Mr. McNamara is president and founder of McNamara Florists in
Indianapolis. He started the McNamara retail florist business in
1954, and, over the years, it has grown to three locations in the
Indianapolis area. His business ranks in the top 50 retail Florist
T ransworld Delivery (FTD) florists in the United States and
Canada. Last year they ranked 16th out of the 24,000 FTD shops
in terms of orders sent out across the U.S. and Canada.
McNamara Florists joined forces with Engledow, Inc. in 1989 to
form a corporate conglomerate combining one of Indianapolis'
premiere retail florist businesses with the city's largest landscape
Mr. McNamara has played a significant role in the growth and
success of the Indiana State Florists Association. He served two
terms as president and is viewed by other florists as a trendsetter
and industry leader. A recent innovation of his was the planning
and development of ENFLORA, a division of Engledow, Inc., that
creates floral arrangements especially designed for businesses.
He has also served the National FTD Association as its vice
president, president, and board chairman. The FTD wire service is
one of the main management tools retail florists use to accept
telephone orders and handle their retail businesses. Mr.
McNamara has played a significant role in the development of this
organization and its tremendous success as a marketing mechanism
for the retail florist industry. He just completed a two-year term as
board chairman for INTERFLORA-the international flower
relay system with 67,000 member shops delivering in 142
In addition to service to his profession, Mr. McNamara is very
involved in his church and community. He currently serves as a
director on the boards of the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indianapolis
Rotary Foundation, the Overseers of St. Meinrad College
& Seminary, and the Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House.