Long-time National Wood Flooring Association Executive Director/CEO Ed Korczak has announced his retirement, effective immediately. Korczak had originally planned to remain with the NWFA until the end of 2011, working side by side with COO Michael Martin to transition into the association’s new leadership. But after the NWFA’s convention last month in San Diego, Korczak felt that he could hand over the reins and move on to the next phase of his life.

“It was a great convention in San Diego, and a wonderful roast,” Korczak stated. “It was a lot of fun looking back on the many friendships I’ve made in this industry, but the time has come for me to move on. NWFA’s leadership transition is well underway, allowing me the luxury of retiring earlier than I had originally planned. I thank everyone for a memorable 17 years with the NWFA. God bless you all.”

NWFA Chairman Rick Holden recognized that Korczak’s “contributions to the NWFA and the industry have been significant” and that Korczak “will be missed. We wish him well in his retirement.”

With Korczak’s announcement, Martin takes over as NWFA’s ceo.