The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award:Roger Huntof Flex Credit; L.A., Kenny, and Jeff Trainof Swiff-Train Co.; andDonald Wohlfarth, Sr.,of Bayard Sales Corp.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional leadership or contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution industry. This is the first time that NAFCD has honored more than one individual in a single year with this award.
“NAFCD has decided to honor each of these industry trailblazers with the Lifetime Achievement Award this year,” said NAFCD President Bob Wagner. “Together, Roger, L.A., Kenny, Jeff, and Donald have given more than 26 decades to the floor covering industry. As we navigate through this tough economy, we will be turning to the wisdom of these pioneers to help us get back to the basics of what made us successful.”
With a career in flooring that started in 1952, Roger Hunt has been a model of integrity and honesty. He got his start in wholesale flooring working at a customer service desk, and worked his way up to become the SVP/general manager of Carson Pirie Scott’s wholesale flooring division. He went on to become the executive director of Flex Credit, the floor covering consumer credit association, working with manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Roger serves on the board of directors of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.
For the last 49 years L.A., Kenny, and Jeff Train have grown Swiff-Train from a small family business in Texas to an international wholesale flooring company with eight branch locations, as well as a strong import/export business with staff and inventory based in Belgium, China, and South Korea. The brothers’ entrepreneurship and vision have made them a prominent supplier of flooring products to a wide range of customers that span the globe.
Don Wohlfarth, Sr. has devoted his entire professional life to the floor covering industry. From humble beginnings in the warehouse of Bayard Sales Corporation, Don rose through the ranks and purchased the company in the early 1990s. With generosity, strength, and leadership, he led his company through tumultuous years of challenge as well as growth. At 79, he is still working every day, supporting his company, his family and his church. He is beloved by three generations of Bayard employees, retailers, and supplier partners.
Each recipient will receive his Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAFCD Annual Business Meeting, Nov. 9, at the 2011 NAFCD & NBMDA Distributor Marketplace in Nashville. For more information, visit www.distributormarketplace.org.
NAFCD honors five with Lifetime Achievement Awards
October 20, 2011