Mohawk’s three-day Solutions convention, held last month in San Antonio, drew close to 750 ColorCenter Elite and Floorscapes dealers. The event was the first Mohawk convention that included both Floorscapes and ColorCenter members.
“We wanted to reach as many of our customers as possible, and a smaller show format limits the number of reps you can have at a show,” explained Manny Llerena, Mohawk’s vp retail marketing. “Additionally, the savings from doing this is being reinvested in training.”
Training was a focus of this year’s convention, with voluntary Mohawk University classes in five topics: “Closing More Sales,” “Planning the Future of Your Business,” “Highly Successful People,” a class about employee and consumer personality types called “Understanding the Difference,” and “Monday Morning Implementations,” a class that explored ways retailers could immediately take what they learned at convention and implement it into their businesses.
The convention was also the launching pad for several product introductions, including new EverStrand carpets and Wear-Dated SoftTouch carpet with Soft Fusion technology, a Hardwood Collection display system that includes female-targeted signage featuring HGTV personality Taniya Nayak, a laminate flooring line featuring GenuEdge pressed bevel technology, and Delanova ceramic tile made using Ink Jet printing technology.
“I want to see what others are doing during this downturn, and find out what’s working and what isn’t,” he said. “We might not have all the answers [separately], but together we might.”
Richie Ballance, owner of Richie Ballance Flooring in Wilson, N.C., said he was excited about the renewed focus on training.
“I look forward to the training every year,” Ballance noted adding, “We always leave these classes with new ideas.”
Ernie Cavender, owner of Cavender’s The Interior Co. in Cookeville, Tenn., echoed those sentiments. “The education is always helpful, and so is just talking to other dealers.”
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