A woman with straight brown hair wearing a blue top smiles in front of a background with red flowers and potted plants.

Joyce Y​.

Position: Client Representative

Time at Mariani: 2 ½ years

Favorite thing about my job: I love it when my clients reach out to me when they have any questions or concerns because it shows that they trust Mariani to find a solution.

In celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, what unique perspectives do you feel you bring to Mariani and the landscape profession? I am proud of my Chinese American heritage. I believe that AAPI representation is so important, especially nowadays, as we continue to see incidents of AAPI hate and violence in America. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made significant contributions to all professions with their tenacity, dedication, and strong work ethic.

I am the first person in my family to be born in the U.S. My parents were separated for 10 years due to immigration laws – my father was in the U.S. while my mother and 2 brothers were in Hong Kong. Once my family was reunited, I was born 9 months later. 😊

What advice would you give to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders considering a career in this field? There are so many opportunities for AAPIs in the landscaping profession. Although landscaping is not traditionally a career field that AAPIs gravitate towards, I feel that no matter what your expertise or skill level, there is a place for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and room to grow.

Favorite things to do away from the job: I like to find opportunities to volunteer, especially with animal rescues. Also, yoga has been a big part of my life.

Favorite memory that happened here: While on my way to meet my manager at a client’s property, he spotted one of our client’s dogs that had escaped from their backyard. We were able to call the dog by name and coax him back home safely. We develop a relationship with our client’s pets.

Final thought: Although there’s so much more growth needed in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness in the landscaping industry – I see Mariani as being a leader in bringing those changes forward.