Floral Industry Professionals Honored by AIFD

BALTIMORE (July 2012) – Chris Norwood AIFD, CFD (pictured third from left), vice president of Floral Operations at Tipton & Hurst Florist in Little Rock, Ark. 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 July 14 during the Institute’s 2012 Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with its 2012 National Symposium “Caliente” in Miami, Fla. Now recognized as a Fellow of the Institute, Norwood, a past AIFD president, received the award for his tireless and continued support of AIFD as a leader, mentor, supporter, promoter, volunteer and friend.

Also honored during the ceremonies was Ron Mulray AIFD, CFD (pictured second from left) of the Philadelphia Flower Co. in Pa. with the Award of Special Service. Mulray was recognized for his continued efforts and dedication to the development and long-held relationship between AIFD and the Philadelphia Flower Show.

This year, AIFD recognized two people 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. Julie Puckett (pictured top, third from left) of Wm. F. Puckett, Inc. in Barberville, Fla. was recognized with this award for her personal and professional unselfish dedication, enthusiasm and support of AIFD and its members. NORCAL/California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (representatives pictured front), located in Soquel, Calif., was also recognized. Norcal/ California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers is a non-profit trade association established to represent the professional needs and interests of the floral industry in California. They offer a variety of services to strengthen the floral and agricultural industries by increasing the flow of products from California to destinations throughout the world. They were recognized for their long held commitment and dedication to the AIFD Symposium.

The Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine was recognized with the AIFD Award of Merit — Non-Industry for their promotion of outstanding and creative floral displays in their magazine.