Forney, Texas -- CFI partnered up with Pruitt Home Services and Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet to host an Advanced Carpet and Hardwood/Laminate Training and Certification in Kansas City. The event drew in close to 50 installers spanning from Wisconsin to Georgia.
“Being able to get back to our roots in Kansas City and get in touch with installers in the area is something that we [at] CFI live to do, and there is no greater feeling than being back ‘home’ and having so much support while there,” said Robert Varden, vice president of CFI.
Dwayne Pruitt, president of Pruitt Home Services, CFI Installer #8883, CFI Certifier, and the current CFI Kansas City Chapter Leader has been with the CFI family since 2001, when CFI was based in Kansas City. Pruitt explained to the installers in attendance how important it was to take pride in holding a CFI certification and how it sets them apart from others, much how he learned this same concept back in 2001.
“Not only were we able to show these guys and gals the professionalism that comes with being a CFI Certified Installers, but we were able to teach them new techniques and how to use new tools and technology on a jobsite," said Pruitt. "It is important, in this industry, to understand that all things that were taught decades ago were not all good and that is what we, as CFI, are trying to correct moving forward. We have to break the bad habits in order to continue to give quality in the flooring industry.”
Along with Pruitt, Lindsey Duby of Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet was a huge help with drawing in local installers for this Advanced Level Carpet and Hardwood Certification. Duby and Big Bob’s generously provided the training space needed for a big group such as this one and were more than accommodating for the 2-day training and certification. Big Bob’s also encouraged a bulk of their own crews to attend the training and test out to receive their CFI Certifications.
"In the 35+ year history of Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet of Kansas City, our owners have continually spoke about the importance of continue education for all staff," said Duby. "Last month, the CFI class that took place in their building in Overland Park for close to 50 journeymen was a prime example of how the Elyachar brothers remain involved to improve their business and our industry as a whole. Both David and Adam strive to do all they can for not only their sales team, but the installation crews that are installing the product they sell. I am very happy to be a representative of this company and we were honored to host such a great event."
CFI’s long-time supporters and sponsors were graciously recognized and thanked during the event by Robert Varden. Also recognized were the local retailers in the area that helped donate product for the training. With an event as big as this one, CFI found it necessary to bring out the elite-top CFI trainers and instructors such as Bob Gillespie, Jonathan Varden, Dwayne Pruitt, Dave Garden, and WFCA’s Tom Jennings who hit on customer service.
“If it weren’t for our members and supporters such as: Personna/Accutec Blades, E.J Welch & Co., Mohawk, Congoleum, Traxx, Leggett & Platt, Tarkett, Pak-Lite, Lowes and more, CFI would not be able to reach out to the next generation of Flooring Professionals," Varden added. "We don’t just provide training and certification for you all, we provide you with a tech line that will be there to answer any questions regarding all surfaces, the newest line-up of tools and techniques to help you sharpen your skill set, and of course any new technology aspects that will benefit you and your company. This is all thanks to our sponsors.”
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