Pami Bhullar, vice president of business development of The Dixie Group, accepted the inaugural  of WFCA Luminary Award at World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) headquarters today in Dalton, Georgia. 

First announced in February, the Luminary Award shines a light on those who have inspirational success in their careers, in their communities, and in their impact on others’ lives.

“The purpose of the WFCA Luminary Award is to honor excellence and inspirational actions of people for their mentorship, leadership and contributions advancing the floorcovering industry," said WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey. "Pami is a leader who makes the world around him better. Great leaders are where they are because they've invested in people and surrounding themselves with the best."

Bhullar, who joined The Dixie Group on February 1, entered the flooring business more than 40 years ago. He began his career with the May Company where he learned the trade and how to impact people, then became the Director of the Rug Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona, before he landed at DuPont in 1998. Bhullar was instrumental in developing and building the DuPont Flooring Center (which became the Stainmaster Flooring Center), an innovative selling system that rapidly expanded into the preeminent flooring retail program in the industry, with over 400 retailers in North America participating. He later was a driving force in designing the Stainmaster Showcase Dealer program and has successfully reinvigorated and perfected the private sale concept for retailers.

Although Bhullar has had a tremendous influence on retail systems and programs, he is most widely known for his contributions to the development of floorcovering professionals. Throughout his career, Bhullar has trained over 10,000 sales professionals while making each one feel that personal touch. He is an exemplary mentor to anyone he meets and is driven to help others become the best they can be. Whether he’s imparting retail, sales or marketing wisdom, the power of selling through emotional connection is at its core.