A record-breaking number of people from every sector of the flooring industry attended the 24th Annual Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) Convention in Orlando, Fla. Installers, retailers, inspectors, manufacturers, and others attended the three-day event, where Robert Varden, vice president of CFI, welcomed attendees and thanked sponsors for their support in promoting education within the flooring industry.
The convention included a “who’s who” line-up of industry speakers. Scott Humphrey, CEO of WFCA, presented “Leadership Strategies That Work,” focused on guiding industry teams successfully through a rapidly changing business environment. Varden provided presentations on CFI’s international reach, including the opening of the new CFI Division in Shanghai, China, and ongoing training with Beaulieu de Brazil, and other programs. Paul Pleshek of the National Academy for Floor Covering Training presented “Third Party Inspections: Biased or Beneficial?” and Jeff King, general counsel for the WFCA, addressed the question “Are You Ready for an Immigration Raid or Audit?”