The World Floor Covering Association’s National Installation Contest 2003, which is co-sponsored byNational Floor TrendsandFloor Covering Installermagazines, will be held in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo & Convention Center during Surfaces, Jan. 29-31. Twenty of the nation’s finest floor covering installation professionals will compete in two different categories for the chance to be recognized as the best the industry has to offer.

During the last half of 2002, regional installation contests were conducted across the United States. From these contests emerged 20 individuals ready to compete against their peers, 10 in the carpet division and 10 in the resilient division, in a three-part exercise designed to test their mental acuity as well as their physical prowess in floor covering installation.

The hands-on portion of the WFCA National Installation Contest 2003 can be viewed from start to finish in the lower level of the convention center.

And now, meet the competitors…


William Blakeslee
Phoenix Floorcovering Guild
Phoenix, Ariz

John Cain
Watson Carpet Co.
Cleveland, Ohio

Doss Davis
The Carpet Shoppe
Springfield, Mo.

Roger Gauthier
Gauthier Enterprises
Milton, Wash.

Tony Leal
Castle Floor Covering
Modesto, Calif.

Roy Lewis
Eagle Interiors Inc.
Phenix City, Ala.

Bruce “Buster” Metzger
Phoenix, Ariz.

Jim Rank
Flooring Solutions Inc.
Raymore, Mo.

Roland Thompson
Kehne’s Carpet One
Frederick, Md.

Robert Varden
Advanced Flooring Technology
Novato, Calif.


Marty Allerdings
Columbia River Carpet One
Rainier, Ore.

Stacey Hauptman
Odermatt Floor Covering
Omaha, Neb.

Thomas Iveson
Carpenters Resilient Flooring
Union, N.J.

Kyle Hogue
Floor Coverers Local #364
Indianapolis, Ind.

Michael Megonigal
Megonigal Flooring
Aston, Pa.

Mark Nemeth
Nemeth Floor Covering
Granada Hills, Calif.

David Rowden
Painter’s District Council #5
Vancouver, Wash.

Scott Sager
L & E Flooring Co.
La Plata, Md.

John Seltzer
Seltzer Flooring
Salinas, Calif.

Stephen J. Suwala II
Carpenters Floor Layers Union
Philadelphia, Pa.