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Publishers’ Note

                             CFI Convention Welcomes 73 First-Timers into the
                             Installer Family; Honors Award Winners
                             One would never know that the flooring industry has a shortage of installers after the
                             recent CFI (International Certified Flooring Installers Association) convention in Orlando,
                             where 73 first timers attended and were welcomed into the CFI family. The traits of a
                             CFI member are sharing, supporting and caring. If help is needed on a project, another
                             installer always comes to assist. We’re not talking just locally, but from across the state
                             or country. Perhaps the theme song for installers should be “We Are Family” from Sister
                             Sledge (1979):
                                                    We are family
                                                    I got all my sisters with me
                                                    We are family                     Get up everybody and sing

                                                    Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
                                                    To get our share of this world’s delights
                                                    (High) high hopes we have for the future
                                                    And our goal’s in sight
                                                    No, we don’t get depressed
                                                    Here’s what we call our golden rule
                                                    Have faith in you and the things you do
                                                    You won’t go wrong, oh no
                                                    This is our family jewel
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                             CFI recently honored Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association  (WFCA), with the Chris Davis award during its 28th annual convention at the Rosen
                             Shingle Creek in Orlando. The award was created in 2012 in memory of the late CEO of the
                             WFCA, D. Christopher Davis, who was noted for his exceptional commitment to promote
                             quality installation and support across the flooring industry. Humphrey stated, “I am
                             committed to CFI—along with other great training organizations—being a vital part of
                             solving the installation crisis. I am excited and challenged to work with Robert Varden
                             and the CFI team and members, to partner with other industry leaders to carry out CFI’s
                             mission and fulfill Chris Davis’ vision.”

                             Also, Marquis Wright of Mr. Wright Flooring was the recipient of the Next Generation
                             Award. Receiving Hall of Fame Awards were Jane and Jim Walker and John McHale.
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                             ProInstaller magazine enhances editorial team with
                             addition of Mike Chmielecki as senior editor

                             Mike Chmielecki has joined ProInstaller magazine as senior editor. He is the former editor
                             of Floor Covering Installer magazine, during a 20-year-career in the flooring installation
                             industry. He was a fixture at trade shows for many years—easily picked out of the crowd
                             by his telltale height—and developed key relationships with manufacturers, contractors
                             and installers alike. Long-standing health issues finally forced him to take a step back, and
                             after several years’ absence he is happy to reconnect with the industry. He can be reached

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