Dedicated installers from around the nation converged in Arlington, Texas for the 13th annual CFI Convention. Attendees were able to network and attend a variety of educational seminars, as well as learn about the latest installation-related products and services.
Namba, a Master-II installer, is a recent past president of CFI, and is certified to install every type of floor covering material. Jon is considered an expert in the field and one of the best installers in the country. He won first place in the carpet installation contest at Surfaces 2001 prior to joining the WFCA staff, and writes a column for Floor Covering Installer magazine.
Namba is excited about the possibilities that are ahead for CFI, particularly with additional support from WFCA. "I know WFCA wants CFI to be as successful as it can be and is committed to supporting the further growth and influence of CFI," Namba said. "For my part, I look forward to working with all concerned to improve installation and advance the lives of those who make their living installing floor covering."
During the convention, the new executive board, board of directors and committee members for the coming year were named, including the new president, Leon Harrison, CFI Master-II Installer and president of Floors-to-Go in Tucson, Ariz. Daris Mulkin, CFI Master-II Installer, and Suzy Namba, CFI Certified Installer, will co-chair the Certification committee as changes are in place for this program also. Under the direction of Jon Namba, the CFI training programs will become a major focus.
D. Christopher Davis, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association shared the Floor Covering Industry Foundation's goals and methods of assisting those less fortunate. Tony Buckhardt highlighted the donations awarded through the foundation that was established in memory of his father, George Buckhardt. Throughout the convention, donations were received from the members through various opportunities. CFI's contribution this year was almost $11,000, which is divided equally between the two organizations. A beautiful area rug contributed by Glenn and Adam Olsen of Realfloors.com, New York City brought over $4,500.00 at the auction. Jim Walker, CFI Auctioneer, praised the enthusiastic giving of the members. The children's theme area rug will be donated to the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Texas.
A variety of associate seminars offered attendees a chance to learn the latest techniques, tools and products. Participating were AAT, Accor Hotels, APAC, Ardex, Armstrong, Better Tools, Bond/Instabind, Bostik, Crain, Dependable, Halex, Johnsonite, Mapei, Orcon, Roberts/QEP, Seam Master, Koolglide, Sponge Cushion Inc., Taylor Tools, USG, Behr Tools and Natural Fibers Training and Certification.
The Carpet Manufacturers Panel members were Paul Carrell, Patcraft/Shaw; Ken Downey, Beaulieu, James Mullins, Shaw; Randall Green, Mohawk and Andrew Smith of Mohawk. They shared information that assists installers to work as a partner with the carpet manufacturer.
Michael Hetts and Jane Walker's "CFI Business Seminar" offered tips on conducting a successful and profitable flooring installation business. The book that was available for the attendees detailed many aspects of a profitable business.
The excitement of meeting new friends and rekindling existing friendships annually at the CFI Convention combined with the opportunity to learn more about the installation field, products and techniques made this convention one that leaves a lasting reminder throughout the year of the importance of quality flooring installation.