40 Under 40, Class of 2012

Bill Calkins


Ball Horticultural Co., West Chicago, Ill.

Job Title

Business Manager-Independent Garden Centers/Product Marketing Manager-Ball Seed Co.


Responsible for spotting the latest retail and consumer trends, product positioning and developing programs for retail garden centers; Participates on numerous horticulture industry committees and boards to help “facilitate innovation, industry unification and help move the industry forward”; Active participant and presenter at industry events on IGC-related topics as well as emerging green goods trends.


Participated in a one-year “service adventure” project with the Mennonite Church in Norristown, Pa. Favorite movie: Major League – because the Cleveland Indians win the World Series. Favorite food: Big hamburgers

Fun Facts

Can’t live without: “Music available at the push or click of a button.”

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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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