"Bring me a retailer who can confirm what you are telling me about the need for this training," she had been told. We got together soon after, and that phone call from Lori began a series of events and a change in for direction for me that had a profound impact on my life and my career. I helped organize the program and secure state funding, and eventually had the rewarding experience of teaching the resilient course.
Based on my work on this program, I was invited to a meeting at the 1988 Summer Atlanta market to discuss a new concept known as FIT - the Floorcovering Installation Training Council. FIT was envisioned to be an independent entity, with representation from all facets of the industry, which would create a training curriculum and eventually support installation schools around the country. I met a number of people at that meeting, the most notable being Jim Walker, who went on to found CFI, the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association.