Hal Thorne is the Chairman and CEO of GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a firm that designs, installs and maintains vertical interior and exterior green walls to provide eco-friendly and visually stunning interior and exterior green space within a variety of spaces and venues. Offering Pro Walls primarily for the exterior; Versa Walls, comprised of potted plants, for the interior; and a vine screening (took the word “system” out) Basic Wall system for exterior covering, the firm can tailor its products to create a living green wall system for any wall or structure. In fact, the firm is launching a fourth product, the VersWall XT, which is for exterior applications using their patented Tray-and-Potted plant technology.
With over 35 years of professional experience, Hal earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University before going on to complete a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University. Hal enjoyed what he describes as “three careers” with industry leading organizations. The first career lasted 10 years and was in education with The Johns Hopkins University and Concord Academy. Next, he spent 25 years at leading seed genetic company Pioneer Hi-Bred International, where he was responsible for business development and gene licensing, and eventually became the Global VP for Sales and Marketing.
Now, in the third phase of his career, Hal oversees business operations across North America, the Middle East, Europe and Australia. He is frequently invited to speak about living green wall systems, teaching professionals and industry professionals about their benefits and how the walls work.
Having grown up as an athlete, Hal credits much of his success to a strong self-discipline, to the ability to learn from failure, to the maintenance of a team-player attitude and to the appreciation for the different skills necessary to have a winning team. He resides in Delray Beach, Florida, where he enjoys gardening, golfing and reading in his spare time.
International Society of Business Leaders Member Hal Thorne, MBA can be found on the Society Directory, where he is looking forward to networking with you.