Doss Davis of Springfield, Mo.-based The Carpet Shoppe gets "outside the box" to grapple with his materials during the WFCA National Installation Contest at Surfaces 2001.

The 4th Annual WFCA National Installation Contest, co-sponsored byNational Floor TrendsandFloor Covering Installermagazines, brought together one of the most competitive fields the event has ever seen. Twenty finalists, culled from regional competitions held across the country, put their skills on display during Surfaces 2001 in Las Vegas for the opportunity to be recognized as the nation's best installer.

The two-day event consisted of three parts: a written exam; a repair project; and a hands-on competition. Scores from all three phases of the contest were tabulated, with the top two scorers in both the resilient and carpet categories receiving trophies and cash prizes.

The winners of the 2001 National Installation Contest are: First place, carpet, Jon Namba; First place, resilient, Mike Suffia; Second place, carpet, Mark Biron; and Second place, resilient, David Rowden.