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Women in Flooring – Olga Robertson: Taking risks, making mistakes part of the journey to success

Volume 27/Number 26; April 28/May 5, 2014

By Jenna Lippin

SONY DSCSONY DSCWhen Olga Robertson, president of FCA Network, was first approached about joining the flooring world in the early 1970s, she was reluctant to get on board. “I said, ‘No, that’s not for me. I’m not going to work in a floor covering store.’ The only knowledge I had of flooring at the time was that my mom ordered carpet from someone and he ran away with her money, so that wasn’t a good experience.”

However, Robertson at the time was working as an insurance claims analyst, a job, she said, that “bored her to tears.” A friend who worked as an installer suggested she talk to Bob Hill, owner of Floor Covering Associates (FCA) in Shorewood, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. One interview later, Hill offered her $15 more a week than she was making, so she decided to take the position as “something transitional.” Continue reading Women in Flooring – Olga Robertson: Taking risks, making mistakes part of the journey to success