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Finkell identifies color trend of 2018

Dalton, Ga.—Emily Morrow Finkell, CEO and founder of Emily Morrow Home, recently announced matte black is the 2018 color trend of the year. This new black is garnering favored status on everything from Apple iPhones and BMWs to home hardware and appliances such as La Cornue Ranges.

As an interior designer, tastemaker and world traveler, Finkell studies color, style and design trends through her professional affiliations and traveling the globe to international furniture fairs, in addition to her research on the most current creative and utilitarian developments for her own business.

“Plaster, chalky or matte finishes have been working their way into the interiors world gradually,” Finkell said. “First, we saw introductions of ‘plastery white’ vases and vessels at the various interior design and home furnishings shows in Europe and the U.S., matte black automotive paints in luxury sports cars and then black in virtually every category one can imagine. When you pair two rather significant trends, what do you get? A mega trend that takes flight and has longevity in the marketplace.”

The matte black influence can also be found highlighting the Emily Morrow Home’s Suddenly Sonoma and Authentic Luxury all-American premium hardwood flooring. As the name implies, the Suddenly Sonoma flooring is inspired by the Sonoma Valley’s sense of history and love of French oak barrels with matte black charring designed to reveal the white oak’s inherent strength and beauty. The Authentic Luxury flooring offers white oak planks carefully hand-finished and distressed with matte black accents to add to its inherent beauty and authenticity.

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Tarkett appoints Morrison as new CEO

tarkett-logoParis, France—Tarkett’s supervisory board has appointed Glen Morrison, currently president of Tarkett NA, to be the new group CEO, effective Sept. 1, 2017. Morrison will succeed Michel Giannuzzi, who will take over a new CEO position outside Tarkett after 10 years of successful accomplishments.

Morrison, a British and American citizen, joined Tarkett in May 2015 as president of NA. During his tenure, he oversaw a rapid and efficient integration of Tarkett NA’s brands and organizations, helping to accelerate the group’s organic growth and significantly improve its profitability. Previously, Morrison had gained extensive experience in general management through his five-year role as president of building and construction systems at Alcoa. He has also held various sales and marketing positions in the construction industry in Europe.

Glen_MorrisonHeadshot“On behalf of my family and the board of directors, I am delighted to welcome Glen Morrison as the next CEO of Tarkett,” said Didier Deconinck, chairman of Tarkett’s supervisory board. “His proven leadership qualities and his excellent track record will ensure the continued success of Tarkett’s entrepreneurial story. We know he will uphold our company’s values and we are confident that his leadership will embark Tarkett on a new era of growth. I would like to thank Michel Giannuzzi for his considerable achievements over the last decade, in strengthening Tarkett’s profitable growth, increasing its geographical presence and products’ portfolio as well as positioning Tarkett as a recognized innovative and sustainable leader.”

Giannuzzi has been CEO of Tarkett since September 2007. Since the global recession in 2009 and in spite of macroeconomics headwinds in Russia, he has delivered a profitable growth strategy, including 21 acquisitions, that has led to a 7% compound annual growth rate increase in both sales and EBITDA. In 2013, he successfully oversaw Tarkett’s IPO on Euronext Paris, and over the past 10 years the group’s capitalization has more than tripled under his leadership. He has built a talented organization, entrenching strong company values in Tarkett’s DNA, thus reinforcing the group’s leadership worldwide.

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America's Floor Source CEO develops new retail lead management software

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 5.35.27 PMColumbus, Ohio–Jason Goldberg, CEO of America’s Floor Source, and an outside programmer have developed a new retail lead management software which he demoed at this years Surfaces event. What started out as a solution for his personal store has turned into software accessible to all retailers in the flooring industry. Goldberg and his team recently officially launched the software using the domain

The tool enables users to build leads and update a lead’s stage as it progresses through the sales funnel, and all leads can be viewed and managed on a centralized dashboard. Notes and attachments like quotes and pictures can be added to a lead, appointments can be scheduled and follow up tasks can be created. Managers also have full visibility and can assign and track the leads that are being handled by their sales personnel. The data within the system can be exported, and automated email notifications can be created to keep users on task. The tool also has a simple, easy-to-use interface, offers full functionality on desktops, tablets and mobile phones, and is the most cost-effective solution in the industry.

Goldberg is confident that his software will transform the way the flooring industry manages retail leads and said, “I see all flooring retailers coast-to-coast using”

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Redi Carpet names Brian Caress new CEO

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 9.11.20 AMStafford, Texas—Brian Caress was named CEO of Redi Carpet effective January 1, 2017. Caress took over as CEO as a result of the retirement of Greg Waleke, who had been with the company over 28 years. Caress has spent over 23 years at Redi Carpet during which time he has held numerous roles with increasing levels of responsibility. His father, Bruce Caress, started the business in 1981, in Houston, Texas.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to take Redi Carpet to the next level of growth,” Caress said. “My plan is to take Redi Carpet national with a coast-to-coast footprint serving the top multi-family markets in the country. We have the infrastructure and management team in place to execute this plan. I am very thankful to my father for having the confidence in me to carry on what he started over 35 years ago and I’d also like to thank Greg Waleke and Jerry Hosko, president, for their support in helping me prepare for this new role.”

Today, Redi Carpet is the largest multi-family flooring provider in the nation. The company operates in 24 cities and 14 states and finished 2016 with $230 million in revenue.

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Haines names Barrett president, CEO; Zwicker retires

Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16

By Ken Ryan


Glen Burnie, Md.—Haines, the flooring industry’s No. 1 ranked distributor, has promoted Michael Barrett from chief logistics officer to president and CEO. He replaces Bruce Zwicker, who is departing after 13 years with the company.

A Haines spokesman confirmed the moves are part of a succession plan initiated by Zwicker and the Haines board of directors.

“Our board of directors, including Bruce, see this as the right time to transition leaders and renew our focus on growth and leadership in the floor covering industry,” said Pierce Dunn, chairman. “Haines finished 2016 strong, completing the CMH integration, creating new programs for our customers and suppliers, and building a strong management team. The board and our shareholders see opportunities for Haines to continue to improve service for customers and create more value for suppliers. We are thankful for Bruce’s 13 years of service and have confidence in Mike’s continued leadership in his new role.”

Zwicker issued a statement noting that, “Being a part of Haines, working closely with our customers, our suppliers and our dedicated employees has been a highlight of my career. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and see a bright future for Haines and its extended family of customers and suppliers. I have no doubt Mike and the Haines team will be successful in finding new and better ways to serve our industry.”

Barrett joined Haines in February 2015 to lead all Haines operations, including the company’s customer service, purchasing, warehouse and fleet operations. He has worked with teams across Haines making several operational improvements, including inventory optimization. Prior to Haines, his career included successive leadership positions running operations and customer service at QVC, Dollar Tree, Fingerhut, CVS and Sonoco Products Co.

“Haines has a proud, long-standing tradition of service.” Barrett said. “We remain dedicated to delivering the best products and services by connecting customers with reliable suppliers and employees with great careers. I am honored to lead Haines in continuing to serve our tight-knit community.”

The switch at the top is the latest in a year of executive change at Haines. Back in March the distributor announced the restructuring of its management team to prepare for the future. The move entailed the promotion of 16 individuals. That announcement followed the departure of long-time executives Scott Roy and Rosana Chaidez, each of whom left to become CEOs elsewhere.

More recently, Haines appointed Chris Pratt to chief sales and marketing officer (FCNews, Jan. 2/9). In the same announcement, the company noted Hoy Lanning, who served as chief sales and marketing officer for the CMH division, would be retiring as of Jan. 1, 2018.




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Robert Moran, Congoleum CEO, retires

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Christopher O’Connor

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.”

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Milliken & Company names J. Harold Chandler chairman, president and CEO

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Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken named J. Harold Chandler as chairman, president and CEO, effective immediately following the resignation of Joseph M. Salley as president, CEO and a member of the board of directors. Chandler has served as a member of the Milliken’s board of directors for 14 years and as its chairman for the past five years.

“We sincerely thank Joe Salley for his service to Milliken which covers a span of 20 years, the past eight as its president and CEO,” Chandler said. “I am honored to take on the additional roles of president and CEO. I look forward to working with a uniquely qualified group of executives, associates and board members.”

Chandler is a South Carolina native and a veteran of the diversified financial services industry where he has served as chairman, president and CEO while also contributing to the boards of directors of eight public and family-owned companies over the past 30 years.

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Scott Roy named president, CEO of Gilford-Johnson Flooring

Scott Roy-2Jeffersonville, Ind.–Gilford-Johnson Flooring, LLC has named former Haines executive Scott Roy as its new president and CEO, effective Feb. 15. Roy will succeed Dennis Cook, who will be retiring from this position at the end of March. Cook will assist Roy with the transition and integration process throughout the coming months.

In his new role, Roy will be responsible for overseeing the newly merged Gilford and Johnson Wholesale. “His results oriented approach and experience in our industry will play a pivotal role in continuing our growth and innovation,” Cook said.

Roy spent 11 years with J.J. Haines & Co., beginning as vice president of sales, and then promoted to senior vice president of Armstrong sales & marketing and customer service. During that time, he served as an executive team member and was responsible for leading the dedicated Armstrong division. He also managed the customer service organization across the entire Haines enterprise.

Blue Equity, LLC, the majority shareholder of Gilford-Johnson, identified Cook’s successor and led the interview process. “We are excited to have Scott come aboard and lead Gilford-Johnson,” said Jonathan Blue, chairman and managing director of Blue Equity. “With his experience in flooring distribution and his passion for the business, we will further our strategy to expand the business with acquisitions, new partners, and new product lines to become one of the leading distributors in the nation.”

Roy has spent close to 30 years in the flooring and window treatment industries. He began his career with Armstrong World Industries in 1986 and spent 14 years in various sales and marketing assignments. He left in 1999 to become the national director of sales for an independent Hunter Douglas fabricator, Elmar Window Fashions.

“I can’t think of a more exciting time to join Gilford-Johnson,” Roy said. “With the recent merger of Gilford and Johnson, we now have two great companies joining forces to provide outstanding products, services and value to our customers. I look forward to working with Blue Equity, the Gilford-Johnson team, suppliers and customers. I’m ready for an exciting adventure.”

Roy graduated from Grove City College with a BA in Economics and Political Science. He and his wife Teresa have three children; Colleen, 17, Shannen, 15, and David, 13. The family plans to relocate to the Louisville area later this summer.


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OW Hospitality positioned for growth in MEA region

OWH_Logo_3Tag_new-greenDubai, UAE – OW Hospitality, manufacturer of Axminster and hand tufted carpets and area rugs, announced that the company is further positioned to lead the hospitality carpet industry for the entire Middle East and Africa region.  The company said it has committed to the area by further developing its management, design staff, and sales support in their Dubai office to provide additional service to the Gulf Countries.

OW Hospitality is a global player holding offices in six cities worldwide currently, including Dubai and Cairo.  OWH recently installed carpet in several hotels throughout Sochi, Russia, the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as for multiple high-end hotel brands throughout the Emirates, and multiple casinos and hotels in the USA.

With the added commitment to the region, the company is gearing up aggressively for expansion and considering a satellite production facility outside Dubai to add further service capabilities for the clients in the region.  OWH said its service advantages there include: 1) The company’s main production facility is in Cairo making them a local producer which allows for significantly shortened lead times 2) OWH has the advantage of the Arab Nations Treaty allowing shipments into the Gulf Countries, duty free. 3) OWH said it offers drastically reduced freight costs than most other source countries, 4) Design staff is positioned in both the Dubai and Cairo offices, which will provide the best possible service available.

“OW Hospitality is a global leader in high quality Axminster and hand tufted carpets,” said Michael Riley, CEO and managing director of OW Hospitality. “We as an organization are completely committed to effectively growing and serving the Middle East and Africa regions and have the support in which to do so.  As an advantage over most competitors, we have the full infrastructure already in place and now aggressive growth strategies to further penetrate this uniquely valuable and growing market.”