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SAF to elect new leaders

Members of the Society of American Florists will vote for three new members for its board of directors during SAF Palm Beach 2017 Sept. 6-9 in Florida, according to a news release.

“The future of SAF and the quality of SAF programming is affected in large part by the caliber of SAF volunteer leaders, particularly the members of the SAF board of directors,” said SAF chairman Shirley Lyons in the release.

The candidates for the board of directors are:

SAF-SPEAKERSPatrick Busch, chief executive officer at Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, MN. In addition to roses, the 52-year-old family-run company grows alstroemeria, lilies, gerberas, snapdragons, delphiniums, tulips and blooming plants. Len Busch Roses also operates a wholesale business selling cut flowers, bouquets, blooming and green plants and floral supplies. Busch has bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and business from Michigan State University. He has been a member of SAF’s Growers Council since 2015; has served as vice president of the Minnesota State Floral Association from 2010 to 2014; and as a board member of the Flower Promotion Organization from 2005 to 2015.

Doug Fick, president and co-owner at Broadway Floral Home and Garden in Portland, OR. He has spent 44 years in the industry and has served on the SAF Retailers Council and the Consumer Joint Council. He also served on the Government Affairs Committee and chaired the Floral Management Advisory Committee. He has been a board member of Real Local Florists since 2011.

Tim Galea, president at Norton’s Flowers & Gifts in Ypsilanti, MI. He has spent 48 years in the industry and has been a member of SAF’s Retail Council and Consumer Marketing Committee. He is director of the Michigan Floral Association and has been a volunteer with the United States Jaycees for 18 years.

Nick Fronduto, chief operating officer at Jacobson Floral Supply, Inc. in Boston, MA. He has spent 17 years in the industry and is a member of SAF’s Wholesale Council. He has held numerous leadership positions with the Wholesale Florist &Florist Supplier Association, including education committee chairman, first and second vice president and president. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and has been a youth baseball coach since 1998.

To cast an absentee ballot, voting members must submit a written request on company stationery to SAF by Aug. 7 via mail to 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 201, Alexandria, VA 22314 or fax 703/836-8705. Completed absentee ballots must be received at SAF headquarters by Aug. 28.

Election results will be announced on Sept. 9 during the convention’s Keynote Breakfast and Business Session.