CareerNext Summit 2017 | Keynote Chris Van Cleave
Unleash the Power Within
Whether leading a top performing team at one of the nation’s top financial institutions, speaking at a home show, or digging in his own garden, it all takes planning and commitment. Chris VanCleave is no stranger to either. “It all comes down to one thing”, he says. “Success begins when you have the will to prepare to win”. Frustrated by negative publicity about growing roses, he took matters into his own hands. At midlife, this hobby gardener managed to turn a passion for growing roses into a personal brand that is internationally recognized. His alliances with rose industry leaders to help promote the worlds most beloved flower has now bloomed into strategic partnerships with DeWit garden tools and Haven Brand Soil Conditioners, both of which have launched lines under the Redneck Rosarian brand.
Chris will share his journey along with valuable insights into how you too, with just a little planning and commitment, can have a powerful impact on the world around you.
Chris Van Cleave
The Redneck Rosarian: America’s Favorite Rose Gardener
America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. Nationally, he was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. His writing is seen at About.com, HomeDepot.com as well as various magazines and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation in the corporate arena, Mr. VanCleave is breaking new ground in the horticultural industry.