Chip Paillex started America’s Grow-a-Row as a private garden project in 2002. He formally converted his efforts into a fully operational, farming non-profit program in 2008. As a result of his personal accomplishments with America’s Grow-a-Row, Chip has received numerous volunteer and community service awards.. In 2010, he was publicly recognized as a New Jersey Hero at the New Jersey Governor Inaugural Swearing In Ceremony for Governor Chris Christie. In 2011, Chip was appointed by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Hunger Prevention Advisory Committee.
Prior to making America’s Grow-a-Row his full-time endeavor, Chip spent 17 years in Sales and Marketing and Customer Development for North American Unilever Foods Corporation, and he spent 4 years with PNC Mortgage, a division of PNC Bank. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Kutztown University and studied abroad at Buckinghamshire College in the United Kingdom. Chip is an Eagle Scout and an ordained Deacon of the Presbyterian Church, and he enjoys hiking, camping, running, and spending time with his family.