ANAHEIM, CALIF.—The Anaheim Convention center has seen the best of the best. Elvis Presley, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Dionne Warwick. The Harlem Globetrotters and Barnum & Bailey Circus, too. Add Flooring America members to the list, where its convention was held two weeks ago to great enthusiasm. In addition to a product program for which members expressed great excitement, a new style of leadership for Flooring America helped members pass a three-year plan that laid down a “Blueprint for the Future.” Continue reading Flooring America: ‘Blueprint for the future’
Manchester, N.H.—Flooring America and Flooring Canada announced Keith Spano and Jim Duff have been named co-presidents for Flooring America/Flooring Canada. To the arrangement, Duff brings his long-standing tenure and relationship with the members while Spano complements that experience with his 20-plus years in our industry. In their new roles, they will work together to ensure the ongoing success of Flooring America and Flooring Canada members. They will be focusing on innovative programs and tools aimed at maximizing members’ profitability. Continue reading Flooring America/Flooring Canada names co-presidents
Adairsville, Ga.—The 8th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament hosted by CCA Global Partners brought together industry colleagues at Barnsley Gardens for a round of golf to benefit a worthy cause. The event raised $140,000 for the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF).
“It was wonderful seeing our business partners and friends come together to support a worthy cause.” said Howard Brodsky, co-founder and co-CEO of CCA. “While enjoying a day of golf, we managed to raise significant funds for the FCIF.” Continue reading CCA golf tournament raises $140,000 for FCIF
HOUSTON—Carpet One members received the tools here at convention to capture market share with new strategies and products that included a hard surface program, a showroom merchandising system and a Carpet One brand enhancement.
Themed “Carpe diem: Seize the day,” the summer meeting set up members with a host of new product programs, one of which is a new hardwood selection from Armstrong called Invincible. The proprietary selection provides members an updated product line that is competitively priced for the new market. While the wood category admittedly struggled, Eric Demaree, president, Carpet One, said the new offering was developed based on authentic pricing that is most competitive from our core vendors; making sure pricing is competitive with other products; competitive pricing for inventory buyers and competitive merchandising. “We can beat the competition in price but it means nothing if our competitors are willing to work on lower margin,” he explained. “We need to make our product more valuable to consumers.” Continue reading Carpet One: New showroom system, hardwood collection, tagline ‘Beautiful Made Affordable’ to define the brand
ROSLYN, N.Y.—Mannington Mills has regained the mountaintop, as it was voted the industry’s Best Overall Manufacturer in the 14th Award of Excellence competition. This was the ninth time in the award’s history that Mannington took top honors, which it last held in 2006. Shaw Industries was the winner in the inaugural Award of Excellence for Environmental Leadership.
These awards, along with 12 other honors, were presented at a gala evening reception and dinner here. In addition, Sandy Mishkin, co-founder and president of CCA Global Partners, was among the invited guests as the recipient of the first Floor Covering News Lifetime Achievement Award, which was present- ed to him earlier this year at Carpet One’s 25th anniversary (FCNews, Jan. 25/Feb. 1). Continue reading Mannington recaptures best overall, Shaw wins first Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence