Jeff McManus – Director of Landscape Services at University of Mississippi and Author of Growing Weeders Into Leaders: Leadership Lessons from the Ground Up
Jeff McManus is a rare breed! He is a landscape professional that has excelled and create an amazingly strong group of followers. His leadership his evident in the beautiful scenery around him. He and his team twice won the National Professional Grounds Maintenance Society Best Maintained Campus, and Ole Miss, where he has been Director of Landscape Services since 2000, was named most beautiful campus by Newsweek in 2011 and the Princeton Review in 2013. Jeff and his team have gained a national reputation for attention to detail and an eye for beauty. He led his team in some creative waste management, which caught the attention of The New York Times in November 2014. Jeff has found unique leadership techniques by developing a dedicated, thoughtful and inspired work force. His GROW-Theory of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity and Wisdom has worked. And he shares it in his new book about growing leaders.
Vicky Popat – Co-Founder of PlantOGram
Vicky Popat believes a gift should be something that is sustainable, eco-friendly, healthy and should lasts for generations. Her company, PlantOGram, does exactly that. PlantOGram Inc. is a licensed and insured nursery located near Orlando, Florida. They started serving just some local community, but with an online store, they now ship trees worldwide. They sell exotic and tropical fruit trees that offer the rarest fruit trees from all corners of the globe. The firm has been covered by Glamour, Wedding Wire, Forbes, InTouch Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Fox News, The Huffington post, Tech Style and ABC. Their trees have appeared on Bravo TV shows and in Emmy Swag Bags!
Jim Jenkins – Chief Executive Officer of Universities East at Sodexo
Jim Jenkins is the CEO of Universities East at Sodexo Universities. They oversee a business portfolio with revenue of $1.7 billion and 35,000 employees. Mr. Jenkins supervises seven regions in the Universities business segment and he manages over 400 College and University partnerships. They are responsible for growth and the development of dining, custodial services, grounds, plant operations, maintenance, sports and leisure at schools around the country. With over 34 years of experience in the food service industry, Jim began his career with Sodexo in 1984 and his career has progressed through every possible position in the system. Today, he shares the results of the 2017 University Lifestyle Survey which reports on Generation Z lifestyle habits.