Meet Sean Stock, our Vancouver Branch Manager. As Branch Manager, Sean oversees the operations at our west coast location that serves our customers in British Columbia and parts of Alberta. He started his career at Florists Supply in Winnipeg 15 years ago, and moved to B.C. as we expanded out west. He hasn’t looked back ever since.
FS: How did you get started at Florists Supply?
Sean: My tenure with Florists Supply began when the previous floral wholesale company I worked for in Winnipeg went out of business. While out of work, I decided to visit my parents who were living in British Columbia as sort of a refresh. Within a few days of being out in B.C., Roger, a now retired Florists Supply Manager, asked me for an interview. When I returned to Winnipeg, I met with Roger and Laurie (Florists Supply President) and was hired within a few days. I started in the back warehouse working with Tim Taylor in shipping/receiving, and slowly worked my way up to helping Customer Service Representatives by shadowing Joanne and learning that side of the business. Before long, I jumped on the opportunity to transfer to B.C. to be part of the team when we opened that branch.
FS: What is your favourite thing about the floral industry?
Sean: No question it is the people. I have met some of my favorite people through this industry. Customers, vendors and colleagues I call my good friends. Everyone in this industry is so passionate about what they do and it shows. These are the types of people I like to surround myself. People who are passionate about something in their lives. My floral family is my second family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
FS: What are some of your favourite things to do in B.C.?
Sean: B.C. is full of amazing things to do year round. An annual trip up to Whistler in the winter is almost mandatory, what a magical place. I am not much of a skier or snowboarder but the vibe in the village is second to none.
Summer is full of camping. Every year we go on several camping trips within the province. Every year we find a new hidden gem, but Golden Ears is our go-to spot. So close to home, yet feels like you’re away from civilization. No cell coverage in the park actually makes you feel like you are in the wilderness.
Time permitting I would like to get back in to fishing. With three young kids and their commitments and activities it makes it hard to find the time.
Coaching my kids lacrosse teams are so rewarding. Seeing the smiles on these kids’ faces at such a young age is something I will never forget. Watching them make friends that will last a lifetime at this young age is something very special.
FS: What do you foresee being a popular floral trend in 2020?
Sean: Dried bleached product. It has really taken off the last few months in Vancouver and I don’t see this train stopping. As far as wedding flowers go, adding deep rich colors to the floral designs.
FS: Finally, what’s your favourite flower?
Sean: I would have to say tulips. Something about their simplicity. They are so beautiful, although I do not like having to cut them so often, they grow so fast!