“This year’s theme, ‘The Power of One,’ tells the CFI story of how each member has contributed to the growth of the organization,” explains Executive Director Jim Walker. “This theme will prevail throughout the weekend, paying tribute to everyone who has been responsible for the substantial membership that CFI enjoys today.”
The CFI/WFCA Leadership Conference, developed by Jim Walker and D.J. Harrington, began 8 a.m. Thursday. D. Christopher Davis, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association, participated, as well as other guest speakers. The conference provided an opportunity for those looking to add to their skills as leaders in the industry. Attendance has continued to grow each year since the conference’s inception and, due to seating availability, only CFI members may attend. If seats are still available on July 16, those on the waiting list will be notified.
Along with the Chapter Meeting, The CFI “First Timer’s Reception” and “First Timer’s Meeting” are both scheduled for Thursday evening. Earlier that afternoon, the CFI Master-II written test will be given.
Friday morning, the CFI Educational Extravaganza begins. “The two-hour workshops include the latest information available to the flooring community,” notes Convention Committee Chairman Andrew Aufiero. “We schedule many of our events a year in advance in order to bring the best knowledge to our attendees.”
That evening, CFI installers and associates wear their “Pride,” dressed in the attire that best represents how they advertise their companies daily. Those who best exemplify CFI professionalism will be selected as “The Best Dressed Stars of the Evening.”
During the meetings, the Charlie Gress Award recipients for 2001, along with the winners of the CFI jackets, will be announced. The 2001 Leadership Conference Attendees and the new Regional Certification Teams will also be introduced. The “Big CFI Brunch” will close out the convention Sunday morning.