Indianapolis, IN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1996
Michael a Jackson is founder and president of the Agri Business group, the leading agribusiness consulting firm in United States. The Indianapolis based company consist of five different divisions: Spectrum Communications, one of the nation’s top five agricultural public relations agency, of which Jackson serves as the chair; Agricultural Speakers network which books more than 80 professional speakers for 250 annual engagements; Synergy, the strategy development and research arm of the organization; the Technical Division, which focuses on technical training, quality assurance and research project management; and the Custom Training division, which develops training programs to help clients meet their objectives. Michael started the company in 1979 as a one-man operation. Today, Agri Business group employs nearly 100 professionals. In addition to the Indianapolis headquarters, the company has offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Melbourne, Australia. Agri business group also is establishing a European office in Brussels Belgium. Mr. Jackson assists young people in agriculture by working with the FFA, 4–H, and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He has developed extensive marketing education materials for campus classrooms, including co-authoring a widely used textbook, Agriselling. He is a regular and popular guest on the Purdue campus, where he speaks to student organizations and to classes at the invitation of professors. Michael is also active in church and community he is an organizer in charter member of the Geist Christian church. He is a board member of the Lawrence Township foundation capital campaign, which raises $100,000 annually. And he is board chair of the Christian Church foundation (Disciple of Christ), which is grown from $17 million in assets to more than $65 million in assets since 1991.