Nelson Fishman, long-time CEO and chairman of Fishman Flooring Solutions, passed away in Baltimore, Md., on December 4. 

“Nelson Fishman was an outstanding steward of our business for more than 50 years,” said Bob Wagner, president and CEO of Fishman Flooring Solutions. “His leadership was instrumental in transforming Fishman from a company that focused on distributing sewing thread into the leading distributor of flooring installation products that it is today.” 

Nelson Fishman joined his family’s business in 1958, after a short career in public accounting and the Army. He retired in May 2012 after all outstanding shares of the firm’s stock were purchased by its employees, making the company 100 percent employee owned.  

Fishman Flooring Solutions, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is the “Solutions Provider” distributor of flooring installation products.  It has approximately 186 employees and 33 branches serving Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  The firm, a division of L. Fishman & Son, Inc., distributes more than 36,000 products for 75 vendor partners.

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