M.B. “Bud” Seretean, a highly respected pioneer in the flooring industry who also devoted himself to causes involving health and nutrition, died Aug. 13 in London after suffering an aneurysm. He was 83.

Seretean’s involvement in flooring began in 1956 when he founded of the Dalton, Geo.-based carpet maker Coronet Industries, where he served for 30 years as chairman and ceo. After the company grew to prominence, it was acquired by RCA Corp. and later sold to Beaulieu of America. In cognition of his contributions to the industry Seretean was inducted into the World Floor Covering Association Hall of Fame in 1994. He was also honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” on April 28, 2007 at the FCIF Gala in New York, the city in which he was born.

D. Christopher Davis, president and chief executive officer WFCA, recalled Seretean comments upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. “His speech that evening was very touching, gracious and classy, which defined his demeanor. He was a very decent guy and will be missed.”