RFCI readies for continued growth in 2022

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Herb Upton, newly elected RFCI board chairman

Scottsdale, Ariz.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), the trade association representing the interests of 22 member resilient flooring manufacturers, gathered here for its two-day annual board of directors meeting, Oct. 26–27, 2021. “It has been a very busy, exciting year for resilient flooring,” said Dean Thompson, president and CEO of RFCI. “We are the fastest growing flooring category in history and we are all looking forward to an equally exciting 2022.”

Michel Vermette, newly elected vice chairman

Chris O’Conner of Congoleum and current RFCI board chairman presented the new board members to serve 2022–2023. Heading up the new board is Herb Upton of Shaw Industries as board chairman (previously vice-chairman); Michel Vermette of Armstrong, as vice chairman; and Russ Rogg of HMTX/Metroflor, as board secretary/treasurer.

Bill Blackstock was also introduced as the new president and CEO of RFCI and is in transition to replace Dean Thompson beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Thompson will remain in an advisory capacity until June 2022.

Russ Rogg, newly elected board secretary/treasurer

According to RFCI, Thompson provided an overview of the six primary goals of the company’s strategy, reviewed the governance structure and confirmed/congratulated member participation on each of the company’s standing committees. Among the many initiatives in 2021, RFCI said it ensures that each committee is current on key subjects related to potential member liability.

The Shelton Group, the leading marketing communications agency focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, presented a detailed report at the meeting on the performance of the company’s digital consumer campaign “Beautifully Responsible,” and the plans for its continuation and expansion in 2022.

Jane Rohde of JSR Associates and RFCI technical consultant, updated the company’s activities related to the Washington Department of Ecology and ortho-phthalates; the revised sustainability assessment for resilient flooring; participation in the development of the Embodied Carbon Construction Calculator with Building Transparency; and work to proactively position RFCI members as leaders in the understanding of climate change.

According to RFCI, Rohde stressed the need for education in university design degree programs in material science, product content and performance testing to select resilient flooring for more than its aesthetics. Rohde also said other essential factors such as durability, pandemic ramifications and owner project requirements are equally important.

Allison Foley, Venable/RFCI legal counsel, updated the RFCI board on the issues management process designed to monitor critical federal agencies, state agencies and non-governmental entities related to key issues that may impact the industry. According to the company, Foley emphasized work underway with the State of Washington’s Safer Products for Washington Act, the New York Healthy Green and Procurement Act and EPA’S Toxic Substances Control Act.

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