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Michigan Floral Associaton 2017 award winners honored at Great Lakes Floral Expo

The Michigan Floral Association honored its 2017 award winners at the Great Lakes Floral Expo in Grand Rapids, MI. Each year the MFA Awards and Nominations Committee is responsible for soliciting and reviewing award nominations, according to the MFA website. The committee sends all qualified nominations to a panel of independent judges who complete an evaluation form for each nominee. The committee totals the points received for each candidate nominated in a specific category and averages. The candidate receiving the highest average score in each category is chosen to receive the award.

SAGINAW-VALLEYSaginaw Valley Flower Exchange was named 2017 MFA Wholesaler/Supplier of the Year.Alice Waterous was presented with the 2017 MFA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been involved in the floral industry for nearly 50 years, from owning a floral shop to creating a special events company. She is also a part-time designer at Nordlie’s Grandville location and does freelance work for holiday homes, museums and other shops. Her new business is Alice’s Christmas Elves, where she’ll warehouse her holiday décor and lease it to corporate clients on a contract basis. She currently serves on the MFA board of directors and is a former association president.

Saginaw Valley Flower Exchange was named MFA’s Wholesaler/Supplier of the Year. The award honors a company that has demonstrated outstanding support and service to the association. For over 70 years, Saginaw Valley has served florists in central and northern Michigan. Last year, the company merged with Kennicott Bros. Co. and on March 6 the company changed its name to Kennicott’s Mid-Michigan.

Ty Dudley of Armellini Industries was the recipient of the 2017 MFA National Service Award for outstanding service to the floral industry. His career began in 1974 when he managed A. Rasmussen & Son Wholesale Florist. He spent three years in Louisville, KY, and eight years in Indianapolis managing Hill Floral Products. He has also served as the president of the Kentucky State Florists Association. After 17 years working from home and the road visiting his wholesale customers for Armellini Express Lines, he is now in the corporate office in Florida.

Other awards presented at the expo include the 2017 MFA Special Recognition Award to Patrick Dahlson, chief executive officer at Mayesh Wholesale; the 2017 MFA Retailer of the Year Award to Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts in Grand Rapids, MI; Jason Rudicil was named the 2017 MFA Young Person of the Year; Consuelo Lovelady from Mayesh Wholesale Florist in Romulus, MI, was selected as the 2017 MFA Wholesale Employee of the Year; and Edward Smith from Country Lane Flower Shop in Howell, MI, was honored as the 2017 MFA Retail Employee of the Year.