DESIGN AND PRODUCTION STAFF
Great concepts only come to life with a great design and production team. Many of the design staff enjoys the recognition of having achieved special industry acknowledgment as experts in the floral and event design field. The AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) sets the standards for design, trends and education in the floral and design industry internationally.
Our production team consists of a variety of talents. With our headquarters and warehouses located in Gainesville, several members of our staff come from the University of Florida as well as Santa Fe College. The University hosts a program for aspiring event producers, planners and coordinators along with a strong arts program. Unforgettable Events is fortunate to have had many of these talented students as interns.
Since our event programs cover many destinations we have had the benefit of talent from Miami through Jacksonville and Atlanta. We find aspiring talent in many fields and provide them an opportunity to advance their skills while learning and assisting in the production of first class events.
We are proud of our team and appreciate the sense of family we all share in our efforts to work in concert with each other. The seasoned veterans along with the new talent compliment each other in a way that keeps our events fresh, innovative and cutting edge.
Bruce Cavey has been part of Dan’s team since its inception. About 25 years ago Bruce began working with Dan at the Enchanted Florist shop where a friendship as well as a working relationship flourished. They have continued working together as Dan’s floral business evolved into event planning and production.
Bruce came to Dan with a garden and nursery center management background. His home gardens have been featured on WUFT TV, gardening programs and also in Southern Living magazine. Bruce is a Garden Consultant in the North Central Florida area and is very fortunate to be working in a career that feeds his passion.
Working with Dan Hathcock and the Unforgettable Events team has been a blessing for Bruce. “I have great respect for each person on our team. We all admire each other and our separate talents and abilities.” He greatly respects Dan as a master of his craft and owner of Unforgettable Events. When not working for Unforgettable Events you can find Bruce knee deep in dirt and dreaming up a new gardening project in his own little garden paradise.
Barbara Fulmer has become an integral part of Unforgettable Events since coming onboard in 2006. She is the fabulous smile that greets you as you begin consulting with Unforgettable Events as a client or a vendor. Barbara comes from a varied background which has contributed to the marketing position that she is enjoys today. Her most recent job was in marketing research at Bacardi in Miami, FL.
When Barbara took early retirement Dan convinced her (without much effort) to come and play with flowers. After a year of fine tuning the many aspects of the business, and encouragement from her husband, she took on the marketing as well as hands on involvement in the events.
Having been long time friends with Dan’s wife, Carrol, it wasn’t until recently that the two couples realized what Barbara and Dan could do in business as a team. Unforgettable Events has evolved into destination and corporate events, social networking and weddings of varied cultures and religions.
Karon joined Dan Hathcock at An Enchanted Florist in her early twenties. When Karon was a child, she arranged every flower she could get her hands on (including some possibly “borrowed” from the neighbors’ yard), into every kind of container a child’s imagination found suited to the purpose. She was a natural and the two of them hit it off. She continued to work with Dan throughout the next couple of decades.
Her husband’s job took the family to Southern California, where Karon found work with local florists. The opportunity to design weddings along the ocean cliffs of Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano combined were tempered by the routine, year in – year out holiday shop schedules. She took some courses in floral design and built on what would become her life’s career.
So it was with a real sense of excitement when they returned to Florida, that Karon accepted Dan’s invitation to join him at Unforgettable Events. Like a cycle in an unbroken circle, now with something new and unique at every event, it has been a return perfectly suited to this true flower child.
Eddie Payne AIFD
Eddie has been a retail florist for over 25 years, recently selling his retail operation in Zephyrhills. A member of the American Institute of Floral Designers since
1984, he has served numerous position including President in 2005, mostly recently serving as a Trustee of the AIFD Foundation, a non profit branch that helps with educational opportunities within the floral industry
He has worked as a featured designer in numerous local allied, state and national design seminars, a member of the team of guest designers for two Presidential
Inaugurations, he has also designed for the Academy Awards , and Tournament of Roses Parade .