Development Experience (#DevEx) Scholarships

Two scholarships are available for WF&FSA’s #DevExPhilly, honoring two exceptional individuals from the floral industry, Mike Garcia and Laura Kantakis. 

You can find more information on both scholarships below and please. With questions, please contact Molly Alton Mullins at

Both scholarships cover the cost of registration and two nights’ hotel accommodations.


The Mike Garcia Scholarship was created to recognize, encourage and reward exemplary service by an industry member who exhibits the enthusiasm, industry dedication and commitment to career achievement that were characteristic of Mike Garcia. Mike was past chairman of WF&FSA's Young Executives Committee, now known as the Emerging Leaders Network, and was former president of Plus One Imports, a division of the Pete Garcia Company. Mike Garcia passed away in 1992.


The Laura Kantakis Scholarship was created by a group of friends who remember Laura's inspiration, both professional and personal, as evidenced by the programs she created for her customers, her work on developing the WF&FSA "Growing Up With Flowers" program and through her personal commitment to continuous education. 

Laura Kantakis was supply manager of Associated Wholesale Florist, Inc., Rochelle Park, N.J.; a past chairman of the WF&FSA Young Executives Committee (now known as the Emerging Leaders Network) from 1993 - 1994; and was named Young Executive of the Year for 1989 and 1990. Laura Kantakis passed away in 2008.