42nd Annual Meeting Speakers
David T. Crow
David Crow founded DCLRS in 1991 and built a
talented team specializing in policy areas including
agriculture, climate, energy, international, labor/
immigration, pesticides, fertilizers, small business,
transportation and infrastructure, and water policy.
David developed a wide range of contacts
and knowledge working for Rep. Tom Coleman
(R-MO), Secretary of Agriculture Jack Block, the
Fertilizer Institute, the National Council of Farmer
Cooperatives and the Jefferson Group. He also
speaks to a wide range of industry audiences. He continues to be
deeply engaged in the political process on issue areas that impact
our members. David also worked on several presidential and congressional
campaigns in order to connect to the political process.
Kip Creel is president of StandPoint, an Atlantabased
firm that studies the consumer and uses this
information to assist companies with the development
of new products and services. StandPoint
utilizes a proprietary technique called SCORE
that starts with an understanding of consumer
needs, involves ideation of new solutions, and
the development of product and service concepts.
StandPoint is recognized as one of the nation’s
foremost authorities on the home and garden industries,
which includes lawn and garden, outdoor living, landscaping,
horticulture, home décor, home improvement, kitchen and bath, and
new home construction.
For a decade, Kip has been the industry’s top source for
market information and solutions, sharing a knowledge base that
spans the supply chain from manufacturing to the consumer. Kip
holds a bachelor’s of science in microbiology and statistics and
a master of business administration in marketing, both from the
University of Florida. StandPoint is a member of the American
Nursery and Landscape Association.
Todd A. McCullough
Todd helps organizations achieve their growth
goals through strategy and innovation. Todd
has worked with scores of Fortune 500 firms
(and some smaller ones) across numerous
industries: helping them design strategies;
align innovation strategy with their corporate
strategy; design and implement breakthrough
innovations; and build strong innovation
capabilities and culture.
An entrepreneur early on, Todd was later
the long-time managing director of one of
the world’s most respected innovation strategy
firms (Doblin), and then a partner at a strategy consulting firm
(Monitor Group). He now serves only a few select clients at a time,
teaming with handpicked colleagues from his network of individuals
and firms. Todd teaches at the design school (Institute of Design at
IIT) that started the marriage of business and design for innovation, a
marriage which now permeates advanced thinking about innovation.
He also teaches executives and MBA students about innovation and
leadership at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Todd’s background includes: Big 8 accounting; IT consulting;
marketing channel consulting; change management consulting;
coaching entrepreneurs and senior executives; being an entrepreneur;
a CPA designation; a BBA from Harding University; and an MBA
Todd is still a basketball player (using the term somewhat loosely),
and enjoys spending time with his wife and two school-aged children,
when he’s not on an airplane or in a hotel somewhere.
A graduate of the University of Richmond
Business School in Industrial Management,
Don Dugger began his management career as
a plant manager at a log home manufacturer
for 7 years. In 1988, he moved to Scotts as
the plant manager in Lawrenceville, VA. At
Lawrenceville, Don has grown the plant from
an annual sales volume of $800,000 in 1988
to over $46 million in 2013. In addition Don
has responsibility for a second plant in Waverly, VA.
Don is a veteran plant manager and trainer. His strength in operations
is in safety, training and automation, and he is a trainer for The
Scotts Company for new managers and supervisors. On July 28th of
this year, the Lawrenceville plant reached an industry milestone of
20 years without a lost time accident and also has had up to 11 years
without a recordable accident. No small task in one of the larger
operations plants in The Scotts Company.