The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has announced its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner – Don Rado, former ceo of All Tile, Inc.
Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional leadership or contributions that
have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution industry.
was chosen for his lifelong commitment to advancing the industry and his
support of NAFCD over the years," said NAFCD President Fred Reitz.
"We are honored to have had him serve in several NAFCD leadership
positions, including president, and for his continued contributions to the
early age of 10-years-old, Rado began his career in the floor covering
distribution industry, working for his father's company, Rado's Floor Covering
Co. Following his time at The Ohio State University and in the U.S. Army, he
returned to the industry, working for Sandura Company (Sandura Floor Covering)
and American Biltrite Rubber Co. (Amtico Flooring Division). In 1975, he
purchased All Tile, Inc., and as CEO, he grew the company by adding coverage in
10 mid-western states. Before retiring in 2002, he appointed his son-in-law Bob
Weiss to CEO, who he was "fortunate to have take over, as Bob continued to
grow the company."
with the entire management group at All Tile, I can say that we were fortunate
to have been taught by one of the greatest thinkers in our industry," said
Weiss. "Don would always think we were not 'listening' to his
advice...What he didn't realize is that we all took notes, which allowed us to
grow All Tile in his image."
retired, Rado is still involved with the company and industry. He works for All
Tile, Inc. as what he calls an "insultant," where he provides
leadership and guidance when needed. He also continues to remain active within
NAFCD. His primary occupation, however, is "aspiring golf professional."
NAFCD years ago because of the opportunity to network and share success stories
with peers," said Rado. "It's most gratifying to be recognized by
those peers with the Lifetime Achievement Award. I am truly honored."
the award, an individual must have a minimum of 15 years experience in any
field of the floor covering distribution channel, such as manufacturer,
distributor or service provider. The individual must also have provided
leadership, growth or assistance in fostering the ideals and best practices in
the floor covering industry and has served in a position of leadership within
an organization. Nominations for the 2011 award will open mid-year of 2011.
Rado will receive the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAFCD General Breakfast & Member Meeting,
taking place November 17 at the inaugural 2010 NAFCD & NBMDA Distributor
Marketplace. For more information, visit
NAFCD announces its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner
October 1, 2010