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FCLC to hold second Installation Summit

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 9.35.06 AMOrlando, Fla.—Leaders from across the flooring industry will convene at the second Installation Summit next month here, according to Robert Blochinger, president, National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors, and chairman of the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC).

Retail owners, executives and other key personnel will meet on August 16 to discuss the installation crisis affecting the industry, progress made since leaders began addressing the problem and methods for furthering that progress. The meeting will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando just prior to the 2017 CFI Convention. The Installation Summit, presented by Informa, will include an esteemed panel of industry members and experts who have been leading the campaign to manage and overcome the installation crisis.

“The FCLC, together with organizations including Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, have made great strides over the past two years in our efforts to resolve the installation crisis that touches everyone in our industry both domestically as well as internationally,” said Blochinger. “When we formed FCLC we worked together with leaders from all sectors of the business to identify the hurdles that are preventing growth and success in our industry. Installation shortage was the leader of the pack.”

For more information visit tinyurl.com/installationsummit or contact Blochinger at 954-830-4426 or bob@blochinger.net.

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CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

PastedGraphic-1Forney, Texas—The CFI Convention and Expo is back with a punch this year taking place August 16-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The three-day educational event, designed for both retailers and installers, will kick off with a welcome reception sponsored by Personna.

“We’ve been doing this for nearly a quarter of a century and given the positive feedback and the thousands of industry professionals who return each year wanting more I guess it’s safe to say we’re doing something right,” said Robert Varden, vice president, CFI. “No doubt that our industry has changed and evolved substantially over the years but I challenge you to find another conference that packs in the training, education and networking opportunities that are offered through the CFI program.”

This year’s program line-up features:

Leadership strategies that work: Scott Humphrey, CEO of the WFCA, delivers proven leadership strategies designed to engage your team as you lead them through the competitive and ever-changing business landscape.

Third-party inspections: biased or beneficial? And how to tell: Paul Pleshek of the National Academy for Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) provides insight in to the often-perplexing world of flooring inspections—defining proper inspection procedures, common reporting issues and tips for identifying objective and knowledgeable inspectors.

Are you ready for an immigration raid or audit? With the election of President Trump, flooring retailers, contractors and installers need to begin preparing for increased enforcement of the immigration laws. The law imposes strict documentation requirements and significant fines to ensure your employees are legal immigrants. Jeffrey King, general counsel for the WFCA, will explain the requirements for employee documentation and provide practical guidelines to ensure you are prepared for an audit or workplace raid.

LVT installation & repair: The CFI team of professionals, representing leading manufacturers in resilient flooring, present a demonstration of the latest installation techniques for LVT including plank replacement and tips for common repair issues.

#marketingtomillennials: It’s about life-stage, not age: Tony King and Kathryn Baird of TK Fusion will share pro insights that will change the way you market to millennials.

Is my business ready for new technology? Phil Zolan, executive director of fcB2B, identifies technology trends to grow your business in 2017 and beyond.

Getting unruly subfloors clean, flat, dry and sound: The CFI team of professionals present techniques for quality subfloor prep and tips for common repair issues.

To see the full line-up and get more info, register online or call 816-231-4646.

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CFI 2016 convention will offer education, networking opportunities

PastedGraphic-1Dallas—The annual CFI convention is the go-to event for information on new products, tools, techniques and installation training. The show packs everything installers need to know into two days. This year’s highly anticipated program will take place here August 3-5.

The CFI convention attracts professionals from every sector of the flooring industry. It is the show “where all of the business surrounding installation happens”—a uniquely dedicated launching pad for companies debuting their latest offerings.

A few of the standout agenda items planned for this year’s convention include:

ŸCustom vinyl inset workshop: Leading technical trainers from Tarkett, Congoleum and Armstrong team up to present this hands-on workshop where attendees will create custom vinyl insets they can take home.

ŸHand sewing workshop: Presented by the CFI Training Team, stations will be set up for various hand-sewing stitch demos attendees will be able to complete and take home as a reference for future installations.

Inspection trends roundtable: Manufacturers, retailers, installers and inspectors will have the opportunity to present, discuss and answer questions and concerns about the latest trends in inspections.

“Understanding How You Are Wired – The DISC Behavioral Profile” presented by Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association: Understand yourself and those you work and live with. Humphrey will identify possible friction points between different personality types and give practical advice on improving relationships with colleagues, family, etc.

CFI has secured special discounted rates at the Marriott Grapevine that includes both the Courtyard and the TownePlace Suites. For more informatio, as well as a full convention program, visit the CFI website at cfiinstallers.org. If you have further questions about the convention, call 816-231-4646.

 

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2015 CFI Convention includes exceptional lineup of seminars, training sessions, product intros

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 11.34.50 AMDallas—The 2015 CFI Convention, scheduled for Nov. 12-14 here, will provide information on new products, tools, techniques and training for installers. Some workshops include Heat Welding Commercial Sheet Flooring led by Rick Herr and Tim Provence of Armstrong, Cost Effective Solutions for Moisture Mitigation led by Michael Lassetter of Traxx and Independent Contractor vs. Employee Issue led by Jeff King, counsel for the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA).

For more information and a full convention program, visit cfiinstallers.org.