Rady Alumni Pierre Sleiman Receives "Emerging Leader" Award at 2015 UC San Diego Alumni Celebration

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During UC San Diego's 2015 Alumni Celebration, the Rady School's Pierre Sleiman (MBA '13) was honored as an "Emerging Leader," who evokes the spirit of UC San Diego with his commitment to leadership, advocacy and philanthropy. Sleiman is founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows produce inside climate-controlled greenhouses using hydroponics. While accepting his award, Sleiman thanked the Rady School, UC San Diego and his family for their support.

While at the Rady School, Sleiman developed his dream to combine technology and agriculture and place a farm in every city in the U.S. in an effort to reduce pollution, create local jobs and improve food quality. Since beginning at the Rady School, Sleiman has grown his employees from three to 30, expanded from half an acre to five acres, and now produces a quarter of a million heads of lettuce a month for more than 400 customers including Vons, Whole Foods, Stater Bros, Hyatt and more.

Last year Sleiman was honored by President Barack Obama with a "Champion of Change" award for his contribution to the agriculture industry in areas of innovation, forward-thinking and positive change. He was also named one of San Diego's "Top 50 People to Watch" by San Diego Magazine and one of the "Most Admired CEO's" by the San Diego Business Journal. Recently, Sleiman was appointed to the 22nd Agriculture District by California Governor Jerry Brown.

"This is one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences that I have had, given the caliber of the recipients who have shared this same honor," said Sleiman. "UC San Diego and the Rady School of Management have been so supportive and influential to my success. I feel very thankful for everything that they have done."

Watch the video below to learn more about Sleiman, his Rady School story and Go Green Agriculture.

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