Robert Kitayama, New Greenleaf CEO, President

Greenleaf Wholesale Florist is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Kitayama as president.  Robert succeeds Scott Kitayama who has led Greenleaf for the past13 years.  Scott is stepping down to pursue other interests inside and outside of Greenleaf.  Robert is also the Robert Kitayamapresident of Kitayama Brothers in Watsonville, CA and previously spent 14 years at Greenleaf in various management positions.  Robert states, “The floral industry is undergoing great change and Greenleaf is committed to keeping pace with the needs of our customers.” 
In aligning with the needs of its customers, Greenleaf will deepen the relationship with its sister company, Kitayama Brothers, a 2 million sq. ft. greenhouse flower farm located in Northern California.  Robert believes, “Flower buyers want to get as close to the farm as possible, we plan to provide online visibility into our farm coolers and online ordering and pickup at a local Greenleaf.”  This will be possible with the installation of the new P21 ERP order and inventory system which will go live on October 12.  These are just a few of the changes expected from Greenleaf over the next 12 months.
Another important announcement at Greenleaf is the recent hiring of Rob Spikol as the COO.  Rob has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of the floral industry.  Rob has already implemented many improvements in store operations and Greenleaf is very pleased with his addition.
 The Kitayama Group companies have been growing and distributing flowers in the USA for over 67 years.  Our success has been possible through adapting to the needs of our customer and industry.   Greenleaf is evolving and planning to prosper for another 67 years.
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Rob Spikol new Greenleaf COO

Brighton, CO. – June 22, 2015 – Greenleaf Wholesale Florist Inc. today announced Robert “Rob” Spikol has been appointed as Greenleaf’s Chief Operating Officer.

Greenleaf Wholesale Florist announces the appointment of Robert “Rob” Spikol as Chief Operating Officer, effective June 22, 2015. With over 20 years in the floral industry, Rob has extensive first-hand experience in day-to-day operations of both wholesale and retail operations, managing multi-city profit centers, centralized purchasing and revitalizing older operations.

rob2015"Rob Spikol is joining our executive team at a perfect time" said Scott Kitayama, President of Greenleaf Wholesale Florist. "Last fall we started making significant changes in our organization after doing business the same way for nearly 40 years. I am confident Rob will significantly improve Greenleaf's operations and achieve our short and long term goals faster."

Beginning his career in the floral industry in 1991, Rob rose through the ranks of Flower World for 12 years from a position in Sales to Director of Operations. During his career over more recent years, he has served in positions such as General Manager, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The McCarthy Group of Florists which owns and operates multi-branded, well-known retail floral stores throughout the United States and a wholesale floral division in Denver.

Rob brings excellent sales, marketing, operational and business enhancement skills with proven experience generating top and bottom-line growth. “I’m extremely excited to be part of Greenleaf’s new sales building and operational initiatives” Spikol says, “I believe there is no better place to join, than this focused true believing company in our industry”. Rob shares our belief that there is great opportunity in the floral industry, and we recognize it will take a strong team of dedicated people to realize this to its fullest potential.

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Important Care and Handling instructions for Roses

Rio Roses has supplied us with some important information about the Care and Handling of your Valentine's rose purchases. As a Greenleaf Master Vendor Equiflor, has provided this valuable infomation for your review. This information is valid for all roses, for any season.


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One of our customers has shared with us how they are following up on their Valentines sales. This is a clever idea that I can imagine many customers already use.  If not try it!  Very often a little customer service can go a long way. If you have your own clever ideas please share them with us and we will post the best ones here. Read more to see the message.