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Crossville receives World Vision’s 2018 Crystal Vision Award

David Koenig, Crossville vice president and general manager of Crossville’s distribution division, Crossville Studios, receiving the Crystal Vision Award.

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville Inc. was recently recognized as the 2018 Crystal Vision Award recipient by World Vision. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization known for its global and domestic commitment to community development, disaster response and child well-being.

The award was presented at an event held during the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas in January. The award is in recognition of Crossville’s longtime commitment to helping reduce poverty issues through its ongoing donations to World Vision.

“Crossville’s partnership with World Vision has changed the lives of thousands of recipients throughout the U.S. and around the world,” said Mary Garcia, corporate engagement director, World Vision U.S. “The product donations have given hope to families in the U.S. following natural disasters. Internationally, the product has improved the lives of children in schools helping provide a safer and cleanlier environment for students. Many hospitals and clinics have a more sterile environment for improved health care, especially for newborns and children. This has definitely saved lives. We are so very thankful for our relationship with Crossville.”

David Koenig, vice president and general manager of the Crossville’s distribution division, Crossville Studios, was on site in Las Vegas to receive the award on behalf of the company.

“We are honored to receive the Crystal Vision Award from World Vision. It’s extremely gratifying to know that families and communities around the world are benefiting from our tile products at times of greatest need, often as they struggle to rebuild after natural disaster,” Koenig said.

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I4F to exhibit at Domotexasia/ChinaFloor 2019

Willemstad, Curaçao—I4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, is exhibiting in Hall N3 at booth #D30 at Domotexasia/ChinaFloor 2019, being held March 26-28 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) in Shanghai, China. I4F’s booth will demonstrate all the latest patents and technologies available via an I4F license. At the show will be a versatile 3D-wall panel installation system as well as new advancements in digital printing and four-sided locking.

Visitors to the booth will see 3L TripleLock—I4F’s flagship one-piece drop-lock technology—which has been extended to lock down four sides, enabling the installation of herringbone and floor tiles in all materials. Attendees will also see cutting-edge technologies licensed by I4F for digital printing on core boards and PVC films. I4F digital printing innovations enable manufacturers to create unique designs with superior optical quality while avoiding unnecessary inventory for pre-printed materials.

“We are excited to be again exhibiting at Domotexasia/ChinaFloor in Shanghai,” said John Rietveldt, I4F’s CEO. “There will be a high level of energy at our booth as we showcase technologically advanced intellectual property and innovations designed to help move the industry onwards and upwards. By meeting real business needs, our patent portfolios, divided into clusters covering locking, surface finishing, wall panels, materials and panel composition and manufacturing processes, provide manufacturers with top-notch technology as well as returns in line with market changes and new product developments.”

I4F’s entire management team will be present at the exhibition and is available to meet with manufacturers as well as distributors and retailers.

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Phenix Flooring sponsors American Heart Association’s Heart Ball

Dalton—Phenix Flooring will attend the American Heart Association (AHA) of Georgia’s Heart Ball at The Farm Golf Club here,March 16. Phenix is a proud Signature Sponsor of The Heart Ball, an annual fundraising event that connects community and business supporters to raise funds that support AHA of Georgia’s mission to fight heart disease and stroke across Northwest Georgia.

“We have been proud sponsors of the Heart Ball for the last five years,” said Mark Clayton, president of Phenix Flooring. “Being good stewards to our community is a key component of our company values and the work the local AHA chapter is doing for Dalton is important for the greater health of the community we’re so fortunate to call home.”

Established by the AHA national organization, the Heart Ball festivities will include a silent auction, dinner and live auction. The AHA has grown to be the nation’s largest voluntary organization focused on preventing heart disease and stroke. Investing more than a grand total of $4.1 billion in research, the AHA invests more than any other U.S. nonprofit organization.

“Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Georgia and common killer of women—taking more lives than all cancers combined,” said Darby Moraitakis, director of marketing at Phenix Flooring. “That’s why Phenix is not only sponsoring events like the Heart Ball, but also implementing healthier habits in our workplace.”

In collaboration with the AHA of Georgia, Phenix Flooring will offer free on-site CPR training for all employees to aid in creating a safer work environment.

Phenix Flooring is one of five signature sponsors of the American Heart Association’s Dalton Heart Ball.

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CCA Global nearly doubles national average for women in senior leadership

Manchester, N.H.—CCA Global Partners is widely recognized for its deep roots in serving family businesses. However, equally important to its success, the company also has a long history of women in leadership positions.

Across the United States, 21% of women in corporate life occupy senior positions, but at CCA Global 41% of the senior spots are filled by women across the company’s offices in Manchester, N.H., and St. Louis. In addition, 50% of all manager positions are held by women which compares favorably to the national average of 39%.

CCA Global’s employees are regularly promoted from within and many enjoy long careers with the company. These leaders are role models who support, promote and live the culture of engagement and inclusivity tightly into the mission of the company. Following is a look at several women in senior positions at CCA Global.

With almost two decades at CCA Global, Lisa Finke, vice president of human resources has been highly engaged in growing the company’s unique corporate culture and facilitated a game-changing initiative for the company—The CCA Way—which is built on four principles: keep an open mind, energize the team, show respect and take responsibility.

“The CCA Way is how we succeed through collaboration,” Finke said. “We hold each other accountable from top to bottom and bottom to top. We speak up and share information and welcome active discussions. We address issues, never individuals. We do the right thing. We recognize that we are part of something larger than ourselves, and we are encouraged to think big, take risks and have the courage to fail.”

Terri Daniels is a prime example of a leader who has worked her way up the ranks. An Air Force veteran, Daniels joined CCA Global in 1993 as one of the first marketing employees for the company. Since then, she has risen in what traditionally is a male-dominated industry and leads today as the vice president of public relations & communications.

“During my time at CCA Global, I have been fortunate to take advantage of a culture that is built on respect, hard work, community and equity,” Daniels said. “CCA Global is a company that helps to level the playing field for smaller and family-owned businesses to effectively compete against larger organizations. This is core to our corporate culture. I’ve always felt respected as an equal and that the leadership of CCA cared about my career growth.”

One of the newer female leaders at CCA Global is Nicole Harding, who joined the company in 2017 as the vice president of CCA Global’s training department, CCA Global University. Entering the retail industry as a teenager, Harding moved up quickly during her career by pulling together adult learning and retail trends to best equip employees for their work and roles. These experiences led to her success in a variety of big name corporations such as Toys R Us, Gap Inc., and The Vitamin Shoppe.

When asked about what advice she would give young women looking to emulate her success, she said, “Having a love for the work you do and keeping an open mind are critical. Leverage your talents in all aspects of life and you’ll soar.”

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HPS Schönox wins Fuse Alliance 2018 Supplier of the Year

Orlando, Fla.—Fuse Alliance recently announced Schönox HPS North America as the recipient of the 2019 Supplier of the Year award. This honor was presented at the Fuse Awards Program during the organization’s annual conference.

The Fuse Awards Program was established to recognize excellence and feature best practices among members and suppliers. Recipients of these awards are chosen based on a survey given to Fuse members. As described by Fuse, Supplier of the Year is a vendor that has performed above and beyond expectations in terms of product quality, service and support. This is the 11th anniversary of this award.

“This award, earned two years in a row now, isn’t a reason for us to rest,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, Schönox HPS North America. “This level of customer service isn’t just reserved for Fuse Alliance and its members. We provide this level of customer service across the industry, and, as much as we appreciate receiving this award, it is our duty to ensure that every flooring installer on every job every day is presented with the best solutions to put down the most perfect floor possible.”

Before being named Supplier of the Year in 2017 and 2018, Schönox HPS North America was awarded Best Support for three consecutive years, from 2014 until 2016. The Best Support award recognizes a supplier demonstrating exceptional support of both the Fuse organization and its members.

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Emser Tile’s Wall Program highlights tile’s dynamic designs

Los Angeles—Emser Tile launched its Wall Program initiative with 18 porcelain and ceramic collections that demonstrate the dynamic design qualities of wall tile.

The Wall Program features a mix of popular Emser Tile collections as well as new, design-forward patterns for a broad range of styles. From three-dimensional geometric shapes and metallic and gloss finishes, to the classic subway tile, these series pair elevated design with trusted durability for residential and commercial backsplashes, accent walls and statement floor-to-ceiling installations in any interior space.

“Walls provide a dynamic surface to explore materials, pattern and finish,” shares Crista Tekstra, senior brand manager for Emser Tile. “At Emser Tile, we challenge ourselves to bring a unique point of view to wall tile, and we hope our Wall Program inspires designers to be creative with material choices on this plane.”

Emser Tile’s Wall Program features the following collections, among others:

Nuovo illustrates undeniable glamour and sophistication through form and texture in a glazed ceramic wall tile. Distinct large-scale geometry is amplified with small-scale etched details to refract light and complement other textures. Four patterns, each in large format panels, add dimensionality to luxurious design statements or subtle backdrops. Available in 12 x 35-inch tiles.

Motif rediscovers the ebb and flow of decorative patterns found in visual art. A delicate lace overlay defines this glazed ceramic subway tile collection. With a selection of neutrals, the collection's understated texture and glossy finish combine to create a unique aesthetic. Available in 4 x 35-inch tiles.

Vertigo's sleek patterns and soft colors coordinate to create a contemporary look. Patterns include plain, linear and chevron. Its unique size and glossy appearance give Vertigo a sophisticated and modern edge. Available in 10 x 30-inch tiles.

Artwork is a fashionable, large-format glazed ceramic wall tile in an eye-catching hexagon and wave-patterned surface. Available in contemporary colors, Artwork is ideal for residential or commercial spaces. Available in 12 x 35-inch tiles.

Place2B is a brick-shaped tile offered in both satin and metallic finishes. It's classic shape and texture allow for the creation of unlimited design solutions. Available in 2 x 10-inch tiles.

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North Carolina students give Mohawk Group, Karastan a hand in sustainability

Eden, N.C.—Rockingham County students in North Carolina recently joined Mohawk Group and Karastan to commemorate the installation of an on-campus SmartFlower solar energy unit with a collaborative hands-on art project facilitated by plant employees. On a canvas backdrop using eco-friendly paint, students from Morehead High School and Central Elementary School covered their hands in different colors and imprinted them around a message embodying Mohawk’s commitment to sustainability: “We Believe in Handprints Over Footprints.”

Last fall, Mohawk Group and nonprofit Groundswell teamed up to locate SmartFlower technology on the campus of Eden’s Central Elementary School. Eden is the home of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven rug and broadloom carpet plant. The system will not only bring clean solar power to the schools and the area, but it also will provide educational opportunities for students and further contribute to Mohawk’s handprinting efforts, which focus on creating products that have a net positive impact across their life cycles.

“Eden students are embracing the positive energy conservation ideas Mohawk and Karastan have presented to the community,” said Megan Hall, human resources manager. “We hope to convey the importance of making a positive contribution to the planet, so their children and grandchildren will have the same resources available to them.”

Mohawk Group has engaged in the partnership with Groundswell to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset the energy and resources used in manufacturing. The North Carolina SmartFlower installationis part of Mohawk’s handprinting strategy and Living Product Challenge Petal Certification for Pivot Point enhanced resilient tile, Sunweave woven area rug and Sunweave broadloom, the latter two are manufactured in Eden. These Living Products weredesigned to give more back to the environment than they take during their life cycle.

The solar energy project in North Carolina is the second of 10 SmartFlowers to be established across the U.S. as part of a three-year partnership between Mohawk Group and Groundswell.

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Tarkett presents changes in executive management committee

Jeff Fenwick

Paris, France—Tarkett has undertaken a review of its strategic priorities with a specific focus on profitability, agility, digital and circular economy. In this context, Tarkett is reorganizing its research and development, and innovation capabilities for the benefit of its customers and operational performance.

The following changes will be effective March 15:

Pierre Barrard, executive vice president of strategic marketing & digital, member of the executive management committee, is now strategic marketing, digital & innovation executive vice president.He will oversee the group's innovation team in close collaboration with the divisions and operations. His mission will be to ensure the development of client-centric innovation and its seamless integration into the group's marketing approach.

Antoine Prevost, executive vice president of operations, member of the executive management committee, is appointed research & development and operations executive vice president.He will oversee the group research team, which is crucial to Tarkett's industrial and procurement challenges. His mission will be to strengthen the efficiency of product and process research and development, in order to better respond to market expectations, technological, regulatory and environmental developments.

In addition Tarkett also announces a new leadership in North America with the appointment of Jeff Fenwick as interim president and CEO of Tarkett North America, effective March 15. He will succeed to Andrew Bonham who has decided to resign from his position for personal reasons. Fenwick will join the group’s executive management committee and will remain based in Tarkett’s North American headquarters in Solon, Ohio.

With more than 20 years of experience in the interior design industry, Fenwick is an accomplished business leader with demonstrated performance in driving growth, margin improvement and organizational effectiveness. He joined Tarkett in October 2012 and was recently promoted as chief operating officer for Tarkett North America, where he was responsible for leadership of the commercial and residential sales and customer service organizations for flooring. Prior to Tarkett, Fenwick served as general manager of Kimball Office and vice president of Kimball International, a leader in office furniture.

Fenwick serves on the board of the International Interior Design Association as industry vice president and sits on the board of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute.

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Parterre Flooring Systems adds to sales team

Wilmington, Mass.—Parterre Flooring Systems has hired Rob Jones as a sales representative for the Alabama and Tennessee markets. With a strong background in flooring and personal experience as a business owner, Jones will assist Parterre in developing new and meaningful relationships within the A&D community.

“We are thrilled to have Rob join us as a sales representative for the Tennessee and Alabama territories,” said Ralph Grogan, CEO, Parterre Flooring Systems. “With Rob’s prior experience selling LVT and heading up national accounts, he will be an asset to Parterre as we grow these important markets.”

Prior to joining Parterre, Jones worked at Centiva as a territory sales representative and then as a national accounts manager. Prior to his role at Centiva, he worked with his father in the furniture business, eventually opening his own store. In addition to working with the Parterre team, Jones owns a brewery where he crafts his own beer. He resides in Florence, Ala., with his wife and two children.

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Tarkett ranks among best companies for learning, development programs

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett recently earned a highly regarded spot on the 2019 Training Top 125, which is presented by Training Magazine. The coveted annual awards program recognizes companies unsurpassed at harnessing human capital through robust learning and development programs. This is the 12th year the Tarkett team has won the award.

Companies considered for the Training Top 125 are judged on both quantitative analysis and qualitative results. Categories included training program/scope, tuition reimbursement, budget, infrastructure and delivery, human resources, innovation, success factors, corporate commitment and ingenuity.

Tarkett was judged on its L.E.A.D. with Purpose (Lead, Engage, Act, Develop) program. This interactive, experiential leadership development program helps participants discover, develop and advance a foundational understanding of personal and professional leadership, while enhancing their teambuilding and management skills and effectiveness.

“We’re incredibly proud of our L.E.A.D. with Purpose program and the positive feedback we’ve received from our Tarkett leaders who’ve participated in this learning experience,” said Joline Manning, chief human resources officer, Tarkett North America. “Continually evolving our learning and development offerings to create an environment that gives every member of our team the ability to reach their full potential is a cornerstone of our talent management philosophy. Being named to the Training Top 125 for the 12th year demonstrates the positive progress we are making in driving a learning culture across our organization.”

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