Fabulous Floors Magazine Shares in the Sadness of the Loss of Christopher Davis, CEO of the World Floorcovering Association

//Fabulous Floors Magazine Shares in the Sadness of the Loss of Christopher Davis, CEO of the World Floorcovering Association

Fabulous Floors Magazine Shares in the Sadness of the Loss of Christopher Davis, CEO of the World Floorcovering Association

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Chris will be missed by all of us in the floor covering industryI 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.

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Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.

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