40 Under 40, Class of 2014

Eric Barnitz

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Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Mason, W.Va.

Job Title

Head Plug Grower


Helped further the growth of the company from 5 million plugs in 1996 to more than 100 million in 2014. Third-generation family member who is always looking for innovative ways to help improve processes and products to keep the company moving forward.


Off the Clock: When he’s not in the greenhouse, Eric likes to spend quiet time with his wife and two children or get away from it all and go fly fishing or hunting in the mountains of West Virginia.

Fun Facts

Staying Out of the Line of Fire: Eric’s great, great, great uncle was a brevet colonel in the U.S. Army under Col. George Custer. Due to an injury from a previous battle, he was hospitalized and narrowly missed the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345

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