The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) presented the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award to Troy Virgo, director of sustainability and product stewardship for Shaw Industries, at the annual membership meeting in Dalton, Ga. Mark Strohmaier, vice president of marketing for Milliken, presented this year’s award.

“CRI is grateful for Troy’s deep industry expertise and his willing support of CRI,” said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president. “His participation on several key committees has been invaluable to CRI in support of the carpet industry.”

The Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award was established by Milliken in 1998 to honor the late Joe Smrekar, Ph.D., who volunteered on many CRI committees. Dr. Smrekar set the standard for service to The Carpet and Rug Institute and the carpet industry. CRI staff members chose the recipient of the annual award.

Troy Virgo has served at Shaw Industries for 22 years and has been in positions of increasing responsibility for environmental permitting and regulatory compliance for all of Shaw’s manufacturing and distribution operations. His work at CRI includes participating on the Promotion Panel, IAQ Task Group, LEED V4 Pilot Credit Task Group, Research Documents Task Group, and Sustainability Terminology Task Group.

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