The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has had a busy year filled with continuous training and education sessions, the St. Louis Regional Installation Competition and flooring installation donations through the Gary Sinise R.I.S.E. program. Additionally, the NWFA and its team have partnered with others to bring hardwood flooring installers new technology to make their install life easier. Let's take a look back at some of the highlights of the year for NWFA. 

Read: NWFA Announces New Member Management System

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has been working to improve its member experience by implementing a new member account system.

Read: NWFA Exposes Local High School Students to Hardwood Flooring Industry as Career Option

Local area high school students were shuttled to the Tampa Convention Center during the NWFA Expo where they were introduced to the hardwood flooring industry as a career option by a panel of flooring industry professionals.

Read: Roy Reichow Inducted into NWFA’s Legacy Scholarship Program

Reichow's wood flooring career began in 1974 when he founded Reichow Parquet Flooring, which he ran with his wife, Michelle, for more than 40 years before starting National Wood Flooring Consultants in 2000.

Listen: Women in Flooring: Anita Howard

For our #WomenInFlooring podcast, Anita Howard, COO, National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), talks about her journey from city life to country living, her college goals and how her college education brought her to the flooring industry. She speaks to her 21 years with the NWFA, the support she has received, the growth she has experienced and the confidence she has built through it all. At the end, she gives some sound advice to other women on navigating career challenges.

Read: NWFA University Honored as Best Not-For-Profit Training Program

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) announced that its online learning platform, NWFA University (NWFAU), has received its fourth SAP Litmos Lenny Award for Best Not-for-Profit Training Program.

Read: Wood Flooring Sand and Finish: The Importance of Learning a New Skill

So, you want to know some tricks of sanding and finishing? Lenny Hall, NWFA regional instructor, talks about the importance of learning how to sand and finish hardwood floors and what even the most experienced sand/finisher can gain.

Read: City Floor Supply, NWFA Hosted Intermediate Sand and Finish Training

City Floor Supply (CFS), a leading hardwood flooring distributor, recently partnered with the National Wood Floor Association (NWFA) to offer Intermediate Sand and Finish Training to hardwood flooring contractors.

Read: NWFA Regional Instructors Teach Master Craftman Skills

The sessions covered high-level skills like wood bending.

Read: Winners Announced for TISE St. Louis Regional Installation Competition

The second regional installation competition in St. Louis, Missouri was held at the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) training facility where six flooring installers competed in either the wood or carpet category for a chance at the National Installer of the Year title which will take place during The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas.

Read: Floorcloud Partners with NWFA to Launch New Hardwood Acclimation Technology

Floorcloud, a technology platform developed to improve jobsite quality control, has partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) to add hardwood acclimation monitoring to its software.

Read: NWFA, Somerset Donate Flooring to US Army Sergeant Bryan Anderson

The National Wood Flooring Association has provided flooring for its 66th home in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program. The home dedication for United States Army Sergeant (Ret.) Bryan Anderson took place on November 9, in Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee.