|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.”