Zack Pernack, GPN's Forty under 40 Class of 2024
40 Under 40, Class of 2024

Zack Pernack


Griffin Greenhouse Supplies

Job Title

Sales representative


What 3-4 professional and/or personal accomplishments are you most proud of?

  • Worked for Griffin for 10 years plus and still going strong
  • Grew my territory year after year 
  • Learned to sell from Griffins full portfolio from seeds, plants, hard goods, retail and CEA
  • Happy and healthy family

What led you to work in the horticulture industry? 

  • I started working at a local greenhouse at age 11 and never looked back, and glad because I could not be at a desk all day. I attended Michigan State University for horticulture, GO GREEN!

What’s the best thing about your job? 

  • I get to do what I love, every day.

Describe to a 6-year-old what you do in life?

  • Supply plants for people’s homes


What are your favorite hobbies? 

  • Hockey
  • Mountain biking
  • Golf

When you’re not working, what are two to three things we could find you doing? 

  • Hanging out with my son, Wes, and wife, Jillian
  • Playing golf
  • Enjoying MSU sports

Fun Facts

Do you have any unusual talents, or can you tell us something interesting about yourself that other people may be surprised to find out? 

  • Able to redo almost the entire home we currently live in to make it to what we wanted; so very handy around the house
  • I had [the] chance to go into the Detroit Red Wings locker room to get autographs from all the players when I was younger.
  • I went on a mountain bike trip for a month out west when I was 12 with friends and his parents had to check in with my parents by using phone cards.

One thing you can’t live without? 

  • My family and my dog Boomer

What are you (un)secretly good at? 

  • Woodworking

You’re buying a vacation package to anywhere in the world without a budget, where are you going?

  • New Zealand and Australia

What are your top bucket list items? 

  • Dog sledding
  • Fly in a fighter jet — I wish!

What’s your favorite plant variety and why? 

  • Begonias because they are so easy for the consumer and genetics are getting better and better.