For Jim Engledow, third generation CEO of Engledow Group, plants aren’t just a business—they’re a passion.
It began in 1978, after Jim graduated from Wabash College, when he took a part-time position working for the Interior Plantscape division of Engledow Group. It was originally meant to be a short-term situation, but Jim fell in love with the work, and never looked back.
In his spare time, Jim keeps busy volunteering and serving in the community. He is currently serves on the board of the National Association of Wabash Men, on the board of the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home Foundation, President of the Beta Theta Pi Housing Corporation at Wabash College, and was even named the Most Valuable Volunteer by the Carmel-Clay Chamber of Commerce in 2004.
Although Jim’s a busy guy, he’s never too busy to stop and appreciate the beauty of a plant in full bloom.
Todd Engledow is currently the chief financial officer for Engledow Group, and an invaluable member of the administrative team. After all, it’s in his blood.
Todd’s job involves working with the management team to help shape strategy and goals for Engledow Group through careful organization and financially-focused decision making. He’s constantly looking for ways to improve the company—not only from a financial perspective, but also from a service perspective.
Todd serves as a president’s council member at the Indiana Sports Corporation, working to advance its mission to promote Indiana as an attractive place to live, work, and visit through sports and sporting events. In his free time, there’s nothing Todd enjoys more than spending time with his three children, Patrick, Will, and Amelia.
As the senior member of the Engledow family and part owner of the company, Jack Engledow has over seven decades in the business. Jack started working for the company when he was 14 and learned the business by, working every summer doing whatever was on the agenda for an eager rookie: following lawn mowers, climbing trees, running a spray truck, digging evergreens and more.
When he had graduated from college and completed his military service, he returned to the business and took over management from our company hero – his mother Carrie Engledow – who had steered the firm through six difficult years following the untimely death of her husband, founder B. T. Engledow. Jack subsequently guided the company through twelve years of steady growth before handing over the reins to the capable hands of brother Ed and heading toward IU to earn a Doctoral Degree in Business. He taught for several years at the IU School of Business and finished his academic career as Dean of the College of Business at Butler University.
Jack’s experience in the industry and significant general business knowledge make him a valuable side-saddle consultant for the company whenever needed.
While Jack Engledow might have the most years of experience working for Engledow Group, his brother Ed is close behind with more than five decades with the company. Ed led Engledow Group through more than 30 years of constant growth and change. In his current role, he serves as a consultant and community representative for Engledow.
Ed has served his commitment to education and the community in the following organizations: Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, the Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation Advisory Council, president of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association, president of the Phillips Music Guild, and on the Indiana Wind Symphony Board of Directors. And while he’s been involved with all of these organizations, Ed has always found time to help the family business.
Soon after receiving his degree in Horticulture from Purdue University, one of Rick Perdue’s professors recommended he contact Engledow Group about a job. Rick took his advice, and he’s still with Engledow to this day.
As Chief Operating Officer, Rick’s the guy in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly and all of the work gets done, on budget and on time. His approach to working at Engledow is simple: he strives to stay positive and achieve excellent customer service. And ever since Rick started working for Engledow Group full-time in 1992, that’s exactly what he’s done.
Landscape Architect Rick Roberts has been in the landscaping business for over 40 years—the last 20 of them at Engledow Group.
Rick’s years of experience, especially working with various public sector clients throughout the country, have brought invaluable expertise to Engledow Group. And that’s no surprise since Rick has overseen more than $25 million in capital improvements throughout his career.
But Rick doesn’t just work in the landscaping industry—he’s taught it too. He served as Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University for 17 years, passing on his wealth of knowledge to a whole new generation of landscape architects.
Kevin Nanny, who received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University, has been a part of the Engledow team for more than 30 years. Originally hired in a sales capacity, Kevin was a skilled account manager. Over time, however, it became clear that Kevin’s true calling was event planning and management.
Kevin eventually became Engledow’s Events Director, a job that makes full use of his creative talents. He approaches each event as a unique opportunity—a chance to help his clients convey their own creative vision while adding a memorable and distinctly professional touch.
So the next time you need a world-class event coordinator, be sure to talk with Kevin. His events aren’t just impressive. They’re unforgettable.