Chris Plane
40 Under 40, Class of 2022

Chris Plane


Midwest Groundcovers

Job Title

Inventory and Systems Development Manager


  • Responsible for overseeing a multi-year lean implementation of company’s order fulfillment process, which involved a reimagination and overhaul of the entire process.
  • Serves on the board of directors of the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois and is the current president. He is also an Illinois Green Industry Association Certified Nursery Professional.


He’s a Spudman: His favorite food is mashed potatoes. “I like real ones, fake ones, chunky or smooth, plain or with butter, sour cream, or gravy — all versions are wonderful and make me happy.”

Fun Facts

Prime Amazon Experience: During his teen years, Chris lived in Venezuela in a mountain town near the Colombian border, which provided many unique opportunities, including spending time at a Yanomamö village in the Amazon, and spending a spring break translating for a medical team from the U.S.

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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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