We’re extremely proud of the team we’ve assembled at Family Flowers - McCarthy Group Florists. Take a moment to get to know a few of our top designers, visionaries, and innovators.
Brian McCarthy has always been in the floral industry. Growing up in his father Bud McCarthy's “Bokay Shop,” he quickly developed a finely honed sales prowess and a relentless entrepreneurial spirit. By age 23, he owned seven of his own flower shops; today, he owns and operates dozens of shops around the nation in addition to several other non-floral business endeavors, including residential and commercial real estate holdings in 10 states. Brian also owns the Bloody Point Golf Club & Resort on Daufuskie Island, SC, and McCarthy Flowered Cabs in Scranton, PA. He is considered an industry expert on flower shop valuations and has purchased over 85 floral companies in his career. Brian is a regular guest contributor to Florists’ Review Magazine and has spoken as an entrepreneurial expert at major venues including The White House on multiple occasions. Brian supervises all McCarthy Group operations and directs big-picture initiatives from the headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Erin McCarthy began her floral career assembling Easter corsages for a local florist when she was 13. Today, she is at the helm of the McCarthy Group Florists as owner and visionary. Erin’s expertise in floral operations is extensive - ranging from design and sales to marketing and advertising - but one of her biggest strengths is staff training and team building. With over thirty years of industry experience, Erin now pioneers company-wide initiatives and big-picture strategy alongside her husband, Brian McCarthy.
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Kevin R. McCarthy is the fourth generation of the McCarthy Family to work in the floral business. In 2003, Kevin's enthusiasm for the industry won him a spot on the FTD float in the 114th annual Tournament of Roses Parade. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia and previously managed Bloody Point Golf Club & Resort, a boutique beach resort between Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA. Kevin is responsible for overseeing all operations of McCarthy Group Florists and develops and implements the company's vision. He and his wife, Julianna, live in Alpharetta, Georgia, and work together in the headquarters.
The only granddaughter to the founder of McCarthy Group Florists, Meghan grew up learning about the family business. Throughout her childhood, her father Brian continuously detailed flower and plant names everywhere they went and quizzed her on them. Her dates were usually too intimidated to buy her flowers. Meghan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in Theatre. For the last 5 and a half years, she has built a name for herself in the entertainment world. During her senior year of college, she began making comedic videos on Vine and grew her following to 3.5 million fans and billions of views. She’s continued to gain an audience across many digital platforms including over 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube. Meghan has also starred in comedic web series and been the voice of cuddly characters. While continuing her acting career, Meghan has recently been brought onto the McCarthy team to share her social media knowledge and expertise.
The McCarthy Group’s lead marketing strategist, Julianna McCarthy is a self-proclaimed "font snob" and wordsmith extraordinaire. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her degree in English from the University of Georgia, and has spent the years since cultivating a passion for the field of communications. Her strengths include print collateral, social media, advertising, and web design. She and her husband, Kevin, recently joined the floral industry full-time and are looking forward to inspiring a new generation of flower-lovers.
Bob is a highly experienced strategic and operations executive with demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams of individuals in difficult, fast-paced business environments and competitive industries. With a track record of more than 25 years of strategic planning, business development and product management Bob comes to the McCarthy company with a background including President/CEO of a national furniture manufacturer, distributor, software developer & forty store retail operation. Bob’s responsibilities include the oversight of all financial matters of the company as well as the identification of potential opportunities and the development of innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance the competitiveness and growth of the McCarthy Group Florists.
Pat Martinez loves a deal, and since she is the head buyer for the McCarthy Group, that is good news for flower-lovers. A second-generation florist, Pat’s experience in Floral Retail Management Operations spans over forty years, with the past fifteen spent largely in wholesale. Pat works with top growers and farms around the globe to get the best prices and quality available, so that McCarthy Florists are able to provide fresh flowers at the best possible price.
Mark is a British-American dual citizen who came to the throes of McCarthy as a freelancer in 2001. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The University of Central England, Mark's work in the USA began in the voiceover industry. Mark has voiced for such luminaries as CNN and Turner Network TV, among others. After utilizing the web as an early pioneer of Internet voiceovers, he met Brian McCarthy; the rest is history. His favorite part of the job is working in the stores. Mark is delighted to be able to partner with the 'new generation' of floral technologists, namely Kevin, Julianna and Taylor. Mark is a qualified high school teacher and is a nationally accredited examiner of secondary education in the UK. ukvox.com.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Connolly serves as General Counsel to the McCarthy Group. His areas of expertise include mergers, acquisitions, business planning, governance and dispute resolution. Mr. Connolly, like the McCarthys, is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania whose association with the McCarthy family spans over four decades.
Frank grew up in the flower business working in the family operation in Tampa Florida for over 25 years. Jennie’s Flowers is now part of the McCarthy Group and Frank has been part of the McCarthy team for over 12 years. Frank has a BA in Marketing from the University of South Florida and works with corporate billing and computer troubleshooting, in addition to overseeing the North Carolina operations.
Ann’s career in the Human Resources arena started with a major chemical company in manufacturing plant environment, concentrating on negotiations, conflict resolution, and employee safety. Ann entered the floral industry as Regional HR Manager with a national florist prior to joining The McCarthy Group as Director of Human Resources. She has now been a part of the McCarthy team for more than 10 years.
Mark Phillips, Vice President of Operations, joins the McCarthy team with twenty years of experience in executive management. Prior coming onboard with the McCarthy Group, Mark served as VP/C.O.O. for a commercial print manufacturing company. Today, Mark oversees all company operations including scheduling, conflict resolution, repairs, acquisitions and most importantly, customer satisfaction, retention and growth.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Claire has spent the majority of the past 35 years in retail management, with the most recent 20 years within the floral industry. Claire has had previous roles with the McCarthy Group that included managing shops in North Carolina, as well as fresh flower purchasing. She recently rejoined the team and focuses on flower purchasing, improving internal organization, and developing systems and processes to enhance the future of the company. Claire lives in Saint Louis, Missouri and enjoys being able to provide the necessary support for the store teams to be successful. Claire looks forward to finishing out her professional career with the McCarthy Group.
With an M.B.A from Johnson and Wales University, Kelsey uses her experience and knowledge as the Chief Web Officer for McCarthy Group Florists. Her past experience working for the Savannah College of Art and Design and the State of Vermont has contributed to her marketing skills and web-based technology knack. Currently, she handles all things web related to create a meaningful and personal flower buying experience for all online customers.