40 Under 40, Class of 2023

Zach Brown


Bailey Nurseries

Job Title

Plant Health Department Head


  • Played an integral role in setting up Japanese beetle protocols for shipping plants throughout North America.
  • Took part in the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Day on the Hill, talking to representatives and senators about bills affecting our industry, and toured Gov. Tim Walz at Bailey.
  • Has been in the industry for more than 20 years and rose through the ranks at Bailey quickly, now responsible for ordering all the soil mix amendments for the container sites in the Minnesota operations.


High-School Sweethearts: Zach and his wife have been together for 22 years, married for 15 years and have two children. Their favorite place to vacation is Montana.

Fun Facts

Name That Tune: “I have a knack for ‘80s music trivia. I can usually name a song with only a few notes.”