Vinny brings a wealth of experience in project management, landscape design, and customer service to his position as LaurelRock's Design/Build Operations Manager. Vinny focuses on developing customized programs that drive results and enhance service offerings. He is a well-respected leader in the landscape industry, and is known for effectively communicating with clients, building strong internal teams, driving relationships through active listening and personal consultations, and implementing best practices to successfully complete projects safely, on time, and within budget.
Prior to joining the LaurelRock team in 2014, Vinny worked as a Director of Operations for a large landscape and property maintenance company, where he earned his certification from the Connecticut Nurseryman’s Association (CNA).
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Vinny holds a B.S. in Landscape/Construction, as well as an MBA in Human Resources from Albertus Magnus College.
Jeremy D. Ferguson
Landscape Architect/Project Manager
Jeremy D. Ferguson started his 25-year career as a landscape architect with a high-end residential design/build company outside of Chicago. Following that, he worked for over two decades designing for the hospitality sector and creating unique outdoor spaces across the globe. His experience and expertise adds a taste of international flair to The LaurelRock Company.
Jeremy always had a strong desire to create comfortable and memorable outdoor environments that leave a lasting impression. His goal was to use his creativity to allow people to relax and enjoy their time away from home – and that inspired him to follow a career path in landscape architecture. Prior to joining LaurelRock, Jeremy designed landscapes in destinations in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and China. He conceptualized and designed the landscapes of leading luxury award-winning international hotels and resorts. In his role, he was responsible for notable landscape concepts and designs at destinations such as JW Marriot (China), ShangriLa Ulaanbatar Hotel (Mongolia), ShangriLa Nanjing Gulou Hotel (China) and Star Capital (China).
As LaurelRock’s Lead Landscape Architect and Project Manager, Jeremy will continue to build on his legacy of delivering the landscape design excellence that he has established over the years. Marrying his compelling portfolio of hotel experience with his extensive background in high-end residential design/build will give Jeremy a unique opportunity to cultivate outdoor residential spaces that are as livable and beautiful as they are innovative and creative.
Jeremy received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University, which is currently ranked among the top 10 in the United States by DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly publication for leaders in the design professions. He also holds a certification by the Council of Landscape Architecture Board for nearly two decades.
Maggie Liang’s design and landscape architecture expertise is heavily influenced by her global experience, having lived and worked in China, Australia, and the United States.
Maggie attended South China Agriculture University in Guangzhou, China, where she received a bachelor’s degree in landscape design. Following her passion for the profession, she joined the Planning and Design Research Centre for China Landscape Architecture in Beijing. Maggie moved to Australia in 2007 where she spent four years as a landscape architect at an award-winning architectural firm JPW. Her experience ran the gamut from university campus landscape design and boulevard design to canal landscape design and streetscape upgrades including the $6 billion dollar Barangaroo urban renewal project.
As LaurelRock’s landscape designer, Maggie will work in conjunction with the design team to implement her creative skills to enhance every project and will be responsible for creating the beautiful and innovative landscape environments that LaurelRock clients have come to enjoy.
Yunwen (Nana) Wu
Hailing from Nanjing, China, it is no surprise that Nana Wu decided to focus her studies on landscape architecture. Known as the “Garden Capital of China,” Nanjing is a historic city with a rich cultural heritage and preserved ancient gardens located on the shores of the Yangtze River.
And, while the designs of Nanjing’s famous gardens were certainly inspiration for Nana’s current career path, it is also her desire to apply her education to help create a more sustainable environment. Exposed to China’s heavy pollution and the effects that it had on the environment and architecture, Nana knew that she wanted to choose a career path where she could make a difference in the world.
Nana moved to the U.S. during high school, then graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.
Well-rounded, Nana’s interests expand beyond her landscape architecture and environmental science studies. Proficiently skilled in computer-aided design software (CAD), Nana will bring LaurelRock’s designs to life in 3D to help clients better explore design ideas and clearly visualize concepts. Moreover, Nana has a passion for photography. It is this eye for creativity coupled with her love for landscape design that will allow her to artfully implement memorable and enjoyable outdoor spaces that will stimulate the senses.