Our editorial director and my colleague and friend, Jon Namba, is a busy guy. I can’t think of one trade event we’ve covered together where he doesn’t need to excuse himself during a meeting to take a call about his contracting business or his inspection work. He’s also an instructor for the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and holds many behind-the-scenes responsibilities across the industry as a noted consultant and expert.
If you ever need to find Jon during a show, just look for him stopped in an aisle surrounded by installers, contractors and manufacturers eager to ask him his thoughts on the latest industry technologies, pick his brain about a problem they encountered on the job or just enjoy a moment of his company. Jon’s not only a busy guy but a friendly one—and you quickly learn that most of the people you see at these shows year in and year out are part of that network of friends.