What a CFI convention! The camaraderie; the enthusiasm; the excitement; the energy; and the friendships made and renewed, cannot be equaled anywhere! From the moment that Ed and Cindy Braile began decorating the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. for the Sept. 7-10 event, one could see this would be another great weekend for CFI. D. J. Harrington, Terry Dollinger, and Bernie Madden hosted another outstanding event, with educational seminars presenting the latest information and installation techniques.

The membership elected new officers and board members to lead the CFI for the coming year. Please welcome incoming President Bob Gillespie, #1, of Grain Valley, Mo.; Vice President Andre Southworth, #174, of Ogden, Utah; and Secretary/Treasurer Cynthia Aufiero, # 680, of Freehold, NJ.

The new board members elected at this year’s convention are: Jodi Bluejacket of Dallas, Tex.; Tony Buckhardt, #5460, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Terry Dollinger, Master Installer #9, of Sedalia, Mo.; Tom Miller, Master Installer #5661, of Cedar Rapids, IA.; Dave Nestor, Master Installer #5660, Villa Park, Ill.; Joe Sidor, Master Installer #1499, Kalispell, Mont.; David Kane Simon, #6993, New York City; and Robert Varden, Master-II # 969 of Oakland, Calif.

With a team such as this, in addition to the current board members, CFI will continue to make a difference in the flooring installation segment of our industry. The enthusiasm and dedication of those elected to serve will enhance the growth and prosperity of the CFI.

The board of directors discussed many issues facing the CFI in the coming years. The board will be recommending changes to the bylaws, as well as emphasizing the self-funding of the organization by developing new channels of support. Our current financial status was reviewed, and it was agreed that it has steadily improved each year for the past seven years, making it possible to be financially independent for 2001. The annual associate dues for larger firms will remain $500, but the $100 dues have been increased to $200.

A committee structure has been developed to involve more members and reach new installers and associates, to let them share in the benefits of an organization destined to change the installation segment of the industry. The committees will be very aggressive in pursuing the growth of CFI.

CFI’s mission is to create and maintain awareness for quality installation while promoting customer satisfaction. The topics of the seminars held at Convention 2000 will be featured in future issues of “The CFI Professional” for all members to obtain the up-to-date information crucial to success in the installation trade.

Convention 2001 will feature a complete format change, encompassing the program, seminars, and entertainment. Andrew Aufiero is chairman of the 2001 committee; Don Styka and Jimmy Walker will co-chair the prize committee; a mill tour will be included; and many new and exciting ideas will provide the backdrop for the Los Angeles-based event in July 2001. It sounds exciting, so start planning today!