Meet Our Team

Surrounded by creativity, our staff thrives in a dynamic culture that shares a passion for excellence and an appreciation for the beautiful things in life.
David Winston David Winston Ownership
Hi, I'm David.
Owner

Growing up immersed in the family business on Newbury Street, David learned to love flowers at an early age. He fondly recalls time spent helping with deliveries, cutting flowers and wiring pinecones while working in the shop after school. Among his favorite memories are buying trips with his father to local greenhouses, nurseries and the Boston flower market. Today, he continues the tradition of personally visiting each of our growers, from New England family farms to European exporters, maintaining longstanding relationships with them. He also regularly visits our retail shops, and works closely with the design team in the studio on the presentation of the shops and collections. He delights in finding unique products and new varieties to keep Winston Flowers on the cutting edge—always fresh and evolving, while staying true to our founding values.

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Ted Winston Ted Winston Ownership
Hi, I'm Ted.
Owner

Helping after school and during summer breaks in his family's shop on Newbury Street provided Ted with an invaluable hands-on education in all aspects of the flower business, from wholesale and operations to accounting and, what would become his forte, client relationships. He had many occasions to observe his father's knack for making people feel special, from giving a small child a rose to inviting the staff upstairs for family dinner after closing hour on Sundays, and those early lessons in customer service and team building continue to guide him today. Integrating cutting-edge technology with time-honored personal service, Ted has taken Winston's to a new level of excellence. Ever passionate about the client experience, he begins each day by asking, "What can we do today to make it even better?"

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Benjamin Newbold Benjamin Newbold Events
Hi, I'm Benjamin.
Creative Director of Events & Floral Design
  • With Winston Flowers since: February 2004
  • Favorite flower: I believe beauty can be found in both the flowers and foliage of most plants.
  • What impacts your way of thinking? Anything and everything could be the stimulus for how we design, and it should be ever-changing.

Having grown up on a farm in the Midwest, I gained an appreciation for hard work and the beauty of nature. I left the farm for an education in fine arts, which led me to many collaborations, including work in the theater. My evolution into an event designer has made it possible for me to combine my interest in art with my love of nature and what it produces—like the textural materials that are the foundation of what we create for our clients’ events.

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Tori Samuel Tori Samuel Events
Hi, I'm Tori.
Events Designer
  • With Winston Flowers since: February 2003
  • Favorite flower: Clooney ranunculus
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment: Working alongside floral artist Daniel Ost in Belgium.

Although I grew up surrounded by art and design, I never dreamed it would become my career. After spending three months with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming, I earned a degree in environmental science. Upon graduating, I became a part of the Beach Management Program in Nantucket, MA and soon found myself working for an event designer on the island in addition to this. In 2002, I moved to Boston and joined the events department at Winston Flowers. I love working with clients to bring their vision to life as well as making sure they enjoy the process of creating their one-of-a-kind event.

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Michael Ciano Michael Ciano Events
Hi, I'm Michael.
Events Designer
  • With Winston Flowers since: September 2011
  • Favorite season: Winter
  • What impacts your designs? Nature and extreme urban environments. 

I am a born Bostonian who began my career in New York City, where I spent close to two decades working with various upscale event design companies. As a longtime member of The New York Botanical Garden, I find horticulture to be both professionally and personally rewarding. In 2011, I returned to Boston, where I joined the Winston Flowers team. My design style ranges from classic to contemporary, all while keeping the client’s vision in mind. As an events designer, I’m thrilled to work on a wide variety of events from weddings and galas to smaller, more intimate affairs.

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Julio Sales Julio Sales Events
Hi, I'm Julio.
Events Designer
  • With Winston Flowers since? January 2014
  • Favorite flower: Orange clooney ranunculus
  • What impacts your way of thinking? Cultural and environmental influences help my creativity flow.

I was born and raised in Brazil, surrounded by the farms and mountains of Poços de Calda—also known as the City of Roses. In 1999, I decided to move to New York to pursue a career in floral design at the New York Botanical Garden. This led me to open my own floral design and wedding planning company in Stamford, CT. After years of establishing my reputation in the hospitality industry in Fairfield County, I decided to sell my company and join the award-winning team at Winston Flowers in Greenwich, CT. The transition to Winston Flowers was seamless and allowed me to expand my clientele as well as gain new experiences. It wasn’t long until I was invited to join the special events team in Boston, and I’m happy to have allowed my passion for flowers and design to take me to new places.

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Lise Pellegrin Lise Pellegrin Events
Hi, I'm Lise.
Floral Design Manager, New York City
  • With Winston Flowers since? 2006-2008 & 2014-2016
  • Favorite flower: All garden flowers with soft fragrance
  • What impacts your way of thinking? Color, perfume, art music—everything is connected, you just have to stop and appreciate it.

I worked as a floral designer in my native France for many years, but had never before considered doing so in the United States. That is, until some unexpected events made me feel as though a change was necessary. Around this time, one of my employers contacted me and suggested I go to Boston. Before that, I had contemplated moving to Belgium or Holland, but not the States. I first came to the city in February of 2006—I still remember it like it was yesterday. I had left the South of France where it was 85 degrees and arrived to below freezing temperatures. I quickly forgot about the cold as soon as I left the airport, however. I was on the Tobin Bridge and thought the view, the light…what a beautiful city; it was breathtaking. The first day I walked into the Winston Flowers & Garden location for my interview was the day I fell in love with this company. The product, the flowers, the containers, the people—it was like a dream come true. Now, as Winston Flowers expands into New York City, I’m proud to oversee the Floral Design team as we head into this exciting new market. I feel lucky to be able to bring my passion and expertise to our New York team and to our clients in Manhattan.

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Joe  Donahue Joe Donahue Events
Hi, I'm Joe.
Director of Events & Garden Design
  • With Winston Flowers since?  2003
  • Favorite season:  Autumn
  • Describe your floral style:  Textural
  • The most exciting part of my day at Winston Flowers is:  The uncertainty of what a day may hold. In my position, there's always a new challenge or opportunity… and I enjoy coming in each day to find out what's in store.

Details: For me, Winston Flowers is a family business in every sense of the title: my Mom used to manage the Hingham shop, I met my wife (a designer) here, my brother is a fellow coworker, and my sister helps during the busy holidays. I initially landed a part time job with our delivery department while studying Business Management at UMass Boston… and what started as a summer gig has turned into an unexpected 12-year career. In 2005, I came on full time in Delivery & Dispatch, and a few years later, I was approached to join the design group, where I served as a liaison between delivery and design as the Design Operations Coordinator. I enjoyed the challenges and pace of that kind of work, so from that point, I became the Assistant Design Manager, where I began handling our complex operations for major holidays like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and winter holiday installations. I thrive on logistics, troubleshooting, and love a good operational challenge, and I get to do all of this constantly in my job. Several years ago, I was promoted to Manager of Operations, and then again to my current position as Director of Events & Garden Design. In this role, I oversee all aspects of our special events and garden design installations, making sure these go off without a hitch, and the client is happy. But, what I love most about my role is managing my teams—I love seeing them succeed and I enjoy positioning people for growth and success within the company.

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Chelsea Smith Chelsea Smith Events
Hi, I'm Chelsea.
Event Operations Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since?  2010 and 2017
  • Favorite season:  Spring and autumn
  • Favorite flower:  Peonies
  • Did you know?  I considered being a chef! I come from a family of professional cooks and I love spending hours being creative in the kitchen.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  When the hours get long, I try to remember why we’ve been entrusted in the first place—the end result truly matters to someone and that is worth every bit of effort.

 

Details: I studied Interior Design at the Mount Ida College, School of Design. I spent a year honing my customer service skills in furniture retail before coming to Winston Flowers in 2010. I started as a Client Services Associate and progressed to Sales Coordinator followed by Events Coordinator. I went on to manage a high-end showroom at the Boston Design Center for United Marble Fabricators, then took on the unique opportunity to assist the Creative Director at Max Ultimate Foods. I was thrilled to return to Winston Flowers in January 2017 as the Event Operations Manager for a team that I already know and love. I’m constantly looking ahead to ensure every design we sell is well executed, from concept to installation. In my operations mind, if the team is efficient and the client is impressed, we have upheld the renowned aesthetic and quality synonymous with Winston Flowers.

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Sarah Bevis Sarah Bevis Events
Hi, I'm Sarah.
Senior Event Sales Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since:  January 2012
  • Favorite season:  Spring
  • Favorite flower:  Sweet pea
  • Did you know?  I am a total foodie and love everything J. Crew.
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  Being a part of the Destination Events Team. Some special locations that stand out are Aspen, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Washington D.C., and Nantucket. 

Detail: Hailing from Connecticut, I attended business school at UMass Amherst. While working for Salter Frieze Wedding & Special Events and Boston Common Magazine, I learned the ins and outs of the event industry—and taking that experience, I joined the Winston Flowers event team in 2012. I am attracted to working for a company that is forward thinking in events and floral design, as well as exceptional in customer service. I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind experiences for my clients and ensuring that each event will be one to remember.

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Paula Katsiroubas Paula Katsiroubas Events
Hi, I'm Paula.
Event Operations Specialist
  • With Winston Flowers since:  June 2014
  • Favorite flower:  Fuchsia anemones
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  I come up with my best ideas in the middle of the night… and often email them to myself when I’m sleeping! They’re always entertaining to read in the morning. 
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  When I receive a thank-you from a client after their event. I love knowing they were happy with our work!
Detail: Born and raised in Boston, I’ve always admired the impeccable work of Winston Flowers that I saw around town and beyond. For several years I worked in the event rental industry, where I collaborated with event planners and caterers from Boston and Cape Cod. Through these past work experiences, I became keenly aware of how powerful flowers are in making an event something truly spectacular. In my opinion, flowers are the life of the party… and I am ecstatic to be on a team that makes it happen so beautifully.
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Lydia McMullen Lydia McMullen Events
Hi, I'm Lydia.
Event Operations Specialist
  • Favorite flower:  Soft blush peony
  • Favorite season:  Spring and Autumn, especially in New England
  • Did you know?  I’ve been skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  I love the holidays at our Design Studio when it turns into a mix of winter wonderland and Santa’s workshop.

Detail: I earned my degree in Hospitality and Events Management and have been working in the hospitality field ever since. My career began at a lifestyle company that focused on event planning, interior design and fashion styling. Some highlights include attending New York Fashion Week, product styling pages of Northshore Magazine and coordinating various New England weddings. I transitioned to Winston Flowers to be closer to the city and to work in an environment where the “special services” treatment is applied to each and every client—one of my very favorite things about this company!

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Julia  Zimmer Julia Zimmer Events
Hi, I'm Julia .
Event Operations Coordinator
  • With Winston Flowers since? October 2017
  • Favorite flower: Sweet pea
  • What impacts your way of thinking? Forward thinking. I am always trying to find a more efficient yet practical way of doing things.
I’ve always been drawn to event production—both of my parents worked in the events industry in Boston when I was growing up. After graduating with a degree in management from The University of Massachusetts, I worked in retail management, where I focused on the operations process, as well as providing exemplary customer service. Eventually, I combined my events heritage with my retail management experience to join the Winston Flowers team as the event operations coordinator. What I love most about my role is being able to watch someone’s vision come to life through the entire process, knowing that I played a role in an event well executed. Of course, being surrounded by the most beautiful floral designs every day doesn’t hurt!
 
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Mallory Dixon Mallory Dixon Events
Hi, I'm Mallory.
Sales & Events Specialist, Greenwich, CT
  • With Winston Flowers since?  March 2012
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Coral charm peonies and native lilac
  • Did you know?  I’ve worked at four out of the seven Winston Flowers shops.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  Collaborating with creative people.
Detail: After graduating with a background in public relations and studio fine arts, I decided to pursue a creative environment where my career could flourish and grow—and Winston Flowers was just the right place. Not only have I been able to explore new roles within the company over the years, I’ve also had the opportunity to work at four of our seven shop locations, expanding my network of clients beyond my hometown of Greenwich. Moving to Boston allowed me to see the impact Winston Flowers has on the community and connect with generations of clients and friends. After years of immersing myself in Winston Flowers’ roots, I felt it was time to bring my enthusiasm back to our Greenwich clientele—and I’m so glad to be back in the hustle and bustle of Greenwich Avenue!
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Cori Sharp Cori Sharp Sales
Hi, I'm Cori.
Director of Business Development
  • With Winston Flowers since: 1996
  • Favorite flower: Peonies and lily of the valley
  • What impacts your way of thinking? I’m a visual person, so I often find inspiration from beautiful photography.

I began my career at Winston Flowers as an intern while studying at Northeastern University and immediately recognized it was an ideal fit. Early on, my time was spent in the client services department and as a marketing coordinator. As the company grew, I grew with it. I then worked on the human resources team for a few years until an opportunity to become an account executive surfaced in 2004. I loved traveling throughout the Greater Boston area, meeting with clients face-to-face and creating beautiful designs and spaces for them. In 2006, I was promoted to director of sales, and, most recently, as the director of business development. I'm thrilled to work on our clients' most important events and manage an incredible team. Most of all, I love helping people succeed and grow within the company, just like I did.

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Greg Mastroianni Greg Mastroianni Sales
Hi, I'm Greg.
Director of Client Relations
  • With Winston Flowers since:  August 1996
  • Did you know?  I am an Olympic fanatic. 
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  Mother Nature: whatever it is that I am doing, I always find a way to incorporate something natural and beautiful.
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  My wedding day. Winston Flowers literally transformed my venue into a magical oasis of elegance, flowers and glowing candlelight. My guests are still talking about it… 
Detail: Client service is my passion—and it’s something I’ve been refining every day since I began my career in the hospitality industry and throughout my eighteen years at Winston Flowers. During that time, I’ve lead my concierge staff to redefine full service and provide our clients with a world class array of services including personal shopping, custom floral and gourmet gifts. I specialize in creating one-of-a-kind client experiences that exceed expectations and turn the ordinary into extraordinary.
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James Reardon James Reardon Sales
Hi, I'm James.
Senior Account Executive
  • With Winston Flowers since:  November 1997
  • Favorite flower:  Chrysanthemum 
  • Did you know?  I like art, travel and adventure. The people of French Polynesia charm me and the pace of New York City thrills me. I prefer the high and the low to anything in the middle. 
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  Creating beauty with a great team of wonderfully talented people, celebrating life’s moments. 
Detail: Twenty years of experience at Winston Flowers and a strong sense of dedication and loyalty are key to assisting my clients in making the right decisions. Every detail, great or small, is tended to with care—and the goal is always the same: perfection. Originally from the Boston area and a graduate of the school at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, I have strong ties to the community and a love of the creative process.
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Jennifer Holden Jennifer Holden Sales
Hi, I'm Jennifer.
Account Executive
  • With Winston Flowers since:  2001
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Native lilac because I love the scent. Also, I love all fresh herbs!
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  My background as an events designer and being surrounded by creativity and beauty all day.
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  My favorite moments are the ones I share with my colleagues, as we are truly one big family. It’s nice to work in an environment with so many people you can call friends!
Detail: I began working with Winston Flowers in 2001 as a floral designer for the events team, where I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process to bring my clients’ visions to life. In 2005, I joined our outside sales team as an account executive, serving a varied circle of clients that include corporate, residential, hotel properties, event planning professionals and caterers. While my design background serves me well in understanding my clients’ needs; I truly am a relationship person… I love taking care of my clients, making them feel special and exceeding their expectations. There’s nothing better than providing them with a memorable experience.
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Scott  Bosse Scott Bosse Sales
Hi, I'm Scott.
Residential Sales Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since: April 2016
  • Favorite flower: I won’t commit to one type. I love them all!
  • What impacts your way of thinking? Taking risks and stepping outside your comfort zone in order to grow and live beyond your potential.
My love for hospitality and nature can be traced to a young age. I have fond memories of waiting on customers and taking care of the plants at the amusement park my family owned and operated. Fast-forward to chasing my dreams on the West Coast, I was able to work in and manage some of the most sought after luxury entertainment venues in the country. After returning to the East Coast, I worked as the Director of Marketing and Sales at a floral company in Maine—it wasn’t long until I set my sights on Winston Flowers. I joined the company in 2016, where I began my journey with a role on the design team. Soon after, I combined my knowledge of design with my passion for luxury hospitality into a role on the Sales team, where I nurtured existing and future client relationships. Now, as the residential sales manager, I’m excited to help clients create natural beauty in their environment, all while providing perfectly executed, top-tier service.  
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Nick  Dalton Nick Dalton Sales
Hi, I'm Nick .
Client Relationship Manager, New York City
  • With Winston Flowers since: March 2018
  • Favorite flower: Ranunculus & lilac—it’s the romance in both.
  • What impacts your way of thinking? I always try to outdo and elevate what I’ve done in the past with meaningful, individual approach and execution.
I began my career at Saks Fifth Avenue, working my way through the company until I eventually became the marketing manager for the largest luxury retailer in New York City. It was a pleasure working with top designers, artists, and clients from all over the world. As I am always keeping an eye out for the best, I discovered Winston Flowers and was immediately impressed by the fabulous company culture, above and beyond team, and amazing product. Now as the client relationship manager for New York, I’m excited to be such an integral part of a team working towards building the client base for metro New York, strengthening existing relationships, and curating memorable experiences through positive encounters with each and every client.   
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Jessica Shafer Jessica Shafer Sales
Hi, I'm Jessica.
Client Relationship Manager, Greenwich
  • With Winston Flowers since: August 2017
  • Favorite season: Autumn
  • Favorite flower: Sarah Bernhardt peonies and delphinium
  • Did you know?  I’ve traveled the world singing with Holland America Cruise lines and have visited over 65 countries, including a visit to the North Pole.
  • What impacts your way of thinking? Being surrounded by creative, innovative and influential people inspires me to create my own ideas and be impactful as well.

Detail: The creative arts have been a part of my life since I attended college in Buffalo, where I pursued a degree in Fine Arts. My summers were spent traveling, performing and meeting new people—eventually leading me to New York City many years ago. While in New York, I began my career in the retail industry working with J.Crew, developing client relationships and assisting with a new line development, now known as J.Crew Wedding and Collection. This opportunity led me to explore new roles in both sales and events, which gave me the tools and skills to build my career in Client Management. The resulting accomplishments from that experience helped me land my dream career at Winston Flowers as the Client Relationship Manager in Greenwich. And now, I get to wake up excited and motivated every day to create exceptional experiences that my clients will cherish forever.

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Vanessa Moline Vanessa Moline Client Services
Hi, I'm Vanessa.
Manager of Client Services
  • With Winston Flowers since? April 2015
  • Favorite flower: White anemones
  • What impacts your way of thinking? Collaboration is important to me. I relish being surrounded by like-minded, creative thinkers who are open to growth and unafraid of change. 

I moved to Boston from Tulsa, OK just in time to experience one of the worst winters in the history of the city. After spending several years working for a high-end woman’s retailer, I was ecstatic to land my dream job managing the Winston Flowers Federal Street shop in Downtown Boston. I soon transitioned to a role as the Sales Team Manager, then as Store Manager of the Winston Flowers flagship location in Chestnut Hill, MA. I loved working so closely with our incredible sales team, as well as getting to know our fantastic clientele. Most of all, I loved being continuously blown away by the quality of design and endless creativity found in our retail shops. Now, as I shift my focus to lead our phenomenal Client Services team, I’m excited to build on the Winston Flowers legacy of delivering unparalleled service, exceptional product, and an unforgettable experience to each and every one of our clients.

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Marc Picariello Marc Picariello Special Services
Hi, I'm Marc.
Special Services Concierge
  • With Winston Flowers since:  August 2014
  • Favorite season:  Fall
  • Favorite flower:  Cymbidium orchids and succulents
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  Helping our design team with an event at the Boston Aquarium—seeing the beautiful centerpieces and décor coordinate with the whimsical environment of the Aquarium was truly a magical experience!

Detail: I graduated from Suffolk University with a degree in advertising and a minor in theater. After exploring a career in retail, I joined a small florist in my hometown where I cultivated my interest in flowers and design. After realizing how much I enjoyed the floral services industry, I decided to position myself at a company that is at the forefront of floral design and great customer service: Winston Flowers. My favorite part about this job is the variety of opportunities available—there is so much movement and activity outside the traditional realm, so it’s always interesting and fun. As a Client Experience Specialist, I really enjoy providing our clients with exceptional customer service and utilizing my creativity and design skills to help bring their vision to life. Whether it’s a small dinner party or a gift for a birthday celebration, each experience and occasion is different and special, just like our clients.

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Sammi Toch-Chan Sammi Toch-Chan Special Services
Hi, I'm Sammi.
Special Services Concierge
  • With Winston Flowers since: June 2017
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Ranunculus and roses
  • Did you know? My name in my native language of Cambodian (Khmer) means Lucky Little Moon.
  • What impacts your way of thinking? I love learning about the key life experiences that lend a person to perceive and go about the world as they do.

Detail: As a seasoned makeup artist, I have always had a tremendous passion for creativity and special events—making my transition from the beauty industry to luxury hospitality all that more feasible. After helping shape the guest experience at two of Boston’s luxury hotels, I decided that a career in providing personalized service is where my dreams thrive. However, my creative background was calling for more and Winston Flowers was just the inspiration I needed. My role at Winston Flowers allows me to nurture my creative side while creating an elevated experience for our clients—it’s the perfect combination of my diverse background! It’s satisfying to know that I can contribute directly to a client’s special occasion and make it that much more remarkable and noteworthy. 

 
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Kate Evans Kate Evans Marketing
Hi, I'm Kate.
Director of Marketing
  • With Winston Flowers since:  January 2014
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower: Ranunculus, in every color
  • Did you know?  I love to cook and my favorite topic of conversation is food.
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  Seeing and smelling the sea of flowers that take over the Design Studio during holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. It’s magical. 
Detail: My career began in New York City, where I worked in public relations and represented clients in the luxury hospitality, wine/spirits and beauty industries; most notably Maker’s Mark, The Macallan, Halekulani, The Lanesborough London and Red Door Spas. During that time, I developed a love for marketing; and soon after moved into an incredible role at Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy as a brand manager for Veuve Clicquot champagne. I implemented nationwide marketing programs, developed sales collateral and played a key role in overseeing brand events, such as the high-profile Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. After more than seven years in NYC,  I heard Boston calling my name and moved here in 2013—and found my dream job at Winston Flowers. I oversee our Marketing Department and work with a great team to manage the company’s website, email campaigns, social media, public relations and strategic programs. Without a doubt, my favorite part of the job is naming the arrangements in each collection! Marketing such a well-established, creative company with beautiful products is an absolute pleasure… and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. 
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Ryan Wenk Ryan Wenk Marketing
Hi, I'm Ryan.
Web Marketing & Analytics Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since: November 2017
  • Favorite plant: Succulents and orchids
  • What impacts your way of thinking? I’m very analytical and questioning by nature, so any type of pattern or trend I see makes me immediately want to dive in to see what’s going on.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in marketing from Providence college (go Friars) and an MBA in marketing from Northeastern University (go Huskies). Prior to joining Winston Flowers, I spent the majority of my career in the education industry, where I connected college professors to suitable course materials through strategic marketing efforts. However, an opportunity to explore digital marketing strategies for email campaigns led me to join a public relations firm where I delved into the world of analytics and SEO optimization. My current role at Winston Flowers allows me to expand on my passion for marketing and data to find new and easy ways to help potential clients discover our products. Finding the right combination of marketing or sales activities to enhance our customer’s journey with us is really fulfilling. At the end of the day, if I can use our data and marketing activities to help identify the right arrangement or gift for a client, then I’m happy!
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Leidy Restrepo Leidy Restrepo Marketing
Hi, I'm Leidy.
Marketing Specialist & Photographer
  • With Winston Flowers since: June 2015
  • Favorite flower: Garden roses and peonies
  • Did you know? I love photography and traveling! Some of my favorite memories – and pictures — come from the times I lived in Colombia and Spain.
  • What impacts your way of thinking? People. I love it when a stranger or a new friend inspires me to try something new or see things differently.

Detail: I went to college in Boston and have been in love with this city ever since. Upon graduating from Suffolk University, I took on a year of intensive community service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, serving the communities of North Central Massachusetts. After a fulfilling year of giving back to the community, I decided it was time to pursue my interests in marketing and photography by taking on roles that allowed me to continue discovering my strengths. For example, I learned that I really enjoy writing and blogging! However, I was craving being closer to Boston and in a more creative environment. I found a perfect fit in Winston Flowers—and it’s really satisfying to know I joined a company that’s also committed to giving back to the community!

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Daisy Landers Daisy Landers Marketing
Hi, I'm Daisy.
Web Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist
  • With Winston Flowers since?  May 2017
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Garden roses (but I admit, daisies make me smile!)
  • Did you know?  I love making stationery. In fact, a Valentine I designed was sold at Anthropologie!
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  My creative role model, Tim Gunn, believes life is one big collaboration. I couldn’t agree more! I like to remind myself that teamwork, hard-work, and listening to new voices will make incredible things happen.

 

Detail:  As a Massachusetts native, who spent the last few years in D.C., I’m thrilled to be working at Winston Flowers, a deep-rooted institution in the Boston community and culture. After graduating from American University with a degree in Graphic Design and Communication and a year at the Corcoran School of Design, I began my path pursuing creative opportunities in Boston and D.C. I’ve learned a lot along the way, from design thinking to Adobe tips and tricks. But more importantly, I’ve realized that creative work nourishes me because there isn’t a right or wrong answer. In my role as Web Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist, I have the pleasure of creating digital communications and printed material that highlights our stunning seasonal offerings. My favorite part of the day is when I get to use our breathtaking photography to design emails that deliver clients a pop of beauty and inspiration to their inbox!

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Kelly Bonzani Kelly Bonzani Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Kelly.
Director of Retail
  • With Winston Flowers since:  April 2007
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Dark purple sweet pea from Italy
  • Did you know?  I love cooking for friends and family and have taken several professional cooking courses.

Detail: As Director of Retail, I have the pleasure of overseeing all seven of our retail shops in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Spending time in each location, I get the opportunity to meet a variety of our fantastic clients and learn what keeps bringing them back to Winston Flowers! For me, managing our shops means that every day brings new and exciting opportunities to lift a mood, incite a memory or bring a smile to someone's face—while working closely with each store manager to ensure clients are walking away with unique décor ideas and new floral knowledge. One of the best parts of my role is identifying talented individuals, welcoming them into our retail family and watching them grow with Winston Flowers. The rewards are endless and I’m so proud of each member of my retail team. It is great fun to see how each shop has its own personality while still offering the trademark Winston service. I share Winston Flowers’ passion for offering the finest product available, presenting it in a creative way that changes with the seasons and making the client experience truly memorable. I want our clients to feel welcomed, inspired and cared for, like they are a member of the Winston family too. My staff and I build relationships that bring people into our retail shops, again and again. That is what makes the Winston Flowers retail experience unique. We learn about our clients, take a genuine interest and try to pass on our passion for beautiful flowers.

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Heather  Seeley Heather Seeley Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Heather.
Creative Director of Retail
  • With Winston Flowers since: July 2012
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Poppies and Blushing Bride Protea
  • Did you know?  I make everything I can by hand, always finding time for ceramic, jewelry, and textile projects.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  Visual harmony is really important in my work. I draw a lot of inspiration from nature, and love searching for textures, patterns, and color combinations outside. I prefer working hands-on, figuring out how materials can interact and trying different processes and ideas until I find the perfect solution

Detail: I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in Fiber Arts. My career began working for a small, artist-run company, designing and hand-painting textiles for home and fashion. After spending some time in retail sales and window design, I came across the Visual Merchandiser position at Winston Flowers. I knew next to nothing about plants or flowers but reveled at the chance to apply my creative experience to a whole new field. Before long, I was promoted to Visual Manager of Winston’s flagship store in Chestnut Hill, then stepped up to manage visuals and buying for all retail shops. Now as Creative Director of Retail, I work with Winston Flowers’ creative and buying teams to develop seasonal visual themes for our seven shop locations—selecting colors, styles, and textures to tell a new story each time. I source unique vessels from around the world; and conceptualize how to best display them in combination with the season’s finest plants and flowers. Our business is so closely tied to what’s happening in nature that our stores need constant updates to reflect those changes. I love creating beautiful and inspiring destinations for our clients—and get so excited when a display comes together after months of planning!

 
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Theresa  Larivee Theresa Larivee Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Theresa.
Design Manager of Retail
  • With Winston Flowers since: July 2010
  • Favorite flower: Ever-changing answer! At the moment, hellebore.
  • What impacts your way of thinking? I think color is a very powerful tool. Unexpected and sophisticated color stories have the ability to elevate any design.
I have always had a passion for art and design—I studied the practice of printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art. It’s actually not uncommon to find printmakers in a process-oriented role such as floral design. While in school, I introduced myself to the floral industry by working for small florists in the Back Bay area of Boston, and it was then that I began to develop a strong passion for flowers. I was delighted to join the Winston Flowers family as a design sales associate shortly after graduation. I honed my customer service and design skills and was eventually promoted to a managerial position, where I welcomed new challenges. Then came the opportunity to step into my dream job as the design manager of retail. In my current role, I am able to lead a wonderful team while expressing my creativity and sharing my artistic outlook with others. It is wonderful to have a career at a great company, where I have the opportunity to be creative every day. As many art school graduates know, that is a rare combination. 
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Kristen Liddell Kristen Liddell Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Kristen.
Store Manager, Newbury Street
  • With Winston Flowers since:  July 2012
  • Favorite flower:  Coral Charm Peony
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  My desire to make the client experience the best it can possibly be. I love to share my passion for our beautiful and unique product.
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  My favorite moments are when clients share with me their Winston Flowers stories. It’s wonderful to hear about how we’ve impacted their lives through being a part of their celebrations. It’s important to me to make personal connections with each client, learn their preferences and have them looking forward to their next visit.
Detail: After years in the hospitality industry, I began my career with Winston Flowers in 2012. I spent two years working with clients on the phone in Client Services—as well as perusing the coolers every day to learn more about our product. I also took that time to get to know the talented team of people that make Winston Flowers the leader in the industry that it is. When I had the opportunity to help out at our flagship store in Chestnut Hill, I knew I had found my home in retail. I soon after transitioned from sales associate to sales team supervisor. It was a natural progression to accept the position of manager at the Newbury Street store when the opportunity presented itself. As the manager of this historic shop on Newbury, I treasure the opportunity to serve our community—we’re right in the heart of the city on the very street where our flower story began over 70 years ago.
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Jennifer Burke Jennifer Burke Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Jennifer.
Store Manager, Federal Street
  • With Winston Flowers since:  June 2017
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  White orchid
  • Did you know:  No matter where I’ve traveled, New England will always be my favorite place!
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  When people have the courage to step away from the status quo and make a difference in this world.
 
Detail: After graduating from Boston Architectural College with an Interior Design background, I moved to New York City to pursue an exciting role with a French luxury brand in SoHo. The experience expanded into seven phenomenal years in NY until the desire to go back to my roots led me to transfer to their location in Boston. However, being back home – and just steps away from Winston Flowers’ Newbury Street location – reminded me of the love and admiration I have always had for one of Boston’s most reputable brands. I was thrilled when I learned that the Federal Street location was in need of an experienced store manager and jumped at the opportunity! As Store Manager, I strive to continue developing my skills in personalized customer service while growing client relationships—and bringing the best in luxe florals to Boston!
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Sara Janoff Sara Janoff Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Sara.
Store Manager, Winston Flowers & Garden
  • With Winston Flowers since: October 2013
  • Favorite flower: Ranunculus, anemones, and hellebore
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment: When our shops are transformed for the holiday season; they always tell a different and beautiful story.

My career with Winston Flowers began at our Wellesley shop, where I instantly knew I wanted to grow my career with this amazing company. Since then, I have had the opportunity to manage both our Wellesley and Federal Street locations, and, more recently, our flagship location in Chestnut Hill. I’m constantly inspired by the vibrant sense of community in all of our shops and enjoy getting to know each client individually, as well as sharing my knowledge with others. Being a part of the Winston Flowers family feels like an extension of my own family. I hope our clients feel the same way when they walk through the door of our shops.

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Robin Piselli Robin Piselli Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Robin.
Store Manager, Hingham
  • With Winston Flowers since:  March 1988
  • Favorite season:  All seasons offer opportunities in their own special way.
  • Favorite flower:  Lily of the valley and peonies
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  The week of Valentine’s Day at the Design Studio. I’m always delighted by the breathtaking carpet of color… hydrangeas in every shade of blue, purple, pink and cream.

Detail: I began my career with Winston Flowers over 26 years ago, working in several of our retail locations before managing our shop in charming downtown Hingham. Over the years, my dedication has not wavered and I continue to be enthusiastic about our company and the unique floral products we offer. A diverse knowledge of all aspects of Winston Flowers now seems like second nature to me and I enjoy sharing that with our guests. It’s important to me that their experience is memorable and that long lasting relationships are built here: our customers become friends for life in Hingham! I am honored and proud to be a part of this historic seaside community.

 

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Colleen Holden Colleen Holden Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Colleen.
Store Manager, Concord
  • With Winston Flowers since:  October 2016
  • Favorite season:  Fall—I welcome the familiar, telltale crisp of the cool air.
  • Favorite flower:  Native lilac
  • Did you know?  I recently spent a week in Champagne, France immersed in the centuries old winemaking history and culture. It is one of the most educational, impactful and purely delicious travel memories I often daydream of.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  My career in hospitality has influenced not only my work, but every aspect and interaction in my daily life. I strive to practice the tenants of service I’ve learned, where kindness, goodwill, and respect for others are ever present. 

Detail: My love for nature and all things that grow began on my family’s dairy farm in Central Wisconsin, where I learned to tend to the fields and cultivate a vast produce garden—instilling a hard work ethic in me from very early on! I left the heartland to pursue a career in hospitality; spending over a decade managing both the experience of guests and staff in an award-winning, high volume restaurant in Boston. In addition to this role, I also served as the restaurant’s Wine Director, curating the restaurant’s extensive wine program. It was during this time that I became familiar with Winston Flowers’ integrity and superior level of service. After years of being a frequent Winston Flowers’ client and ardent admirer, I decided to join the Sales Team at Winston Flowers & Garden—ascending to the role of Concord Store Manager shortly after that! Working for Winston Flowers is an incredible experience that both challenges me and reminds me that I get to do what I love each and every day.  I love knowing that our small but mighty team here in Concord contributes to the bigger picture as a whole within the company.

 

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Olivia Bouffard Olivia Bouffard Retail Shop Managers
Hi, I'm Olivia.
Store Manager, Greenwich
  • With Winston Flowers since: August 2015
  • Favorite season: Fall
  • Favorite flower: Peonies
  • Did you know? I LOVE to cook, especially for my friends and family
  • What impacts your way of thinking? The people I work with are always inspiring me with new thoughts and ideas

Detail: After moving from a small town in Vermont to Boston in 2009, I studied fashion merchandising and retail at Lasell College in Newton, MA. My career in management began with an exciting role at a high-end women’s clothing retailer, where I discovered my love for customer service. I will always remember walking into Winston Flowers for the first time; I was blown away by the incredible staff and beautiful merchandise—I knew right away that I was meant to work here. I joined Winston Flowers’ Federal Street team, offering a beautiful retreat and resource to our busy professional crowd. Just as my second company anniversary approached, I was offered the opportunity to relocate to Greenwich, Connecticut to expand my client relationships and lead the Greenwich team to even further success. Our energetic team brings exquisite products to a thriving community—I love working closely with our clients, hearing their personal stories and experiences, and helping them select the perfect flowers for their occasions. Spending each day managing our lively shop in Greenwich Avenue is a delight!

 
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Matt McKenna Matt McKenna Garden Design
Hi, I'm Matt.
Creative Director of Garden Design
  • With Winston Flowers since:  August 2003
  • Favorite season:  Autumn
  • I always… want my designs to be reflective of my client’s personality.
  • Describe your design style:  Bold, simple and single variety.
  • Favorite thing about Winston Flowers:  Tackling a blank-slate project. I love working with residential clients who have brand new spaces and trust us to make them beautiful.
Detail: With a strong background in visual arts and over 12 years at Winston Flowers, I’ve held numerous positions and learned the ins-and-outs of this company. Now, as Creative Director of Garden Design, I lead our garden design department to oversee the complete design aesthetic of our installations. Our brand is my favorite part of the job—and I strive to make sure everything we produce is up to Winston Flowers standards. In terms of design, I believe an organic and fluid process is the base note of quality design. From idea origin, to execution and long-term function, my aesthetic outcomes are kindled by honest process and facilitated by an evolving vision for each space.
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Matt Gilman Matt Gilman Garden Design
Hi, I'm Matt.
Garden Designer
  • With Winston Flowers since:  March 2012
  • Favorite season:  I like all of them.
  • Favorite plant:  The right one for the right place.
  • Did you know?  I used to be an international adventure tour leader in Belize, Costa Rica, Hawaii and the Caribbean.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  I’m a visual thinker, so seeing other forms of design inspires my own work. 

Detail: A native of Massachusetts, I earned my undergraduate degree in art history at Kenyon College. After spending some time working at Nature’s Classroom and teaching an outdoor education program to elementary students, I returned to Boston in 2012. I began at Winston Flowers while simultaneously obtaining my master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Boston Architectural College. As a landscape designer, I aspire to create both beautiful and functional spaces that exceed client expectations. I can’t get enough of the outdoors – and when I’m not working – you’ll find me SCUBA diving and hiking.

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Dan McGrath Dan McGrath Garden Design
Hi, I'm Dan.
Garden Designer
  • With Winston Flowers since:  May 2010
  • Favorite season:  Fall
  • Favorite Plant:  Staghorn Fern
  • Did you know?  I studied Economics, Music Production, and Mandarin Chinese in college.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  Working alongside such creative people inspires me to approach the design process in new and different ways.

 

Detail:  I started working for Winston Flowers as a Delivery Associate after graduating from Holy Cross in 2010. I studied economics, music production, and Mandarin Chinese in college—so as you can imagine, I hadn’t planned on a career in the floral industry. However, after joining the Winston family, I quickly fell in love with the company and haven’t looked back. In the last few years, I spent some time working at the garden center at Winston Flowers & Garden in Chestnut Hill, which offered me the opportunity to hone my design skills. This eventually led to my transition onto the Garden Design team. As a Garden Designer, I bring design expertise and Winston Flowers’ signature aesthetic into homes all across New England. I thoroughly enjoy problem-solving in creative and collaborative ways to live up to and surpass client expectations.

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Rand Ross Rand Ross Garden Design
Hi, I'm Rand.
Garden Design Operations Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since?  2008
  • Favorite season:  Spring and summer
  • Favorite flower:  Peonies
  • Did you know?  I love a good debate.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  People who are brave enough to go against the grain.

Details: I come from a family of craftsman and creative people; most of the men in my family have built their own homes from the ground up, while the women have equally outstanding artistic talents—I’m constantly inspired by them. My career in the events industry began at a small events company where I learned a lot of skills that still help me here today including, processing flowers, working events and building client relationships. When I joined Winston Flowers in 2008, I spent seven years coordinating and developing inventory processes for Winston Flowers. Now, I very much enjoy my role as a Garden Design Operations manager, providing exceptional service and helping my clients transform their homes with our unique home décor from flowers and plants to garden design, container selection, and so much more.

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Julio Cordero Julio Cordero Garden Design
Hi, I'm Julio.
Garden Design Logistics Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since?  May 2012
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Perennials—especially alliums
  • Did you know?  I played basketball in college and still love to play
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  I’m a team player through and through; I like to combine ideas with others to create something unique

Detail:  I grew up on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, helping my family grow coffee and tend the land. In college, I studied Business Administration & Management but found my true calling during a gardening and landscaping class—inspiring me to start my own landscaping company before moving to Boston to explore more experience in the field. However, the managerial side of my background was eager to lead and so I set my eyes on Winston Flowers. I joined Winston Flowers’ Garden Design team in 2012 as a Field Associate and quickly moved to more leadership roles. Now, as the Garden Design Logistics Manager, I can contribute to our department’s success by managing the day-to-day schedules, resources, and activities of the Garden Design team. For me, the job is not done until the client is happy—and part of that is making sure my team has the tools they need to fulfill our client’s vision.

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Arryan Murphy Arryan Murphy Garden Design
Hi, I'm Arryan.
Garden Design Maintenance Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since?  November 2015
  • Favorite season:  Fall in New England
  • Favorite flower:  Hellebore and Mountain Laurel
  • Did you know?  I race inflatable boats in my spare time
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  Efficiency, problem solving and continuously learning new things about horticulture and design

Detail:  Upon graduating from college, I moved to San Diego, California to pursue an exciting opportunity where I gained valuable managerial experience and significant career growth. However, family, friends and new-found interests brought me back to Massachusetts—taking on a landscaping job where I quickly learned how much I love horticulture and caring for plants. My love for gardening and flowers was cemented after working with a florist in my hometown of Dunstable, MA. It was just a matter of time before I started dreaming about working with Winston Flowers! I initially joined Winston Flowers as a Field Associate, learning the ins and outs of the job. Hard work and dedication helped me advance to the role of Garden Design Maintenance Manager, where I currently oversee the maintenance of all the beautiful installations our Garden Design team creates every season. What I enjoy the most about my role is the ability to think creatively and invent new strategies to maintain roof decks, courtyards, and other spaces with my team. 

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Kiersten Peterson Kiersten Peterson Human Resources
Hi, I'm Kiersten.
Director of Human Resources
  • With Winston Flowers since:  January 2004
  • Did you know?  I went to school to be a librarian.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  Constant collaboration with creative, passionate and energetic people who are proud of what they do inspires me to be my best self, and to find the perfect candidates who will complement and contribute to this amazing team.
  • Favorite Winston Flowers moment:  Whenever I smell hyacinth, it reminds me of walking in the door my first day.
Detail: I grew up in upstate New York and moved to Boston in 1997 to try a change of pace, and never left. After finishing graduate school in an unrelated field, I applied for a seasonal retail sales position at Macy’s but instead was offered a position in the HR department and tasked with hiring the entire seasonal staff. Through that baptism by fire, I fell in love with the pace and the diversity of HR. I spent a few years in the temporary staffing industry before moving to corporate recruiting at a handful of start-ups, and several years as an employee relations manager at State Street Global Advisors in Boston. Wanting to make a shift to an industry that held more personal interest for me, I joined Winston Flowers in January 2004, and found exactly what I was looking for.
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Evelyn Gonzalez Evelyn Gonzalez Human Resources
Hi, I'm Evelyn.
Human Resources Generalist
  • With Winston Flowers since?  August 2015
  • Favorite season:  I love all seasons equally.
  • Favorite flower:  Juliette rose
  • Did you know?  I played the role of ‘Carmen’ in the film Everybody Cheats.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  Positive, forward-thinking women, and my mom.

Details: My professional career began when I accepted my first job for ADP in the payroll department. Ever since, I have actively pursued jobs related to the development of staff, realizing that I have a passion for mentoring and helping people get through life’s challenging barriers. I enjoy my role at Winston Flowers because it allows me to engage with creative minds on a regular basis while helping them feel empowered—helping others identify their value personally and professionally is how I measure my own success.

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Kristy Lacilla Kristy Lacilla Human Resources
Hi, I'm Kristy.
Training & Development Manager
  • With Winston Flowers since?  July 2016
  • Favorite season:  Summer
  • Favorite flower:  Purple Vanda orchids and Vuvuzela Garden Roses
  • Did you know?  I am obsessed with spicy food; I have an extensive collection of hot sauces that I am constantly adding to.
  • What impacts your way of thinking?  I think it’s really important to always have an open mind about the way you approach people to teach them. Not everyone learns the same way, so making sure something can be done to fit everyone’s style of learning is important to me.

Details: My passion for working with people inspired me to pursue a career in the social work field; when halfway through my master’s program, I realized the hospitality industry is where I truly belong. After spending some time providing exceptional customer service to a few of the Boston’s most high-end restaurants, I progressed into a Training & Service Manager role—which helped me discover a love for teaching people. My role as Training & Development Manager at Winston Flowers is a perfect blend of training, development and hospitality—it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for my whole career! Everyone’s success at Winston Flowers is my top priority; which means I devote my time to helping others achieve their best potential while working with other managers to discover new and interesting ways to keep employees motivated and successful. It’s an extremely rewarding position to be in!

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