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
Ace is currently busy working at a great store in Houston, and he is also busy with freelancing. He is active in the Allied Florists of Houston, currently serving on their board and enjoys doing stage programs and entering contests. He is a Texas Master Florist and was inducted into the AIFD family in 2015!
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.
Helen Miller AIFD, CF, CAFA
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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
Katy Selmi AIFD, ICPF
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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