Luncheons in Northern California, Southern California and Arizona also proved popular with retailers and suppliers alike, and the Southern California expo in Anaheim once again attracted a large turnout among retailers and exhibitors, he said.
“It was the quickest year of my life,” Gallegos said of his term as council chairman. “You could never replace the opportunity to work side-by-side with so many key leaders.”
Mast said she anticipated an equally busy year.
She began her floral career as a part-time clerk at a Hughes Family Markets store 19 years ago. She moved through the ranks to become a supervisor and then a buyer. Through a consolidation process, she ended up working with industry icon Don Bonebrake, who headed the floral department at Ralphs Grocery Co.
When Stater Bros. needed a buyer for its newly created floral department eight years ago, Roger Schroeder, vice president of produce operations and Mast’s boss at Hughes, recommended her for the job.
Mast has been affiliated with the council since her first days in the industry. She has served on several committees and has been a member of the board of directors for five years.