Chip Paillex, President and Founder, 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. In 2014, he was nationally recognized with both the CNN Hero and the Ford Motor Company Go Further Everyday Hero awards. In 2015, Chip was invited to be a TEDx Morristown Presenter and in 2016 he was a Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives Honoree.
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. 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, surf casting at the Jersey shore, and spending time with his family.