I was shocked to hear of the passing of Christopher Davis, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association. I had spoken with Chris the previous week about the World Floor Covering Association Hall of Fame Event. He spoke lovingly about Sonna , her contributions to the floor covering industry and how sad he was that she wouldn’t be at the event. We looked forward to catching up at the inductions; it will not seem the same without Chris.
There were many things I didn’t know about Chris and reached out to hear two great interviews.
One is with Dennis Blake and Kemp Harr on FloorDaily.net. Dennis Blake is the former president of the WFCA and was instrumental in seeing that Chris was hired to become the CEO of the WFCA.
The other interview is with Jim Walters, Chairman of the WFCA and Dave Foster on Talkfoor.com. (I have provided the links for you). What is so amazing is that Chris had no prior connection or experience with the floor covering industry but had all the talents that were necessary to make the WFCA grow and remain successful.
Chris instituted many programs that helped recognize all facets of the Floor Covering Industry; two that are impressive, the programs for retailers and scholarships for training. Just recently Chris announced the annual winner of the Gold Standard Award for excellence in retailing. Mount Vernon Carpet One Floor & Home, an independently- owned shop in Mount Vernon, WA, took home the honor, which included a $5,000.00 check, press recognition, a trophy, acknowledgement on the WFCA website and a customized WFCA seal for their store entrance. Don’t you love when flooring dealers are recognized?
Joining the WFCA provides businesses with many benefits, personally I think the The WFCA Trade & Education Scholarship Program is one of the best; it’s designed to assist WFCA Regular Members in maintaining the best trained workforce possible. Several years ago I was fortunate to use this scholarship myself. Listening to the interviews reminded me that it’s time to renew my membership to the WFCA.
I know the world moves on but I’m sorry that it’s moving on without the energy and commitment of Chris Davis. Our condolences go out to Chris’s family and co-workers.
Lisbeth Calandrino is Associate Publisher of Fabulous Floors Magazine. Fabulous Floors Magazine is the first consumer magazine devoted solely to flooring styles as a key element in home décor.