2015 MFA Convention Oct. 2nd -4th Great Falls, MT
Hilton Garden Inn
“The MFA Board is working hard to bring some new, fun changes to this year’s Convention. Being centrally located in the state of Montana it is our hope that more shops will be able to attend these three days of learning, networking and buying. Join us Friday night Oct. 2nd, on the Historic Great Falls Trolley, to tour Great Falls' MFA Member Shops. Saturday Oct. 3rd, come for the 4 Mini Workshops that will take place and Sunday Oct. 4th come see Ian Prosser, AIFD, show us how to take the "Everyday Ordinary and make it Everyday EXTRAORDINARY!” Come have an extraordinary Convention this year! -Kari Johnson, MFA Secretary
“From Everyday Ordinary to Everyday EXTRAORDINARY!”
Ian Prosser AAF, AIFD, CFD, NDSF, PFCI
FTD Education Consultant
“From Everyday Ordinary to Everyday Extraordinary” is the perfect program to rid yourself from “designing in a rut.” This creative program will explore design techniques that will separate you from the ordinary with style and expression, and help ensure that your customers will keep coming back for more time and time again."
Queen Elizabeth. Grace Ormonde. Tom Cruise. Katie Holmes. John Lynch. Kirstie Alley.
Ian Prosser’s list of accolades and achievements runs long and he continues to be a leader in the floral industry worldwide. Ian takes on each event personally with the utmost creativity and care, making him one of the most sought-after floral designers in the world.
Ian started his career more than 30 years ago and has owned successful floral shops in Scotland and Tampa, FL. His current business, Botanica International Design & Décor Studio in Tampa, FL, designs events internationally. In 2012, Ian Prosser Productions was established, expanding Ian’s design division for creative events.
Ian’s most recent achievements include being named the recipient of the 2012 Paul Ecke Jr. Award by the Society of American Florists (SAF) and receiving the 2011 Wedding Innovator of the Year Award by Rockstar Wedding Planner. In 2010, Ian was awarded Designer of the Year at the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards and he won the prestigious Sylvia Cup at the 2007 SAF Convention. Also in 2007, Ian was inducted into the Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI). Ian’s most prized successes include the invitations by SAF to serve as the Floral Design Chairperson for the second inauguration of President George W. Bush and to design the inaugural decorations for President Bill Clinton.
Ian was inducted into the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) in 1994 and the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 1992. He has also been a featured presenter at AIFD National Symposia. Ian earned his National Diploma of the Society of Floristry, the highest European honor in floral design, and was the youngest person to receive the honor of Floral Designer of the Year in Scotland.
Rebecca Engum…Great Falls Development Authority
"Every business is a specific combination of beautifully strategic interwoven pieces, much like the perfect floral arrangements you make each day. Managing your business is simply combining each piece with the other in an orchestrated way that makes money. During this presentation, learn the delicate relation of pricing to costs and market; of marketing messages to your income, your brand to employees and new customers to current customers. You will also be entertained with stories about business operation that will give you tips to be more successful in what you do."
Rebecca Engum has been coaching businesses in every stage of growth in every stage of their lifecycle for over 10 years. During her coaching career, she has worked with businesses in every industry on topics that include systems improvement, financial analysis, market research and goal setting. Rebecca has presented on topics related to Social Media, Employee Coaching, Conducting marketing research, inventory management and more. Rebecca is an Economic Development Finance Professional, a Certified Export and Trade Counselor, the 2011 Montana Small Business Development Center State Star, is a Certified Workforce Development Professional, an accomplished instructor for The Pacific Institute Investment in Excellence and Thought Patterns for High Performance 3.0 curricula, an Economic Development Finance Professional, is a Certified GrowthWheel Coach, and a certified facilitator for the Edward Lowe PeerSpective Roundtable system.
Hands On Designer
Lindsey Peterson, AIFD…more info coming soon!
2015 Convention Agenda*
*subject to changes
Fri Oct. 2nd
to be announced
Sat Oct. 3rd
to be announced
Sun Oct. 4th
to be announced