At the Society of American Florists (SAF) 127th annual convention, held in Palm Springs, Calif. in mid-September, the organization recognized a number of our industry’s brightest stars with its annual awards and inductions.

Tommy Bright Award recipient Lynn Lary McLean shares the joy of her honor with PFCI Trustee Jerome Raska.

• Tommy Bright Award
Recognizing achievement in floral commentating and education, this award was presented to Lynn Lary McLean, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, TMFLary’s Florist, Friendswood, Texas, who was honored for lifetime achievement in floral presentation.

• Sylvia Cup
John Hosek, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA, of Design Circle in Verona, Wis., won the grand prize in the 44th Annual Sylvia Cup Design Competition. The next two highest-scoring designers, Cindy Anderson, AIFD, PFCI, a freelance designer in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cherrie MaiHoa of Queen’s Flowers and Gifts in Huntington Beach, Calif., received honorable mention awards:

From left, grand prize winner John Hosek, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA, with overall honorable mention winners Cindy Anderson, AIFD, PFCI, and Cherrie MaiHoa.
• Floriculture Hall of Fame
The floral industry’s greatest honor was bestowed on Charles F. Kremp 3rd, AAF, of Kremp Florist in Willow Grove, Pa.

Hall of Fame inductee Charles F. Kremp 3rd, AAF (right) is congratulated by SAF Awards Committee member Chuck Johnson, AAF.
Minneapolis retailer Bachman’s Inc. parlayed the public’s love for vintage home décor into an 11 percent increase in sales at its flagship store, winning the 2011 Marketer of the Year Award.

Paul Bachman (right) received the 2011 Marketer of the Year Award. Dwight Larimer (left), president of Design Master Color Tool, Inc., presented the $5,000 prize. Bachman's donated 20 percent of the award money to the American Floral Endowment.

• Paul Ecke Jr. Award
 In recognition of his dedication to profession, industry and community, Paul Goodman, CPA, PFCI, of Floral Finance Business Services in Jenks, Okla., received the 2011 Paul Ecke Jr. Award.

Paul Ecke III presents the Paul Ecke Jr. award to Paul Goodman.

• Alex Laurie Award
Raymond Cloyd, Ph.D., from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., was honored for his contributions to research and education in the floriculture industry.

Dr. Raymond Cloyd thanks the supporters of his research as he accepts the Alex Laurie Award.
• Gold Medal Award
John Dolan, Dolan International in Pleasanton, Calif., was recognized for the dozens of new rose varieties he has introduced though his work with breeders DeVor Nursery, The E.G. Hill Co., The Joseph H. Hill Co., and Meilland International.

John Dolan, Gold Medal Award recipient

2011 AAF INDUCTEES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Kimie Miyamoto, Greg Coleman, Susan Wilke, James Daly, Shelley Pease, Robbin Yelverton and Jenny Behlings. (Not shown: Don Coleman Jr.)

• American Academy of Floriculture (AAF)
SAF’s American Academy of Floriculture inducted nine new members for 2011.

Jenny Behlings, AAF, PFCI, SDCF

Jenny’s Floral
Custer, S.D.

Don Coleman Jr., AAF
Mayfield Florist
Tucson, Ariz.

Greg Coleman, AAF
Mayfield Florist
Tucson, Ariz.

James Daly, AAF
Walterboro, S.C.

Kimie Miyamoto, AAF
Flora Design
New York, N.Y.

Shelley Pease, AAF
Shelley’s Flowers & Gifts
Waldoboro, Maine

Susan Wilke, AAF, PFCI
Karthauser and Sons Wholesale Florist
Franklin, Wis.

Robbin Yelverton, AAF, AIFD, PFCI
Blumz ... by JRDesigns
Ferndale, Mich.

• Professional Floral Communicators - International (PFCI)
The industry’s premier speakers bureau added eight new professionals to its roster.

Cindy Anderson, AIFD, PFCI
freelance designer
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Susan Ayala, AIFD, PFCI
freelance designer
Loma Linda, Calif.

Jenny Behlings, AAF, PFCI, SDCF
Jenny’s Floral
Custer, S.D.

Maggie Binet, AIFD, PFCI, CPF, TMA
Le Jardin Binet
Englewood, Colo.

Paul Goodman, CPA, PFCI
Floral Finance Business Services
Jenks, Okla.

Corey Harbour, AIFD, PFCI, NAFD
The Creative Connection by Teters
Bolivar, Mo.

Dwight Larimer, AAF, PFCI
Design Master Color Tool
Boulder, Colo.
Patience Pickner, AIFD, PFCI, SDCF
The Picket Fence
Chamberlain, S.D.

Class of 2011 PFCI Inductees, from left: Dwight Larimer, Corey Harbour, Maggie Binet, Patience Pickner, Jenny Behlings, Cindy Anderson and Paul Goodman.

• Outstanding Varieties Competition

Judges selected the ‘Lime Green’ Hydrangea, exhibited by Fresca Farms, as this year’s “Best in Show.”

The following flowers took top place in their respective categories:

“Best in Class” Rose: ‘Freedom’, from Fresca Farms

“Best in Class” Spray Rose: ‘Snowflake’, from Eufloria Flowers

“Best in Class” Chrysanthemum: ‘Zembia Lime’, from Golden Flowers

“Best in Class” Lily: ‘Advantage’, from Holland America Flowers

“Best in Class” Gerbera: ‘Iceberg’, from Green Valley Floral

“Best in Class” Alstroemeria: ‘Himalaya’, from Golden Flowers

“Best in Class” Dianthus: ‘Farida’, from Golden Flowers

“Best in Class” Decorative Foliage: Leucadendron ‘Rainbow Gold’, from Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

“Best in Class” Potted Flowering Plant: Guzmania ‘Lindsey’, from Kent’s Bromeliad Nursery

“Best in Class” Potted Foliage Plant: Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw), from Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers




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