About 130 installation industry professionals were on hand for the 2015 International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) convention, held recently in Dallas. Usually, the convention covers the latest in installation products and methods, along with business development sessions for installers and contractors. While time was still given to those core concepts, most of the event was about CFI reestablishing its footing after a year marked by transition.
Last August, the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) announced it had acquired CFI and named Robert Varden vice president of the division. Additionally, CFI opened a new training center near Dallas. Around the same time, the founders of CFI, Jim and Jane Walker, announced they were stepping down from the organization after 22 years.