Head designer Reina E. Sumabat, AIFD, CCF, CFD, is the proud co-owner of Fitzgerald’s Flowers & Gifts in Downey, California, with husband Ferdinand, since 1990. A certified floral designer (CFD) and an accredited member of the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), Reina was inducted in 2002, in San Diego, California. AIFD, established in 1965, is the oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design and education in the floral industry. Reina is also a California Certified Florist (CCF), a certification program that recognizes proficiency of professional knowledge and expertise sponsored by the California State Floral Association.
Reina has won several design competitions including a floral magazine's design competition and won the California State Floral Association's Top 10 Design competitions and received The People’s Choice award four years in a row. Since then, she has judged numerous floral design competitions and designed in numerous bridal shows. Reina is also a proponent in the floral industry's continuing education and has held hands-on classes and training for floral designers, professionals and non-professionals alike.
After almost 25 years of owning her flower shop, Reina did the opposite of what most florists do. She left the retail business so that she can focus on weddings and events in her studio, hence, Fitzgerald's Floral Events was born.