Floor covering veteran William D. Blackstock, Jr. will serve as the new president and CEO of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), effective Jan. 1, 2022. Blackstock is now working with current president and CEO Dean Thompson to ensure a smooth transition.
Thompson, who recently announced his retirement, will stay on as President Emeritus, through June 2022, to provide consultation and guidance. Thompson is credited with leading the resilient flooring industry through a period of unprecedented growth over the past 15 years.
“Knowing that I would be retiring in 2020, I began the recruiting process for my replacement over 18 months ago, and I am delighted that the RFCI Selection Committee agreed with my recommendation to bring Mr. Blackstock on board to head up this important trade organization,” commented Thompson. “He brings an impressive record of accomplishment and will help RFCI and the resilient flooring industry build on its very impressive, long-term growth record.”
Prior to his new role, Blackstock was vice president of commercial business, segment and sales development, at Engineered Floors. There, he oversaw corporate strategies in the global commercial sector, serving the J+J Flooring and EF Contract brands. Before that, Blackstock was corporate vice president of sales at the J+J Flooring Group. He has also held multiple leadership roles in the contract and hospitality sectors at Milliken & Co.
“No doubt about it, I have big shoes to fill,” Blackstock noted. “Dean has led RFCI and our membership with exciting strategic ideas and vision. We will continue to build on that legacy by representing our flooring category to be the best in the business. I’m looking forward to working with Dean and others to accomplish just that.”
For more information, visit rfci.com.