Lafayette Businessman Brian Wheat Inducted Into
American Academy Of Floriculture

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Oct. 5, 2009 — Brian Wheat, chief executive officer of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Greenhouses, Inc., a third-generation family business in Lafayette, Colo., has been named to the prestigious ranks of the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) of the Society of American Florists (SAF). This year’s honorees were officially inducted at SAF Phoenix 2009, the association's 125th Annual Convention.

A retailer with 26-years of industry experience, Wheat is a member of the Colorado Retail Florists Association, Colorado Nurseryman’s Association, Colorado Greenhouse Growers Association, and Garden Centers of Colorado. His industry articles have been featured in Floral Management magazine. Wheat also produces a weekly cartoon “The Flower Guy,” that appears online and in the local newspaper.

Called upon often as a local garden expert, Wheat sponsors a garden radio talk show and has enjoyed guest hosting on occasion. He also serves as a resource for regional newspapers and speaks nationally. Wheat shares his passion for the industry by opening his operations to floriculture students at Colorado State University, promoting Colorado-grown greenhouse products, and by advocating for industry issues on a local, state and national level.

Wheat is a past president and current board member of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Coal Creek Rotary Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He developed the award-winning Xeric Rotary Garden in Louisville, Colorado, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary.

Among his many honors, Wheat was named the Wholesale Florists & Florists Suppliers Association (WF&FSA) Retail Florist of the Year in 2003, Airman of the Year, Sam Walton Business Leader, Rotarian of the Year, a Rotary Paul Harris fellow, Good Samaritan Award, Chamber Champion, the VFW Community Award and the VFW Civic/Patriot Award.

Wheat served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force, and is a graduate of the Colorado State University Master Gardener Program.

Founded in 1965, the AAF seeks to encourage, measure and recognize professionals — retailers, wholesalers, growers, educators, scientists, designers and allied business people — who have committed their time and energy to the floral industry and their local communities.

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