40 Under 40, Class of 2013

Nicholas Gapinski

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Heartland Growers, Westfield, Ind.

Job Title

Chief Operating Officer


Responsible for running 30-acre facility with 125 full-time employees while achieving safety, efficiency and profitability goals; Works with non-profit organizations to help plant vegetable gardens that are helping feed the underprivileged.


Favorite flick: ""Hoosiers."" ""I love rooting for the underdog..."" Hobbies: Golf, skiing, hunting and fishing

Fun Facts

Continuing the family legacy: Nick is the grandson of Aart and Cornelia Van Wingerden and is the oldest of nine children — his youngest sibling is 17 years younger than him.

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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.

75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345

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