loves helping companies thrive through cultivating powerful people and messaging.
That’s exactly what she does as Director of Marketing here at Ecogardens. In addition to overseeing both digital and traditional marketing activities, Rondi focuses on visual branding, business strategy and client relationships. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Webster University, Rondi worked with big names such as Macmillan and Cambridge Consulting. From there, she turned her attention to the sustainability space.
Rondi lives in Chicago with Greg Raymond, President of Ecogardens, and their two young sons. Rondi enjoys being active outside with her family, gardening and baking the occasional cake.
Sarah Moore, Content Marketing Manager
Sarah Moore is a writer and marketing expert in the sustainability and ecology niches. In addition to copywriting, she also assists with brand strategy, digital marketing and social media management.
After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Sarah launched her writing career working with some of the biggest brands in the green industry. She particularly enjoys her work here at Ecogardens, where she gets to bring her nerdy love of reporting to the cutting-edge science and brilliant minds in the field of urban ecology.
When she’s not helping to manage the Ecogardens brand presence, Sarah enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, playing with her two rugrats and keeping sticks away from her dog. Usually the dog wins.
Meet the Team
The Ecogardens team hails from a variety of ecology, sustainability, landscaping and marketing backgrounds. What do we look for before we bring anyone on board? Simple: A pure love of the environment mixed with a desire to make our cities cleaner, healthier, prettier spaces. Our employees and partners embody this ethic through and through. Whether we’re putting in a new urban garden or typing up a blog post, we are guaranteed to do it with two ends in mind: your satisfaction and the wellbeing of the planet.
We also maintain a strong network of partners outside Ecogardens.
We know we can only deliver the best to you when we have the best on our side, which is why we work with some of the most experienced contractors in the business. We’re always cultivating new relationships with people who can better our services and boost our knowledge, which directly benefits you, the homeowner, building manager, company stakeholder … or whoever you are.
And we mean that in a good way, of course.
Bottom line? If you’re looking for premier ecological systems and urban spaces in step with nature™, the team here at Ecogardens has your back. Please feel free to get in touch to learn more today.