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CCA Global Partners announces Alan Greenberg scholarship recipients

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 10.30.43 AMManchester, N.H.–CCA Global Partners recently announced the recipients of their annual scholarship created in honor of co-founder Alan Greenberg. The Alan Greenberg Memorial Scholarship recognizes young entrepreneurs within the Carpet One family.

Each year, two recipients are awarded a $5,000 scholarship to use on their education as they work towards their entrepreneurial goals.

This year’s recipients are Conner Thomas and Jessica Nagel.

Connor is the son of Richard Thomas, operations manager at Aggieland Carpet One Floor & Home. He is an avid outdoorsman and dedicated Boy Scout. He also owns and operates his own lawn care business. Connor has spent his summer working as a ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

Jessica Nagel, a design assistant at ProSource of Kalamazoo, Mich., is owned Lori Ruimveld, a Carpet One Floor & Home member. Jessica is currently studying interior design at Western Michigan University and has created a budding photography business.

The Alan Greenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund has now awarded 16 scholarships for a total of $80,000.

“I’m honored to be able to award these scholarships in memory of my father,” said Tod Greenberg, vice president of technology at CCA Global Partners. “I’m continually amazed at the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit of our applicants.”

Two more $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017. Applications will be accepted starting in January 2017. Anyone associated with Carpet One Floor & Home—from sales professionals to staff as well as family members—with an entrepreneurial spirit who wants to advance their education is eligible to apply.

For more information, please visit alangreenbergscholarship.com.

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CCA Global Partners promotes Gundlach to VP, merchandising

CCAglobal-Logo-680x320Manchester, N.H. — CCA Global Partners has announced the promotion of Cathey Gundlach to vice president of merchandising for the Flooring America/Flooring Canada, International Design Guild and The Floor Trader groups. In her new role, Gundlach will chart the course for proprietary, private label programs and execute the necessary trade up strategies for three of CCA’s flooring businesses. These businesses represent full service retail, luxury and outlet models.

Gundlach first joined the CCA team in 2006 working for the ProSource division. Most recently, she held the position of vice president of hard surface flooring. With nearly 20 years of buying and merchandising experience, Gundlach brings her knowledge of vendor relations and merchandising as well as 10 years of experience in the hard surface flooring category to her new role.

“Her prior positions at CCA have made Gundlach an ideal candidate for this position,” said Keith Spano, president of Flooring America/Flooring Canada and The Floor Trader. “She has helped CCA enhance their hard surface programs and has helped develop new brands that fit the growing demand for hard surface styles.”

Gundlach brings with her a practical understanding of cooperative members’ needs from both a product knowledge and pricing standpoint, as well as, long standing vendor relations to immediately impact members.

“I’m thrilled to see Cathey take on this new role,” said Charlie Dilks, chief product officer for CCA. “She will be an asset to her new team and I’m sure she will make great strides for each of these unique businesses.”

Gundlach will continue to operate out of CCA Global Partners’ St. Louis office.

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CCA teams up with WFCA, CFI to tackle installation shortage

cca logoManchester, N.H.—CCA Global Partners has partnered with the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) after its recent purchase of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) to help address the shortage of qualified flooring installers. Through this new partnership, members of CCA’s floor covering divisions will be provided with incentives to bring new hires to the industry and the CFI will have them qualified and up-to-speed quickly.

“CFI is well-respected for providing quality installation training,” said Charlie Dilks, chief product officer, CCA Global Partners. “CCA members have been asking for help in recruiting and training more installers and we feel this program will help them meet the challenge.”

Through this new partnership, members of Carpet One Floor & Home, Flooring America/Flooring Canada and International Design Guild will benefit from tuition credits and discounts from both CCA and WFCA.

“It’s exciting to see CCA making a significant investment to help resolve an industry-wide problem,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO of WFCA “We are happy to do our part in encouraging CCA’s members to provide installation training through CFI.”

CCA will provide its members a discount toward the cost of tuition when the installer completes one of CFI’s installation training classes for carpet and hard surface classes.

“This is a huge step helping alleviate some of the challenges our members have faced with the current installer shortage,” Dilks added. “Quality installers are essential to our members’ success.”

The CFI schools introduce installers to many types of flooring and the tools of the trade with an emphasis on efficiency and craftsmanship. Courses cover hands-on installation techniques, customer service training and OSHA and EPA standards training. Graduates would leave a five-week residential carpet class with the skill sets and confidence to go into the field and have the ability to install an average 3 bedroom home. They also receive CFI Certification.

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NTCA partners with CCA Global Partners

NTCA_LOGOJackson, Miss.—Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), officially announced that his association has joined forces with CCA Global Partners to bring education and technical expertise to its members.

This new partnership brings experience, expertise and a wealth of resources to CCA Global Partners’ members. “It is an integral component of NTCA’s continuous mission to develop and maintain installation standards and to promote qualified labor,” said Jim Olson, assistant executive director for NTCA. “Membership in the NTCA can provide the vehicle for CCA Global Partners members to receive ideal technical training and education needed to create highest quality results for satisfied

customers…and will result in increased use and consumption of tile and stone within our market.”

The NTCA will be on hand at the CCA Global Partners semi-annual convention, Jan. 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Partners are encouraged to stop by the NTCA exhibit and apply for membership at a discounted rate.

“The association with CCA Global will pave the way for NTCA to supply CCA’s members full membership benefits, from hands-on installation workshops and industry leadership conferences to marketing programs and free technical advice,” Bettiga said. “CCA Global Partners is an elite group of entrepreneurs that are always looking for innovative ways to serve their customers at a higher level. The NTCA is proud to be a part of that initiative.”

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CCA to host first-ever Building Buzz conference

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 3.43.12 PMManchester, N.H.—Key brands from CCA Global Partners including Flooring America, Flooring Canada, International Design Guild and The Floor Trader will host Building Buzz, the first-ever, independent-retailer focused social media and digital conference held Sept. 20-22 at the Tampa Marriot Waterside in Tampa, Fla.

Featuring a powerhouse lineup of leading social media and marketing executives from North America, Building Buzz will focus on helping independent retailers navigate the rapid changes in digital marketing and social media, providing attendees with actionable insights that will help them drive more business through local digital marketing initiatives.

According to Frank Chiera, senior vice president of marketing and advertising for CCA Global Partners and host of the event, “Building Buzz without question will soon be regarded as a key event that business owners, their sales professionals and designers need to attend. We developed Building Buzz with a purpose—to help independent retailers thrive and be more successful at local. It’s really that simple.”

Keynote presentations will be given by marketing and social media gurus who are paving the way in the industry on topics from, “Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Turn Bad News to Good,” to “Capturing the Consumer in a Constant Stream of Content” and much more.

For more information about the event and to register, visit www.buildingbuzzcon.com.

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12th annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament raises $140K for FCIF

WEB-7052Manchester, N.H. –The 12th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament hosted by CCA Global Partners brought together floor covering industry colleagues at Barnsley Gardens resort located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for a round of golf to benefit the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF). After a day of friendly competition, the tournament raised $140,000 to help the FCIF in their dedication to financially assisting those who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry who experience catastrophic illnesses, severe disabilities, or other life-altering hardships.

“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to bring together business partners and friends to support a worthy cause,” said Howard Brodsky, co-Founder and co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “We all enjoyed the day of golf, but more importantly we raised significant funds for the FCIF.”

Floor covering industry members and supporters from across the country attended this year’s event. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, industry trade associations, and individuals from representing these companies contributed to the FCIF through the Alan Greenberg Memorial fund by participating in the tournament as well as through sponsorships, and donations.

“CCA is honored to host this annual event which creates awareness and encourages others in the industry to donate to the FCIF,” said Rick Bennet, co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “We will continue to make the FCIF a priority and to provide assistance to those in our industry that need it.”

For more information on applying for aid, please visit www.FCIF.org.

 

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CCA awards scholarships to young entrepreneurs

CCAglobal-LogoManchester, N.H. — CCA Global Partners announced the recipients of two $5,000 scholarships through the Alan Greenberg Scholarship Fund.

This year’s recipients were selected by a committee including Greenberg family members as well as CCA Global board members and executives. “This scholarship is extremely special to us,” said Howard Brodsky, co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “Alan and I both had our own companies before we founded CCA Global Partners. Entrepreneurship was in his blood. He would be honored to know that we are supporting young entrepreneurs in his name.

The first recipient, Tori Catalfo, is the granddaughter of Vickie Wissman, who serves as CCA Global Partners’ vice president of travel and conventions.

Catalfo is the first woman in her family to go to college. She is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro majoring in business administration with a double minor in information system technology and community therapeutic recreation. She helps fellow business students as a Peer Academic Leader (PAL). She is highly motivated and plans to graduate in only three years.

The second recipient is Sawyer Smith, son of David Smith, vice president of Skaff Furniture Carpet One Floor & Home in Flint, Mich.

Sawyer is already well on his way to a successful entrepreneurial career with his very own small painting business. An economics student at Wayne State University in Detroit, Sawyer has a passion for setting his own course and is already dreaming of other business endeavors.

The awards were officially presented at a stockholders meeting by Alan Greenberg’s son, Tod, who is currently the vice president of technology at CCA Global Partners.

“I was very impressed with this year’s candidates,” Tod Greenberg said. “There are so many young entrepreneurs in our CCA Global family. I’m excited to see what their futures hold.”

The Alan Greenberg Scholarship Fund will continue to award scholarships each year to budding entrepreneurs in hopes of keeping the entrepreneurial spirit of CCA Global co-Founder Alan Greenberg alive. The Fund was established in 2007 to assist employees of Carpet One Floor & Home stores as well as CCA Global employees and their family members who would like to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

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CCA Global Partners to host 12th annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 9.11.37 AMManchester, N.H. — CCA Global Partners has scheduled its 12th annual charity golf tournament which benefits the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) for Sept. 16. The charity golf tournament will bring together industry colleagues to support this worthy cause. The event will be held at the Barnsley Gardens resort located in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains.

FCIF provides financial support in times of need to those who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry. Assistance is provided when catastrophic illnesses, severe disabilities, or other life-altering hardships affect the lives of a member of the floor covering industry. The golf tournament has become a key contributor to the organization.

“I encourage all our industry partners to play a role in this year’s event,” said Howard Brodsky, chairman and co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “The tournament gives us the opportunity to connect with our colleagues in a casual atmosphere while we work towards improving the lives of our floor covering industry family.”

Flooring industry manufacturers, distributors, retailers, industry trade associations, and individuals have the opportunity to contribute to the FCIF through the Alan Greenberg Memorial fund by participation in the tournament, sponsorships, and donations. Starting today, individuals and companies can register to sponsor, participate or advertise through the Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament website at www.alangreenbergfcif.com.

“The golf tournament is one of my favorite events and I look forward to it every year,” said Rick Bennet, co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “It gives me great pride to see CCA and its partners coming together for a great cause.”

For more information on the 2014 Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament, please visit the website at www.alangreenbergfcif.com or contact Paula Holt at (800) 466-6984 ext. 1101 or pholt@ccaglobal.com.

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Greenberg golf outing raises $160,000 for FCIF

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 1.39.22 PMAdairsville, Ga.—The recent 11th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by CCA Global Partners, raised $160,000 for the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF). 
The annual charity event has contributed over $1.5 million to help the foundation assist those in need who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry. Continue reading Greenberg golf outing raises $160,000 for FCIF

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CCA sets date for Alan Greenberg charity golf tournament

AlanGreenberg.golfLogoManchester, N.H.—CCA Global Partners will bring together industry colleagues to support a worthy cause on Sept. 18, as the Eleventh Annual Alan Greenberg charity golf tournament will take place at the Barnsley Gardens resort located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to raise funds for the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF). Continue reading CCA sets date for Alan Greenberg charity golf tournament