Connections Taskforce

Board Champion:
Bill LaFever, PFCI
Bill Doran Company
619 W. Jefferson St
Rockford, IL 61103
Tel: 815-965-6042

Rodger Callister
Rodger Callister
Ensign Wholesale Floral
2985 S 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Tel: 801-359-8746

Rakini Chinery, AAF, AzMF
Allan’s Flowers
1095 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301-3307
Tel: 928-445-5131

Alvaro Crespo
Lihmil, Inc
1401 Old Greensboro Rd
Kernersville, NC 27284
Tel: 910-354-1790

Jamie Kitz, AAF
Sakata, Inc.
18095 Serene Dr
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Tel: 831-809-3004

Laurie Lemek, AIFD, CFD, PFCI
Floral Balance
52 Hillside Dr
Ellington, Connecticut 06029
Tel: 860-716-5761

Nikki Lemler, AAF Welke’s Milwaukee Florist Milwaukee, Wisconsin Nikki Lemler, AAF, is vice president of Welke’s Milwaukee Florist, the business her great-great-grandfather started in 1901. She has worked in the industry since she was 6 years old, when she swept floors. Today, her expertise includes weddings, event planning and corporate sales. Lemler is an instructor with Flowers for Kids, a program that teaches children of all ages how to appreciate, care for and arrange flowers. She is a member of the Great Lakes Group.
Nikki Lemler, AAF
Welke’s Milwaukee Florist
5528 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Tel: 414-442-8640

Sandy Nielsen
Nielsen’s Florist and Garden Shop
1405 Post Rd
Darien, Connecticut 06820-5419
Tel (203) 655-2541

Anne Stewart Smithers-Oasis North American Operations Kent, Ohio Anne Stewart is vice president of Smithers-Oasis North American Operations in Kent, Ohio. Prior to entering the floral industry three years ago, Stewart spent 30 years in the paint and coatings industry, working for Sherwin-Williams in both marketing and sales capacities. She has substantial experience selling to wholesale customers in the U.S. and Canada and received several awards from her former employer. Stewart has a degree in social science from the University of Western Ontario. She belongs to Vistage, a CEO networking group in Northeast Ohio, and wrote an article on retirement planning for Smart Business magazine.
Anne Stewart
Smithers-Oasis – North American Operations
919 Marvin St
P.O. Box 790
Kent, OH 44240
Tel: 330-673-5831

Robin Van der Schaaf
Flamingo Holland, Inc
1250 Avenida Chelsea
Vista, CA 92081
Tel: 760-734-1033

Dan Vordale
Ocean View Flowers
Lompoc, CA
Tel (805) 741-4353

Staff liaison
Laura Weaver
Director, Meetings and Conventions
Society of American Florists
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Tel: 703-838-5221
Fax: 703-836-8705

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