May 9, 2013 - 13:30
Nicholas Gapinski

Age

35

Job Title

Chief Operating Officer

Company

Heartland Growers, Westfield, Ind.

Accomplishments

Responsible for running 30-acre facility with 125 full-time employees while achieving safety, efficiency and profitability goals; Works with non-profit organizations to help plant vegetable gardens that are helping feed the underprivileged.

Extracurricular

Favorite flick: "Hoosiers." "I love rooting for the underdog..." Hobbies: Golf, skiing, hunting and fishing

Fun Fact

Continuing the family legacy: Nick is the grandson of Aart and Cornelia Van Wingerden and is the oldest of nine children — his youngest sibling is 17 years younger than him.