About Us
Louisiana Wholesale Florists, Inc. was founded in 1961 to service the floral needs of the growing community of florists in Louisiana. Bill Broussard, Joel Hebert and Jim Durio were key players in forming this co-operative organization. They recruited a Board of Directors consisting of themselves, Hazel Gosselin, Vincent Drago, Paul Boagni, L.J. Hines, Hattie Martin, Mrs. Lynn Daughenbaugh, Harry Mey, Jr., and Leila Graham. Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Stock Certificates were approved and signed. All the florists in the area were then invited to a stock subscription drive meeting. Mr. James "Red” Darby agreed to sign on as the first Manager of the Co-Operative.
 
In 1962, Mr. Merlin Leger was hired as the General Manager of the Co-Op. Mr. Leger continues to serve in this capacity today. Michael "Mike” Howerton is the Manager of the Lafayette location. Anthony Ashy is the Lafayette Store Assistant Manager.  Mike, Anthony, and Pam Cotham are the Purchasing Agents for the Fresh Flower division. Pam also assists Kayla Trahan and Bobbie Breaux in the Sales department. Kathy Trahan is the Purchasing Agent for all hard goods. Cindy Comeaux is the Business Manager.  (Click here for contact information to the Lafayette store)
 
A second warehouse was opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1970. Richard "Rick" Hill is the store manager.  Ann Lemoine is the Hard Good Buyer.  Kristy Davis is the Purchasing Agent for the Fresh Flower division at the Baton Rouge location. Rick and Kristy assist Bob DeArmond, Betty Jo Smith, and J.W. Smith in the Sales department.  (Click here for contact information to the Baton Rouge store)
 
The current members of the Board of Directors for LA Wholesale Florists, Inc. are as follows: Harry "Bubba” Mey III, President; Doug Wax, Vice President; Anne Sattler, Secretary; Todd Steele, Treasurer; Kerney Broussard, Sam Marino, Mike Johnson, Melanie Ourso, Rodney Nero, Emmet "Johnny" Martin, Jeff Manuel, and Annie Venable are Board Members.

   

 

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