Terry L. Wheat, an accomplished Carpet One retailer who has also been instrumental in developing computer software for the flooring business, is set to be the lone inductee for 2008 into the World Floor Covering Association Flooring Industry Hall of Fame. Wheat, who is president and ceo of both Wheat's Carpet One in Tuscaloosa, Ala. as well as the software developer RFMS, Inc., is set to be inducted at the association's board meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn., April 30.
Commenting on the selection, the president and ceo of the World Floor. Covering Association D. Christopher Davis said "Terry is the prototypical Hall of Fame inductee. He was elected to this honor for his sustained achievements and contributions over every aspect of his life throughout his entire career."
Donny Phillips, Chairman of the Board of the WFCA noted that Wheat has devoted his career to the flooring industry. "Having known Terry for years it is fantastic to see him rewarded for his tireless efforts of consistent performance in our industry by being inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame," said "He started in this business young and on a shoestring and through hard work and perseverance built not only two solid companies, but has made significant contributions to his industry and his community during his entire career."
The enterprise that grew to become Wheat's Carpet One was established in 1969 operating out of the kitchen of Wheat's house in Alabama. Using what he learned as a retailer, he went on to develop an integrated software package tailored for the floor covering business. He ultimately established RFMS which now serves some 2,000 clients, representing more than 5,000 store locations and more than $6 billion in annual sales.
Retailer and Computer Wiz, Terry Wheat, Headed for Flooring's Flooring Hall of Fame
January 22, 2008