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WFCA's training program secures locations for 2014 classes

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 9.52.34 AMAnaheim, Calif. – Following a highly successful launch in Chicago in mid-January, the remaining five 2014 installation training courses, sponsored by WFCA and taught by CFI, have been secured.

“The Chicago event was so well received and attended that WFCA affiliates and member companies clamored to secure one of the five remaining seminars,” reported  Scott Humphrey, chief executive officer, WFCA. “We could not be more pleased with the response to our program with CFI. People came from all corners of the country to attend our most recent course and I have no doubt response with be equally favorable for the remaining classes on the schedule.”

The 2014 schedule follows:

  • March 4-7                  Baltimore

Hosted by the Maryland Northern Virginia Floor Covering Association at Fishman Solutions


  • March 18-21              Wichita

Hosted by Star Flooring and Design


  • April 8-11                   Atlanta


  • May 13-16                 Seattle

Hosted by the Northwest Flooring Association

  • June 3-6                    Los Angeles


In order to qualify for this training and CFI certification, installers must have completed at least two years of active installation work. Standard program fees for the certification training are $495. As an incentive for WFCA members, association sponsorship of the program reduces their rate to $295. Space in the installer program is limited so interested individuals and companies are encouraged to sign up soon. WFCA membership is required to receive the discounts.

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Star Flooring wins WFCA Gold Standard award

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 1.53.26 PMAnaheim, Calif. – Scott Humphrey, chief executive officer (CEO) of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), announced Star Flooring as the annual winner of the Gold Standard Award for excellence in retailing. Star Flooring,  an independently owned shop in Wichita, Kan., took home the honor, which includes a $5,000 check, acknowledgement on the WFCA website and a customized WFCA seal for their store entrance. The award will be presented in-person by WFCA representatives.

“It is clear to me after reviewing multiple applicants that Star Flooring ‘left no stone unturned’ when it comes to the retail experience,” Humphrey said. “Not only have they been recognized four years running in their largest daily, The Wichita Eagle, as the No. 1 flooring retailer in the city, but they have completed a state-of-the-art store renovation with themed room settings, a children’s play space, and custom sample displays to keep everything clean and organized.”

In response to receiving the award, Allen Clouse, director of retail sales, Star Flooring, said, “We are honored to receive the Gold Standard award from the WFCA. The foundation of our family-owned business is based on the very principles this award represents. We work hard to continuously improve and I am proud that the team is being recognized by the WFCA.”

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Humphrey: WFCA will be relevant in every aspect

By Steven Feldman

Volume 26/Number 26; May 13/20, 2013

(Exclusive to FCNews)

Harold Chapman, left, Bonitz Flooring Group, passes the gavel to incoming WFCA chairman Janice Clifton, Abbey Carpets Unlimited, as WFCA’s CEO Scott Humphrey looks on.

Asheville, N.C.—Presiding over his first World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) board meeting since becoming its president and CEO, Scott Humphrey professed the association’s stability while promising it would serve as the voice of the floor covering industry.

“We will be relevant in every aspect of this business,” he said. “And we will ensure people view this as a professional industry.”

With the aforementioned stability as the backdrop, Humphrey stressed the importance of WFCA being viewed as an organization in which one can be confident and trust. “The foundation laid by Chris Davis makes this transition very easy. I am thankful for what he did and thankful for the team he assembled.” Continue reading Humphrey: WFCA will be relevant in every aspect

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WFCA’s Humphrey to pick up where Davis left off

Wants association to help entire industry succeed

by Matthew Spieler

When Scott Humphrey was announced as the new CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) last month, it may have taken many by surprise. After all, he spent the last 25 years working at one of the industry’s largest mills, while the WFCA is the industry’s leading advocate organization for independent specialty retailers.

But for anyone who knows the affable Humphrey and his career at Shaw Industries, the choice to have him fill the position left vacant by the unexpected passing of Chris Davis in February 2012 was an appropriate decision. Continue reading WFCA’s Humphrey to pick up where Davis left off

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Scott Humphrey appointed CEO of the WFCA

Volume 26/Number 22; March 18/25, 2013

Anaheim, Calif.—Scott Humphrey, former director of the Shaw Flooring Network (SFN), has been selected to lead the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), filling the position left vacant by the passing of Chris Davis in February 2012. Humphrey will take the helm as the organization’s CEO effective April 1.

Humphrey was picked to lead the association after a thorough search by a WFCA board-appointed search committee composed of six members, including Harold Chapman, chairman. WFCA’s executive committee reviewed the recommendation of the search committee and unanimously selected Humphrey to lead the group.

In his new role, Humphrey will serve as a visionary leader tasked with developing a long-range plan for the association. He will also be the media and industry spokesman for the organization and be responsible for directing the creation of national trade and consumer advertising campaigns as well as image-building promotions to raise awareness of targeted WFCA initiatives. In addition, he will identify and seek opportunities to develop alliances and partnerships with other organizations that will drive growth for members as well as the overall industry.

Along with his principal responsibilities, Humphrey will provide direction to WFCA’s board and committees. He will also be responsible for leading and overseeing staff at the association’s headquarters here.

Humphrey brings to his new role a solid and established background in the flooring industry. For more than 25 years, he served in multiple capacities at Shaw Industries, beginning his career as a territory sales manager. In his most recent role, Humphrey oversaw an $8 million budget that contributed to several hundred million in sales with a staff comprising a large number of direct and indirect reports. Together, his team was responsible for managing over 2,000 independent Shaw-aligned retailers.

In addition to strategic management and record-setting economic growth of his divisions, Humphrey was also a visionary behind the Shaw Learning Academy, recognized as one of the top 100 internal training programs worldwide for the last eight years by Training magazine. He also wrote, developed and facilitated S.A.L.T. (Shaw Academy for Leadership Training), a highly successful four-day intensive leadership program attended by hundreds of top managers at Shaw and key retail partners.

Over the past eight years, Humphrey has written monthly and bi-monthly articles for Shaw’s internal and external marketing publications, as well as serving as a contributing writer for Floor Focus magazine.

“Scott came to our attention because of his proven ability as an inspiring leader, his strong execution skills, his phenomenal track record for success and his capacities as a visionary,” Chapman said. “His vast and direct industry experience will be an invaluable asset for the WFCA. He is a true professional, and I am confident he will take the WFCA to new heights.”

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WFCA names CEO: Scott Humphrey to run organization

Anaheim, CA—Harold Chapman, Chairman of the Board, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), announced today that Scott Humphrey has been selected to lead the Association as the Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2013.  Mr. Humphrey, former Director of the Shaw Flooring Network, fills the position left by the late D. Christopher Davis. Continue reading WFCA names CEO: Scott Humphrey to run organization