Ben & Caroline Filchak
In 2011, Ben Filchak obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of North Georgia. He immediately began working with John Baxter, a lifetime friend, fellow UNG graduate, and co-owner of their company Deep Roots Landscape. Deep Roots has grown into a reputable residential and commercial landscape company in North Georgia. They currently have 17 full-time employees and serve over 500 customers. Deep Roots is a member of the Urban Ag Council, Chamber of Commerce, and have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. Deep Roots’ mission is “to create value for the customer through our knowledge, energy, integrity, and passion by providing the highest quality landscaping while exceeding our customers' expectations and continually caring for the foundation upon which our customer relationships are built.”
In 2011, Caroline Bower completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Georgia. In 2013, she also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Mercer University. Caroline has worked for Clipper Petroleum since 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Caroline is responsible for development of new revenue streams, marketing programs, value proposition initiatives for the wholesale network, and retail team member engagement programs. Caroline’s most recent project consisted of opening the company’s first Bojangles’ franchise in Cleveland, GA.
Caroline is a member of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). She currently serves as a member of the Business Advisory Committee at North Hall High School, Leadership Hall County, and Director on the Clipper Petroleum Foundation. In 2016, Convenience Store News recognized Caroline as one of the "Top Women in Convenience 2016" as a “rising star”.
Ben and Caroline got married in May 2014 and live in Gainesville with their dog Bullet.
Organizations involved with in College:
- Sigma Chi Fraternity
- Student Government
- Student Activities Board
- Commuter Council
- Campus Outreach
- Phi Mu Sorority
- Campus Outreach
- Foreign Exchange Student Mentor
How did UNG benefit you in your Career?
Caroline revealed, “UNG benefited both of our careers in so many ways. Not only did the business classes we took prepare us for the marketing, accounting, management, human resources, and other skills necessary to owning a business, the other organizations we were involved with in college really shaped us into the leaders we are today.” Ben said, “Being the president of the fraternity was the best thing for my growth as a leader. Along with those responsibilities, also being on SGA, SAB and Commuter Council taught me necessary people skills, budgeting, communication, and organization. I learned how to relate with different types of people and personalities, which directly impacted the way I interact with customers and especially employees today.”
How do you stay involved as an alumnus?
“We both have so many good friends that we made at North Georgia we now do life with. I [Ben] go back to Sigma Chi events and am able to share how that experience prepared me for my career. We also both love coming back to campus during Gold Rush and other times throughout the year just to see how much it is growing and all of the beautiful changes being made. We cherish our time at UNG and value the knowledge and experience gained, as well as the relationships we made while we were there.”