The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) Leadership Academy is Now Accepting Applications for The Class of 2025

COLUMBUS, OH – The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announces the opening of the application window for the Leadership Academy Class of 2025 with completed applications due February 9, 2024.

The HRI Leadership Academy offers an unparalleled opportunity for leaders in the green industry to enhance their leadership skills, broaden their horticultural knowledge, and network with industry professionals. Consisting of in-person training sessions and virtual online classes and meetings, the HRI Leadership Academy addresses the industry’s on-going need for leadership development. This one-year leadership program is designed to develop the skills green industry leaders need to perform better, grow faster, and prepare for the future.

“We are excited to open the application window for the HRI Leadership Academy Class of 2025. Our goal is to empower leaders in the green industry, and we look forward to welcoming dedicated individuals who are passionate about horticulture and eager to lead the way,” said Brian Decker, Board Chairman of the Horticultural Research Institute.

Applications will be evaluated on demonstrated leadership qualities; past evidence of or estimated future potential for contribution to the green industry; ability to consider the broader interests of the community; the applicant’s character and ability to grow because of this experience; and personal and employer commitment to the program. Preference will be given to candidates with at least five years leadership experience and seven years relevant industry work experience.

Ken Fisher, AmericanHort’s President and CEO, underscores the critical importance of strong leadership and ongoing leadership development in the green industry, stating, “Effective leaders and continuous leadership growth are our mission’s cornerstones. The HRI Leadership Academy stands as a significant investment in shaping the future of our industry. We are happy to see this program enter its third year, grow, and have a positive impact.”

Application Timeline:
  • Application Window: Open now until February 9, 2024
  • Interviews: March and April 2024
  • Class Selection and Notification: May 2024
  • Class Announcement: Cultivate’24, July 13-16, 2024, in Columbus, OH
  • There is no fee to apply and program tuition is covered by AmericanHort. Applications should be submitted through the HRI Leadership Academy website,, during the specified application window. All applicants will be considered, and successful candidates will be chosen based on their commitment to the industry, leadership potential, and their potential to contribute to the horticultural community.

    For more information about the HRI Leadership Academy and to download a program brochure, please visit