Who We Are

The Flower Firm is an event production company, specializing in creating stunning events for wedding, social, non-profit and corporate clients.

Colette Clancy and James Papajohn opened the Flower Firm in 1997.  What began as a two-person operation has developed into a dynamic company with a dedicated staff of thirty amazing event producers, designers and technicians producing flawless events.

Respect for our clients remains the building block of our company.  Our team shares this commitment to our clients and it is this dedication, along with our creativity and experience that allows the Flower Firm to successfully transform ideas into amazing experiences.

And we’re having a great time doing it!

James Papajohn

Managing Partner

James has been in event production since he was 12 years old, beginning in operations then excelling in design and sales. He gravitated towards the big picture as an event producer, realizing that handling all his events personally from start to finish would produce the spectacular results his clients would come to expect. Since partnering with Colette in 1997 and forming The Flower Firm, James is not only the managing partner, creative director and production specialist but relishes in the many long standing relationships he has with his clients, vendors and venues.

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James Papajohn

James Papajohn

Managing Partner

Colette Clancy

Managing Partner

A native of Oak Park, Colette brings a vast amount of experience in corporate sales & food and beverage from the Hotel Nikko and the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. As CEO and Director of Sales, she is a vital part of the swift growth of the firm. She continues to excel in managing the the majority of business operations at The Flower Firm. Colette loves creating memorable events for her clients.

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Colette Clancy

Colette Clancy

Managing Partner

Lynn English

Lead Designer

Lynn moved to Chicago 10 years ago from Boston. She graduated from The University of MA in Amherst with a BBA in marketing. Lynn has a background in marketing, promotions and tradeshow planning. She entered into the floral design industry 10 years ago and has been with us for 8 of those. She loves creating floral solutions and finding a way to give people exactly what they want through mechanics, color, texture and design.

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Lynn English

Lynn English

Lead Designer

Nancy Chruscinski

Event Sales Manager

After attending Depaul University, Nancy began working for Hotel Nikko as assistant to the director of catering. After a few years, Nancy took a position as conference service manager at the Westin River North. In her free time Nancy was a wedding and event planner and referred clients to the newly formed Flower Firm. This made her an obvious choice when expanding the business. Nancy still loves seeing the anticipation of a client’s face light up when they walk into the room we have created.

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Nancy Chruscinski

Nancy Chruscinski

Event Sales Manager

Ashley Scapardine

Event Sales Manager

Ashley combines her love of the arts, fashion and hospitality on a daily basis in her role at the Flower Firm. Ashley links clients, venues and production staff at the Flower Firm. Her pleasing sense of style and personality makes Ashley her a perfect liaison and face of the Flower Firm.

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Ashley Scapardine

Ashley Scapardine

Event Sales Manager

Renee Redmond

Accounting & HR Manager
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Renee Redmond

Renee Redmond

Accounting & HR Manager

Tom Schafer

Operation Manager

Hailing from North West Wisconsin, Tom moved to Chicago 20 years ago to attend CSFD. Following in his mother’s footsteps, Tom has been designing for over 10 years. In addition to one of the Flower Firm’s key designers, Tom also handles renderings, props, and theatrical displays. In the past 2 years, Tom has become James’ creative point person from design to production.

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Tom Schafer

Tom Schafer

Operation Manager

Suzanne Prendergast

Design & On-Site Producer

Suzanne attended the University of Depaul where she studied early child hood education. After starting a family she found her true passion for floral design and landscaping. Suzanne has been working with the Flower Firm for 2 ½ years and is instrumental in the design team. She is the perfect liaison between the design team, the sales office and the client.

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Suzanne Prendergast

Suzanne Prendergast

Design & On-Site Producer

Bradford Wagner

Design & On-Site Producer

As one of our on-site lead designers and event producers, Bradford’s positive demeanor, eclectic style and can-do attitude enhances the client experience. Bradford’s vast design experience working in New York, combined with his strong background in floral design, and environmental science is a perfect fit for The Flower Firm Team.

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Bradford Wagner

Bradford Wagner

Design & On-Site Producer

Eva Perez

Design

Eva has been with the Flower Firm since the beginning, she began in the prep department and her attention to detail and sense of design were quickly noticed. Eva soon began designing arrangements and is now our senior floral designer who works closely with our Lead Designer, Lynn, to create the samples for all of our wedding and event consultations.

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Eva Perez

Eva Perez

Design

Maura Melozzi-Mamzzij

Design & On-Site Producer

Maura’s creative origins began as a commercial photographer. Her artistic and visual endeavors in commercial styling served as the perfect springboard for her role as floral designer at the Flower Firm. Along with her incredible eye and attention to detail, Maura’s organizational skills enhance her role as an on-site manager. Her passion for the industry comes from her love of watching a design concept grow into a final work of art.

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Maura Melozzi-Mamzzij

Maura Melozzi-Mamzzij

Design & On-Site Producer

Esther Rodriguez

Production Assistant

Aside from raising her family Esther is an extremely talented seamstress. For the past 13 years now she has been and integral part of the prep team. Although simple, prep plays a very significant role in every event; it’s the first step in creating beautiful parties. Esther is the first to volunteer for out of town events so she can spend time with her Flower Firm family.

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Esther Rodriguez

Esther Rodriguez

Production Assistant

Lucy Medina

Production Assistant
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Lucy Medina

Lucy Medina

Production Assistant

Alex Arroyo Delgado

Design & On-Site Producer
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Alex Arroyo Delgado

Alex Arroyo Delgado

Design & On-Site Producer

George Vendal

Production Assistant
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George Vendal

George Vendal

Production Assistant