Great Lakes Floral Expo 2013: The Floral Olympics

Mar 01st - All Day
Mar 02nd - All Day
Mar 03rd - All Day

2013 Highlights

Rod Crittenden and the volunteers at the Michigan Floral Association have put together another great schedule for 2013. Some of the highlights include...


5 Main Stage Design Shows


Friday Night

  • Carolyn Clark Kurek AIFDOpening Ceremonies to the Floral Olympics - sponsored by DWF 


  • Jerome Raska AAF, AIFD, CF, PFCIMFA Designer of the Year run-off - sponsored by Teleflora, Smithers-Oasis, CCFC 
  • Frank Feysa AIFDColor Your World - sponsored by Smithers-Oasis


  • Julie Poeltler AIFD, CAFA, IMF, PFCIThe Balance Beam of Every Wedding Being Successful - sponsored byTeleflora
  • John Klingel AIFD, PFCIGreat Balls of Flowers: sponsored byFTD

7 Hands On Workshops



  • John Klingel AIFD, PFCIDesigning & Selling Today's Sympathy - sponsored by FTD 
  • Kim Herbers: FFA/Students, Grab & Go Designsponsored by Saginaw Valley Flower Exchange 


  • Julie Poeltler AIFD, CAFA, IMF, PFCI: Flowers Coming Down the Aisle! sponsored by Teleflora 
  • Carolyn Clark Kurek AIFD: Flirting with Fascinators 
  • Doug Bates CF: "Urn" More Sympathy Sales 


  • Frank Feysa: Wedding Bouquet Trends and Techniques - sponsored by Smithers-Oasis 
  • Carolyn Clark Kurek AIFDToday's Sympathy Designs  

9 Business Sessions



  • Rick Rivers and Derrick Myers: Extreme Flower Shop Makeover - sponsored by FloristWare & Crockett/Myers 


  • Jamie Adams: Using Social Media to Market Your Website - sponsored by Flower Shop Network 
  • Jacque Sir Louis: Wedding & Consumer Trends - sponsored by Smithers-Oasis 
  • Tim Huckabee, LOGICAL Way to Take Orders and Increase Profits - sponsored by BloomNet 


  • Bob Negen: The New Rules of Retailing-Embracing Change and Going for the Gold! - sponsored by Whizbang Training 
  • Bob Negen: Your Gold-Medal Staff; A Customer Focused, Service Driven, Selling Machine! - sponsored by Whizbang Training 
  • Bob Negen, Explode Your Sales; How to Get the Maximum Bang for Your Buck! - sponsored by Whizbang Training 
  • Jamie Adams: Lets Pin-You, Me & Pinterest - sponsored by Flower Shop Network 
  • Petra Marquart: The Power of Service - sponsored by BloomNet 

Industry Dinner Tour: Visit bokay by Eastern, Nordlie, Kennicott/Vans Floral Products & Fruitbasket Flowerland  


Design Contest: Academy, Professional & Student Divisions - sponsored by Teleflora, Smithers-Oasis, CCFC. Click here to request a design contest registration packet. 


Vendor Trivia on the Trade Show floor: play and win prizes!


Book Fair / Silent Auction Click here to request a Silent Auction donation form.  


West Michigan Home & Garden Show & More


For more information please visit the GLFE website or download the official GLFE 2013 brochure.