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Oct. 17 2008
ROY BAILEY AND HIS FRIEND, RUSS Dresen, were hanging around one summer night having a few beers. They were, in many ways, no different than most other 20-somethings on a summer evening, knocking back drinks and talking about their plans for the future
Sept. 17 2008
During the hot summer afternoons when the rest of his peers were lazing in swimming pools and catching campy action flicks at the local movie theatre, Bryce Bousquet spent his teenage years stocking shelves at his dad’s company warehouse ...
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Aug. 1 2008
It was January of 1988 and John DeCell was out of a job. He’d worked as a loan officer for the First American Bank in his hometown of Baytown, Texas for five-and-a-half years, but the banking industry had fallen under hard times and DeCell suddenly found
July 16 2008
If ever there was an individual who, not knowing where his career path would end up, prepared himself along the way, it would have to be Steve Christie. I’m sure it wasn’t planned that way, but Christie gained a vast knowledge of the irrigation ...
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July 15 2008
AS A TEENAGER, DOUG BENNETT recalls, “I was very good at finding ways to get by doing as little as I could.” So how does a guy like this end up being a recognized leader, gaining national attention for developing programs to conserve water? ...
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May 17 2008
When you meet Mark Stinson, the president of Exmark, you’ve got to take an immediate liking to him. Quiet and unassuming, this tall shy guy with a great smile will put you at ease. Not the flamboyant type, Stinson is exactly the kind of person you ...
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April 21 2008
In 1979, when Chuck and Terry Barebo purchased Otterbine Aerators in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, the company was losing money. However, they had a goal in mind. They wanted to create a company that might one day become a family business ...
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April 21 2008
When you find yourself digging a hole, quit digging. Simple, yet sound advice from a man who has learned that balance is the key to success in both your business and personal life. ...
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April 21 2008
Early in his manufacturing career, Bob Lisle aimed for two things: to listen to his customers, and to meet their needs with ingeniously-designed, well-crafted equipment ...
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April 21 2008
As a young man, Burt Sperber knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. In his wildest imagination, he never dreamed that the company he founded would achieve such heights ...
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April 21 2008
For me, it was a golden time: to represent an exciting new company that an entire industry was watching, and to help roll out a truly innovative product, Chuck Huston exclaims ...
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April 21 2008
Within five years, David Werning had his passport stamped at least fifty times in Japan, twenty-five times throughout Europe, and twenty times in Latin America, traveling as director of International Operations for John Deere’s Construction Equipment ...
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April 21 2008
For almost half a century Ed Hunter had a major impact on the irrigation industry. He passed on in January of this year and we miss him. His contributions will stand as a monument to his ingenuity ...
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April 21 2008
To define Dixie Chopper as a family business would be an understatement at best. In 1980, when Art and Jean Evans began the journey of building their company, little did they know that it would eventually be the lifeblood of their children, Warren, Wesley
April 21 2008
Perhaps the saying, "Out of chaos comes order," should be the credo for Roger and Gail Porter, though they prefer Winston Churchill's quote, "Never, never, never give up!" Maybe its a combination of the two ...
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April 21 2008
In 1957, a young man left Toronto, Canada, to find his way in the world. His desire to study civil engineering was thwarted by a lack of funds, so he headed for Los Angeles ...
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April 21 2008
The defining moment that would set the stage for the Kinkead family legacy came in the European countryside during World War I, when Robert Kinkead took note of the sickle mowers being used to manage tall grass ...
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April 21 2008
When I grow up, I want to be like Mr. Jack,? said Quentin Gallivan, vice president of sales and marketing for Lasco Fittings ...
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April 21 2008
Most parents would love to see their children achieve greater success than they had in their own business careers. Vince Shiely is probably no different. That his son, John, would someday take his place as president of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, and ...
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April 21 2008
If you've attended industry conventions, chances are you've met Dr. John Thomson. You likely saw him faithfully manning his booth, always available to discuss his favorite subjects: plant health, vitamins and SUPERthrive ...
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