June 17, 2013

Calloway’s Nursery Named 2013 Neeley Alumni Business of the Year

Jim EstillCalloway’s Nursery Inc. is a successful, independent, Texas-based garden center with stores in the Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston markets, staffed with more Texas Certified and Master Certified Nursery Professionals than any other retailer in Texas. Calloway’s wasco-founded in 1986 by President and CEO Jim Estill BBA ’69 MBA ’77.   

The Neeley Alumni Business of the Year honors a business, either alumni-owned or having TCU alumni in executive leadership roles, with shared values and a commitment to supporting TCU through employment, investment and volunteer participation. 

“Jim Estill and Calloway’s represent the very best models for a values-centered business,” commented O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at TCU. “In addition to being a successful garden center providing exceptional customer service, Calloway’s exemplifies community relations by sponsoring neighborhood programs, vegetable gardens for homeless, and the Lena Pope Home.”

Estill, who serves on Neeley’s International Board of Directors, accepted the Neeley Business of the Year award from Erekson at a TCU dinner in New York City May 3.

“TCU is a great school that makes Calloway’s even better,” Estill said. “We believe that knowledge and education empowers both our employees and our customers. We have supported several members of our management team to go to Neeley for their Executive MBA, and the knowledge and personal and professional worth they bring back from TCU is a big boost to Calloway’s.”

Calloway’s professionals work with customers to find the best plants for their landscaping vision and advise them on how to care for those plants.

“We have great people in our stores who foster customer loyalty because customers know they can depend on them,” Estill said. “Awards like this are a credit to them. Calloway’s wouldn’t be the company it is today without our people.”

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