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January 2012: Calandrino, Mishkin, Pumphrey inducted into Industry Hall of Fame

Volume 26/Number 16; Dec. 17/24, 2012

After a one-year drought without an inductee, the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) Flooring Industry Hall of Fame has opened its doors to three individuals in 2012: Sonna Calandrino, Sandy Mishkin and Paul Pumphrey.

Each inductee has played a significant role in retailing as teachers, merchandisers and buyers. Continue reading January 2012: Calandrino, Mishkin, Pumphrey inducted into Industry Hall of Fame

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Obituary: Sonna Calandrino, entrepreneur, educator, innovator

GHENT, N. Y.—Sonna Calandrino was a remarkable woman. She had a flair for fashion, a keen sense of style and a profound desire to help people. That combination of talents endeared her to floor covering retailers, distributors and manufacturers. Her entrepreneurial efforts brought her a chain of stores and her business skills propelled her to the forefront of the retail arena. Beyond the showroom, she was a consultant, a compelling speaker and a popular columnist. Her career in the flooring industry spanned more than three decades and came to an end May 23, when she succumbed to breast and bone cancer, both of which were undiagnosed for years. She was 63. Continue reading Obituary: Sonna Calandrino, entrepreneur, educator, innovator