Houston Treasure for 2014
Photo by: Evin Thayer Studios
Born in Lebanon to a well known flower grower, Nino Shbeeb’s floral roots run deep. Having a floral farm that distributed to five countries in the Middle East, his parents educated Nino at a young age in the knowledge of horticulture and business. Nino’s family raised him to love the Lord and to have a heart for giving to others.
In the 1970’s, Nino relocated to Akron, Ohio searching for the American dream. It was there he married and had four sons, all of whom are involved with his business today. After Nino’s first week in America, the Teleflora Corporation wrote a 14-page article about his one-of-a-kind creations.
His floral work has been showcased in national and international publications. Nino has received multiple awards for his floral masterpieces and has created spectacular designs for U.S. Presidents, Lebanese dignitaries, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the king of Bahrain, country music stars, professional athletes, fashion designers and numerous television personalities.
Nino is a longtime member of Gideon International, The Dover Club and Second Baptist Church of Houston, where, along with his two eldest sons, he was recently dedicated as a Deacon.
He continues to give his time, talents, and finances to a number of causes and charities including: Texas Right To Life, The Source for Women, The Star of Hope Mission, Helping a Hero, The Casa Home Tours benefiting Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Living Water, Beauty Will Rise, and American Diabetes Association, just to name a few.
When Nino was asked, “How do you have such passion for designing flowers?” He answered simply “Because I feel God’s pleasure when I design.” Above all, he is grateful for God bringing his four sons and his four grandchildren into his fold. He gives God all of the glory for this and for all of his personal accomplishments and opportunities to help others throughout his life.