The finalists stand tall at Friday's award ceremony

The crowd was line up as far as the eye could see for this year's event
The 4th Annual World Floor Covering Association National Installation Contest at Surfaces 2001, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, brought together one of the most balanced and competitive fields the event has ever seen. The two-day contest saw 20 of the floor covering installation industry’s elite technicians put their skills to the test to compete for the privilege of being recognized as the industry’s best.

Doss Davis goes outside the box, as it were, for the hands-on segment
“This year is the best ever,” Contest Judge David Hunt said. “I’ve competed in the contest in the past, and I’m anxious to see who’s going to win.”

Dick Bray(l) and BNP Group Publisher Phil Johnson(r)present the carpet division's first place winner, Jon Namba, with his trophy
The event is enjoying a previously unseen level of prestige, something that is due in no small part to WFCA Technical Services Manager Dick Bray, who has overseen the development of the competition since its inception. Never one to administrate from afar, Bray could be seen roaming the competition area throughout the hands-on segment, helping ensure that things ran smoothly.

"Come on lad, put your back into it!"
The finalists competed either in the carpet or resilient category, 10 in each. They were selected from eight regional contests held across the country during the latter part of 2000.

To the casual observer, installation can be a chaotic art
The competitors are judged in three criteria: a written exam; a repair project; and a hands-on competition. The scores from the three segments are tabulated, with the top two all-around scorers in each category receiving a trophy reflecting their accomplishment, as well as $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Robert Varden checks his work during the competition
The competitors, judges, and interested observers gathered Friday, Feb. 2, for the awards presentation. Gary Wasmund, honorary chairman of Surfaces 2001, expressed his gratitude to the contestants for all their hard work.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for exposing yourselves to us, as it were,” Wasmund said. “We hope to see all of you again next year.”

"Ah, so that's what it's supposed to look like."
The winners of the 2001 WFCA National Installation Contest are:
First Place, carpet: Jon Namba
First Place, resilient: Mike Suffia
Second Place, carpet: Mark Biron
Second Place, resilient: David Rowden

Judging this year’s contest were Don Weber; Terry Johnson; David Hunt; Tim Province; Jake Jacobs; and Jim Fitzpatrick.

Sponsors of the 2001 WFCA National Installation Contest include: Domco; Ardex; Orcon; Marshalltown; Mohawk; Taylor Tools; Airsled, Inc.; National Carpet Equipment; Roberts; Futura; Carpenter; Beno J. Gundlach; and Floor Covering Installer and National Floor Trends magazines.