Cultivate’19 Keynotes Aim to Inspire, Educate

Kevin Brown Cultivate Keynote

Kevin Brown

The Sunday morning keynote presentation is always a must-attend part of Cultivate. This year, that tradition continues with Kevin Brown, a noted businessman and speaker who will give a talk on “The Hero Effect.”


After a career in franchising that spanned 30 years, Brown decided to retire from corporate America and pursue his passion for bringing The Hero Effect message to as many people and organizations as possible.

During his presentation, Brown will inspire and equip attendees to show up every day and make a positive difference. At the heart of his message is a simple, yet powerful philosophy for life that drives every thought, every action and ultimately every result we achieve both personally and professionally.

Specifically, Brown will address the following themes:
• Heroes help people, with no strings attached. They create strong connections and reach beyond the borders of transactional thinking to create transformational moments!
• Heroes create an exceptional experience. The hero uses the best of who they are to serve more people, more often, in bigger and better ways. Heroes build trust by serving others with an authentic passion that turns everyday moments into superhuman experiences.
• Heroes take responsibility. They understand that before you can lead anyone else, you must first be able to lead yourself. They are committed to the best possible outcome in every situation regardless of circumstances or events beyond their control.
• Heroes live and work with optimism. They see opportunities instead of obstacles, and possibilities instead of problems.
You can learn more about Brown here.

Get Up to Date on the State of the Industry

The Monday morning State of the Industry Keynote at Cultivate’19 will feature perspectives from AmericanHort’s leadership team on this rapidly changing policy environment. Ken Fisher, AmericanHort President and CEO, will discuss key green industry trends and efforts from AmericanHort. Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Research will give his “Inside Washington” perspective on political order and outlook on horticulture industry policy priorities from workforce to tax and small business issues. Finally, AmericanHort Chief Economist Charlie Hall will report and explain current economic indicators, policy implications, and help set the stage for strategic thinking for the rest of the year.

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