• Florgasm is the love child of two very passionate designers from two very different walks of life.  The seeds of this quirky design team were planted when Patience Pickner and Ace Berry met in Los Angeles in 2012 where they were both serving as Presidents for their Teleflora Units. Even tho they come from such different backrounds,  Ace working at a busy shop in Houston (pop 3 Million) and also freelancing.  While Patience was a business owner in Chamberlain South Dakota (pop 2500), they quickly learned that their desire to be among the best in the industry, their hunger for education, their desire to spread their love of all things floral and their wish to "pay it forward"  to up and coming designers was a passion that they both shared, and Florgasm was born.

    Patience Pickner AIFD, PFCI, SDCF

    Patience Pickner AIFD, PFCI, SDCF lives in Chamberlain SD a huge metropolis of 2500 awesome residents. She purchased a failing flower shop in 1998, and quickly turned it around by specializing in customer service, super fresh flowers and unique designs....and also by  adding in lots of unique  home décor and gift items.   She recently expanded by opening a home décor and design store, Conversation Piece, in Sioux Falls, SD.   Patience has been active with South Dakota Floral Assn~ serving on the board for many years, currently as  immediate past president. She is also a past president for the Minndakota unit of Teleflora. She currently serves on the North Central Chapter of AIFD.  Patience has been awarded the South Dakota Floral Associations Designer of the Year 3 times, and she  was  also honored to be chosen as Business Person of the year in 2010.

      She is a past  finalists of the Mayesh Design Star, and has been a member of the Fitz Design Team for several years.   She is Co-founder of Florgasm, a design team that spreads their love and passion of floral art across the country, through their floral bootcamps, stage programs and hands on classes.

       Patience  loves to travel and do design programs, and was honored to do her first International program last year  at the University In Monterrey Mexico. One of the highlights of her career was assisting with a party at The White House. She is passionate about flowers and floral design and is a firm believer that the only way to succeed in our industry is by taking advantage of all opportunities to further your floral education.

    Ace Berry AIFD, CFD, TMF

    Ace Berry Aifd, CFD, TMF, worked in the oil fields of texas for 5 years before finding his true passion.....FLOWERS!!! He recently opened his own Floral shop in Fulshear, Texas. He Earned his Texas Master Florist in 2012 , was Unit president for Teleflora in 2013. He and his friend created FLORGASM....a design team dedicated to their Passion for the industry and paying it forward, with mentoring new designers, educational programs and classes. He has travelled the country taking classes and working with some of the best designers in the world! Ace was inducted in the American Institute of Floral Designers in Denver Colorado in 2015 and is excited to play a part in the future of this amazing industry.

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  • Ann Jordan AIFD, AAF, mmfd 

    Ann Jordan, FTD Education Consultant and Boot Camp Instructor, has more than 30 years of retail floral experience and has led design classes and hands-on workshops throughout North America. She has studied floral design with some of the greatest designers in the world and is active in the floral industry.

    Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, Ann has significantly impacted the floral industry. Her designs were featured in the November and December 2010 issues of Florists’ Review and she has participated in many AIFD programs, including the AIFD booth at the famed Philadelphia Flower Show. Ann has served in a number of roles, including Procurement Chair and Symposium Coordinator for the 2010 AIFD National Symposium Revolution and AIFD President for the 2012-13 term. Her other career accomplishments include her presentation titled River Run on the Main Stage at the 2008 AIFD National Symposium and Reflection…Five Decades of Design Excellence at the 2015 Symposium. Ann placed third in the AIFD Holland Cup Competition in 2004 and received the John A. Valentine Award, presented by FTD, in 2000. Ann was also on the design team for President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2005.

    Not only is Ann recognized in the floral industry for her creative skills, but she is also known in her community as a business leader and prominent floral designer. She was nominated for the New England Business Woman of the Year in 1998 and the Maine Small Business of the Year in 2004. Ann has taught floral design students at the world-renowned New York Botanical Gardens in all aspects of floristry. A premier FTD Education Team Member for more than a decade, Ann blends her past accomplishments with the latest trends in all of her teachings, including FTD Boot Camp, a fast-paced, information-driven crash course in floristry that include topics such as marketing, trends, selling skills, branding and much more.

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  • Suzie Kostick, AIFD CF PFCI

    Throughout her career, Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCI, has dedicated her time and enthusiasm to being a retail shop owner, floral instructor, mass-market production manager, business consultant, event coordinator, program presenter and freelance design consultant. In recent years, Suzie was the publisher and executive editor of Flora Magazine and was the Marketing Director for Fitz Design.An award-winning floral designer, Suzie received the award of Michigan Floral Association’s (MFA) “1999 Young Person of the Year” and the title of “MFA’s Designer of the Year” in both 2003 and 2004. She is a member of MFA’s prestigious Design Academy as well as a founding member of its national certification program. She is an active accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI). Suzie is currently serving AIFD as the 2018 AIFD National Symposium Coordinator.

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  • Helen Miller AIFD, CF, CAFA

    Flowers & Such

    Adrian, Michigan

    Helen Miller, AIFD, CAFA, CF has owned a successful retail florist shop in Adrian, Michigan for over thirty years.  Combining her love of nature and desire for further education within the floral industry, she has taught floral workshops and presented industry programs all over the United States.    

    Education has always been Helen’s passion and she was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers and the Canadian Academy of Floral Art in 1997.  Helen is an active participant of The Great Lakes Floral & Event Expo and has traveled to German to study European Designs for Weddings with the world renowned, Greggor Lersh.  Helen obtained her Master Gardener’s Certification through the Michigan State University Extension Program to help her produce her own unique style of nature inspired designs. 

    Helen is an active member of AIFD and served on the North Central Board.  She is a member of Teleflora’s prestigious team of Education Specialists.  Helen is featured in Syndicate Sales educational videos, designs for their photo shoots and the 2016 Syndicate Sales product catalog.  She has had the honor of designing for the Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush, and is a Creative Consultant for several industry companies. 

    Helen’s floral talent has been featured in many publications including Flowers&, Floral Management, and The Knot. Anyone who knows Helen knows how passionate she is about flowers and the floral industry.  She is sincerely committed to teaching florists about the latest techniques, trends, and creative designs so they may utilize them in their own daily endeavors. 

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  • Panel Discussion Experts

    Ronda Hess AIFD CFD ICPF  ICPF Coordinator

    (Mass Market Florist)

    Ronda is the lead floral designer at Hy-Vee, Bloomington, Il. A graduate of Danville Area Community College, she has been in the commercial floriculture industry for thirty plus years. Ronda serves as the Illinois State Florist Associations' Certification Coordinator. She also serves as an instructor for the ICPF program. In 2005, she was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers. Ronda is also an AIFD Certified Floral Judge/Evaluator. She is active in her community speaking to local clubs and organizations about horticulture.  Ronda is the board president for the Hudson Area Library District.


    Becky Newton

    (Grower)

    Becky Newton is the owner and farmener at Wren's Gate Garden & Studio here in Decatur, IL. Years of 4-H horticulture led to her first job in a greenhouse/flower shop and she continued to work with flowers through college. After an 18 year career detour in Parks and Recreation, she is now grows hard-to-find, fragrant, stop you in your tracks flowers in an environmentally friendly way.


    Katy Selmi AIFD, CFD, ICPF

    (Shop Owner/Designer)

    Katy graduated from the University of Illinois in 2003 with a degree in Horticulture. It was there that she learned of her love for floral design. After graduating she started her own part of the Selmi Family Greenhouse and Farm Market tradition. She began her Floral Design Career in 2003 by opening up Selmi’s Weddings and Events and has not looked back. Her shop specializes in Weddings, Homecoming, Prom, and Recital flowers. Recently Katy expanded her downtown Rock Falls storefront to a full service floral shop. 

    She has since earned her Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF), she’s a Certified Floral Designer [CFD}, and was inducted into the Floral Industry's AIFD.   She has spent many years being involved in the Illinois State Floral Association and has had the privilege to work with many well know designers.

     

  • Katy Selmi AIFD, ICPF

    Katy graduated from the University of Illinois in 2003 with a degree in Horticulture. It was there that she learned of her love for floral design. After graduating she started her own part of the Selmi Family Greenhouse and Farm Market tradition. She began her Floral Design Career in 2003 by opening up Selmi’s Weddings and Events and has not looked back. Her shop specializes in Weddings, Homecoming, Prom, and Recital flowers. Recently Katy expanded her downtown Rock Falls storefront to a full service floral shop. 

    She has since earned her Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF), she’s a Certified Floral Designer [CFD}, and was inducted into the Floral Industry's AIFD.   She has spent many years being involved in the Illinois State Floral Association and has had the privilege to work with many well know designers.

    When she’s not busy doing wedding flowers, planning weddings, and working for COUNTRY Financial she spends her time with her kids and traveling.  Katy has 4 kids Tate [24], Andrew [11], MaryKay [10], and Auggie [7] and they are her world.


     

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    Sheryl Timmermann AIFD, CFD

     Sheryl Timmermann AIFD, CFD has over 19 years of retail floral experience. Sheryl enthusiastically entered the floral industry at A Special Touch Florist, her family owned florist in the late 90’s. At age 15 she enrolled in night classes at South Western Illinois College, and later attended Southern California School of Floral Design.  She has since then been developing and honing her skills with direction from Catherine Timmermann her mother, and Phil Rulloda, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CFD as her mentors. She has participated in various workshops led by some of the greatest designers in the world. Sheryl has won numerous design awards in the industry for her innovative artistic ideas and design talents. She held a position on the Board of Directors for Illinois State Floral Association. She received her CFD in 2014 and got inducted into the American Institute of Floral Design in 2015. She just became a Certified Judge/Evaluator in 2016.  Sheryl has a passion to continually learn which helps propel her onward in the industry. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out".  

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  • Gerard Toh AIFD, CFD, CCF

    Garden Trade Services

    Monrovia, California 
     Gerard has owned and operated three stores over the course of 25 years.  As an active member of the Southern California floral community, he has worked in many roles, from serving as president of Teleflora’s Los Angeles Coastal Counties Unit, board member of the San Fernando Valley Floral Association, and The Associated Florist of Southern California.  Other positions include the board of the California State Floral Association and the national board of directors of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).  He has also held positions on the education committees of several associations.  Gerard is currently on the marketing and PR committee for the Southwest chapter of AIFD.   
     
    Gerry’s work has been featured in numerous floral publications, including several covers, features, and editorials in Flowers& magazine, Flora, Blooming News, Town and Country and the Bride and Bloom magazine.  As winner of numerous awards for design, including the California State Designer of the year, he has had the honor of judging various floral design competitions across the country.  Some projects that have shaped his style include presenting at the annual AIFD international symposium, AIFD across America series for the Northwest and Southwest chapters, and Southern Conference AIFD. He has also conducted workshops in Taiwan.  
     
    He served as the creative director for a large silk flower manufacturer in China where his job was to oversee product development and five showrooms in Hong Kong, China, Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles, and also as a special projects art director for the magazine, The Bride and Bloom.  One of his most challenging endeavors was being the floral consultant for the opening of the hotel complex Aria, Vdara and City Center in Las Vegas.  One of the fun things he has done is decorated the official cars at the Rose Parade.   
     
    In July of 2013, he was one of the many featured designers at AIFD’s National Symposium in Las Vegas. Gerry is a member of Teleflora’s prestigious team of Educational Specialists.  He currently works as a creative director and visual merchandiser for various floral companies and is the publisher for the digital magazine Design on line for the SW Regional chapter of AIFD.  His personal agenda is to promote floristry as a viable art form and to showcase the creativity of the American florist.  
     
    His life motto states “Always take life in small steps and enjoy every little miracle along the way.

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  • Meet the ISFA BootCamp Educational Team

    Judi Borah AIFD, ICPF

    Judi has been active in the floral industry for over sixty years, thirty three in her own shop. She has been a member of the American Institute of Floral Design since 1984 and the holds the designation of Professional Floral Design Evaluator. Currently is Education Director of Illinois State Florists Association.


    Trisha Locke, AIFD, CFD, ICPF

    Trisha has worked in the floral industry since 1994.  She is an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designer’s (AIFD), an AIFD certified judge, a member of the Illinois State Florists Association (ISFA), an Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) and has a degree  in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois.  She is a floral instructor at Parkland College in Champaign, freelance designer, and ISFA boot camp instructor. 

    Since her involvement with ISFA in 2001, she has been a volunteer, presenter, instructor, coordinator of the floral designs for the presidential banquet dinner, an ISFA Designer of the Year 1st runner up and ISFA Designer of the Year. 


    Jonathan Reiman AIFD, CFD, ICPF

    Jonathan began is floral career in 2000 when he decided to change his career path and bought a flower shop.  After 15 years of being a self trained florist, Jonathan decided to enroll himself and his staff in an ISFA Boot camp.  Thinking that he was helping educate his staff, he quickly realized he was the one who needed to be "educated."  With a new found passion for floral knowledge, Jonathan began is journey towards becoming an AIFD Certified designer.  In 2016, he became an Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) and also became the Illinois Designer of the year for 2016. In July 2016, he was recognized by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) as  Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) and was inducted as a member of AIFD® in July 2017. 

    For the past two years, Jonathan has been a member of the ISFA Boot Camp Educational Team as a teaching Assistant.  He is also an active member of the Illinois State Florist Associations Board of Directors.

    In 2017, Jonathan took the position of floral and events designer at Walker's Bluff Winery located in scenic Southern Illinois.  He holds the title of "The Florist" at Walker's Bluff. 


    Julia Marie P. Schmitt AIFD, CFD, EMC, ICPF

    Julia Marie P. Schmitt, from Marceline, Missouri USA, began her floral career in 2008 when she started designing at her mother’s “retirement hobby flower shop.”  It did not take long for flowers to become her passion and her life and for the past 10 years, she and her mother have owned Busy Bee Florist & Gifts, a retail flower shop in rural Midwest America.  With her growing desire for creative design, she started her freelance business, Pualeialii Floral Expressions in 2015. 

    Understanding the importance of floral education, Julia began attending seminars and floral classes.  In 2013, she became an Illinois State Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) and in 2014 received her European Master’s Certificate (EMC).  In July 2016, she was recognized by The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD®) as a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) and was inducted as a member of AIFD® in July 2017.  
    In 2015, Julia became a member of the EMC Team.  She has traveled to around the United States, Canada and Europe giving presentations and workshops for EMC Trend Summits, EMC+ Programs, Fleuramour and at IPM-ESSEN, Germany.  As a member of the EMC Educational Team, she is also a Teaching Assistant, mentor, and is presently the EMC Educational Coordinator.  

    She is currently a member of the Illinois State Florist Association Bootcamp Educational team and an ISFA Board Member.  She has recently been named a Fleuramour Ambassador.  


     

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