Bob Hill

Robert Hill, who heads the $100 million Midwestern retail operation Floor Covering Associates Inc., has assumed his position as chairman of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). He succeeds Aaron Pirner of Cap Carpet Inc., Wichita, Kan., who completed his one-year term July 1.

Plans call for Hill to emphasize the strengths of the organization to expand membership during his term in office. "Our members benefit from access to unbiased information on everything from new installation techniques and creative problem solving, to the latest consumer behavior marketing research. Our certification program enables members who qualify by taking a test to call themselves ‘WFCA-certified flooring experts,' thus giving them a distinction in the marketplace," he said.

In addition to Hill's appointment as chairman, WFCA board members elected Donny Phillips, president, Atlanta Flooring Design Center, Duluth, Ga., as chairman-elect; Brooks Mancini, president, B. T. Mancini, Reno, Nev., as CFO; and Jeri Pischke, vp, Home Valu Interiors, Fridley, Minn., as corporate secretary. In addition, two vice chairmen were elected to serve on the executive committee: Sam O'Krent, president, O'Krent's Abbey Flooring Center, San Antonio, Texas; and Frederick Schmidt, president, Century Tile and Carpet, Lombard, Ill.

The appointments were made during WFCA's spring board meeting in Washington, DC. D. Christopher Davis continues as president and chief executive officer of the 3000-member, Anaheim, Calif.-based trade association.