With a vow to “build a beach house and goof off,” flooring veteran Brian Radditz has announced his retirement after 30 years as president of the distributor Wanke Cascade.  

The announcement comes just over a year after the Canadian distributor Buckwold Western purchased the 75 year-old Portland Oregon-based Wanke Cascade in a bid to expand its presence in the U.S.

Radditz, whose retirement becomes effective June 7th, joined Wanke Cascade in September 1973 immediately after college. During his long career at the company Radditz “did just about every job there was at Wanke Cascade, from customer service to branch manager.”  In 1977 he was named president and has served in that position since.  He has also served on the board for the National Association of Floor Covering Distributors and served on numerous distributor councils and many other boards outside the industry.

When asked what he plans to do in the future, he responded “Well, do a little travel, improve my golf game, build a beach house and goof off…. For a while.”