This is a special edition of the podcast. In light of breaking news regarding the possible purchase of the SF Flower Show, Joe Lamp’l sits down with Tim O’Shea, Steering Committee Chair of the newly appointed transition team tapped to lead the SF Flower & Garden Show into a new era. When this interview was conducted on March 20, the show had just announced they had a buyer the day before. In this interview, we go behind the scenes to hear the news and see what’s in store…
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This is a special edition of the podcast. In light of breaking news regarding the possible purchase of the SF Flower Show, I sat down with Tim O’Shea, Steering Committee Chair of the newly appointed transition team tapped to lead the SF Flower & Garden Show into a new era. When this interview was conducted on March 20, the show had just announced they had a buyer the day before. But already, there was some confusion as to whether this news meant an actual sale or merely a letter of intent. In this interview, we go behind the scenes to hear the news and see what’s in store…
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Interview with Tim O’Shea (not transcribed)
In recent months, a number of popular and established Flower and garden shows have either closed their doors for good, or have downsized greatly, due to a number of reasons. So when news broke recently that the NW and SF Flower Shows were closing, it hit us all pretty hard. If the second and third largest shows in the country were closing, what would be the fate of the smaller shows across America?
Even though you may have never attended the SF Flower & Garden Show, it’s a pretty good bet you’ve heard something great about it. It’s reputation as one of the premier shows in the country draws visitors from all over the world, and keeps loyal attendees coming back year after year. Of all the shows I attend, this is certainly one of my all time favorites. So when founder and owner Duane Kelly announced earlier this year that the show was closing and this would be the last event, fans began to worry if anyone would step up to take it over.
Well, on March 19, word broke that the show did in fact have a new owner. But, was it really a new owner at this point, or was there more to the story? Fortunately, I was heading out the next day to speak at the show, and had a chance to sit down with the new steering committee chairman, Tim O’Shea, for a conversation to get the latest news and clarify exactly where things stood with the purchase.
Outro: Tim O’Shea is a landscape designer and Chairs the steering committee appointed by the potential new buyers of the SFFS. As of today, April third, there are no new developments according to their PR department but according to their website, current owner and Chairman, Duane Kelly anticipates that the flower show will have a new owner by April 30th.
The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show: http://www.gardenshow.com/sf
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