May 21, 2012 - 10:08
Bill Calkins



Job Title

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


Ball Horticultural Co., West Chicago, Ill.


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 Fact

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