GRAND RAPIDS, usa: Del Demaree, Jr, AAF, was honored recently by the Michigan Floral Foundation. The well-respected floral industry leader was inducted into the MFF Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Lansing, Michigan.
While he was unable to attend due to surgery, his acceptance speech was shown via YouTube. He noted that the award was a “fantastic, humbling honor…I am a simple but lucky guy”. The award was accepted by his daughter Laura Shinall, president of Syndicate Sales, Kokomo, Indiana.
Demaree’s parents founded the company. As a second generation owner, he took the firm to new heights expanding its product line to include among other things Hoosier Glass, Candlelite Cardette, and Aquafoam. Syndicate was the first company to use barcode shipping, adding a new level of transparency and accountability into the supply chain. He also pushed Syndicate to become among the first in the industry to implement online ordering.
Demaree has served the industry in many capacities including Society of American Florists president and treasurer for the Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association. Among his many awards are the American Institute of Floral Designers Award of Merit, WF&FSA’s Leland T. Kintzele Distinguished Service Award and Michigan Floral Association Wholesaler Tradesman of the Year. In 2015 he was inducted into the Society of American Florists Floriculture Hall of Fame.
The dinner was sponsored by Design Master Color Tool, Kennicott Brothers Company, and Teleflora.