Bill Apple is the son of founder Henry Apple and his wife Ina. His early work experience with the family business was in delivery and service. He joined the business full time in 1972 and became President and CEO in 1996 after the death of his father. Bill grew up on the family dairy farm, and learned his business sense, sales discernment and philosophy of caring from his parents, who set the example for the company vision and direction. After attending Muskingham College in Cambridge, Ohio, he learned sales in the agricultural implement business by working alongside the best – his father. Through the years, Bill has upgraded his skills by attending numerous service, sales and management training courses provided by many of Apple’s manufacturers.
Bill opened the Botkins satellite store in 1985, significantly expanding the family business. Since 1994, he has ensured that both Apple locations meet the “Highest Standards of Excellence” required by each of the company’s manufacturers. In 2013, Bill acquired the third Apple Farm Service location in West College Corner, Indiana. Bill expanded Apple Farm Service to the east in 2015, when he opened a location in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. The company’s latest expansion was in 2021 with the acquisition of the Washington Court House, Ohio location. This location also holds the “Highest Standards of Excellence” required by each of the manufacturers. Because the company has attained these standards, Apple is able to buy at greater discounts and pass along the savings to our customers – a key component in Apple’s strength and competitiveness.