Lancaster, Pa.—At the 24th Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) Convention in Orlando last month, the fifth annual Chris Davis Award was presented to Rick Herr, field installation specialist of Armstrong Flooring, for recognition and dedication to quality flooring installation. Since 1993, CFI has been a trusted source and destination for the latest information on new products, tools, techniques and training for the flooring professional.
To qualify for the award an individual must display attributes of the late D. Christopher Davis, former president and CEO of the World Floor Covering Association. The individual must possess the ability and willingness to work with the flooring industry to build a stronger foundation among all partners. The person must also display the characteristics of leadership to achieve goals that are directly related to the advancement of quality flooring installation.
Herr has enjoyed a 48-year relationship with Armstrong Flooring. He spent his first 30 years in new product development for resilient and carpet products. Herr was involved in the development of Designer Solarian II and the Cleansweep coating as well as the seam coating for residential sheet products. He has four U.S. patents on products and coatings. In the past 18 years, he has served as a field installation specialist for the eastern U.S. and Canada.
Herr recently headed the Armstrong Flooring Installation School, which has been training flooring installers for more than 80 years. The school is recognized for the quality of its instruction, knowledgeable teaching staff and continued leadership in the development of new installation methods and procedures.
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by Steven Feldman
Monday, May 21, 2012. Boca Raton, Fla.—The search to find the next president and CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has officially begun. A five-person search committee was formed at WFCA’s biannual meeting here as well as the process by which the next executive will be named. Continue reading Search gets under way to find WFCA's next president and CEO
Some rules are meant to be broken
by Matthew Spieler
Rules are put in place for a reason but, there are times when they need to be broken due to exceptional circumstances. For instance, a professional athlete must meet a set of criteria to be eligible for a particular sports hall of fame, such as being in the profession for a certain minimum amount of time.
But, there have been cases in which a person’s career was cut short due to injury or death and was still voted into his profession’s hall of fame. The thinking was the player was so dominant, so far and above everyone else during his shortened career, he would have easily been voted in if he was able to play out his career. The best-known examples of this are in baseball with Sandy Koufax and Ralph Kiner, two players who would have rewritten the record books if their bodies didn’t give out before their prime. Continue reading Davis should be put in Hall of Fame
BIG SHOES: The unexpected passing of Chris Davis did more than send shockwaves throughout all segments of the industry, it left a mighty large hole as his influence went far beyond that of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). Davis was personally involved in a multitude of flooring associations, organizations and committees—in many cases he was the chairman or head of a particular group. Davis was unique in his abilities and deft at being able to juggle so many different hats. How all these posts will be filled is still anyone’s guess. Will one person be able to step in and take command as Davis was able to or will the responsibilities be divided among different people? Either way, the shoes Davis left behind are large by anyone’s standards. Continue reading Al's column
The recent, unexpected passing of Chris Davis has left the industry not only in shock but also with so much sorrow. As an integral part of the floor covering industry for nearly 18 years as the president and CEO of the World Floor Covering Association, Davis was not only an advocate for the advancement of the flooring industry, but many regarded him as a friend. Continue reading FCNews sets up Davis memorial Facebook page
by Matthew Spieler
Anaheim, Calif.—For nearly 18 years, he was more than just the leader of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), he was a leader of the industry, promoting the professionalism of its people and beauty of its products to every media avenue possible and along the way, selfishly giving of himself to help those in need. On Feb. 22, D. Christopher Davis unexpectedly passed away from lung cancer, less than three weeks after turning 64. Continue reading Industry mourns passing of WFCA CEO Chris Davis
The WFCA mourns the loss of Chris Davis. We have passed along to his family the heartfelt condolences expressed by so many. In lieu of flowers, they have requested donations be made in his name to The Floor Covering Industry Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Memorial services will be held March 29th 4pm time at The Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort. Continue reading WFCA mourns the loss of Chris Davis
Dear friends and colleagues,
The recent, unexpected passing of Chris Davis has left us not only in shock but also with so much sorrow. As an integral part of the floor covering industry for 18 years as the president and CEO of the World Covering Association, Chris was the biggest advocate for the advancement of floor covering retailers through education and their protection through legislative efforts. He also took Surfaces to the next level, eventually selling the show for $40 million and endowing the WFCA’s future. He was the consummate professional.
Because of his larger–than-life personality and love of the industry and people, many regarded Chris as more than the president of WFCA. They considered him a friend.
As the entire industry mourns his loss, Floor Covering News is providing a forum on Facebook, the Chris Davis Memorial Page, where friends and colleagues can offer their thoughts, recollections, photos, condolences, etc. We encourage everyone to remember Chris in their own personal way on this page by visiting facebook.com/ChrisDavisMemorial.
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Friends, colleagues mourn the loss of beloved and revered flooring industry icon
February 24, 2012 – Anaheim, Calif. – World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), Board of Directors Chairman, Jim Walters, announced today that D. Christopher Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Floor Covering Association, passed away on the evening of February 22, 2012. He was 64.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the untimely passing of our friend, colleague and the esteemed leader of the World Floor Covering Association, D. Christopher Davis,” said Walters. “It goes without saying that Chris was an extraordinary businessman in every way – he took the WFCA and the industry to heights that we never imagined; he championed causes and concerns that we cared about; he orchestrated programs that helped us grow and become better leaders and business people; and he paved the way to future success in our industry. His shocking loss is a tragedy that we are all still coming to terms with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his children and extended family.” Continue reading Breaking News: Chris Davis, WFCA's president and CEO, succumbs to sudden illness
As the floor covering industry mourns the loss of Chris Davis, so many people have fond memories of a man who not only made such an impact, but also touched so many lives. As such, Floor Covering News is providing a forum on Facebook, the Chris Davis Memorial Page, where friends and colleagues can offer their thoughts, recollections, photos, condolences, etc. We encourage everyone to remember Chris in their own personal way on this page by visiting facebook.com/ChrisDavisMemorial.
Continue reading FCNews launches Chris Davis Memorial Facebook page