The LaurelRock Co. adds new employees

Design and management professionals join Conneticut firm.

October 4, 2010
Industry News

WILTON, Conn. – The LaurelRock Co., a design/build and maintenance firm, has hired Jon Knight Zmistowski, Donald Dickson and Tom Barry. The trio will be part of the company’s garden design and landscape management team.

Additionally, Glenn Hall, who has been a senior crew leader with the firm since 2009, has been promoted to a field supervisor position. The company also welcomed Ashley Cipollone as human resources manager and Terri Smith as office manager.

“We are pleased to welcome such outstanding professionals to our team,” says Burt DeMarche, co-founder and president of LaurelRock Company. “They bring a wealth of experience, management and design expertise to our business.

Since earning his certificate in Landscape Design from the New York Botanical Garden in 1998,
Zmistowski has contributed to the design and management of countless Fairfield County residential properties.

Dickson, a Connecticut Certified Nurseryman in organic applications, holds an agricultural degree from Waterbury’s Mattatuck Community College and brings experience in residential and commercial landscape installation and management to The LaurelRock Co.

With a B.S. in Agronomy and a Masters in Turfgrass Management from the University of Connecticut, Barry, a LaurelRock Plant Health Care Technician, brings technical knowledge to LaurelRock’s property design and management team.

Hall, LaurelRock Field Supervisor, has more than 30 years of experience in the landscape industry, specializing in installation, maintenance and retail nursery operations, most recently, as founder of his own design/build company.

Glenn majored in Landscape Management at SUNY Cobleskill and in Landscape Design at New York Botanical Gardens.

Cipollone earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Pennsylvania’s Bloomsburg University. Smith comes to LaurelRock from the Fairfield County Community Foundation, where she was a finance associate.

The firm’s Master Gardener, Chris Rising, who joined the company in spring of 2009, is also being recognized for earning her Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (NOFA) certification, enhancing the firm’s organic land care design and maintenance capabilities.

In addition to her role spearheading client relations for the firm, Master Gardener, Chris Rising, also has a special expertise in exterior holiday decorating. Her 2009 holiday designs adorned the entranceways of the Westport and Newtown Historical Societies’ for their annual holiday house tours. Rising is a graduate of Fairfield University and earned her Master Gardener Certification from University of Connecticut.