Jim Walters

Jim Walters has been named Chairman of the Board of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). Walters, president of Macco’s Floor Covering in Green Bay, Wisc., takes over from Nick Freadreacea, CFE, The Flooring Gallery, Louisville, Ky., who becomes immediate past chairman.

Walters has extensive experience in the flooring industry, including more than 20 years at Macco’s Carpet Warehouse in various positions. In 1999, he was named Armstrong sales manager for Florstar Sales. In 2002, Walters bought Macco’s along with three of the founder’s children.

“I see my role as helping to steer [the WFCA’s] course and aiding to achieve our big picture goals, ensuring we continue to be a viable component of the industry and focus on moving it forward,” Walters said.

In related news, the WFCA Board of Directors announced it has increased the funding for its Trade Scholarship Program to $240,000 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Regular member firms are eligible to apply for an annual maximum cumulative total of up to $500. Funds for this program are allocated quarterly on a “first come, first served” basic.