Anaheim, Calif. — Paul Johnson, president, Interiors One Inc., Carpet One in Tulsa, Okla., has been elected chairman of the board of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the company announced. Johnson will take office on July 1, 2014. He fills the role vacated by Janice Clifton of Abbey Carpets in Napa, Calif., who will become immediate past chairwoman.
At the spring board of directors meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., directors also elected Scott Walker, president, Walker’s Carpet One, Inc., Bellingham, Wash., as chairman-elect; confirmed Mellissa Murphy, Johnson Paint & Decorating, Columbia, Mo., as secretary; Donny Phillips, Jr., Atlanta Flooring Design Center, Suwanee, Ga., as CFO; Aaron Pirner, CAP Carpet Inc., Wichita, Kan., as vice chairman; and Janice Clifton, partner owner, Abbey Carpets, Napa, Calif., as past chairman. These individuals will comprise the association’s executive committee for the 2014-15 fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.
In addition to re-electing Phillips, WFCA members also re-elected Maryanne Adams and Kelby Frederick. Newly elected directors to 3-year terms include: Curt Bowler, Abbey Carpet of Missoula, Mont.; Shane Lewis, Town & Country Floor Design Inc., Abbottsford, BC, Canada; and Roger Wilson, Nampa Floors & Interiors, Nampa, Idaho. Directors also re-elected Keith Campbell, chairman, Mannington Mills, Salem, N.J., to a three year term as an associate board member.
The WFCA said Johnson is a passionate member, having joined the organization when he entered the retail side of the business nearly fifteen years ago. He has held a number of WFCA positions including secretary, chief financial officer and his current role as chairman elect. In addition Johnson served on the Industry Relations Committee.
“I am thrilled to be at the helm of such a vibrant organization as WFCA,” Johnson said. “As many of you know, we have recently changed our focus from the entire flooring industry to the ‘heart’ of the industry – its retailers. Without them we do not exist.”
Johnson added, “WFCA brings all of these family-run businesses together and gives them a voice, a platform and the power to make a difference. The organization and its membership drive change and make things happen for the greater good far beyond what individuals could do on their own.”
Johnson said he plans to make this year, “the year of the ‘family business.’” He added, “Scott and his talented team have exciting programs and initiatives in place that I have no doubt will attract new memberships and help take the organization to new heights. I look forward to working with our executive team and our board to enhance the business environment for retailers across the country.”