, | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1993
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 Transworld 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 management business. 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 countries. 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 and Seminary, and the Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House.