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NAFCD presents 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 3.39.10 PMChicago—The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) recognized Bob Wagner of Fishman Flooring Solutions in Baltimore, Md., as the recipient of the 2017 NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award, Nov. 15. The NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel.

Wagner currently serves as president and CEO of Fishman Flooring Solutions. His experience in the flooring installation business dates back to the mid-1970s, when he was trained as a floor covering installer while in high school and worked in his family’s flooring installation supply business. He is a strong believer in giving back to the flooring installation community, which has provided him with continuous employment for four decades. He is actively involved in industry affairs and is a past president of NAFCD.

“Bob Wagner has given a significant amount of time and energy to not only NAFCD over the years but other industry organizations all in an effort to enhance the industry for all,” said Kevin Gammonley, NAFCD executive vice president. “He is an effective and passionate voice in the promotion of the value of the wholesale distributor in the channel. He has been a committed volunteer leader who always has the industry’s best interest at heart.”

In his current capacity, Wagner oversees more than 210 employees working in 35 locations who, since May 2012, own 100% of their company. His customer-centric leadership has helped the employee-owners of Fishman focus on improving how they serve and help their customers do their jobs better.

For more information, visit nafcd.org.

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Installation: Schönox recognizes ‘Worst Subfloor’ contest winners

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17

By Nicole Murray

Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 4.32.54 PMLas Vegas—Schönox announced the winners of its 3rd annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest at TISE 2017, reporting the highest number of entries received since the inception of the competition.

First-place winner Carpets Direct of Walton, Ky., took on a 70-year-old building with an engineered hardwood floor that would be glued in place. The major challenge was the massive amount of subflooring that existed underneath. “A combination of Schönox products were used to level the subfloor allowing the client’s chosen flooring specification to be installed successfully,” said AJ Roberto, territory sales manager, CDC Distributors.

Sprague Floor Covering, based in Dover, N.H., earned second place by attacking severe moisture issues that were originally addressed with patching and VCT. By using Schönox’s moisture fail-mitigation systems, the subfloor conditions were able to be restored.

Third place was awarded to Greer’s Flooring America from Evansville, Ind., for a 5,500-square-foot commercial real estate project in which installers had to contend with loose quarry tile, lightweight concrete and trenches. However, with Schönox’s self-leveling compound, a strong and smooth subfloor was able to provide a strong base for the new project.

The goal of the program, according to the company, is to bring awareness to what horrible subfloors can do to the product installed on top of a poor substrate. “We want to bring awareness to everyone in the market of what we are putting underneath because everyone’s first instinct is to simply put a patch down when there is an issue,” said Karen Bellinger, business development manager, Schönox. “It is important to have a nice and new subfloor that can support the gorgeous LVT that goes on top.”

Two second-time judges participated and rated each project impartially by not being told who completed which entries but by solely being educated on the facts of the before and after of each project. First-, second- and third-place winners were awarded Schönox dollars and their corresponding installation teams won Dewalt tools, Yeti coolers and weekend trips to Las Vegas.