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NAFCD announces 2017 officers, board members

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Chicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has announced the organization’s board of directors for 2017.

They are as follows: Heidi Cronin, The Cronin Co., Portland, Ore., president; David Powell, Erickson’s Flooring & Supply, Ferndale, Mich., president-elect; Steve McKenna, McKenna Distribution, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, vice president; Geoff Work, The R.A. Siegel Co., Mableton, Ga., treasurer; and Torrey Jaeckle, Jaeckle Distributors, Madison, Wis., immediate past-president.

Distributor directors are: Steve Rosenthal, All Tile, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Dunn Rasbury, A&M Supply, Pinellas Park, Fla.; Scott Roy, Gilford·Johnson Flooring, Jeffersonville, Ind.; and David Schmelzer, Lanham Hardwood, Louisville, Ky.

Supplier directors are: Darche, Bona U.S., Aurora, Colo.; Sean Swanson, Kahrs International, Altamonte, Fla.; Rich Willett, United States Gypsum, Chicago; Zack Zehner, Mannington, Salem, N.J.; Russ Rogg, Metroflor, Norwalk, Conn.; and Tom Downey, Halex, Havre de Grace, Md.

The NAFCD board comprises industry executives from both distributor and supplier member firms that handle all types of floor covering materials, complementary products and installation accessories. The role of the NAFCD board of directors is to set the strategic direction of the organization and closely monitor trends impacting the distribution channel.

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Robert Moran, Congoleum CEO, retires

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Mercerville, N.J.—Congoleum’s CEO Robert Moran has retired, effective Nov. 21. At the same time, the company’s board of directors has appointed Christopher O’Connor COO, effective Dec. 1. Additionally, current board members Peter Venetis and Tom McKay—whose investment firms are Congoleum’s largest stakeholders—will assume the roles of executive chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

“We are grateful to Bob for his successful stewardship over the past five years and we are confident that, in Chris, we have selected a strong leader at a time when the company is well positioned for the challenges and opportunities ahead,” Venetis said. “The pace of change is accelerating and Congoleum has incredible potential to leverage its long-standing commitment to quality, design and innovation to capture an increasing share of the market segments in which it participates. Chris’ insight, vision and executional track record—along with the support of a terrific management team—are exactly what Congoleum needs as we enter a very exciting next chapter in our over 100-year-old corporate history.”

Moran expressed confidence in the board’s choice. “Chris is a bright and capable leader who has contributed significantly to our success in a relatively short time,” he said. “He will ensure Congoleum continues to execute on the strategic growth plans and deliver long-term success.”