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FIANA, CFI collaborate on convention

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 4.57.56 PMNew Orleans — FIANA and CFI have teamed up to give members double benefits by scheduling their conventions at the same time in New Orleans, Sept. 4-6, 2014.

FIANA events are scheduled at the Hyatt Regency while CFI will hold their meeting at the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome.

“The FIANA members look forward to welcoming the CFI group. The manufacturers and distributors view it as a mutual assistance and a unique twist,” said Doug Ray, president of FIANA.

FIANA’s welcome reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 evening with the general membership meeting starting at 9:00 am, Sept. 5. The 20th annual trade show is scheduled for distributors and manufacturers from 1:00-6:00 pm.

“The CFI members will have an opportunity to visit the manufacturers’ trade show to view new products and tools which is always on the top of every installer’s list. CFI has a long standing relationship with FIANA and appreciates being a part of their event,” said Jim Walker, CEO of CFI.

The CFI Certification Team will meet on Thursday the 4th to review the year’s events and plan for the future. Friday begins with the opening session of the 21st annual CFI Convention at 7:30 am followed by seminars and hands-on workshops. On Saturday, the members will visit the FIANA trade show and conclude the CFI Convention with a dinner meeting.

Robert Varden, executive director of CFI, “We appreciate the distributors allowing our members to attend the trade show. It will benefit all of us in our various positions in the industry by learning more about products and tools. This partnership brings a new view to the CFI Convention which our members will greatly enjoy.”

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FIANA 19th Annual Convention & Trade Show

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 1.39.11 PMThe 19th annual Floor Installation Association of North America (FIANA) Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for Sept. 12 through 14, 2013, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel in Nashville. The convention will offer association members opportunities for educational networking during the round table sessions. Subjects will include: “Three Routes to Increased Profitability in Your Branches” and “The 5 Trends that will Affect Your Business in 2014.” Continue reading FIANA 19th Annual Convention & Trade Show

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FIANA changes membership qualifications

St. Louis—Finished floor covering products have been added to the list of approved products for membership in the Floor Installation Association of North America (FIANA).

As the flooring industry has evolved, noted Gary Verhey, FIANA’s president, a majority of the FIANA distributor members have expanded and/or diversified into distributing finished floor covering materials. Continue reading FIANA changes membership qualifications

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Fiana announces new additions to its board of directors

The Floor Installation Association has added three new directors to the Board for 2012.  The new directors will begin their three year minimum term on the Board this year. Continue reading Fiana announces new additions to its board of directors

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FIANA: First-time distributors and manufacturers highlight show

KANSAS CITY, MO.—The 17th annual Floor Installation Association of North America’s (FIANA) convention held here was well attended by membership, according to Gary Verhey, president and CEO, but even more positive signs came from several companies attending the event for the very first time. Continue reading FIANA: First-time distributors and manufacturers highlight show

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Sweet 16 for FIANA: Attendees to annual convention upbeat yet cautious

SAN ANTONIO—Despite current economic concerns, an upbeat mood permeated the recent 16th annual Floor Installation Association of North America (FIANA) convention. “Not only was the venue well received by the show’s attendees, manufacturers and distributors, so was its agenda of communication, education and distribution,” said Gary Verhey, president. Continue reading Sweet 16 for FIANA: Attendees to annual convention upbeat yet cautious