Together We Bloom Convention

Flower Chopped –The MFA Pro-Am Tournament! 

Live and in full color…the Michigan Floral Association’s version of the Food Network’s popular “Chopped” program. MFA, together with floral industry suppliers, will bring you the thrills and chills of ‘floral” reality TV.

Don’t Miss The Fun – Click here for link to download Great Lakes Floral Expo brochure or for online registration link

Presented by Doug Bates, AIFD, CF, CFD
Sponsored by DWF



Friday, March 4, 2016
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Steelcase Ballroom B

Experienced designers will be paired with folks who, although they work in the industry, have no design experience! Watch, as on stage, the novice designers are coached to create, stunning, literally one of a kind floral works of art.
The 2016 Flower Chopped designers are Mike Romansik, FloraCraft Corporation; Mark Anderson, FloristWare, Brent Atwill, Flower Shop Network, Tony Vear, Mains Importing, and Joe Clifford, Regency Group Insurance/MHI Fund.

Doug_BatesDOUG BATES, AIFD, CF, CFD, has presented design shows to florists in Michigan and Indiana and was the Michigan Floral Association 2012 Designer of the Year. He has been an active member of MFA for many years. In 2015 he won the Academy division of the MFA design contest. This year he was inducted into AIFD. He and his wife Karen own Designs by Vogts in Sturgis, MI.

Find Out Who Wins – Click Here for more information and to sign up Today

GLFE Special Event

Friday Night Entertainment Together We Laugh

Brad Tassell has spent more than two decades bringing hilarious comedy 
to many parts of the globe. From the UK and Britain’s Got Talent, to his own Las Vegas show at the Rio, his programs are critically acclaimed and audience favorites. He also spends his time flying around the world for Carnival Cruise Lines and can be seen on the PBS syndicated show The Friday Zone. An award winning author and educator, he has a Masters in Behavioral Science and will bring his Pinnacle award winning motivational comedy show which uses humor and a counselor’s point of view to GLFE.

Be there Friday night, 10:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Steelcase Ballroom B.

Sponsored by DWF and MHIFund


Don’t miss the Friday Night Entertainment


“Together We Bloom” – Time to Share

Come to share ideas by bringing a printed copy of a unique idea that has worked well for you. This can be anything from marketing ideas, displays, special offers and/or designs. The session will be a moderated format with an open floor discussion on these ideas along with time to ask questions and even grow the ideas. After the Expo, participants will receive an email containing all the ideas shared at this session. Don’t miss out on what are sure to be winning ideas from our own members.

Moderated by Kevin Adamo

Sponsored by the MHIFund



Friday, March 4, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Steelcase Ballroom B

Don’t forget to sign up…“Together We Bloom!”


Hand Held Bouquets:

FFA Student Certification Test Preparation

Presented by Angela Christie, CF
Sponsored by the MHIFund


Friday, March 4, 2016
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Steelcase Ballroom A, Classroom 1

Bring your own tools. Additional fees apply. 
As you begin your floral artistry career it is important to have teachers who will guide you along the way. Having a “hand to hold” while learning technique and creating your own style is very important. Come learn how to make a beautiful “hand held” bouquet and prepare for the FFA certification test.

Angela_ChristieANGELA CHRISTIE, CF, has been artistic her entire life. She seized the opportunity to hone her creative talents by becoming part of the floral industry. She has been a floral designer for over 14 years, currently working for Boyne Avenue Floral and Greenhouse in Boyne City, MI. Having previously been a part of the EXPO Certified Florist display, she is pleased to be a presenter at EXPO 2016.

Be prepared for the FFA Student Certification Test with this class – Sign Up Today