Mariann Gregory has announced that she is retiring as executive director of the National Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) after 13 years. She will be succeeded by Maurice "Moe" Desmarais who has 25 years experience in association management including leadership posts at the New England Wholesalers Association, New York State Plumbing and Heating Wholesalers and the American Supply Association..

Scott Hendricks, of Central Distributors, Inc. and past president of the NAFCD praised Gregory for her work on behalf of floor covering distributors. "We are very grateful to Mariann for her leadership and guidance over these past 13 years," said Hendricks. "Both the volunteer leaders and members are deeply indebted to her faithful service to the association and the floor covering industry. Mariann was a friend, partner and counselor to the association and its members. We wish her well in her future endeavors."

Gregory is credited with implementing NAFCD's new strategic plan, including its inaugural NAFCD Distributor Marketplace slated for Oct. 19-20, 2006. She has also been active in other industry associations including the Carpet Industry Issues Council, the National Association of Wholesalers (NAW), the Floor Covering Industry Foundation, the Credit Floor Coverings Consumers Association, and the Chicago Floor Covering Association.