Emerging Industry Leaders Earn Business Management Certification

Emerging Industry Leaders Earn Business Management Certification

EAGL Graduates

Photo Credit: Corey Bordine, MonkeyBar Management

Dr. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair for International Floriculture at Texas A&M University, recently announced the graduation of the fourth cohort of the elite Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership (EAGL) program for nursery and greenhouse growers. Nine industry leaders received their continuing education Certificate in Applied Horticultural Business Management from Texas A&M on Feb. 2, 2017.


The EAGL program is a public-private partnership specializing in strategic business skills for commercial horticulture. It is an intense and personalized nine-month long, multi-module curriculum designed to improve the competitive position and profitability of the participants’ companies.

The list of graduates includes:
• Tommy Dudley (R.A. Dudley Nursery, GA)
• Rich Hesselein (Pleasant Run Nursery, NJ)
• Bill Jones (Carolina Native Nursery, NC)
• Tom Knezick (Pinelands Nursery, NJ)
• Daryl Kobesky (Pleasant Run Nursery, NJ)
• Bart Olson (Olson’s Greenhouses, UT/CO)
• Chad Olson (Olson’s Greenhouses, UT/CO)
• Steve Sloan (ColorPoint Greenhouses, KY)
• Bradd Yoder (Star Roses & Plants, PA)

Program partners StandPoint and MonkeyBar Management (Kellee O’Reilly and Corey Bordine) were on hand to celebrate the graduates’ achievement and join Dr. Hall and Texas A&M University in congratulating the Epsilon cohort of the EAGL program on achieving their certification. StandPoint is an Atlanta-based market research firm founded in 2002 by Kip Creel, leading the EAGL Marketing curriculum. The MonkeyBar Management (Minneapolis, MN) team (Kellee Magee O’Reilly and Corey Bordine) provides educational content, community tools, and event logistics for the EAGL network.

The graduates now join their peers from prior classes in the EAGL Network. The fifth group — the Zeta cohort — is accepting applications now (four available seats remain) and will begin their curriculum in June 2017.