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   2010 WF&FSA Management Institute Scholarships Available
by Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association
Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 at 10:55AM EST

Two scholarships are available to the 2010 WF&FSA Management Institute to be held February 25-27, 2010 in Dallas, TX. Each of the scholarships is valued at over $700 and includes program registration fees and a two-night hotel stay.  

Applications for the 2010 Mike Garcia Scholarship and Laura Kantakis Scholarship are being accepted until January 1, 2010. Applying is easy. Each nominee writes a letter explaining why he or she wants to attend Management Institute. A representative from the nominee's company also submits a letter detailing the candidate's accomplishments. The top two applicants will be awarded the scholarships.  

The topic for the Management Institute is "Recession Optional, Sales Management Required". The instructor is Joe Ellers, author of "The Best Distribution Sales Book Ever", recently published by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. The course is designed for sales managers and branch managers. The Institute also includes small discussion groups with industry peers and a special night out to renew old friendships and make new ones.  

The Mike Garcia Scholarship is offered in honor of Mike Garcia, a past chairman of the former Young Executives Committee, and former president of Plus One Imports, a division of the Pete Garcia Company. It was created to recognize, encourage and reward exemplary service by an industry member who exhibits the enthusiasm, industry dedication and commitment to career achievement that were characteristic of Mike Garcia. Mike Garcia passed away in 1992.  

The Laura Kantakis Scholarship is offered in honor of Laura Kantakis, supply manager of Associated Wholesale Florist, Inc., Rochelle Park, N.J. Laura was a past chairman of the former Young Executives Committee from 1993-1994, and was named Young Executive of the Year for 1989-1990. The scholarship was created to remember Laura's inspiration, both professional and personal, as evidenced by the programs she created for her customers, her work on developing the WF&FSA "Growing Up With Flowers" program and through her personal commitment to continuous education. Laura Kantakis passed away in 2008.  

All letters must be received in the WF&FSA Office no later than January 1, 2010. Questions? Call 888-289-3372 or email to: khess@wffsa.org.  

Source: Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association

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