Originally from Ohio, Dean has lived in Ecuador since 1998 working for E.G. Hill Company, Inc, International Rose Breeders, LLC, and Jan Spek Rozen, breeding and introducing new greenhouse rose varieties.
As a Certified Association Executive, Michael has extensive experience managing trade associations and societies in various industries including serving as CEO for the California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers) since 2013, and over 3 decades of serving on various boards of directors and advisory boards.
Joaquin is a native of Colombia, where he resides today, while spending considerable time in the U.S.A., Latin American, and other important cut flower growing regions. Joaquin was educated at McGill University in Montreal and has spent his professional career in the floral industry at Ball SB LLC, a joint venture with the Ball Horticulture company. Joaquin is proud to connect the floral industry with this important tribute to veterans and their families.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Robin has five family members interred at Arlington National Cemetery. He has been growing avocados and summer flowers on his farm in Ecuador since 1989, and has been deeply involved in the flower industry these last 30 years.
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Renato and his boy Scout son, Rafael, have been involved with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation since its inception in 2012. Renato is also the local coordinator for the Memorial Day Weekend event at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.
Born in South Korea, raised in Saudi Arabia, and schooled in New England, Johan has settled in Miami to work in the floral industry.
His respect and gratitude toward veterans brought him in alignment with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, joining in 2014 to help coordinate logistics and processing.
Brenda Gray Reny is the Wealth Market Leader for Greater Boston and Rhode Island for TD Private Client Group. A native of Washington, D.C., Brenda has lived in Boston for the past 38 years, and is a proud mother of three sons.
Latam Flower Procurement – The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation
After graduating from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito, Sophia worked in media and public relations observing how the flower industry positively changes thousands of lives. Now she coordinates the procurement of flowers from South America working alongside other members of The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to distribute roses and bouquets to cemeteries and retailers across the nation.
Flower Specialist – PRO Ecuador
Carolina received her BA in International Business from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. She is currently the Flower Specialist for the Ecuadorian Export Promotion Agency, PRO Ecuador helping growers of all sizes find markets throughout the world.
Advisor – The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation
Previously the Executive Director of WF&FSA, a well-established floral industry association, Trish was instrumental in expanding the Memorial Day tribute to over 200 florists. Trish continues to advise and support the Foundation. Every year she participates at the Arlington National Cemetery handing out flowers to visitors.
Marketing Director – Ball SB
Marketing Director at Ball SB, a company specializing in breeding new varieties of ornamental flowers, Lourdes finds The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation the best way to “honor those who have given their life so that we can live in a safe thriving world.”
CEO – Armellini Logistics
As CEO of Armellini Logistics, Stephen proudly provides the transport that moves all the flowers from Miami to Arlington National Cemetery for the Memorial Day Weekend homage to the fallen heroes. “Memorial Day Flowers has now become an annual tradition for the Armellini family.”
Marketing Director – Chrysal USA
As Marketing Director for Chrysal USA, Mimi is a proud co-organizer of the Memorial Day Flowers event at the South Florida National Cemetery. “Our company believes in supporting those who have served, as well as the families who have carried the burden for that service.”
Sales Director – JetFresh Flowers
Ryan is currently the Sales Director for JetFresh Flowers in Miami. His family has owned the flower importer since 2012, and have been avid supprters of The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, contributing over 10,000 roses for each Memorial Day weekend at Arlington National Cemetery.
Media Relations Director – The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation
Having experienced the death of a loved one on active duty, Ami is part of the gold star family, surviving her brother, U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Neiberger, KIA in Iraq in 2007 at age 22. With another brother currently serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves and a nephew an active duty Coast Guard officer, Ami is proud to serve as the Meida Relations Director for the Foundation.
CEO / GM – Dramm and Echter Farms
Mike has spent over two decades in the floral industry, currently serving as CEO and General Manager for Dramm and Echter Farms. His tenure represents the third generation for his family in the flower business.
Assistant Scount Master – Troop 967
Native of the Washington, D.C. area, Abraham is the Director of Technical Operations or ATA LLC. When not staring at a computer monitor, Abe and his son enjoy hiking, fly fishing, and hunting. A very active member of the Boy Scouts of America, Abe currently serves as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 976.