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    Women who mean business

Women who mean business

Retailers leverage their skills, experience and perspective  January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   Despite the flooring industry being predominantly male, women in flooring are making their presence felt, many of which own or hold high-level positions in their respective stores. What’s more, while being female in a male-dominated industry is seen as a negative to some, many of these women view their gender as an

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    Women in Flooring: Block—DriTac’s driving force, relationship builder

Women in Flooring: Block—DriTac’s driving force, relationship builder

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie   Myrna Block, executive vice president, DriTac, has been described by others as outgoing, positive, intuitive, a visionary, an entrepreneur—all of which are exemplified in her passion and hard work in the flooring industry and her community. Whether she is helping fellow flooring members or supporting local charities, Block thrives in developing quality relationships with those around her. In 1987,

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    Women in Flooring: Ann Wicander—Fifth-generation success in cork, underlayments

Women in Flooring: Ann Wicander—Fifth-generation success in cork, underlayments

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Lindsay Baillie Ann Wicander, president of WE Cork, represents the fifth generation of her family to be involved in the cork industry. Wicander’s journey began with her father, who headed the branch of the family’s cork company in Switzerland, where Wicander was born. “We were there for 11 years, during which time my father gave my older brothers and me lots of

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    Women in Flooring: Flavia Baggio- Extinguishes the fire, positions IndusParquet for the future

Women in Flooring: Flavia Baggio- Extinguishes the fire, positions IndusParquet for the future

 August 8/15, 2016; Volume 31, Number 4 By Steven Feldman It is rare to find multi-million dollar companies in this country run by 29 year olds, once you get past the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world. It is even more rare when that 29-year-old is a woman. And when that 29-year-old woman has only been in this country for seven years, well…. Flavia Baggio has been running IndusParquet’s North American

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    Women in Flooring: Jeanne Matson- Hard work, independence are hallmarks of her success

Women in Flooring: Jeanne Matson- Hard work, independence are hallmarks of her success

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Jenna Lippin Jeanne Matson, president and CEO of Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership, credits her father’s wisdom as inspiration for becoming an independent leader. Though he was born in 1906, he had a more modern, progressive view of women in the workplace. “His mother and sister didn’t work and my mother didn’t work, but he used to tell me and my sister

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    Women in Flooring: Dana Teague- Balancing roles leads to success

Women in Flooring: Dana Teague- Balancing roles leads to success

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By Jenna Lippin Surfaces—combined with StonExpo|Marmomacc Americas and Tile Expo to comprise The International Surface Event (TISE)—has made some major strides since its inception in 1989, most notably in recent years as the industry has picked up from the Great Recession. That being said, the expansion of TISE would not be possible without its leadership team, which includes Dana Teague, vice president, design group, Informa

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    Women in Flooring: Lisa Browning- Adding value to industry giants

Women in Flooring: Lisa Browning- Adding value to industry giants

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 By Jenna Lippin Growing up just outside of Dalton in Walker County, it may have been inevitable that Lisa Browning—now executive director of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA)—would end up in the flooring industry. However, what was not predicted was Browning’s work with some of the biggest names in flooring, from Carpets of Dalton to Carpet One to Abbey, establishing family-like relationships with industry legends.

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    Women in Flooring: Allie Finkell- Establishing a meaningful career without the family name

Women in Flooring: Allie Finkell- Establishing a meaningful career without the family name

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4 By Jenna Lippin  Allie Finkell may not yet have the extended history other women in flooring have earned, but she has certainly made a name for herself in the time she has been officially part of the industry. What makes some of the time unofficial? Well, having a dad who is an industry leg-end—Don Finkell of Anderson Hardwood fame and now owner of American OEM—and being

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    Women in Flooring- Laurie Bray: Confidence, passion, support leads to first female-owned mill

Women in Flooring- Laurie Bray: Confidence, passion, support leads to first female-owned mill

April 13/20, 2015; Volume 29/Number 1 By Jenna Lippin “Sometimes things don’t go as planned,” Laurie Bray, marketing manager at Godfrey Hirst USA, said while reflecting on her career. While most people move from the ground up in their professional lives, Bray flipped the process upside down in a more literal sense. Starting on the contract side of the interior design business, her career began selling ceiling tile and evolved

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    Heidi Cronin Mandell: Fifth-generation leader jumps in ‘head first’

Heidi Cronin Mandell: Fifth-generation leader jumps in ‘head first’

May 25/June 1, 2015; Volume 29/Number 4 By Jenna Lippin Despite having grown up in the flooring industry, Heidi Cronin Mandell did not have plans to join the family business, The Cronin Company, which her father took over in 1964. She helped at the Portland, Ore.-based distributor during summers while she was in high school and college, but when the time came to choose a career path she had something

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    Women in Flooring: Sheri Gorman – Synonymous with expertise, dedication

Women in Flooring: Sheri Gorman – Synonymous with expertise, dedication

February 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 17 By Jenna Lippin When people are looking for a knowledgeable, dedicated leader on the commercial side of the flooring industry, many of them will say they are looking for a “Sheri Gorman.” Specifically, they will be looking for someone who will be the solid representation of a company, someone who can talk to anybody about anything and is willing to get involved, do more

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    Women in flooring: Krista Eliason – Success comes from staying true to yourself

Women in flooring: Krista Eliason – Success comes from staying true to yourself

January 5/12, 2015; Volume 28/Number 14 Prestigious career brings valuable insight to Int’l Design Guild By Jenna Lippin Like many successful people in the world of flooring, Krista Eliason, president of International Design Guild (IDG), a division of CCA Global Partners, came into the industry without any previous knowledge or background. In fact, her focus in college was psychology and photography, and she didn’t get a call about a flooring-related

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    Andrea Greenleaf: Maintaining a legacy

Andrea Greenleaf: Maintaining a legacy

October 13/20, 2014; Volume 28/Number 9 Leading family-owned mill on the path of continued success By Jenna Lippin Spearheading a revamp of Royalty Carpet Mills that began last year, Andrea Greenleaf has developed a respectable reputation of a no-nonsense businesswoman and leader in the flooring industry as president and CEO of the company. She was thrown head first into this leadership role after Greenleaf’s father, Royalty founder Mike Derderian, passed

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    Women in Flooring: Kim Oderkirk – An unexpected path leads to FCICA leadership

Women in Flooring: Kim Oderkirk – An unexpected path leads to FCICA leadership

August 4/11, 2014; Volume 28/Number 4 By Jenna Lippin With a history in helping lead unions and associations, Kim Oderkirk seemed to naturally progress into her position as executive vice president of the Flooring Contractors Association, commonly known as FCICA. Since officially joining the group in 1999, she has made a name for herself as the only woman among the organization’s top figures. After graduating with a B.A. in Communication

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    Women in Flooring – Olga Robertson: Taking risks, making mistakes part of the journey to success

Women in Flooring – Olga Robertson: Taking risks, making mistakes part of the journey to success

Volume 27/Number 26; April 28/May 5, 2014 By Jenna Lippin When Olga Robertson, president of FCA Network, was first approached about joining the flooring world in the early 1970s, she was reluctant to get on board. “I said, ‘No, that’s not for me. I’m not going to work in a floor covering store.’ The only knowledge I had of flooring at the time was that my mom ordered carpet from

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Floor Covering News

Press Release

Avery Dennison Adhesive Tapes receive Floorscore certification

Painesville, Ohio—Three Avery Dennison Performance Tapes pressure-sensitive adhesive products—FT 8905, FT 8375 and FT 8325—have received FloorScore certification based on the results of an independent assessment conducted by SCS Global Services.  Developed

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Patcraft introduces new line, Estrato

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft has introduced Estrato, its newest product for high-performance environments. Inspired by the beauty of abstract botanicals, the scale and movement within the product’s pattern creates a sophisticated flooring

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Shaw Industries achieves carbon neutrality in carpet manufacturing

Dalton, Ga.—Shaw Industries Group has achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. The achievement encompasses all commercial carpet manufacturing facilities that Shaw owns and operates globally, including those

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