Executive Vice President/CEO
Peter leads, directs and manages day-to-day activities for SAF and is responsible for developing the overall strategic positioning for the organization. He has been with SAF since 1985 and has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations in the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of the American University, where he earned a BA in English and a MA in Public Relations.
Chief Operating Officer
Drew supervises Government Relations and Member Services and oversees all internal staff operations. He joined SAF in 1981 and has a BA in American Studies from Washington College, a MA in Journalism from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Executive Development Program.
Jenester provides administrative support for SAF & AFE executives as well as other SAF departments. She brings with her more than 20 years of association experience working with boards, committees and councils while providing excellent customer service to its membership. Jenester joined SAF in 2014.
Chief Content & Publishing Officer; Editor in Chief of Floral Management
Kate oversees the association’s content, from its publications (Floral Management, E-brief and Sales Wakeup) and educational programs to its website and member communications. She has been with SAF since 1987. Kate has a BA in Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and she studied Spanish at the University of Madrid.
Communications and Production Manager
Sheila brings more than 20 years of experience to her position. She manages the production of Floral Management magazine and content on the association’s website. She joined SAF in 1992 as the Production Coordinator and was promoted to Communications and Production Manager in 2012. Sheila attends Northern Virginia Community College for Business Management with a minor in Communication Design.
Shawn is a lobbyist and joined SAF in 2015. He has worked in the government relations arena since 1991 with positions on Capitol Hill, in the federal government, a non-profit and a trade association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
Renato oversees SAF’s computer, network and telephone systems and explores new technologies relevant to the floral industry. Renato joined SAF in 1994. As SAF’s first webmaster, he played a leading role in developing the society’s two websites. Renato has a BS in Psychology and Broadcast Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal and studied Art History and Photography at Richmond, The American International University in London.
In addition to handling all user-support calls on the local area network, Joe implements network services and security. He graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate Degree in Networking Specialization and is pursuing multiple computer systems certifications. Joe joined SAF in 2000.
Jennifer directs the planning and development of SAF’s nationwide consumer marketing programs, research, websites and social media channels to promote the benefits of flowers and plants. She oversees the production of marketing materials and advice to help industry members promote their businesses locally, and manages the SAF Fund for Nationwide Public Relations, which supports all of SAF’s consumer programs. Jennifer has been with SAF since 1991. She holds a BS in Journalism from Radford University and a MS in PR/Corporate Communications from Boston University.
Director, Marketing & Communications
Jenny manages the development and implementation of SAF’s consumer marketing materials, response to negative floral publicity and the activities of Professional Floral Communicators – International (PFCI). She joined SAF in 2000. Jenny holds a BA in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University
Laura plans and implements SAF meetings. She joined SAF in 2004 with 10 years of experience in meeting planning and management. A certified meeting professional, Laura has worked for the Consumer Bankers Association and the Precision Metalforming Association. She has a BA in History from Geneva College and also is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management.
Brian coordinates membership recruitment and retention activities, and the development of new products and services. He joined SAF in 2015, and has extensive membership and marketing experience at multiple non-profit organizations including trade associations and professional societies. Walrath holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Elon University in Elon, NC.