history


Chris Sears, President of Sears, Smith and Associates, Inc. is a Georgia Registered Landscape
Architect (LA001340) with ten years of industry related experience in the metro Atlanta area. His
passion for creating enjoyable places, client relationships, and ultimately his desire for personal
accountability on every project were the motivating forces behind his vision in creating this firm.
His earliest industry experiences include humble beginnings working on landscape construction
crews; as a nurseryman; working in forestry and as a survey technician.  Outside of the green
industry, he also is proud of his customer service related skills, which were honed in several
management positions, as well as a brief yet successful venture as a licensed financial consultant.

In 1996, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture (BLA), from the State
University of New York’s college of Environmental Science and forestry, at Syracuse University.  
Shortly after graduation he relocated to Atlanta to begin a career with Pollock and Associates,
where he gained experience working on projects for developers, homebuilders, and large
residential estates. In 2001 he went to work as a Project Manager for ValleyCrest, the largest
landscape contractor in the nation, to gain valuable management and construction experience on
large multimillion dollar commercial projects.  Two years later he was promoted to the position of
Business Developer, and he soon persuaded his Senior managers to allow him the opportunity to
create a design build department with him at the helm.  While exceeding all corporate goals and
expectations, Chris believed he could better service his clients elsewhere, and decided in late
2005 to devote his efforts full time in growing SS&A into a landscape architectural design firm of
choice.

Installation and construction of his designs is currently being offered through his wife Amy’s
company, A&C Development, Inc. This strategic alliance was formulated for several beneficial
reasons, to delineate clearer contractual responsibilities for clients to understand, and ultimately
reduce both company’s overhead and insurance costs, all while still allowing Chris the ability to
manage the nuances of a design build approach.  



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