The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) has welcomed Bill Blackstock to its Board of Directors. Blackstock is filling the seat previously held by Dean Thompson, Blackstock’s predecessor at the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI). With Thompson’s retirement, Blackstock is taking on his role as president and CEO of RFCI, as well as his seat on the FCEF Board of Directors.
Blackstock will meet with FCEF leadership and the rest of the Board in person at their Nov. 10 meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Board meets in person twice a year to provide insight, ideas and support to the FCEF team.
“I’ve got some big shoes to fill taking over Dean’s seat, but I’m excited to get involved with FCEF and their efforts to resolve the installer shortage,” noted Blackstock. “We are all impacted by the lack of qualified installers and I’m excited to be a part of the solution with FCEF.”
Thompson played a key role in launching a major research initiative—partly funded by RFCI—that provided a broad base of data regarding the lack of qualified flooring installers in the industry. This led to the formation of FCEF in 2018. A member of the board since its inception, Thompson is credited for helping to hire Executive Director Jim Aaron as well as getting the scholarship program up and running.
“Dean was one of the inaugural members of our Board and we’re sad to see him go, but we wish him the best in his retirement,” stated Don Roberts, Chairman of the FCEF Board. “Bill’s background will help our team greatly and bring yet another perspective to solving the industry crisis we were formed to address.”
Aaron added, “With a small management team at FCEF, we depend on an engaged board to help move us forward and promote our efforts within the industry. We’ve benefited greatly from Dean’s voice, and we’re excited to bring Bill in to share his perspective.”
The FCEF Board of Directors consists of representatives from manufacturers, retailers and industry organizations to provide a wide range of perspectives in solving the shortage of qualified installation professionals. For more information, visit https://fcef.org.