I want to thank the Association for allowing me to be President and be part of an organization that not only gives knowledge and education back to its members but allows friendships to be formed.

Our education committee will continue to develop classes that reflect our industry and are beneficial to our members. Our scholarship programs are another benefit that our board is passionate about.  Both will continue and remain a tradition.

We hope to have several opportunities throughout the year to meet for education, as well as networking with individuals in our industry. I have been involved with many boards over the years and networking has allowed opportunities to come my way that otherwise would not have been recognized.  Networking together can provide a wealth of knowledge, and from this, long-term relationships are created that are priceless.

To our current members, and hopefully prospective new members, I assure you the intention of the board is to grow the Arkansas Florists Association without limits. We will stay focused on remaining a benefit to our members and stay current with industry standards. If there is anything I can do for any one of you, I encourage you to reach out to me.  I look forward to a successful year and I want to invite each one of you to participate, and more importantly, to become involved.

To A Great Year,

Chris Norwood, AIFD, CFD, PFCI
Tipton Hurst — Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas Florists Association — President 2019