Thank You for a Great Cultivate'21!

It was extremely gratifying to see so many industry friends and continue to develop new relationships at the recent Cultivate’21! This page contains all the resources and On-Demand Educational Seminar videos we created for the Show and valuable links for both candidates and clients.

The BEST Team has decades of combined experience within the Horticulture industry, cultivating relationships from section growers to industry thought and business leaders. These partnerships allow BEST to stay current on the industry’s needs and share ideas, processes, and solutions to move our industry forward through the BEST Retained Executive Search and Business/Human Resource Advisory Services.

BEST Executive Search

Executive Search & HR Solutions

WHY BEST? We know the industry, we know your challenges because we have been there, and we have a proven process. By aligning your specific business needs with an optimized candidate profile, we have developed a proprietary process of proven executive behavioral interviewing tools and specialized assessments we call: BEST BEHAVIORS®.

Best Behavior Interviewing Models

As a retained executive search firm specializing in the horticultural industry, we are engaged in every aspect of the search process, starting with defining a tailor-made search strategy on through candidate onboarding. This process eliminates valuable time on your end and presents you with a shortlist of top-quality candidates primed for long-term success.

Our Cultivate'21 Seminars

Exit Planning SeminarOur Exit Planning Seminar at Cultivate’21 had over (70) business owners and industry professionals!  No question that this year’s events have profoundly affected professionals, with many choosing to retire early. We are experiencing a dramatic increase in both succession and exit planning in the horticulture industry. 

Most business owners have no transition plan. It gets even more complicated when no family members are ready or willing to take over the business. This session will look at the preparation and planning steps and value-building and transitional strategies to use when there is no family or heir apparent to take over the reins of your business. It will also address your emotional readiness and review actions you can start to take today that will make you and your business more transition-ready. 

To address the coming surge of Baby Boomer retirements and business exits, we have created a timely seminar (similar to the seminar we just conducted in Columbus and from last year’s virtual show) on this topic called Succession Planning When There is No Succession. You can view it in its entirety here:

Our On-Demand Seminars at Cultivate '21

Wins, Risks, and Remedies: Simplifying Human Resource Processes & Protecting Your Business From Risk

Get a firm handle on your risk exposure and identify the appropriate strategies to increase labor efficiency, eliminate legal risk factors, improve employee engagement, along with ways to identify potential cost savings practices? Compliance impacts nearly every area of a company regardless of its size. Are you working with tight budgets? Don’t spend another day suffering from more exposure than necessary. In this session, you will learn how a Human Resource Audit is conducted and how the results will help to improve and protect your operation.

Common Sense Answers About Employee Compensation and Total Rewards

No matter what area of human resources you work in, a general foundation and understanding of compensation is important as compensation supports and links to many other programs and functions in HR. In this session, you will gain an understanding of what the elements of a pay program are to include, common compensation terms, compensation philosophy, various types of direct compensation, the pay budget, types of job evaluation, the process for market pricing, pay structure design, and communicating and evaluating compensation. In addition, it is no secret that well-structured compensation plans an important role in attracting, retaining, and motivating top talent.

BEST Business & HR Advisory Services

In addition to Succession and Exit Planning, our Business and HR Advisory function focuses on (4) other key areas to suit your business needs.

Employee Engagement

Increasing engagement investment by just 10% can increase profits by more than $2,400 per employee per year.

If your business is suffering from low employee engagement, we can conduct a scientifically based employee feedback survey with our partner Emplify, a Forbes-recognized employee engagement firm that will allow us to assess the results and develop a unique business plan to decrease turnover while boosting productivity and commitment.

Interim HR Leadership

Do you have a pressing need or an emergency that requires interim or transitional HR management?

If your business is experiencing a gap in professional HR leadership, we can provide interim or transitional HR management that draws upon our extensive situational experience and provide strategic insight to business leaders and executive management. We offer interim human resource leadership for companies going through mergers and acquisitions, suffering from operational or financial distress, and seeing explosive organic growth.

BEST Workforce Planning & Development

Recruiting Process? Onboard Planning? Employee Retention? BEST can help you build a strategy for tomorrow.

Workforce planning and development tend to be the Achilles heel for many businesses, large and small. If your business is struggling with the recruiting, onboarding, or employee retention, our advisors can help you understand where you are and where you want to go, with an operational and tactical plan aligned with your overall strategic plan.

The BEST WR2 Human Resource Analysis & Audit

The EEOC opened 72,675 cases on companies with incorrect HR processes in 2019. All had a minimum fine of $50,000.

HR compliance is a significant issue today, especially in the face of workplace changes due to COVID-19. Middle market businesses often suffer far more exposure. BEST can advise your company leadership around labor risk by performing a thorough WR2 Human Resource analysis and audit that looks at the wins, risks, and remedies for your HR effort. An extensive and user-friendly analysis and audit, which mitigates compliance issues, and identifies strategic human resource improvements.

BEST For Candidates

Best Company Overview

Download Our BEST Company Overview (PDF)

An overview of our HR Advisory and Executive Recruiting services. Learn more about BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group and why Better isn’t good enough if it can be BEST.

BEST Interim HR Study

Download Our BEST Interim HR Overview (PDF)

An overview of our Interim and transitional HR management services, including a recent case study.

Download Our HR Analysis Overview

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BEST WR2 HR Analysis Overview

Learn more about the BEST WR2 Human Resource Analysis and let us help you manage and treat your HR risk saving you time and money!


Contact BEST Today!

We can help you develop a plan for your next hire, your HR effort, and your succession planning. Feel free to reach out to us at our Cultivate booth chat, where we will have advisors on hand to answer your questions or email, call and complete the contact form at right. Thank you for your time and for attending Cultivate’21. Let’s talk about your needs and how BEST can help.

General Email:

+1 317 757 3888

5809 N. Post Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46216 USA

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    BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group

    BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group is a retained executive search and business advisory/consulting firm that specializes in small-to-medium sized companies, with an emphasis in the horticultural, hydroponics, consumer products, crisis management and business restructuring categories. BEST serves companies nationwide and globally in an active and evolving market. Through a well-connected network of colleagues and a sophisticated predictive behavioral screening system (that we call “BEST Behaviors”), BEST drives our client’s growth and success through a focused and consultative approach.


    5809 N. Post Rd.
    Indianapolis, IN 46216