Tina Coker had a vision. She also had the passion and determination to bring that vision to life. Her creativity, business acumen and genuine desire to serve others led to the founding of Designs of the Times in 1982. (she will tell you that she was 5 years old at the time!). Since then, her accomplishments in the floral industry are almost too numerous to list. Tina is a member of Professional Floral Commentators International (PFCI), The Society of American Florists (SAF), and is past president of the most prestigious organization in the industry, The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). Actively involved in floral industry education for more than twenty years, she has presented design programs across the United States, Austria, England, South America and Mexico. Tina was the U.S. judge for the 2004 Interflora World Cup in Australia. Her creations have been used at such prominent events as the Rose Bowl Parades as well as US Presidential Inaugurations. An FTD Master Designer and Master Florist Manager, her design work has been featured in many national publications including Florist Review, Florida Architecture, Floral Management, Bride, Flora, and Florist magazines. Not bad for a hometown girl!
While Tina was doing the flower thing, Robert was enjoying a successful career of his own. After completing his education in social and behavioral science, he spent 15 years with GE Capital delivering technical, sales and customer relations training. Raytheon Professional Services came next as he continued to enable others to realize their potential. As a training and development consultant Robert has contributed to the success of service providers in a myriad of retail businesses across the country. JCPenney, Lowe's, Dillard's and Sam's Club are just a few examples. Over time he became convinced that effective interaction with customers is the key to success in any business. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by medical caregivers, Robert began leading training in clinical environments. He spent five years as the sole training resource for HealthPoint Medical Group, a multi-specialty group with more than 100 Physicians. Next stop, DaVita, one of the largest providers of dialysis treatments worldwide.
Then something wonderful happened...Robert and Tina began to wonder if a business partnership would be as powerful as their personal one. They made the decision to work together and the sum has proved to be greater than the individual parts!
The Designs of the Times staff is passionate about flowers! Well, yes, that part is pretty obvious. More importantly, we are passionate about people! We are your neighbors...our kids went to school together....we see you in the grocery store....at church...at the movies. We learned design from one of the most accomplished designers in the country and we strive each and every day to exceed your expectations.
Challenge us with your ideas...if it can be done we can do it!