Dalton—The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) welcomes Bill Blackstock to its board of directors. According to FCEF, he will be filling the seat currently held by Dean Thompson, Blackstock’s predecessor at RFCI. With Thompson’s retirement, Blackstock will be taking on his role as president and CEO of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute and his seat on the FCEF board of directors.
“With a small management team at FCEF, we depend on an engaged board to help move us forward and promote our efforts within the industry,” said Jim Aaron, executive director of FCEF. “We’ve benefited greatly from Dean’s voice and we’re excited to bring Bill in to share his perspective.”
Blackstock will meet with FCEF leadership and the rest of the board in person at their Nov. 10 meeting in Chattanooga. The board meets in person twice a year to provide insight, ideas and support to the FCEF team, according to FCEF.
“I’ve got some big shoes to fill taking over Dean’s seat, but I’m excited to get involved with FCEF and their efforts to resolve the installer shortage,” Blackstock said. “We are all impacted by the lack of qualified installers and I’m excited to be a part of the solution with FCEF.”
The FCEF board of directors consists of representatives from manufacturers, retailers and industry organizations to provide a wide range of perspectives to solving an industry-wide issue – the shortage of qualified installation craftsmen.