Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) announced its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Don Rado, former CEO of All Tile. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional leadership or contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution industry. Rado will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAFCD General Breakfast & Member Meeting, taking place Nov. 17 at the inaugural 2010 NAFCD & NBMDA Distributor Marketplace.
“Don was chosen for his lifelong commitment to advancing the industry and his support of NAFCD over the years,” said NAFCD president Fred Reitz. “We are honored to have had him serve in several NAFCD leadership positions, including president, and for his continued contributions to the organization.”
At the early age of 10, Rado began his career in the floor covering distribution industry, working for his father’s company, Rado’s Floor Covering. Following his time at Ohio State University and the U.S. Army, he returned to the industry, working for Sandura Company (Sandura Floor Covering) and American Biltrite Rubber Co. (Amtico Flooring Division). In 1975, he purchased All Tile, Inc., and as CEO, he grew the company by adding coverage in 10 mid-western states. Before retiring in 2002, he appointed his son-in-law Bob Weiss to CEO, who he was “fortunate to have take over, as Bob continued to grow the company.”
“Along with the entire management group at All Tile, I can say that we were fortunate to have been taught by one of the greatest thinkers in our industry,” said Weiss. “Don would always think we were not ‘listening’ to his advice. What he didn’t realize is that we all took notes, which allowed us to grow All Tile in his image.”
Although retired, Rado is still involved with the company and industry. He works for All Tile as what he calls an “insultant,” where he provides leadership and guidance when needed. He also continues to remain active within NAFCD. His primary occupation, however, is “aspiring golf professional.”
“I joined NAFCD years ago because of the opportunity to network and share success stories with peers,” said Rado. “It’s most gratifying to be recognized by those peers with the Lifetime Achievement Award. I am truly honored.”
To receive the award, an individual must have a minimum of 15 years experience in any field of the floor covering distribution channel, such as manufacturer, distributor or service provider. The individual must also have provided leadership, growth or assistance in fostering the ideals and best practices in the floor covering industry and has served in a position of leadership within an organization. Nominations for the 2011 award will open mid-year of 2011.
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