NFA members kick off spring meeting

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Adairsville, Ga.—FCNews is in attendance as all but four NFA members converge on Barnsley Gardens, here, to discuss new products and marketing strategies for 2021 at the NFA spring meeting.

Suppliers like Shaw Industries, Mohawk Flooring, Happy Floors and Tarkett were in attendance as were major retailers like A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring and Bob’s Carpet & Flooring.

Citing pent-up demand from 2020’s stay-at-home lifestyle, all members that spoke with FCNews reported being up 20% or more in sales from the first quarter of 2019. A key indication that 2021 is going to continue to be a record breaking year for the industry, despite some ongoing challenges.

Following is a recap of some of the meetings and presentations happening at the NFA spring meeting.

Paul De Cock, president of Mohawk North America, and Piet Dossche, former EVP, hard surfaces, Shaw Floors, connect at the NFA spring meeting.

 

NFA spring meeting
Sam Locher and A.J. Boyajian of A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring gather outdoors.

 

Bob Hardaway and Channel Clifford showcase COREtec Premium, which is slated for a 2022 launch.

 

NFA spring meeting
John Mazzullo and Elizabeth Hurley, Tarkett, introduced a private-label carpet collection under NFA’s proprietary lifetime luxury brand.

 

NFA spring meeting
T.M. Nuckols, center, president of The Dixie Group Residential, with the newest members of the team: Pami Bhullar and Len Andolino.

On Tuesday, April 20, the NFA held a closing reception for its members. Following are their interactions.

Vance Bell, who recently announced his retirement as CEO of Shaw, and Jason McSwain of McSwain’s Carpet and Flooring. During the reception, the NFA honored Bell for his 40-plus years in the industry.

 

Doug Jackson, left, president, CALI, with one of his best customers, Flooring 101’s Jimmy Poulos, right, and Ian Newton, center. Flooring 101 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

 

Michel Vermette, CEO, Armstrong Flooring, with Dave Cometz of General Floor, N.J.

Steve and Lauren Coles, Coles Fine Floors, San Diego, flank Jason Randolph of Karastan.

 

Ashlie Butler, Bob’s Carpet and Flooring, Tampa, and Efi Eylor of Republic Floor.

 

Sam Roberts, Roberts Carpet and Fine Floors, Houston, and Jim Mudd of Sam Kinnard’s Louisville.

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