Sept. 15 2011
When Janet Reilly was a very young girl, if you asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer would probably have been either a doctor or a teacher. However, neither of those were the career ...
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Oct. 1 2005
You could say Jerry Pate has been in the green industry every since he was a teen-ager. As is so typical of many kids his age, when he was growing up, he took odd jobs to earn spending money while going ...
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April 1 2004
Some people might say that Jim Bissett’s blood must run green. He got into horticulture as a youngster, while still in school ...
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Jan. 18 2010
It was quite a journey, and James Cornelius never imagined that one day he would be the proud owner of a company. The 46-year-old Illinois native is the president and owner of U.S. Praxis, but after graduating ...
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Jan. 1 2007
When growing up, some people just know what they want to do with their lives. Many don’t really know, but find “it” later in their careers. Still others never seem to find their place ...
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Aug. 1 2004
Remember the guy from your high school days- the guy who was always savvy with technology and equipped with a passion for computers, even at the time when computers ...
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July 20 2011
At the age of 51 Jody Shilan feels like he’s been in the landscape business all his life, certainly for the majority of it: 38 years. “I had a paper route up to the age of 13,” Shilan ...
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Jan. 1 2005
For the first few years, Addink and Gardner worked other jobs and plowed any earnings back into the business. Addink worked for the University of Nebraska as an irrigation engineer ...
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Sept. 23 2010
Born into a family of farm equipment people, it seemed inevitable that John Bentley would follow in their footsteps. However, I don’t think he realized that one day he would be the owner ...
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May 1 2006
My favorite moment in my interview with John Crowson was when I asked him what he thought made him a good leader ...
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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 ...
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April 1 2006
John Gibson couldnt have imagined, when he graduated from high school, that he would have a career in the green industry. It was beyond my wildest imagination, he said ...
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June 1 2004
When John Jenkins signed on as an accountant in the Des Moines factory of Deere & Company, he probably never dreamed he would one day become president of a major division of a public company ...
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March 17 2009
WHEN JOHN MILLER WAS STILL A teenager he was managing his own lawn care company. Called Superior Lawns, Miller’s company handled everything from mowing lawns to working with tractors. It was a pretty ...
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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 ...
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April 21 2008
If Jon Carlson wasn't the president of Jacobsen, a Textron Company, he could be a professional motivational speaker. His personal philosophy and outlook on life is brimming with a certain vim and vigor that ...
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July 15 2015
Dan Palmer knew nothing about irrigation controllers. So what made him go into the irrigation controller business? Sometimes things just happen ...
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Dec. 16 2008
“My father emigrated from Mexico seven years before I was born,” he said. Gamez was one of five children in a struggling working-class family, growing up “on what you could say was in ...
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Aug. 1 2006
Every once in a while you run across someone who has a talent that seems so natural, it’s as if they were put on this earth just for that purpose . . . meet Judy Guido ...
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July 15 2016
When it wasn’t cool to be a woman in a man’s world, Judy Guido was there. To say she was the right person at the right time would be an understatement. Many of the female gender who came after ...
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2015 STATUS REPORT

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