40 Under 40, Class of 2017

Benjamin Winslow


Wingen LLC

Job Title

Managing Director


  • Created his own ideal breeding company to produce ornamental horticultural crops for a number of select clients.
  • Is responsible for approximately two dozen commercial introductions during his career as a plant breeder and is listed as the inventor on roughly a dozen plant patents to date.


The Wanderer: Ben enjoys travel. “I am happiest when I am wandering around new places and meeting new people.”

Fun Facts

Nothing but the Real Deal: Ben considers himself a connoisseur of sushi. “A California roll won’t do; I’m looking for legit raw fish.”

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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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