2018 Presenter/Designer Info:
Jacob McCall AIFD, AAF, FSMD
— sponsored by FTD
Jacob McCall began his career in the floral industry more than 17 years ago. Over the years, he has worked in a retail flower shop, consulted on product design and developed and traveled throughout North and South America educating consumers and his peers. Jacob is known for his cutting-edge trends and color expertise.
No stranger to the world of floral design competition, Jacob represented the United States at the 2015 Interflora World Cup in Berlin, Germany, competing against 25 other countries. In 2014, he won the coveted Sylvia Cup at the SAF convention. Jacob also won the Sunshine Cup at the Florida State Florists Association convention in 2013. Competing against nine countries, he represented the United States in the 2011 America’s Cup in Brazil, taking first runner up. Prior to that, Jacob won the Iron Designer competition at the International Floriculture Expo for two consecutive years, 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, Jacob presented a main stage program at the AIFD National Symposium alongside FTD Education Consultant Deborah De La Flor AIFD. Jacob was inducted into the American Academy of Floriculture in 2012, as well as the prestigious AIFD in 2010.
Jacob was featured on the hit television show ‘Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?’ on the Style network. He has designed floral creations for celebrities including Tiger Woods, Grant Hill, Diana Ross and Jessica Simpson. Jacob was also selected to design the Christmas decor for the famous Peabody Hotel and the renowned Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL. Jacob’s enthusiasm for the floral industry is infectious, and his Southern charm adds to his down-home approach to sharing his talent with his peers.
Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD, PFCI — sponsored by BloomNet
With more than 25 years of experience and ownership of shops in Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina, Jackie Lacey possesses an extensive background of design, education, and the retail floral market. Formally holding the position of Vice President and Wedding & Event Specialist for a retail floral corporation, Jackie now utilizes his experience to provide education and instructional design programs, market showroom set-up, private consulting, and design and event planning.
Jackie’s experience and a strong passion for sharing his broad knowledge were the driving forces behind the demand of continued growth and education through multiple stage presentations for state floral associations and industry leaders in education such as Smithers-Oasis, John Henry Company, and primarily the lead design instructor of BloomNet’s Floriology Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
His design experience for national industry leaders, corporations, and collaboration in the development of pictorial and written publications is a testament to Jackie’s knowledge and expertise. His extensive travels across the United States and internationally allow designers from all backgrounds to interact with and benefit from their time with Jackie to perfect their craft.
Renato Cruz Sogueco
Business Instructor at Floriology Institute — sponsored by BloomNet
Renato serves as lead business educator at the Floriology Institute and Vice President of Digital Strategy at BloomNet where he develops digital products and services for network florists, and oversees the online brands and initiatives for BloomNet, NAPCO, World Flowers and the Floriology Institute.
He is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Society of American Florists (SAF) where he invested 20 years helping floral businesses adopt innovative technologies to thrive in the digital marketplace leveraging social media, search engine optimization, online advertising, shop automation and mobile. He is a frequent speaker at industry events sharing his expertise, writes a regular column in Floriology magazine and blog, and stays current of the latest technology, e-marketing and consumer trends that will impact floral business.
Stacey Carlton AIFD, CFD
FTD Education Consultant — sponsored by Bloomnet
Stacey is a second generation floral designer and educator residing in Chicago. Her extensive educational journey is supported by her life-long training in floristry, horticulture, and visual arts. Inducted into The American Institute of Floral Designers in 2010, she is an internationally published artist most recently in the highly coveted 2016/2017 International Floral Art Book by Stitching Kunstboek. Stacey is celebrating a three year consecutive win from Fusion Flower Magazine’s International Designer of the Year competition with four medals in 2016.
Her freelance work has taken her across the country to different markets of the industry most notably in California designing for elite clientele in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Barbara, and Montecito. As the owner of The Flora Culturist she prefers to demonstrate her natural modern design aesthetic in large scale installations, wedding and event decor, visual editorials, floral fashion, and street art. Stacey is passionate about advancing the artistry of the floral and horticulture industry by supporting design education and encouraging individual style and techniques.
Darla Pawlak AIFD, CFD, PFCI — sponsored by Teleflora
Darla Pawlak AIFD, CFD, PFCI is widely recognized in the floral industry for her creative talens and design skills. Her industry experiences are very diversified and encompass many facets, such as judging floral design, commentating, instructing floral workshops, and organizing and presenting programs at numerous industry events and conventions.
An active member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, Darla had the privilege of presenting a program at AIFD’s National Symposium in Chicago in 2014. In 2007, Darla became a member of Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI), the prestigious group of floral commentators.
Darla’s designs have been featured in many books, magazines, and other publications including Flowers& Magazine, numerous floral selection guides, and the John Henry wedding and sympathy books. She is a member of Teleflora’s acclaimed team of Education Specialists and has shared her talents and presented programs extensively throughout the United States and Canada. She is dedicated to education within the industry. Her passion for flowers is not only enthusiastic but also contagious.
Darla currently works in China where she is responsible for product development and design for a large international company. When not traveling, Darla also works as a freelance designer for a large event company.
Jenny Scala — sponsored by Society of American Florists
Jenny is the director of marketing and communications for the Society of American Florists. In addition to being responsible for communications about the associations marketing programs and the floral industry’s speakers bureau, she coordinates the industry’s longest running, live national annual floral design contest, the Sylvia Cup Design Competition. With nearly 20 years experience with SAF, Jenny talks with the flower growers, florists and floral designers from all across the country and around the world and has participated in floral efforts decorating Presidential Inauguration events.