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SAF Maui 2016 award results

SAF Maui 2016 award results
Leo Roozen, AAF, Receives Paul Ecke, Jr. Award

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sept. 26, 2016 —  A business and industry leader who heads the country’s largest flower bulb grower is the recipient of the Society of American Florists’ 2016 Paul Ecke, Jr. Award. Leo Roozen, AAF, president of Washington Bulb Co. in Mt. Vernon, Washington, received the honor on Sept. 24 during the association’s 132nd Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii.
Established in 1984, SAF’s Paul Ecke, Jr. Award recognizes exemplary devotion to profession, industry and community. Previously the SAF Golden Bouquet Award, this award was renamed in 2002 in memory of Paul Ecke, Jr., AAF.
“To say that flowers are part of Leo’s DNA is an understatement. In fact, the name Roozen means ‘roses’ in Dutch,” said Bob Williams, AAF, PFCI, of Smithers-Oasis – North American Operations in Kent, Ohio, and member of SAF’s Awards Committee. “Leo learned the business firsthand from his father, but perhaps even more important, he learned what his parents most valued: family, honest work, a job well done. The floral industry applauds the dedication he has shown to his business, community, family and the entire floral industry for the past 40 years.”

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  • Dwight Larimer, AAF, PFCI, Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sept. 26, 2016 — Dwight Larimer, AAF, PFCI, president of DESIGN MASTER color tool, inc. in Boulder, Colorado, received the floral industry’s greatest honor on Sept. 24, induction into the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Floriculture Hall of Fame. The announcement brought hundreds of industry members to their feet for a standing ovation during the awards dinner during the association’s 132nd Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii.

    “The Floriculture Hall of Fame is truly the floral industry’s highest achievement,” said SAF Awards Committee member Lori Wheat, AAF, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. “Being chosen for this prestigious honor means that the recipient has made a permanent and significant contribution to the advancement of floriculture. Dwight’s name is linked with powerful words like leadership, vision, commitment and integrity. He is synonymous with a company known in all quarters of the floral industry. Under his direction, Design Master literally has transformed the industry’s thinking about color.”

  • Brian E. Whipker, Ph.D., from NC State University Receives
    the 2016 Alex Laurie Award

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sept. 26, 2016 — A renowned researcher on plant growth regulators who developed numerous tools and resources for the industry is the 2016 recipient of the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Alex Laurie Award. The honor was presented to Brian E. Whipker, Ph.D., on Sept. 24 during SAF Maui 2016, the association’s 132nd Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii.

    Established in 1948, SAF’s Alex Laurie Award is named for the eminent professor at The Ohio State University. Over the course of his 60-year career, Laurie laid the groundwork for research that revolutionized the floriculture industry and left a lineage of students, teachers and researchers continuing to provide the information necessary to ensure the industry’s future.

  • Tom Bowling, AIFD, PFCI, Receives the Tommy Bright Award
    for Achievement in Floral Presentation

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sept. 26, 2016 — Tom Bowling, AIFD, PFCI, of Fairfield, Ohio, was honored for lifetime achievement in floral presentation as the recipient of the 2016 Tommy Bright Award. The Society of American Florists (SAF) Professional Floral Communicators – International (PFCI) presented the honor on Sept. 24 during SAF Maui 2016, the association’s 132nd Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii.

    The Tommy Bright Award is the highest honor presented by PFCI to its members. It is named after Ethel “Tommy” Bright, whose motto “Learn More, Teach Others” reflects PFCI values as the floral industry’s speakers bureau and the only network of professional floral business educators certified by SAF.

    “Tom is recognized among his peers as the consummate professional speaker and educator, who makes every concept easy to understand,” said PFCI Chairman D Damon Samuel AAF, AIFD, NAFD, NMF, PFCI. “Tom’s colleagues consistently praise Tom’s role as an educator for both the floral community and for other floral presenters.”

  • Four Floral Businesses Receive the Century Award

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sept. 26, 2016 — The Society of American Florists celebrated the longevity of four floral industry businesses with the SAF Century Award during SAF Maui 2016, the association’s 132nd Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii. Presented on Sept. 24, the honor recognizes companies that have been in business for 100 years or more.

    “Each year at the SAF convention, all of us interact with fellow business owners who have determination, vision and grit,” said SAF Awards Committee Chairman David Gaul, AAF, of DWF Wholesale Florist in Denver, Colorado, during the awards presentation. “But to sustain that for 100 years or more is truly an impressive feat.”

    The 2016 Century Award honorees are:
    • Imlay Florists in Zanesville, Ohio
    • Jacques Flower Shop & Garden Center Inc., in Manchester, New Hampshire
    • Schneider’s Florist in Springfield, Ohio
    • Welke’s Milwaukee Florist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Gay Smith Receives SAF President’s Award

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sept. 26, 2016 — An international expert in floral care and handling and dedicated volunteer to the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) annual Outstanding Varieties Competition, Gay Smith received the 2016 Society of American Florists’ President’s Award. Smith, technical consulting manager for Chrysal USA in Miami, Florida, received the honor on Sept. 24 during the association’s 132nd Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii.

    “Every once in a while, the SAF president officially acknowledges exceptional work being done by an individual in the floral industry,” said SAF President Martin Meskers, AAF, of Oregon Flowers, Inc., in Aurora, Oregon, during the award presentation. “I would like to give the President’s Award to someone who is known as an expert in a field critically important to the success of this industry.”

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