ALEXANDRIA, VA — Members of the Society of American Florists (SAF) have elected nine members to positions on its Retailers, Wholesalers and Growers Councils.
New council members begin their terms at the close of SAF Maui 2016, the association’s 132nd Annual Convention, Sept. 21-24, at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui. Their first meetings will be in March 2017. One thrust of the twice-yearly segment council meetings is to discuss trends and challenges and make recommendations for how SAF can develop programs and services to meet the needs of its members.
“These segment council members play an important role for SAF,” said SAF President Martin Meskers, AAF, of Oregon Flowers, Inc., in Aurora, Oregon, “by helping SAF keep its finger on the pulse of what is happening at the grower, wholesale and retail level across the country.”
Each segment council member is appointed to one of SAF’s joint councils – Government Relations, Consumer or Member Services — which also meet twice-yearly immediately following the segment council meeting to provide more specific direction in their respective areas.
The newly-elected SAF Council members are as follows:
Matlack Florist, Inc.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Arizona Family Florist
Scott’s House of Flowers Inc.
Armellini Express Lines
Palm City, Florida
Frank Adams Wholesale Florist
The council members listed below are continuing their terms.
- Chair: Manny Gonzales of Tiger Lily Florist in Charleston, South Carolina
- Jo Buttram, AAF, Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Arkansas
- Jessica Cosentino, AAF, of Cosentino’s Florist in Auburn, New York
- Kristen Gainan-Graves of Gainan’s Floral & Greenhouses in Billings, Montana
- Tim Galea of Norton’s Flowers & Gifts in Ypsilanti, Michigan
- Rachel Martin of Ballard Blossom, Inc., in Seattle
- Michael Pugh, AAF, of Pugh’s Flowers in Memphis
- Kaitlin Radebaugh, AAF, of Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses in Towson, Maryland
- Chair: David Gaul, AAF, of DWF Wholesale Florist in Denver
- Oscar Fernandez of Equiflor/RioRoses in Miami
- Nick Fronduto of Jacobson Floral Supply, Inc., in Boston
- Gustavo Gilchrist of Kennicott Brothers – Chicago in Chicago
- David Legge of DWF Wholesale Florist in Denver
- Lee Sorensen of DESIGN MASTER color too, inc. in Boulder, Colorado
- Ken Wilkins of Delaware Valley Floral Group in Sewell, New Jersey
- Chair: Doug Cole of D.S. Cole Growers, Inc., in Loudon, New Hampshire
- Patrick Busch of Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota
- Ray Greenstreet of Greenstreet Growers in Tracys Landing, Maryland
- Stephen Kennicott of Kennicott Kuts, LLC, in Waterford, Wisconsin
- Robert Kitayama, Greenleaf Brighton of Capitola, California
- Jamie Kitz of Sakata, Inc., in Morang Hill, California
- Janet Louie of Green Valley Floral in Salinas, California
- Marvin Miller, AAF, of Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois
- Diana Roy of Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, LLC, in Fallbrook, California
- Mark Yelanich of Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, North Carolina
The Society of American Florists is the leading organization representing all segments of the floral industry. SAF is proud to provide marketing, business and government services to its members, including growers, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers, importers, educators, designers and allied organizations. The association was chartered by an act of Congress in 1884. To learn more about SAF or to join, visit safnow.org.
Source: The Society of American Florists