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Speaker: Anna Ball, CEO/President at Ball Horticultural




Session Title:  Are We Making Progress Toward Closing the Workforce Gap in Horticulture?
... An Update From Seed Your Future

Tuesday, July 13  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Description: The global health challenge has had a “green-lining,” attracting more people to plants and nature than in recent decades. The year 2020 brought new plant consumers to our industry — but will that turn into increased interest in pursing careers working with plants?  In this session, Seed Your Future will update attendees on their progress toward promoting horticulture and inspiring more youth to consider careers in horticulture. 

Level: All Audiences    Type: Business Operations

Session Speakers:

Anna Ball, CEO/President at Ball Horticultural Company 
Cole Mangum, Vice President at Bell Nursery USA LLC 
Susan E. Yoder, Executive Director at Seed Your Future

         

Anna Ball

CEO/President at Ball Horticultural Company 

Anna Caroline Ball is President and CEO of the 111-year-old Ball Horticultural Company, which specializes in all aspects of horticulture, including breeding, biotechnology, production, and marketing of hybrid flower seeds and other floriculture crops. Privately-held and now in its third generation of family management, Ball Horticultural Company is located in over 20 locations worldwide. Anna received her B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and her M.B.A. from Northwestern University. She is a Trustee for The Morton Arboretum, and is also Director of the Board of Career Vision. Anna lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Ball Horticultural Company ... All the Best and Nothing Else. 
Ball Horticultural Company is a leader in all facets of horticulture. Our global family of breeders, research and development teams, suppliers, and distribution companies has a strong presence on six continents in 20 countries. We live by our founder’s motto: “All the Best and Nothing Else.”



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Address:     622 Town Road West Chicago, IL 60185
Email:    jmcdonough@ballhort.com     Contact:    
Phone:    630 231-3600    FAX:  630 231-3605

             


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Who owns Ball Horticultural Company?

Ball Horticultural Company was founded in 1905 by George J. Ball. The company remains family owned and has a global presence on six continents in 17 countries. The current President and CEO is Anna Caroline Ball, third-generation leader of Ball Horticultural Company.

I'm a home gardener. Can I order seeds and plants from Ball?

Ball is a wholesale seed and plant distributor to the commercial horticulture industry. Unfortunately we do not sell directly to home gardeners. However, you can find our fabulous flowers, vegetables and shrubs at your local garden center. Visit our home gardening websites to locate a store near you:

Wave-Rave.com
BurpeeHomeGardens.com

I'm having trouble with my plants. Can you offer advice?

Greenhouse growers can explore plant culture, Grower Facts documents, trial research and more through a plant search atBallSeed.com, or through any of the marketing websites of our breeding companies. For a specific problem affecting your greenhouse production, please contact your Ball Seed sales representative or regional technical product rep. Please request a call from our experts at our Contact Us page.

For advice on home gardening, please visit our consumer websites:
Wave-Rave.com
BurpeeHomeGardens.com

How do I locate a sales representative in my area?

North American growers of all sizes are serviced by an expert and dedicated sales force through Ball Seed and Ball ColorLink. Please call our Ball Seed customer service department for assistance locating a sales rep in your area: 800 879-BALL.

Visit our Contact Us page and select your global region for sales service outside of North America.

How do I request a catalog?

Visit our Media Room to browse or download the latest North American catalogs and brochures. Information and literature can also be found at our companies' websites. You can also contact our customer service department to request a printed copy: 800 879-BALL.

Can I have access to the images in your photolibrary?

The Ball Horticultural Company image library is readily available for promotional use. Photos may not be licensed or resold. The correct variety name and series name must be listed with any reproduction.

Visit the Press & Photos page to search and download available photography. To request specific images of Ball products, contact the Image Archive Library at photolibrary@ballhort.com.

Can I order or print Point Of Purchase signage?

Ball offers extensive marketing support for its products. From bench cards to cart banners and fence signs. Point Of Purchase (POP) signage can be ordered through our graphics partners or requested through your grower and sales rep. Browse availability, or create and download custom signs through the Retail section of BallSeed.com.

What employment opportunities are available at Ball?

Current job opportunities are posted at the Careers at Ball page of our website. Please mail your resume to:

Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, IL 60185
Human Resources Dept.
Attn: Mike Williams

Fax your resume to 630 231-3592, or email your resume to careers@ballhort.com. Resumes are kept on file for six months.

Do you accept applications for internships?

Ball Horticultural Company encourages the next generation to explore the world of horticulture. Each year, internship opportunities are available in North America in our many business divisions: product development, marketing, research, sales, garden design, and more. Contact our Human Resources department.

Can I visit The Gardens at Ball?

Our Gardens in West Chicago, Illinois have been the evaluation and testing grounds for the world’s wealth of horticulture since 1933. Visits to The Gardens at Ball are encouraged for customers of Ball Seed and industry partners. Please call the Ball switchboard at 630 231-3600 to set up an arrival date and time.

Garden Clubs and Master Gardner groups can arrange a visit through our Education and Trials Manager Susan Schmitz (ext. 3289). Garden writers or members of the press should contact Public Relations Manager Katie Rotella (ext. 3296). Open days for the general public are reserved for Saturdays in August each summer.

Where can I find Ball products outside North America?

Ball has a strong presence of breeding and distribution partners on six continents, and we encourage you to contact your regional distribution company for availability of plant products from Ball Horticultural Company. You can locate your nearest distributor from the list at Our Companies page, or by selecting your specific region on the Contact Us page.

What are your newest plant introductions?

You can browse and download our latest catalogs in the Press & Photos section of this website. Each of our breeding companies' websites also showcase the newest plant introductions. Find access to all of our breeding companies in the Our Companiessection.

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