Alumnus-owned Energy Company Named to Inc. 500 List

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John EnglishHeartland Energy Partners, founded by John English, EMBA ’09, has been recognized by Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. Heartland ranked 256 on the Inc. 500 list for 2014, only 5 years after its founding in 2009. Heartland was one of only twenty-six companies ranked in the Business + Services category across the country.

Under the leadership of Mr. English, Heartland Energy Partners’ primary focus is providing innovative management consulting services to both the commercial and government sectors. The corporate vision that Mr. English has defined for Heartland ensures the firm continues to “Create Value for America.”

English says he always had the ambition and drive to start and build something of value, but getting his MBA from GW provided him the focus that allowed him to make the decision to quit his government job and start his company.  “I owe a great deal of my business success and the accomplishment of being recognized in the 2014 Inc. 500 to my experience at GW,” said English.

English credits Professors Larry Singleton and Bill Handorf for making a significant impression upon him in the areas of accounting and finance.  “I use what I learned from the two of them every day in the decisions we make in allocating financial resources,” he added.

As an alumnus, English maintains a strong connection with the university through both philanthropy and volunteerism.  He has established the John English Scholarship for Marines who wish to study at the GW School of Business, and he has offered internship opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students.

“I did not know if [my company] would succeed or fail,” said English.  “But the knowledge, tools, and experience that I received from GW was instrumental to not only helping me to make my decision to start a company, but ensuring its success.”