Thank You for a Great Cultivate'22!

It was extremely gratifying to see so many industry friends and continue to develop new relationships at the recent Cultivate’22! 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 horticulture industry candidates primed for long-term success.

Cultivate'22 Educational Session

Exit Planning SeminarOur Exit Planning Seminar at Cultivate’22 had over (100) business owners and industry professionals!  No question that the events of the last two years 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. 

PDFWe have put together a special PDF of our educational session “Green Industry Succession & Exit Planning: Building Value into Your Business” (PDF) for your review and use.

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 2020’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 Seminar at Cultivate '22

Building Your Bench: Recruiting, Motivating, and Retaining Talent in the Green Industry for Today and Tomorrow

Do you currently have the right people on the bus? Are you concerned with building and keeping your bench for today and tomorrow? The tight labor market, especially in the Green Industry, means we need to change our thinking and recruit from outside the industry. As a result of the challenging talent market, companies today are acquiring other companies for their human capital, or a trend called— Acqui-Hiring.

You will learn:

  • How to increase your candidate pool by recruiting outside of industry or position restrictions using Behavioral Interviewing.
  • We will review the intangibles and how important social capital (culture) is in improving employee engagement and candidate interest.
  • Do you have the backup for key roles? Is the business too owner dependent, and do your people have a clear career path and runway?
  • Compensation and Benefits — Pros and Cons to Leading, on par, or lagging the market?
  • Training and Development— How do we improve existing talent and make sure you meet their desire for continued learning?

This session will examine the ever-changing labor market and strategies you can take to build your human capital for today and tomorrow.

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 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

Download Our
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 and exit planning. Thank you for your time and for attending Cultivate’22. 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