All-Star Case Studies

Learn from the "Best of the Best" - the Great Game™ All-Stars

2021 Case Study - Ryan Lawn & Tree

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Organization Background

Founded in 1987 by Larry Ryan, the company helps thousands of homeowners in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma with a range of services provided by six business units that includes lawn care, tree pruning and removal, and pest control. The company became partly owned by an ESOP in 1998 and became 100% employee-owned in 2019.

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2021 Case Study - Jenner Ag

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Organization Background

Jenner Ag, the Case IH Agriculture Application Equipment Distributor for the states of Illinois and Indiana—a consolidation of four different companies—has been serving its customers for 60 years and counting.

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2021 Case Study - Hildebrandt Tree Tech

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Organization Background

A full-service tree care company serving the tree care needs of home owners and businesses. “We do anything that has to do with trees,” says founder and CEO, Casey Hildebrandt.

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2021 Case Study - English Tea Shop

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Organization Background

The island nation of Sri Lanka has long been revered for its tea, especially in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Suranga Herath and his team capitalized on that history when they rebranded the business (which was founded in 2001), calling it English Tea Shop. Building on lessons learned from earlier in the company’s history, when it catered to low cost and mass production, English Tea Shop evolved into a premium organic brand. They did that by moving away from the traditional auction model used to buy tea for centuries. To help promote sustainable agriculture practices, the company now buys its tea directly from organic farmers.

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2020 Case Study - CM's Outdoor Solutions Group

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Organization Background

Started in 1993, and formerly known as CM’s A Cut Above, CM’s Outdoor Solutions Group provides a range of lawn care and landscaping services.

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2020 Case Study - Jenner Ag

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Organization Background

Jenner Ag, the Case IH Agriculture Application Equipment Distributor for the states of Illinois and Indiana—a consolidation of four different companies—has been serving its customers for 59 years and counting.

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2019 Case Study - Jenner Ag

Organization Background

Jenner Ag, the Case IH Agriculture Application Equip

ment Distributor for the states of Illinois and Indiana

—a consolidation of four different companies—has been serving its customers for 54 years and counting.

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2018 Case Study - The Motz Corporation

Organization Background

Founded as a turf and grounds care business in 1977, The Motz Corporation (TMC) is now recognized internationally for its thought leadership and innovation in the delivery of high performance turf systems across the sports field and landscape industries. TMC is comprised primarily of two business units: The Motz Group, which is a sports field design and construction company, and USGreentech, which focuses on the sale of progressive infills related to synthetic landscape and sports turf systems.  

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Willoway Nurseries Case Study

Company Background

Willoway Nurseries is a wholesale grower of trees, shrubs, perennials and seasonal color crops that ships to retailers and contractors in 26 states. The company was searching for a way to operate leaner and to get its workforce, employees in the field and in the back-office, on the same page.

Founded by Les and Marilyn Demaline in 1954, the second generation oversees current operations. The third generation has also taken an interest in the business - granddaughter, Emily Showalter, oversees the HR department and grandson, Eric Demaline, is a foreman in operations. During the past 61 years, the company has transitioned from landscaping to a wholesale nursery, growing more than 2,000 varieties of plant material on 1,000 acres. Willoway is currently the largest wholesale grower of nursery products in Ohio, with a customer base of more than 1,200 independent garden centers and landscape contractors in the Midwest and East Coast.

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