Landscape Industry Since: 2018
Signature Landscape Since: 2020
Raymond grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He enjoyed helping his dad, a diesel mechanic, while learning valuable problem-solving skills. His interest in the outdoors was sparked by his dad through hunting, fishing, and a love for improving the area around them. They spent their free time building sheds in the yard, landscape beds around trees, planting flowers in beds, and starting a blueberry bush to make wine with. Raymond also started a small mowing business with his grandpa. They mowed up to seven yards and called themselves “R&R landscaping” as Raymond was named after his grandpa.
Raymond moved to the Kansas City area as a freshman in high school and attended St. James Academy, followed by JCCC for his first year of college. He completed his education at K-State University and graduated with a degree in agricultural business in 2018. While at K-State, he served on the board of Ducks Unlimited, and is still a member today. After graduating, he moved to Hartford, CT, where he worked at FarmTek as a National Account Manager. There, he was responsible for designing greenhouses, automated watering systems, and ventilation, as well as supplying general farm equipment to small private farms, several multinational companies, school districts, and the government. Raymond even designed a greenhouse for a prison in Kentucky! During this experience, he learned how to interact with clients and ensure that project designs were easily communicated, all while fulfilling his clients’ exact needs.
Raymond is an avid outdoorsman, and he says that’s what led him to the landscaping industry. He became an Account Manager on Signature’s North Branch’s team in 2020. Raymond takes a client-first perspective with his work. He strives to proactively identify opportunities for improvement on his client’s properties. He believes work should be fun, and truly enjoys working in the landscape industry. He is excited to partner with his clients to make their properties all that they envision.
Raymond says, “being honest can come at a premium, I pride myself on being a straight shooter. I make sure each day is filled with productivity. I look for kindness in everyone I meet and always go the extra mile to offer help to whomever may need it.”
In his spare time, Raymond enjoys growing ornamental plants and vegetables from seed under a grow light in a small greenhouse he built. He loves all Kansas City sports and is in awe that the Chiefs were able to pull off the 2020 Super Bowl win. He has two dogs and two cats who greet him at the door, which is the highlight of his day when returning home from work.