Anthony J. Vigilotti AIFD, CFD Named President of American Institute of Floral Designers


Anthony J. Vigliotta AIFD, CFD, of Anthos Design in Los Angeles, Calif. was installed as President of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD®) during the organization’s 2016 National Symposium held in Orange County, Calif., July 3-7. He succeeds Joyce Mason-Monheim AIFD, CFD, PFCI of Designer Destination in Tucson, Ariz. as the volunteer leader of the floral industry’s leading organization in design education.

Installed as AIFD’s President-Elect was Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD of Details…it’s all about the flowers in LaConnor, Wash. Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD of Garden Gate Inc. in Aurora, Ohio was elected to serve as the Institute’s vice president. Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD of DBG Events and Florals in Chicago, Ill. will serve as secretary and Tom Simmons AIFD, CFD of Three Bunch Palms Productions in Palm Springs, Calif. will continue to serve as treasurer.

Leanne Kesler AIFD, CFD of the Floral Design Institute in Portland, Ore. will serve as the membership chairperson and Cindy Anderson AIFD, CFD, PFCI of Colorado Springs, Col. will take on the role as AIFD’s 2016 Symposium Coordinator for “Symposium X” taking place July 1-5, 2017 in Seattle, Wash.

Directors-at-large include: Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD of Garden Gate Inc. in Aurora, Ohio, Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD of Marion Smith Florist in Zephyrhills, Fla., Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD of Floriology Institute in Arlington, Tenn., BJ Dyer AIFD, CFD, AAF, CPF of Bouquets in Denver, Colo., Rachelle Nyswonger AIFD, CFD of Flowers by Rachelle in Chico, Calif., and Katie McCormick AIFD, CFD of Yorba Linda, Calif.

Regional Chapter Representatives include: Wil Gonzalez AIFD, CFD of W/E Flowers in Ukiah, Calif. for the Northwest Chapter, David Shover AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI of Karin’s Florist in Vienna, Va. for the Southern Chapter, Loann Burke AIFD, CFD, AAF of Furst Florist and Garden Center in Dayton, Ohio for the North Central Chapter, Debbie Gordy AIFD, CFD of Compton’s Florist in La Porte, Texas for the South Central Chapter, Kenneth Snauwaert AIFD, CFD of Las Vegas, Nev. for the Southwest Chapter and Ron Mulray AIFD, CFD of Philadelphia Flower Co. in Philadelphia, Pa. for the North East Chapter.

Kristen Philips, CAE, IOM will take over for Thomas C. Shaner as AIFD’s executive director after serving many years as AIFD’s associate executive director. AIFD is headquartered in Baltimore.