The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) announced its 2009 Degree recipients during its convention in Long Beach, California.  A total of 42 members earned NWFA degrees in 2009, bringing the total since the program began to 648.

NWFA degrees recognize individuals who have been members of the NWFA for a minimum of three consecutive years, and who reach specific levels of achievement in wood flooring education, personal accomplishment, and service to the industry.

Craftsman Degrees are awarded to individuals who achieve 25 credits for education, achievement and service, of which 15 must be in education.  This year’s Craftsman Degree recipients are as follows: Joe Albany, Seneca Millwork, Inc., Fostoria, OH; Greg Bethune, Bona US, Aurora, CO; Steve Bewsher, Dura Seal, Buzzards Bay, MA; Donnie Bouchard, Perfection Home Flooring, Glendale, CA; Joe Clarke, Joe Clarke Hardwood Services, Columbus, MS; Jerry Coleman, Porta-Nails, Inc., Wilmington, NC; Joshua Crossman, PTL Hardwoods, Yelm, WA; Cort Dunlap, Hardwood Inspections, Seattle, WA; Jeff Fairbanks, Palo Duro Hardwoods, Inc., Denver, CO; Yves Godbout, Plancher Yves Godbout Flooring, Morin Heights, QC, Canada; Doug LeClair, Heartland Wood Floors Co., Omaha, NE; Michael, Palembas, Palembas Hardwood Floors, Inc., Escondido, CA; Larry Scott, DriTac Flooring Products, Clifton, NJ; Mike Summers, UFloor Systems, Bend, OR; and Rob Zehnder, Colorado Hardwoods, Duluth, GA.

Master Craftsman Degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved the Craftsman Degree, who have attended or served as an instructor at an NWFA Advanced or Expert School and/or has received an NWFA Floor of the Year Award, and who has earned 25 credits, of which 15 are for achievement.  This year’s Master Craftsman Degree recipients are as follows: Johannes Boonstra, Synteko Floor Finishes, Pontiac, MI; Chuck Garvey, Bona US, Lewisville, NC; Nick Motto, Motto’s Flooring, O’Fallon, MO; Mike Osborn, Glitsa American, Inc., Seattle, WA; Don Smithson, Golden State Flooring, S. San Francisco, CA; and Rick Wilson, Floor Man Company, Inc., Toledo, OH.

The Advanced Master Degree is awarded to individuals who have received the Master Craftsman Degree, and who have earned 25 achievement credits.  This year’s Advanced Master Degree recipients are as follows:  Roger Barker, Fortifiber Building Systems, Reno, NV: Alan Blake, Chemque, Inc., Arvada, CO; and Daniel Racareanu, American Woodcraft, Inc., Naperville, IL.

Vanguard Degrees are awarded to individuals who have earned 25 credits, of which 15 are for service and/or achievement to the industry.  This year’s Vanguard Degree recipients are as follows:  Gary Arnold, Powernail Company, Inc., Dove Canyon, CA; Brett Butler, Lenmar, Inc., Houston, TX; Mark Elwell, Bamboo Flooring Hawaii, LLC, Honolulu, HI; Don Finkell, Anderson Hardwood Floors, Clinton, SC; Bryan Fussell, Clarke American Sanders, Kingwood, TX; Barry Gork, Timbermate USA, Inc., Skokie, IL; Drew Kern, Flooring Works, Milton, Ontario, Canada; Steve Lima, Bostik, Inc., Middleton, MA; Chris Livingston, 3M, St. Paul, MN; Greg Mihaich, Norton Abrasives, Niagara Falls, NY; Dayle Moore, Bostik, Inc., Middleton, MA; Randy Moore, RC Moore & Associated, Redding, CA; Tony Robison, Washington Wood Floors, Manassas, VA; and Kim Wahlgren, Hardwood Floors Magazine, Madison, WI.

The Ambassador Degree is awarded to individuals who have received the Ambassador Degree, and who have earned 25 service credits.  This year’s Ambassador Degree recipients are as follows:  Evandro Carvalho, Maximum Hardwood Floors, Coral Springs, FL; Chuck Crispin, Birger Juell, Ltd., Chicago, IL; John Lessick, Apex Wood Floors, Inc., Downers Grove, IL; and Matt White, Hardwood Floor Connection, Danville, CA.

For more information about the NWFA’s degree program, call 800-422-4556, or visit