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Best Practices for Creating Evergreen Value

Michael Shearn, Time Value of Money, LP
July 14, 2020
Evergreen journal

First, Take Care of Each Other

David Peckinpaugh, Maritz Global Events
July 07, 2020
Evergreen journal

The Evergreen Experience with Grossman Company Properties and Heath Ceramics

John Grossman and Robin Petravic, Grossman Company Properties and Heath Ceramics
June 30, 2020
Evergreen journal

The Evergreen Experience with Govig Executive Search and John Burns Real Estate Consulting

Todd Govig and John Burns, Govig Executive Search and John Burns Real Estate Consulting
June 23, 2020

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January 27, 2020

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Tugboat Institute Summit 2020

August 24 - 26, 2020 Sun Valley, Idaho

Tugboat Institute Summit is an intimate, invitation-only gathering of Evergreen CEOs. This unique event brings together leading entrepreneurs who have the grit and resourcefulness to build and scale private, profitable, enduring and market-leading businesses that make a dent in the universe.

Tugboat Institute @5HQ

October 13 - 23, 2020 AL, ID, TX, MO, NY

In October 2020, we will travel to five different member locations for our Fall Exemplar Visit. The five member-companies generously hosting us this October are: ABC Home & Commercial Services in Austin, Texas; American Metals Supply Co. in St. Louis, Missouri; Clase Azul in Brooklyn, New York; Power Engineers in Boise, Idaho; and, Torch Technologies in Huntsville, Alabama. They will welcome us into their headquarters and share the stories of their inspiring Evergreen businesses and their hard-earned wisdom across a variety of practices. Each one-day event will feature both in-person and virtual experiences to accommodate as many member-participants as possible during this challenging time and will include an evening celebration for our in-person attendees to feature the flair of the local area.

Tugboat Institute @EdwardJones

October 26 - 28, 2021 St. Louis, Missouri

In October 2021, we will travel to St. Louis for our Tugboat Institute Exemplar Visit at Edward Jones headquarters. Hosted by the sixth managing partner in the 97-year history of Edward Jones and Tugboat Institute member Penny Pennington, this event will share insights on leading an enduring, growing Evergreen business that is owned by its partners. Over the course of two days, we will take an unvarnished look at the history of Edward Jones. We'll learn about how it evolved from a small band of financial advisors serving rural clients into a firm of over 55,000 employees, its unique relationship with Peter Drucker, how its approach to People First makes it one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work year-after-year, and gain deep insights into the key milestones, successes, and failures it experienced in its Evergreen journey. We will also enjoy exceptional food and drink together while exploring a few of Penny’s favorite areas around St. Louis each evening

Evergreen Companies are the most important companies in our society today, and are redefining success.