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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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Haines increases capacity with new Florida location

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 9.59.31 AMGlen Burnie, Md.—Haines will relocate to a new flooring warehouse in Orlando by the end of this year. The new warehouse is less than half a mile away from the current Haines facilities and approximately 50% larger. The new facility will also house a Supplies Center for customers.

“The additional space will give us the ability to better serve our customers and grow in the Florida market,” said Zwicker president and CEO, Haines. “The brand new Haines Supplies Center showroom will be located inside the new larger warehouse, which will have a better layout and much more inventory capacity.”

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Haines Loyalty Club dealers thrive

Volume 27/Number 24; March 31/April 7, 2014

By Ken Ryan

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 12.02.17 PMBaltimore—When Haines’ 2013 Loyalty Club Retailer of the Year Bill Zeigler thinks about the value of membership, he thinks about the family atmosphere and friendship that exists within the group as much as he does the products and programs Haines offers. All of these factors played a role in the success of C.F. Zeigler & Sons of Hanover, Pa., which enjoyed a 23% increase in business in 2013.

“I dedicate as much time as humanly possible to the Loyalty Club and advisory council to bring the best program we can to members,” Zeigler said during the recent Haines Loyalty Club Summit here. “Haines people are upfront, they tell the truth and they listen to their customers.” Continue reading Haines Loyalty Club dealers thrive

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Women in Flooring – Rosana Chaidez: Passion helps achieve goals

January 6/13, 2014; Volume 27/Number 18

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting some of the women in the floor covering industry who are not only making a difference, but raising its level of professionalism.)

chaidez_casualBy Jenna Lippin

Rosana Chaidez has developed a strong reputation as vice president of sales & marketing and procurement for Haines, the largest floor covering distributor serving the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Hard work and dedication brought her to the top ranks, making her an inspiration to all women who are aiming to hold their ground in a male-dominated industry.

Joining the industry in 1986 with distributor FlorStar Sales in Chicago, Chaidez was charged with internal operations, including customer service, supply chain functions and information technology. In 2002 she joined Haines as chief information officer, and she has continued to ascend the corporate ladder. She was eventually appointed to oversee the supply chain, and then in 2008 became general manager of the Wheeler division in Florida shortly after its acquisition by Haines. She then was promoted to vice president of sales, marketing and procurement. Continue reading Women in Flooring – Rosana Chaidez: Passion helps achieve goals

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Haines acquires CMH Space

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 8.50.11 AMGlen Burnie, Md.Haines, the industry’s No. 1 flooring distributor in sales, announced the acquisition of CMH Space, the No. 4 distributor.
 Bruce Zwicker, Haines president and CEO said, “The two companies will be better together, better for customers, suppliers, and employees.”

Haines, the largest floor covering distributor in the U.S., operates in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. CMH Space operates in the same geographic area. The two companies will operate as separate companies until integration is complete sometime in late 2014. Continue reading Haines acquires CMH Space

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Haines Loyalty Club Summit: ‘One block at a time’

Members benefit from relationships, technology, more

By Jenna Lippin

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

Winners of the Retailer of the Year award, Gary Hurst, third from left, and Elmer Stolzfus, center, were honored at the Haines event. With the winners are (from left) Fred Wentz, VP of operations and development; Rosana Chaidez, VP of sales & marketing and procurement; Bruce Zwicker, president/CEO; Scott Roy, VP of sales & marketing and customer service, and John Coakley, CFO and business development.

Alexandria, Va.—With a record crowd of approximately 400 people from across the Eastern seaboard, the 2013 Haines Loyalty Club (HLC) Summit was held here April 8 and 9 for the first time after outgrowing its previous venues in Baltimore. The group now boasts 275 members, up from 268 in 2012 and a total increase of approximately 160% since 2006.

Scott Roy, Haines’ vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, introduced the 2013 Summit motto “One Block at a Time,” explaining to members that each individual “block” helps build success. Thanks to the October meeting of the HLC advisory council, the Haines network decided changes needed to be made to help provide the greatest benefits to members, drive business to their stores and deliver valuable resources to facilitate dealers’ success. Continue reading Haines Loyalty Club Summit: ‘One block at a time’

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NAFCD announces 2012 award recipients

CHICAGO – The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) is proud to announce 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Mort Creech of JJ Haines, Ben Hagood of W.M. Bird & Company, and Ken Herriges of Herregan Distributors, as well as 2012 Leadership in Action Award recipient Bill Simonson of Jaeckle Distributors.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients were honored for their exceptional leadership and contributions that have helped expand the floor covering distribution industry. The Leadership in Action Award honors up and coming leaders whose innovative practices have resulted in positive business growth. Continue reading NAFCD announces 2012 award recipients