The last entries have been judged, and the final scores have been tallied for the Installation Excellence Awards 2000, an event dedicated to the discovery and promotion of the finest examples of residential and commercial installation, in all material categories, from across the country.

Co-sponsored by National Floor Trends and Floor Covering Installer magazines, the installer responsible for the winning entry in each category will receive $500, while two grand prize winners, one from the residential segment and one from the commercial side, will be awarded four-day Caribbean cruises and round-trip airfare.

This year’s contest far exceeded expectations, with a record number of entries flowing in from across the United States. The judges had a difficult time deciding which entries deserved to be awarded ‘First Prize’ status, and an even more difficult task in selecting the two ‘Grand Prize’ winners.

As an added bonus, one lucky entrant was selected in a random drawing, and will receive the Ultimate Installer’s Toolbox, a collection of the latest installation equipment generously donated by the Awards’ Platinum sponsors.

The awards could not have been held without the support of the industry representatives who donated both their time and financial support to make sure that this was the finest Installation Excellence Awards yet: Orcon; Faus Floors; Advanced Adhesive Technology; Seam Master; PNI; Capitol; Para-Chem; Festo; Dependable Chemical; ProKnee; Pan American Screw; TecPly; Alloc; Universal Flooring; and Personna.

First Place - Residential Laminate

Installer – “Mr. Mike” Maminskas. Dealer/Retailer – Pucher’s Decorating Centers. Materials – Wilsonart.

First Place - Residential Wood

Installer – Doug and John Highlander. Dealer/Retailer – Golden State Floors. Materials – Kentucky Wood Floors; American Floor Sanders; Super 7 edger

First Place - Commercial Resilient

Installer – Matt Marwick. Dealer/Retailer – Precision Floorcrafters Inc. Materials – Armstrong VCT tile.

First Place - Residential Carpet

Installer – Joseph Leech. Dealer/Retailer – Don Bailey Carpets. Materials – Mohawk carpet; Orcon Industries.

First Place - Residential Ceramic

Installer – Randy Styhl. Dealer/Retailer – Miles Distributor’s. Materials – Seneca Tile.

First Place - Commercial Carpet

Installer – Dale Helfenstein. Dealer/Retailer – Auntie M’s Interior Motives. Materials – Shaw.

First Place - Commercial Laminate

Installer – Joe and John Imel. Dealer/Retailer – Dave’s Design. Materials – Wilsonart.

First Place - Commercial Wood

Installer – David Marzalek. Dealer/Retailer – Rare Earth Hardwoods. Materials – Galleher; Bostic; 3M; Rare Earth Hardwoods.

First Place - Residential Resilient

Installer – Cullen Rogers and Mike McTaggert. Materials – Amtico International, Inc.

First place - Commercial Ceramic

Installer – James Voelker. Dealer/Retailer – James Voelker Floor & Wall. Materials – Dal-Tile; Texas Tile.

Ultimate Installer's Toolbox Winner

Installer – Verne H. Marks. Dealer/Retailer – Baltimore Floor Supply. Materials – Various mills and wood grades; Dynamic Laser; Clarke Classic Sanders; Duraseal.

Grand Prize Winner - Residential

Installer – Mark J. Zepplin. Dealer/Retailer – Lexco Tile and Supply. Materials – Epstone SEMAB; TEC; Aqua Mix, Inc.

Grand Prize Winner - Commercial

Installer – Harris Nakamura. Dealer/Retailer – Alli Flooring Inc. Materials – Lonseal; Burke cove base.