The 19th CFI Celebration Convention is set for Nashville, Aug. 9-11, at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. Education will once again be the focal point of the CFI Convention. Small sessions are conducted by CFI Associates who introduce the latest tools, techniques and products to attendees which include professional flooring installers and members of the floor covering community.

This year the seminars and training events include: Social Media – Tips That Work, Moisture Testing Procedures and Liabilities, Adhesives – New Innovations, Fiberglass Sheet Flooring Tips and Repairs, Troubleshooting Tips for Wood and Laminate, New Innovative Ideas for Installation, A Profitable Business is Exciting! New Tips!, What No One Tells You About Carpet Backings!, The Collection! A Vast Assortment of Old Flooring Tools, and Flash Coving – Heat Welding Hands-on Workshop. Each Flash Coving session is limited to 10 installers, with registration required.

The CFI Certification Team of Instructors, covering all flooring surfaces, will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9. The First-Timers Meeting hosted by CFI meets on Thursday afternoon. Friday and Saturday are filled with educational opportunities presented by manufacturers and industry trainers.

The World Floor Covering Association’s Leadership Conference this year will be dedicated to the memory of CFI’s beloved friend, Chris Davis. Tom Jennings, representing WFCA, will share highlights from the involvement in CFI by Davis and his desire to add value to flooring installation. He will follow with ideas for a successful business using techniques that Davis has shared with CFI in the past.

This will be a time to reflect on the driving force that Davis was in our industry and his 18 years of involvement with CFI, according to CFI.

One of the most appreciated highlights of the educational event is the small sessions conducted by the CFI Associates. This is an opportunity to learn from the experts about the latest tools, techniques, products and technical information. Allan deWit of Belgotex, South Africa will explain the carpet training school that recently graduated its first class. CFI was instrumental in the organization and materials used for this venture.

On the evening of Aug. 10, the CFI Associate Fun Night will involve all convention attendees. Contact the CFI office to become a sponsor of the event and be included on the annual CFI Jacket.

This year, the Aug. 11 schedule ends with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the departure of buses to downtown Nashville. Attendees have the opportunity to attend shows, tour the area and make plans with friends to enjoy Nashville. Buses return late to the hotel. Visit www.visitmusiccity.com for a list of events or to purchase show tickets.

WFCA Scholarship funds are available for this event. Request for funding are due no later than 30 days prior to the event. Registration is available at www.CFIinstallers.com or by calling the national CFI Office at (816) 231-4646.