The Syndicate team is still on cloud nine as we continue to celebrate the induction of our very own Del Demaree into the Society of American Florists Floriculture Hall of Fame; we had a fun Syndicate family celebration last week in his honor at our headquarters! Del was inducted at the SAF Conference on Amelia Island this past month, and we could not be more excited or proud. You can read about his contributions to the floral industry and his full biography here on SAF’s official press release, but we want to highlight these few phrases:
Most second-generation business owners build on the achievements of their predecessors. But when Del Demaree Jr., AAF, took over the family business, it had fallen on hard times and was just getting by. Through hard work, persistence and dogged determination, Demaree took the company to heights the first generation would never have dreamed of.
During his career, Demaree often said his goal was to sell more flowers to more people more often, and he has worked tirelessly toward that goal his entire career — even back when he, his brother and his cousin were packing Aquapics behind the grain shed on the family farm.
Throughout his career, Demaree has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to give back to the industry through participation in SAF, Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association (WF&FSA), the American Floral Endowment (AFE) and many other associations and organizations.
He was SAF’s president from 1981 to 1983 where he worked on the national Floraboard marketing program and dedicated hours to making Grandparents Day a flower-buying occasion. Demaree also served on several SAF committees, most notably the Government Relations Committee where he was active in policy development. And Demaree has been an active participant in SAF’s Congressional Action Days, almost since its inception.
In addition, throughout his career Demaree has dedicated extensive time and effort on community endeavors earning him recognition from groups such as the United Way, the Kokomo Mayor’s Advisory Council, the YMCA and the Howard County Hall of Legends.
Demaree is a 1985 recipient of the Chancellors Award from Indiana University at Kokomo and has served on the University board of advisors. He also has been a member of the Kokomo Symphonic Board of Trustees and served on countless other boards in his community.
As expected, the conference was fun, educational, and inspirational. Getting together with all of our friends in floral to learn and grow is one of our favorite things to do. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did – here are a few of our favorite moments from the week!
And lastly – in honor of Del, a look back at Syndicate’s story starting back in 1800 before the company was founded at the Great Western Pottery Works building in Kokomo, Indiana!