Jon Namba, one of our new columnists, is a well-known figure in the floor covering installation community. Currently, Jon is the technical director for the World Floor Covering Association, and is also the president of CFI, the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association. As anyone who has met him will attest, Jon has a remarkable scope of knowledge on all aspects of floor covering installation. Recently, he has been focusing on resilient installation since the departure of FCI’s long-time resilient expert, Reggie Hill. Next year, Jon will be branching out into many new subjects, including customized and specialty installations.
Mickey Moore, another relative newcomer to our FCI lineup, is currently the technical director of the Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA). Mickey’s technical expertise on all areas of hardwood flooring makes him a very valuable addition to our lineup of columnists.
David Gobis, executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, is our newest addition to the FCI roster. A third-generation tile setter with over 30 years of ceramic installation experience, Dave will be covering all aspects of ceramic tile installation in every issue next year.
Michael Hetts, FCI’s resident carpet expert, is a CFI-certified Master Installer with more than 30 years of experience. His column, “A Carpet Installer’s Notebook,” is one of FCI’s longest running and most popular columns.
Joe Grady has a long history in the floorcovering installation community, and works as a flooring problem expert with Advanced Testing Services. Joe’s “From the Technical Expert” column examines installation technology, terminology, regulations and many other flooring-related subjects.
Ken Knudtzon currently serves as the Chairman of the NAFCD’s Floor Covering Adhesive Manufacturers Committee. His “Best Job Practices” column examines ways for floor covering installers to improve their business skills.
Gary Kloth’s “Getting Down to Business” column also deals with the business aspects of the installation trade. Gary is a longtime member of FCICA and a vocal advocate of training for installers. Thanks also to the various members of CFI, FIANA, and FCICA who take the time each month to give their insights into our trade.
In addition to our already solid lineup of writers, we are also planning some exciting additions, as well as the return of an old friend of FCI, so stay tuned for these new developments.