Floral Industry Professionals Honored by AIFD

BALTIMORE (July 2013) – Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD of Three Bunch Palms Productions in Palm Springs, Calif. has been recognized by the American Institute of Floral Designers’ (AIFD) National Board of Directors with the Award of Distinguished Service to AIFD. The announcement was made on June 30 during the Institute’s 2013 Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with its 2013 National Symposium “Passion” in Las Vegas, Nev. Now recognized as a Fellow of the Institute, Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD was honored for his tireless and continued support of AIFD as a leader, mentor, supporter, volunteer and friend. He was inducted into AIFD in 1984 and has served on the board for approximately ten years. He served as AIFD president from 2007-2008 and this past year he served as Symposium Coordinator for the 2013 Symposium, where he coordinated and organized a highly successful event that boasted over 1,000 attendees. In the picture from left to right: Awards Chairperson Suzie Kostick AIFD, CFD, Past President Ann Jordan AIFD, CFD, New Fellow Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD and President John Kittinger AIFD, CFD.

This year, AIFD recognized two companies with the Award of Merit – Industry. This is an award that is presented to professionals in the floral industry who are not a member of AIFD, but who are serving a crucial role in advancing the industry.

Accent Decor was honored for their undeniable support of AIFD symposium and regional events and promotion of AIFD members. In the picture from left to right: Awards Chairperson Suzie Kostick AIFD, CFD, Past President Ann Jordan AIFD, CFD, Accent Decor Owners Frank and Margaret Hofland and President John Kittinger AIFD, CFD.

Mayesh Floral Wholesale Inc. (www.mayesh.com) was also recognized for their long-held commitment and dedication to the AIFD Symposium. In the picture from left to right: Awards Chairperson Suzie Kostick AIFD, CFD, Past President Ann Jordan AIFD, CFD, President and CEO of Mayesh Wholesale Florist Pat Dahlson and President John Kittinger AIFD, CFD.

Each year, AIFD hosts its National Symposium in a different host city. The Symposium is an opportunity for internationally acclaimed designers to gather together to share ideas, educational tips, network and advance the industry of floral design. The 2014 National Symposium “Transition Transformation” will be held in Chicago, Ill. July 3-7.

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