The Spring 2022 Board of Directors and Associate Member Meeting at the Cloister on Sea Island was a resounding success, according to Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI). Over 100 attended the two-day event on April 27 and 28. “Never before in our history has this event been so well attended,” observed retiring president and CEO Dean Thompson.
RFCI welcomed Board members, including Herb Upton, Shaw, Chairman and Russ Rogg, HMTX/Metroflor, Secretary/Treasurer. Joining them were representatives from all Manufacturing and Supply Chain members and a roster of top speakers, including Connor Lokar, ITR Economics; Dr. Kermit Baker, AIA; Stuart Hirschorn, Catalina Research; Jim Aaron, Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF); Amish Thakker, Bain & Company; Ned Monroe, Vinyl Institute; Dr. Mauro F. Guillén, Cambridge Judge Business School; Paul Wellner, Deloitte; and Marc Brackett, Ph. D., Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
The meeting also included a special retirement dinner for Dean Thompson, RFCI President Emeritus, and his wife Shirley. “During Dean’s tenure of leadership, RFCI has become a leading voice for the resilient flooring industry and the North American flooring industry as a whole,” commented Bill Blackstock, president and CEO of RFCI. “Our job is as challenging as it is simple: continue the legacy.”