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Jerry Pate - Jerry Pate Company

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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 to high school.    More
Saturday, October 1, 2005 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Jim Bisset

Bissett Nurseries

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Some people might say that Jim Bissett’s blood must run green. He got into horticulture as a youngster, while still in school.    More
Thursday, April 1, 2004


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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 high school, owning a manufacturing company was the last thing on his mind.   More
Monday, January 18, 2010 ARON GREEN


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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 in the sun.   More
Monday, January 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Jim Sieminski - Rain Master Irrigation

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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...   More
Sunday, August 1, 2004 KEITH ROBERTS

Jody Shilan

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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 recalls, “and one of my friends was making money cutting lawns for his neighbors.   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Igin Staff


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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...    More
Saturday, January 1, 2005 DENNE GOLDSTEIN


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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 of a manufacturing company as well as a company representing makers of farm-type and construction equipment.    More
Thursday, September 23, 2010 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

John Crowson

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My favorite moment in my interview with John Crowson was when I asked him what he thought made him a good leader.    More
Monday, May 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON


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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 himself without a job. Factor into this the added pressure of knowing your first son is only months away from being born, and you’ve an idea of the headspace DeCell was in on this particularly tumultuous New Year.    More
Friday, August 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD