Jordan joined the POND Trade team in January 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has previously worked in the editorial department of Robb Report magazine, editing and writing articles about the luxury lifestyle. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found two small businesses and manage the marketing, branding and operations departments for 11 years. Following the sale of one business in 2015, Jordan seized the opportunity to return to his journalistic roots, starting a freelance editing company based in St. Petersburg, Florida, that copy-edits, proofreads and ghostwrites for customers across a wide variety of genres, from young adult fiction to business management. He is a self-proclaimed “journalism junkie” who also enjoys baseball and the aviation industry.

2020 Water Artisans of the Year: Runners-Up

By Jordan Morris / February 25, 2021 / 0 Comments

Instead of “honorable mentions,” we’d prefer to call these projects silver medalists. Second place was a hard-fought battle again this year, with just a couple of votes separating the winners from these respectable runners-up. POND Trade magazine hosts the Water Artisans of the Year contest on an annual basis. It is the pond and water-garden […]

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Meet the Judges of the Fifth Supreme Stream Court

By Jordan Morris / February 25, 2021 / 0 Comments

This year’s submissions were presented blindly to a panel of seven industry experts to determine winners and runners-up in five categories (Best Pondless, Most Naturalistic, Best Under $15k, Ponds by Night, and Fountains & Formal Features). In order to be considered eligible, projects must have been completed between Nov. 1, 2019 and Nov. 1, 2020. […]

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5th Annual Water Artisans of the Year Contest Results

By Jordan Morris / February 25, 2021 / 2 Comments

In a year that kicked off with an unprecedented sense of optimism, 2020 quickly let us down in a lot of different ways. “Good riddance!” we cried in December, as we bid adieu to a year riddled with isolation, hardship and disappointment. Well, we’ve got good news. 2020 wasn’t all bad. As you will see, […]

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Aquatic Dream Team Builds Large-Scale Water Feature for Shaquille O’Neal

By Jordan Morris / August 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

You don’t have to be a fan of basketball to know Shaquille O’Neal, perhaps better known as “Shaq.” Aside from being one of the most indelible, acclaimed athletes ever to play for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Team USA in the Olympics, the unmistakable 7-foot-1 superstar with size-23 sneakers who retired from the NBA […]

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2019 Water Artisans of the Year Results

By Jordan Morris / February 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

The secret is out — we love this time of year! Not only do we as a community start shaking off the frost and gearing up for the upcoming pond and water-gardening season, but we also get the privilege of bestowing accolades on the most noteworthy builds from the past year. As you turn the […]

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Water Artisans of the Year: Meet This Year’s Judges

By Jordan Morris / February 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

Just as in past years, we meticulously assembled a unique panel of leaders that we felt represented a wide cross section of the industry’s capabilities and expertise. Each “blind” entry presented to the panel consisted of a brief, contractor-supplied description with all names, companies and products hidden or removed, along with up to four photographs. […]

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Water Artisans of the Year: Runners – Up

By Jordan Morris / February 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

Year over year, it’s always the hardest part of administering the contest. No question, the winning projects are jaw-dropping, but how do we not show off a few of the other sensational entries we received? Limiting the love to just five winners simply isn’t our style. Here are the runners-up in each of our five […]

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2nd Place Winners Wow Judges with Amazing Pond Designs and Projects

By Jordan Morris / February 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

Choosing just five winners from the 66 quality entries we received almost seemed unfair. Our judges remarked how blown away they were by this year’s tight competition, and we on the editorial staff have to agree. Our winners clearly deserve the accolades, but in each category, there was at least a handful of other projects […]

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2018 Water Artisans of the Year Winners Meet the Challenge

By Jordan Morris / February 21, 2019 / 1 Comment

It’s often said that the third time’s the charm. The results are in for the third round of the Water Artisans of the Year contest, and we have to say that the competition just keeps getting fiercer every year. We collected a record 66 project submissions in five categories and presented them to this year’s […]

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Announcing the 2018 Water Artisans of the Year Judges – Court is Now in Session!

By Jordan Morris / August 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

Summer is already beyond the halfway mark, so it’s time to start pondering the highlights of this year’s pond season. POND Trade magazine will soon begin accepting entries for the 2018 Water Artisans of the Year contest, the pond and water garden industry’s premier independent competition. For the past two years, the contest has recognized […]

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