US: Rough Brothers executive and industry leader Al Reilly Passes
Prior to buying Rough Brothers in the late 1970s, Al was head football coach at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he is a Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall Of Fame 2013 inductee. He was the youngest NCAA head coach in the country at the time, and in his last year of coaching, Knox College went undefeated, winning the Midwest Conference championship and earning a top ten Division III national ranking.
Al was active in industry organizations including the American Academy of Florists, the Ohio Florists Association, and is a past president of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association and World Presidents Association. He volunteered his time and efforts to numerous charities, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati. Al also served on the Board of Advisors for the Goering Business Center at the University of Cincinnati and the Xavier University Williams School of Business.
Al’s son Richard was named President of Rough Brothers in 2004 and continues in the business today.
Al Reilly is survived by his wife, Pam, daughter Sarah and son Richard.