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CFI opens registration for 25th annual convention

Forney, Texas—This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual CFI Convention. The event, regarded as one of the top “must-see” and “go-to” events in the industry, will run Aug. 15-17 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Since its inception in 1993, the CFI Convention has been recognized as one of the industry’s most heavily trafficked shows. This year’s anniversary event is expected to attract professionals from across the globe in every sector of the flooring industry including installers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers.

What’s more, CFI has secured some of the most innovative break-out sessions with flooring experts from across the country who will discuss everything from the business surrounding installation to how to successfully work with and retain installers.

Thousands of companies over the past 25 years have recognized the CFI Convention as the perfect platform to launch new products, services and make new business connections. If interested in hosting a seminar or being a part of the Associate Showcase contact CFI at 816.231.4646.

If you are a member of CFI but not yet a member of the WFCA, take advantage of the opportunity to only pay $295 to register for CFI Convention. Contact CFI at 816.231.4646 for more information on this offer.

CFI has secured a room block with discounted rates that are locked in for a limited time at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. For more information, visit cficonvention.org.

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NAFCD presents industry awards at annual convention

Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) announced its Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership in Action Award and Growth Award recipients at its 2017 annual convention.

The NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel. Bob Wagner of Fishman Flooring Solutions in Baltimore, Md., was the 2017 recipient of the award. Wagner has been a distributor member of NAFCD since the association’s inception in 1971. He has served on NAFCD’s board of directors in multiple capacities and continues to be heavily involved in the association.

The NAFCD Leadership in Action Award recognizes individuals for the positive impact and meaningful contributions they have made to their company’s success. The recipient of the 2017 NAFCD Leadership in Action Reward was Kyle Gorny of Blakely Products in Warren, Mich. Gorny has been involved in the construction and building industries for over 25 years and began his career with Blakely Products in 2011. Committed to learning from the bottom up, he started by becoming familiar with the customer service and operational functions of the business and soon used his experience to help the company provide improved services.

Introduced in 2015, NAFCD recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions in furthering NAFCD membership. From increasing engagement with current members and growing support from industry partners to exceptional efforts in member recruitment, the NAFCD Growth Award is presented to a member who has had a positive impact on the association over the past year. Zack Zehner of Mannington in Salem, N.J., was presented with this year’s NAFCD Growth Award. Since joining the NAFCD board of directors, Zehner has been proactive in promoting NAFCD’s value to his company’s distributors and also encourages participation in key NAFCD offerings, such as the annual convention and the recently updated NAFCD Financial Benchmarking Report.

For more information, visit nafcd.org.

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NAFCD, NBMDA to host annual convention in Colorado

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 4.09.07 PMChicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) Annual Convention is expected to bring together more than 800 distribution professionals representing the leading flooring and building product distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. The highly anticipated convention will take place this week Nov. 14-16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

With 196 exhibitor booths and 47 first-time exhibitors the tabletop networking forum allows distributors and suppliers to connect face to face and conduct meaningful business planning. Semi-private tabletop booths provide an ideal forum for senior executives and key decision makers to discuss distribution plans and strategies for the future while also reviewing past performance. Meetings are coordinated by appointment to ensure a highly focused and productive environment.

“We are thrilled by the interest in this year’s event,” said Kevin Gammonley, executive director, NAFCD and NBMDA. “The joint event between the two organizations continues to be a rich setting for distributor professionals to make business connections and learn from educational sessions addressing relevant industry trends and distribution management challenges.”

For more information, visit distributorconvention.org.

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CFI annual convention sees records attendance

CFIForney, Texas—The 24th annual CFI Convention saw a record-breaking number of attendees from every sector of the flooring industry, according to Robert Varden, vice president, Certified Floorcovering Installers Association. The event, which kicked off Aug. 16 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, spanned three days and commenced with a welcome reception sponsored by Royal Adhesives, Traxx, Tarkett, Parabond, Tools4Flooring.com and Sponge Cushion.

The event included programs, training and networking opportunities. It also featured the Associate Showcase, an expo highlighting new products and tools from numerous flooring manufacturers. Attendees experienced hands-on interaction with the latest tools and products as well as opportunities to talk with developers behind new technologies that are changing the face of installation.

The convention also included a host of presentations from renowned industry speakers and celebrities including: Scott Humphrey, chief executive officer, WFCA; Darryl Ross, author and motivational speaker; Jeff King, general counsel for the WFCA; CFI trainer Jonathan Varden; Phil Zolan, executive director, fcB2B; and CFI-pro Tom Cartmell—to name a few.

The convention concluded with the CFI Annual Awards Dinner, where several industry leaders were honored. The Chris Davis Award, given each year to an individual who stands out in his or her efforts to promote quality installation and support across the flooring industry, was presented to Rick Herr, installation technology leader from Armstrong World Industries. The Gress Award, the highest form of recognition available to a professional flooring installer, was given to Dwayne Pruitt of Pruitt Flooring in Wichita, Kan.

The final award, Walk of Excellence, was presented to John McHale and Jill Sheets of CFI for their outstanding achievement and all-around excellence. These individuals have helped cultivate CFI’s success through a combined total of 43 years working in the CFI office. Sheets was also presented with a plaque in recognition of her hard work and dedication over the years.

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NAFCD strengthens industry alliances

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 11.58.36 AMChicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the growing North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) have extended their partnership for groups’ co-located annual NAFCD + NBMDA convention, which is slated to take place Nov. 14-16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The tabletop networking forum brings together more than 900 distribution professionals representing the leading distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada, allowing distributors and manufacturers to connect face to face and conduct meaningful business planning. Semi-private tabletop booths provide an ideal forum for senior executives and key decision makers to discuss distribution plans and strategies for the future while also reviewing past performance. Meetings are coordinated by appointment to ensure a highly focused and productive environment.

“The joint event between the two organizations continues to be a solid foundation where members can rely on valuable education and insights while making meaningful business connections,” said Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD and NBMDA executive director.

In addition to strengthening partnerships, the event fosters networking and knowledge sharing between attendees. For 2017, the annual convention will host concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, including the latest technologies, political issues, the economy and sales trends.

The three-day convention will also be filled with value learning through general sessions, roundtable discussions and the 2017 Distribution Management University (DMU). Rated highly year-over-year, education sessions allow attendees to take away relevant and practical business and sales knowledge. (Attendee registration opens next month.)

New resources for members
NAFCD also announced plans to team up with Caliper, a New Jersey-based talent management firm that guides businesses in developing their work- force and aligning talent with strategy. Caliper is designed to make personnel decisions, from hiring to succession planning, more
seamless and precision-based for association members. NAFCD members will receive discounts on Caliper’s pre-employment assessment tools and other services that have been proven to help businesses become more agile and innovative, attract the best candidates and promote from within.

“In partnering with Caliper, we are taking steps to provide solutions for our members who face challenges related to attracting young talent to the industry, diversifying their teams and building a pipeline of future leaders,” Gammonley explained. “Our goal is to give our members the tools to be successful, and partnering with Caliper serves as an important piece of delivering that promise.”
Caliper uses a proven, science-based approach to evaluate the performance potential of job applicants for sales, customer service, leadership and technical roles in construction, manufacturing, distribution, retail and other business segments. The company is equipped to serve businesses of all sizes, from smaller, independent firms to large global corporations.

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NAFCD, NBMDA extend partnership

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 3.12.24 PMChicago – The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) and the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) have extended their partnership in 2017. The NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention will take place November 14-16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The tabletop networking forum brings together more than 900 distribution professionals representing the leading distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada, allowing distributors and manufacturers to connect face to face and conduct meaningful business planning. Semi-private tabletop booths provide an ideal forum for senior executives and key decision makers to discuss distribution plans and strategies for the future while also reviewing past performance. Meetings are coordinated by appointment to ensure a highly focused and productive environment.

“The joint event between the two organizations continues to be a solid foundation where members can rely on valuable education and insights while making meaningful business connections,” said Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD and NBMDA executive director.

In addition to strengthening partnerships, the event fosters networking and knowledge sharing between attendees. In 2017, the Annual Convention will host concurrent sessions on topics like the latest tech, political, economic and sales trends.

The three-day convention will also be filled with value learning through general sessions, roundtable discussions and the 2017 Distribution Management University (DMU). Rated highly year-over-year, education sessions allow attendees to take away relevant and practical business and sales knowledge.

Attendee registration will open in July.