Checking in: A CCA Global convention post-mortem

HomeEditorialsChecking in: A CCA Global convention post-mortem

by Steve Feldman

The whirlwind that was the Carpet One/Flooring America summer conventions is now behind us. I must say it’s been years since there was this much action and so many new initiatives at a summer convention. Details are covered in the individual stories, but here are some of the thoughts with which I came away.

  • Vinnie Virga, the president of Flooring America, has been given responsibility for all CCA Global brands, a position that was empty since being vacated by Evan Hackel about 18 months ago. Virga has done wonders with Flooring America, making the group as significant a player in this industry as any.
  • Speaking of CCA Global, possibly the biggest takeaway from the recent convention was the coming out party of Jessica Correa, the new vice president of marketing, a position that seems to have come with a revolving door over the last few years. Correa, a real breath of fresh air, is different. She brings a fresh perspective coming from outside the industry (always a good thing, see Patricia Flavin of Beaulieu), having been a director of brand innovation and alliance marketing at Royal Carribean for 13 years. On the job for just two months, she is already making her presence felt.
  • Continuing on the CCA Global theme, one thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is that important products, programs and initiatives are being rolled out simultaneously across both groups. Whether it be new merchandising, integrated marketing initiatives that include virtually everything online, or exclusive deals with suppliers, CCA is leveraging its buying and brain power to the benefit of its members and manufacturers. Agree or disagree, the strategy is working. Both groups are up between 5% and 8% this year while the overall industry is down.
  • Mannington was showing for the first time a new glueless LVT with a fully licensed and patent-pending locking system. According to Kim Holm, president, it represents the best per- forming floating LVT.
  • Mohawk became a better company on July 19 if only because Kent Clauson, formerly of Armstrong, joined the organization. Kent, who will be responsible for brand management, is a talented, low-key, check-your-ego-at-the-door kind of guy. You may not hear his name much, but his finger- prints will be on many Mohawk initiatives going forward.

    Must Read

    Bluegrass Wood Products joins NWFA/NOFMA wood flooring program

    St. Louis—Bluegrass Wood Products is the latest company to earn NWFA/NOFMA Mill Certification from the National Wood Flooring Association. “NWFA is pleased to welcome Bluegrass...

    Maxxon partners with Empire Mining Co.

    Hamel, Minn.—Maxxon Corporation, a leading innovator in the underlayment industry, has entered into a partnership with Empire Mining Co., a premier gypsum mine and...

    Nox takes home iF Design Award

    Seoul, South Korea—Nox, a global LVT flooring leader, has won the prestigious iF Design Awards, the world-renowned design award based in Germany. The winning...

    It’s more important than ever to back the trades

    For the past 16 years, Mike Rowe—prominent cable TV show host and narrator—has been advocating the importance of trade and technical skill training. I...

    AHF purchases pair of sawmill operations

    AHF Products, parent company of 14 hard surface brands and the largest hardwood flooring manufacturer in the U.S. by volume, continues its acquisition spree....

    Dealers hoping for spring reboot to help fuel Q2 revenues

    Reports of robust consumer spending on travel and entertainment has continued to boost U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in recent quarters, but that outlay...
    Some text some message..