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Meet The Team

One of the things that set East Coast apart from all others is the strength of design experience within our sales team.  Steve, Jamal, Donna, Pamme. Laurie, and Alison all come to the wholesale side of the business from decades in the retail and event side.  First and foremost they are DESIGNERS.  They know what it means to sell a “look” and then keep within your budget.  When you need to change directions mid-stream it is not a problem. They understand flowers- from the feel to the smell to the life cycle to the cost.  You can be confident in their recommendations because they have been there and used it.  It’s what separates East Coast from the other wholesale houses out there. 

 

Leadership

Steve Geruso - Owner
Steve is the owner of East Coast and brings a lifetime of passion for this industry to the table every day.  His experience as a designer and years in the trenches of the “shop” came together to provide the boutique wholesale experience to Connecticut and New York. When you meet him and take a tour, you’ll see why East Coast is the unique place it is. The focus of East Coast is providing the highest quality, consistent product available in the industry. Steve is focused on the high standards and expectations of our client’s clientele and is NOT interested in being just another warehouse in the mix. Steve has a personal relationship with each of our clients and his door (and phone) is always open to you.  Steve’s positive attitude and desire to provide excellent service sets the tone for all of us here.  Once you have met Steve- you’ll get it.
Jamal Ansari - Senior VP Operations
Jamal is the SVP of Operations at East Coast.  His relationships with the farms and Dutch auction houses are what make East Coast the premier wholesale source in the area.  Watch Jamal spend his days and you will see a little touch of Wall Street, a bit of real estate and the local guy all rolled into one skilled buyer.  Jamal’s ability to procure product from all over the world is the reason East Coast is in a class by itself.  The relationships that he builds and maintains throughout his global visits and daily interaction ensure that you can order with confidence.  In the case of a wrinkle in the process, be it a customs hold up or a farm’s inability to fulfill the order, Jamal’s relationships makes it possible to regroup and get you back on track.

Sales Team

Richard Wright - Local Vendor Manager
Richard comes to East Coast from the venerated Greens Farms Cut Flower Exchange in Westport, CT. A veteran of wholesale flower sales, Richard is our guy for our local vendors. Blooming branches and our local farms are where Richard’s strengths really shine. In addition, Richard’s relationship with farms from Maine to the Carolina Coasts is what provides us with the most gorgeous, varied holiday green selection in the business. Richard also spearhead’s our supply department. If you need it, and we don’t have it here- Richard can find it for you.
Donna Guzman
There isn’t an aspect of the floral industry that Donna has not had her hand in.  When it comes to a working knowledge of flowers there is no one more qualified than Donna.  Her expertise in shop inventory management and seasonal availability makes her a favorite of our storefront clients. She is also an expert in special event ordering and is our account manager for the education department at the New York Botanical Gardens.
Cesar Echeragay - Wholesale 
Cesar is our elegant Argentinian with a strong background in floral wholesale.  His experiences combined with his bi-lingual skills have made Cesar an indispensable member of the East Coast team.  We value all of our clients and are proud to be able to offer our Spanish-speaking clients a touchstone with Cesar.  Cesar also manages our vases and containers and our Facebook page.  He’s your guy if you are looking for a container that we don’t carry as part of our regular inventory.
Pamme Jones - Creative Team
As a CLIENT of East Coast for a decade, Pamme got to experience first-hand their excellent customer service and ability to follow through.  Pamme also brings decades of shop experience to her resume. She is quick to offer suggestions or substitutes and has a real strength in keeping her clients on budget for their events. Her clients love to bounce ideas around and draw from her vast experience with install, mechanics and design. Pamme also loves to communicate via text and email, and can often answer your question right away.  
Laurie Tomaszek
After a brief time away, we have Laurie back. Laurie has literally spent her life in a flower shop. This industry is her chosen profession and we get all the knowledge she brings to the table- shop, event and industry experience, as well as an amazing design aesthetic. Laurie is one of those genuinely happy and kind people. Her clients love to have her on their side. She is quick and efficient and excels on keeping her clients on track, on trend and on budget.
Alison Corbett
For years, Alison spent her summers on the Vineyard working events all summer long. While she loved her time on the island, she grew tired of living in the summer shacks and made the leap to full time “Connecticutian.” She’s a gifted designer and we are thrilled to have Alison with us now.
Marissa Groot
Ok, Marissa is actually Dutch- from the Netherlands and blond, Dutch all the way. So are her husband and their two adorable children. Though it is just a few days a week, we are glad to have her. Once those kids get older, we will demand that she is here more. Like many of us here, Marissa grew up in the industry. She comes from many generations of Dutch flower growers. Her father was a well-respected grower. She’s been a grower, a buyer, part of the Dutch auction…she is an amazing designer and we love having her first hand Dutch knowledge at our beck and call.

Plant Team

Lou Milazzo - Plant Department Manager
As the manager of the plant department, Lou is undefinable. First, he knows his stuff. He has a real eye for the unusual and never ceases to have something on the shelves that everyone stops to ask about. Second, Lou has been around a long time- he ran his own second-generation flower and plant business- and that experience shows. His relationships with his suppliers are built on those years, and East Coast benefits from it.
Linda Cavanaugh - Design Team 
When Linda puts together a plant basket, it rarely rests on display! Her gorgeous, lush plant arrangements are a favorite of East Coast clients- we dare you to pass one by! Linda is an accomplished designer in her own right and can often be found in her secret corner where she makes her designs come to life. Whether you get inspired by something she did on spec or have a specific request in your own container, Linda is sure to exceed your expectations when it comes to all things in designing with plants.

Office Staff

Samantha Dorsey - Office Manager
Sam’s the front line here at East Coast. She is the first on the phones and runs the office so EVERYBODY gets to talk to her. She is a multi-tasking fiend and we are pretty sure efficiency is her middle name. Sam is always quick with a smile and a laugh- another person that sets us apart from the rest. Her faithful beagle Hunnie has been a regular here at the warehouse, and may be the team member our clients most look forward to seeing…
Robbin Golas 
Robbin is a regarded member of the team. She backs Sam up in the busy seasons and manages our accounts for the bookkeeper. She is quick with a smile and has known our clientele since the beginning. If you need some research done on anything you have dealt with here at East Coast- Robbin is the one to see.
Carrie Moran - Bookkeeper / Accounts Payable
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Stacey Whitney
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Our Drivers

Arthur, Jack, Nick, Jon, Raul & Kenny

 
We love our team of drivers. They are kind and approachable and best of all- dare we say it- able to switch gears. They support each other and help to- here comes another- roll with any changes they need to make in routing and timing so that we can get your product to you in a timely fashion. And just like the postman, neither rain nor snow…

The Packing Team

Norma Parr

 
Norma is the heart and soul of the warehouse. She’s been here since the start, she has been in the floral industry forever, and she expects excellence in execution. She expects it from the sales and office staff, she expects it from her packing team and she expects from herself. That’s it. No one works harder than Norma and we all just try to keep up. If you have been to East Coast, you know what we are talking about.
Faustino, Mariano & Elmer

 
Joining Norma are Faustino, Mariano and Elmer. Always ready with a smile and a knack for getting EVERYTHING loaded into your car, the guys help to keep the machine at East Coast running smoothly. Their diligence and vigilance in unpacking product and staging it, then rotating and managing the cooler insure that East Coast is always stocked with the freshest, highest quality product. Their keen eyes make sure that our standards are upheld from when the product arrives at our warehouse until it is packed and loaded onto our trucks and brought to your door.