Linquist Appointed Principal At EDSA

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.– When Founder Edward D. Stone Jr. launched EDSA in 1960, he had the unique vision of creating a special culture that incorporated the voice of every employee, regardless of title or age. This culture and “collective of innovative-minded peers” continues to evolve today as EDSA announced the promotion of 10 distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the global planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm.

With more than 30 years of experience and a long track record of success since joining EDSA in 1988, the company appointed Ed Linquist as Principal to the firm, making him the thirteenth person to currently hold this leadership role within the company. Trained to focus on the key issues of creating a comprehensive project vision, Ed also specializes in knowing how to enhance the overall guest experience and building value into the project and respecting the surrounding environment. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of project management and design ranging from large scale land planning and resort assignments to urban mixed-use developments and golf communities. As the studio leader of EDSA’s Orlando office, Ed has worked on numerous projects including the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea and Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World.

In addition to Ed, nine other esteemed individuals were recently promoted at EDSA into a range of positions from Executive Vice President, Marketing to Associate. Here’s a list of the full roster:

Promoted to Executive Vice President, Marketing

Jill Martinez (Fort Lauderdale): Jill joined EDSA in 2003 as an experienced marketing professional and quickly grew to understand the service offerings within the design industry.  With over 25 years of experience, she contributes to the firms’ continued expansion into new market territories providing strategic intelligence related to growth goals.  Jill is responsible for institutional marketing, business development, media relations, social and web services as well as event planning and corporate identity programs and materials.  With an artistic eye, she enhances the creative manner in which the EDSA brand is positioned as an international leader in the marketplace.  In her role, Jill provides a number of reporting tools that evaluate a series of metrics to analyze cause and effect outcomes of all marketing and business development related efforts.  She leads her team in the creation and execution of quality materials and key business pursuits ensuring appropriate benefits and differentiators are identified.  Jill has a confident energy that she continues to bring to her position every day.

Promoted to Associate Principal

Ryan Clifton (Baltimore Office): Embracing challenges and continually enacting the influence a landscape architect has on the development of a project is what fuels Ryan’s love for the profession. Having had the opportunity to work on projects in the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia, he has acquired an understanding of the significance that history and culture play in planning and how it ultimately directs design. He enjoys researching a site’s historic practices, studying man-made and natural land uses and then collaborating with clients for the best possible outcome. With EDSA since his graduation, Clifton has developed a strong sense for addressing site issues and resolving design challenges.  He is actively involved in EDSA’s international expansion leading commissions in Brazil, Mexico and China. Ryan has contributed in the master planning, design, project management and construction observation of resort hotel developments and golf community projects worldwide.

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