Bridal Bouquet

About Us

Louisiana Wholesale Florists, Inc. was founded in 1961 to service the floral needs of the growing community of florists in Louisiana.  Bill Broussard, Joel Hebert and Jim Durio were key players in forming this co-operative organization. 


They recruited a Board of Directors consisting of themselves, Hazel Gosselin, Vincent Drago, Paul Boagni, L.J. Hines, Hattie Martin, Mrs. Lynn Daughenbaugh, Harry Mey, Jr., and Leila Graham.  Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Stock Certificates were approved and signed.  All the florists in the area were then invited to a stock subscription drive meeting.  Mr. James “Red” Darby agreed to sign on as the first Manager of the Co-Operative.


In 1962, Mr. Merlin Leger was hired as the General Manager of the Co-Op.  Mr. Leger continues to serve in this capacity today.  Cindy Comeaux is the Business Manager.  Michael “Mike” Howerton is the Manager of the Lafayette location.  Anthony Ashy is the Assistant Manager of the Lafayette Location.  Mike and Anthony, along with Pam Cotham, are the Purchasing Agents for Fresh Flowers.  Pam also assists Kayla Trahan, Sheryl Falcon-Bearb and Bobbie Breaux in the Sales department.  Cindi Babineaux is the Shipping and Receiving Manager in Lafayette.  Kathy Trahan is the Purchasing Agent for hard goods and floral supplies.  


A second warehouse was opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1970.  Richard “Rick” Hill is the Manager of the Baton Rouge location.  Ann Lemoine is the Purchasing Agent for hard goods and floral supplies.  Rick works along with Kristy Davis as the Purchasing Agents for Fresh Flowers.  Kristy, along with Betty Jo Smith and J.W. Smith, work in the Sales department.


The current members of the Board of Directors for LA Wholesale Florists, Inc. are as follows:  Harry “Bubba” Mey III, President; Douglas Wax, Vice President; Anne Sattler, Secretary; Todd Steele, Treasurer; Chris Allen, Kerney Broussard, Suzan Dyson, Jeffery Manuel, Samuel Marino Jr., Rodney Nero, Melanie Ourso, and Annette Taylor are Board Members.

Meet The Lafayette Team

Merlin Leger 

General Manager

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2201

Direct Dial:  (337) 524-1076

Cindy Comeaux

Business Manager

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2207

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1082

Michael"Mike" Howerton

Store Manager

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2202

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1077

Anthony Ashy

Asst. Store Manager

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2212

Direct Dial: (337) 541-0031

Cindi Babineaux

Shipping and Receiving Manager

Phone: (337) 237-6010

Pam Cotham

Fresh Flower Buyer

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2203

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1078

Bobbie Breaux

Sales Person

 Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2206

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1080

Kayla Trahan

Sales Person

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2204

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1079

Sheryl Falcon-Bearb

Sales Person

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2205

Direct Dial: (337)-541-1035

Kathy Trahan

Hard Goods Purchasing Agent

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext: 2209

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1083

Tomicka Caruso

AP Fresh/ Office Assistant

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2208

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1081

Priscilla Ortego

AP Hard Goods/Inventory Clerk

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2211

Direct Dial: (337) 524-1085

Linda Kyle

Accts Rec/AP Utilities

Phone: (337) 237-6010 Ext. 2210

Direct Dial: (337)-524-1084

Meet the Baton Rouge Team

Richard "Rick" Hill

Store Manager

Phone: (225) 756-1100 Ext. 2337

Direct Dial: (225) 412-8037

Ann Lemoine

Hard Goods Purchasing Agent

Phone: (225) 756-1100 Ext. 2335

Direct Dial:  (225) 412-8035

Kristy Davis

Fresh Flower Buyer

Phone: (225) 756-1100 Ext. 2338

Direct Dial: (225) 412-8038

Betty Joe Smith

Sales Person

Phone: (225) 756-1100 Ext. 2339

Direct Dial:  (225) 412-8039

J.W. Smith

Sales Person

Phone: (225) 756-1100 Ext. 2334

Direct Dial: (225) 412-8034

Lafayette Location

151 High Meadows Blvd

Lafayette, LA 70507

Phone: (337) 237-6010

Office Fax: (337) 261-4935

Store Fax: (337) 237-4580

Toll-Free: (800) 738-4747

On-Call Phone: (337) 230-6043

Baton Rouge Location

12016 Industriplex Blvd

Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: (225) 756-1100 

Fax: (225) 756-1129

Toll-Free: (800) 738-2837

On-Call Phone: (337) 230-5124

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