Karin is a professional photographer living in Carlinville IL. She and her husband Roger have built a successful photography business called TenSixteen Photography which photographs weddings and high school seniors in the metro St.Louis area and beyond. Karin's work has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine, Metropolitan Bride, St.Louis Bride, Style Me Pretty, Rangefinder Magazine, and she was voted one of the top High School Senior Photographers in the St.Louis area by her peers.
Frank Feysa, AIFD CFD PFCI
Frank has been involved in many facets of the floral industry for more than 30 years, as a retail shop owner, event designer, educator and commercial print designer. Frank currently serves as a Design Director for the Smithers Oasis Company in Kent, Ohio and is also teaching Commercial and Contemporary Floral Design at Ohio State University. Frank’s work has been featured in many industry publications and design shows, both nationally and internationally. He was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2002 and has been active on both the regional and national level. In 2014 Frank chaired the American Institute of Floral Designers Symposium in Chicago, Transition Transformation and currently serves as AIFD Vice President. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Hiram College and has a lifelong interest in orchid cultivation and breeding, achieving accredited judge status from the American Orchid Society in 1995.
Jacob McCall AIFD, AAF, FSMD
Jacob McCall began his career in the floral industry more than 17 years ago. Over the years, he has worked in a retail flower shop, consulted on product design and development and traveled throughout North and South America educating consumers and his peers. Jacob is known for his cutting-edge trends and color expertise.
No stranger to the world of floral design competition, Jacob represented the United States at the 2015 Interflora World Cup in Berlin, Germany, competing against 25 other countries. In 2014, he won the coveted Sylvia Cup at the Society of American Florists (SAF) Convention. Jacob also won the Sunshine Cup at the Florida State Florists’ Association Convention in 2013. Competing against nine countries, he represented the United States in the 2011 America’s Cup in Brazil, taking first runner up. Prior to that, Jacob won the Iron Designer Competition at the International Floriculture Expo for two consecutive years, 2011 and 2010.
In 2012, Jacob presented a main stage program at the AIFD National Symposium alongside FTD Education Consultant Deborah De La Flor AIFD. Jacob was inducted into the American Academy of Floriculture in 2012, as well as the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2010.
Jacob was featured on the hit television show Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? on the Style network. He has designed floral creations for celebrities including Tiger Woods, Grant Hill, Diana Ross and Jessica Simpson. Jacob was also selected to design the Christmas décor for the famous Peabody Hotel and the renowned Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL. Jacob’s enthusiasm for the floral industry is infectious, and his Southern charm adds to his down-home approach to sharing his talent with his peers.
Helen Miller AIFD, CF, CAFA
Helen Miller AIFD, CF, CAFA has owned a successful retail florist shop in Adrian, Michigan for over thirty years. Combining her love of nature and the 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. She was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and the Canadian Academy of Floral Art (CAFA) in 1997. She currently teaches floral design at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has traveled to Germany to study European Designs for Weddings with the world renowned, Gregor Lersch.
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 2015 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.
She is a proud member of Teleflora’s prestigious team of Education Specialists
Jonathan Reiman CFD, ICPF
Julia Marie P Schmitt CFD, ICPF, EMC
Julia 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. Shortly after, she became partners with her mother and for the past nine years, they have owned Busy Bee Florist & Gifts which serves rural Marceline, Missouri and the surrounding communities. With her growing desire for creative design, she started her freelance business, Pualeialii Floral Expressions in 2015.
Understanding the importance of floral education and its role in her desire to challenge herself and aspire to “think outside the box”, 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). Driven to further her floral skills, she enrolled as a PFDE candidate in the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD®). In July 2016, she was recognized by AIFD® as a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) and will be inducted as a member of AIFD® in July 2017.
From 2015 to 2016, Julia travelled with the EMC Team to Canada, Europe and around the United States giving presentations for EMC Trend Summits, EMC Plus Programs as well as creating floral displays for the European Floral Exhibit Fleuramour in Alden Biesen, Belgium. Hoping to share her experience and help other ambitious floral designers realize their dreams, Julia began helping mentor EMC students in 2015 as they worked toward their EMC certification. She is also assisting the Illinois State Floral Association’s continuing education “Boot Camp” Program as a Teaching Assistant “in-training”.
John Windisch AIFD, CFD
John has over 40 years in the floral industry. Starting a small shop in Sandwich Il in 1975. Mostly greenhouse and produce turned into a lifetime career. His love for flowers in the garden and arranging them grew into the career he has today. Lifetime dream of becoming accepted into AIFD came true in 2004. Same year he won Land of Lincoln at ISFA convention and received the first Bill Blythe Award for continuing education in the floral industry. He speaks at many garden clubs and AG services across northern Illinois. Now he works at Kennicott Floral Supply as a supply rep and does design shows for them
sponsored by AIFD North Central
Derek C. Woodruff AIFD CFD CF PFCI
Derek C. Woodruff AIFD CFD CF PFCI launched his career in artistic floral design at the young age of 16. He initially studied the trade at Jackson Area Career Center where he became certified by the Michigan Floral Association (CF). He also studied floral design at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University, and then with the American Institute of Floral Designers. His early experience in the retail floral setting allowed him to learn the business and hone his technical skills, which prepared him for creating his own floral design business in 2009, Floral Underground. Armed with his passion, unique style, and abilities, Derek has since earned the prestigious appellations of AIFD, CFD and PFCI.
In addition to achieving this recognition by professional organizations, Derek’s love of a good challenge has won him many titles in floral design competitions including the distinguished Chuck Bannow Award, Michigan Floral Association Designer of the Year (2011 and 2014), the AIFD’s celebrated Bobbi Cup (2012 and 2014) as well as claiming grand prize of the industry’s leading competition: The Sylvia Cup in 2016. Derek also had the unique and fortunate experience of being a finalist as a competitor on The Arrangement, a reality floral design competition show on the LOGO network.
Derek has also hosted a floral design web series produced by Syndicate Studios, where he demonstrates his techniques for creative and artistic floral designs and provides tips for using popular and new materials introduced by Syndicate Sales, a key producer of distinctive containers and supplies for the floral industry. In addition to the web series, Derek sits on Syndicate’s Design Team. His vision on the Team helps to set the trend for new products and keeps Derek at the forefront of the industry.
Randy Wooten AIFD, PFCI, GMF
Randy Wooten has over a decade of experience in the floral industry. He is the fourth generation owner and lead designer at Delorice’s Florist in Douglas, Georgia and is also active in the advancement of the floral industry. Randy educates his peers at various design shows and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Chapter of AIFD.
Brilliant in both business and design, Randy has received multiple awards throughout his career. In 2012, the Georgia State Florists’ Association presented him with the 2012 Retailer of the Year award. In 2010, he became a member of the Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI), after being inducted to the American Institute of Floral Designers(AIFD) in 2009. He has also received the 2009 Dick Timmons Service Award and the 2006 Designer of the Year award from the Georgia State Florists’ Association. His passion for the floral industry is deeply rooted in education, which he believes is the key to the survival of the industry.