North Georgia Turf President Shares Entrepreneurial Spirit with Students

Friday, January 24, 2014

Aaron McWhorter, president of North Georgia Turf, is set to visit the University of West Georgia as part of the Richards College of Business Presidential Leadership Series on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. During his visit, McWhorter will speak to several business classes, meet with professors to discuss faculty research and tour various areas of campus.

McWhorter graduated from UWG in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and in 1987 with a master’s degree in education. In 1985, McWhorter began North Georgia Turf, a turfgrass company that has grown to become “the industry leader in the Southeast in providing high quality products and superior service,” according to the company website. North Georgia Turf now owns 2000 acres with farm locations in Whitesburg, Ga., Franklin, Ga., Clarkesville, Ga., Calhoun, Ga., and Fort Valley, Ga.

In 1991, McWhorter expanded North Georgia Turf to include an athletic field construction business called Sports Turf Company, now the preferred contractor for high quality construction for universities, city and county municipalities and public school systems. In addition to providing the turf for University Stadium at UWG, Sports Turf clients include the Atlanta Falcons training facility, Auburn University, University of Alabama, Atlanta Public Schools and the 1996 Olympic Softball Facility.

Students will have an opportunity to learn from and interact with McWhorter during three business classes including Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Democracy in America and Business Communication. He will also meet with Dr. Christopher Tabit, UWG biology professor, to discuss faculty research in environmental science and water quality. McWhorter will receive a tour of the UTEACH and Community Clinics in the College of Education as well.

For more information on these and other events, please visit the Richards College of Business website at www.westga.edu/rcob.