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HERE’S THE 2015 FLORAL DISTRIBUTION CONFERENCE WRAP UP!

(PLUS LINKS TO PRESENTATIONS)

 

WF&FSA SHATTERS ANOTHER RECORD

Another attendance record was made at the 2015 Floral Distribution Conference – 780 attendees were on hand for this year’s event.  Thanks to all who participated in this event!  Each year the conference continues to attract more attendees and we hope to see the same growth in 2016.

 

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ROB SHIBATA ASSUMES WF&FSA PRESIDENCY

Rob Shibata, President of Mt. Eden Floral Supply in San Jose, California assumed the Presidency on Thursday morning, October 22, 2015, following in the footsteps of Alan Tanouye, General Manager of Floralife (a division of Smithers Oasis.)  Rob’s speech focused on the theme of “We’re still here!”  To read the full text, click here

 

SANTIAGO COCK-RADA ELECTED PRESIDENT ELECT

Santiago Cock-Rada of Liberty Blooms was elected President Elect at the 2015 Annual Business Meeting.  Santiago will serve as the first Colombian President of WF&FSA in 2017.

 

TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED

Lenny Walker of KBC Direct and Mauricio Jaramillo of Sole Farms were elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  Congratulations to Lenny and Mauricio!  They join existing board members:

Executive Committee

Rob Shibata, Mt. Eden Floral Supply, President

Santiago Cock-Rada, Liberty Blooms, President Elect

Laurie Nesbitt, Florist Supply Ltd., Treasurer

Alan Tanouye, Floralife (a division of Smithers Oasis), Immediate Past President

Trish Lilly, WF&FSA, Executive Vice President

 

Board of Directors

Alvaro Crespo, Lihmil Wholesale

John Donati, Ocean View Flowers

Lenny Walker, KBC Direct

Mauricio Jaramillo, Sole Farms

Tim Dewey, DV Flora

Tom Logue, Pennock Corporation

Tom Wolfe, Jr., Wolfe Wholesale Florist

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

WF&FSA’s generous sponsors helped make this year’s meeting a great success!  Please check out our sponsors and thank them for their generosity.  Just click these links to view all of our sponsors.

Floral Distribution Conference Sponsors

Thursday Evening Party Sponsors

Floral Donators

 

WF&FSA AND FLORISTS’ REVIEW HONOR RETAIL FLORIST OF THE YEAR - LILIUM FLORAL DESIGNS

Lisa Pritchett of Lilium Design was recognized as the 2015 Retail Florist of the Year by Florists' Review magazine and WF&FSA. Read the full story about Lilium here.  Our congrats to Lisa, her husband Ron and daughter Taylor on this significant achievement!

 

LEN LEVY RECEIVES LTK AWARD HONOR

Len Levy of Hillcrest Gardens in Paramus, New Jersey was honored as the LTK winner at the 2015 Floral Distribution Conference. WF&FSA extends its congratulations to Leonard Levy for his dedication and significant contributions to the welfare and progress of wholesale florists.

 

PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The feedback on this year’s roster of presenters has been outstanding!  Many of you have been asking for the power point programs and we are happy to supply them here:

Kevin Ylvisaker (Design Trends)

Jon Wolske: Delivering Happiness – Creating a Culture of Service

Don Buttrey – Offense (Sales)

Don Buttrey – Defense (Sales)

Randy Disharoon (Leadership)

Memorial Day Flowers – Learn more about this program.

Retail Florist of the Year – Lilium Floral Designs

American Floral Endowment – Learn the latest!

 

Check out the Conference Photos!

Thank you to our sponsors!

   Final WFFSA Registration List

Abco Armellini 
 Asocol Flores  
Cal Flowers
 Columbia  Design Master
 Floralife  Esprit Miami

 B O Logo Sm Copy

 

 

 

Floramart Color Logo 2015 Copy

Gg Logo Yellow 2015

Pgc Logo Yellow 2015
Galleria Farms komet
 Logo Liberty Blooms Mellano
 
 Mt. Eden  Ocean View Flowers
 Natural Flowers  Rio
 Royal Flowers  Simpsons
 Smithers Oasis  Syndicate
Sunburst  
Eliteflower

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Here’s a sampling of what attendees say about the conference:

-       The excitement and energy displayed by members, exhibitors and the board was very infectious. The education and networking opportunities were outstanding and were the highlights of the conference. 

-       It's a great place to meet your vendors, make new connections and get renewed energy from the seminars and peers. We often get so buried in our daily activities that we don't see what new and exciting ways are available to help us make our business successful. The seminars motivate us forward to try new ways and ideas. 

 


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