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CFI Unveils Schedule for Upcoming Convention

Chris McKee, president of International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), has announced the details of the group’s upcoming Annual Convention & Expo, set for August 2-4 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

Aimed at both veteran installers and early-career professionals, the event marks CFI’s 29th anniversary and is centered around the theme “Elevate.” This theme is designed to evoke the vision and passion carried through CFI from its founding, while bringing awareness to quality flooring installation.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of CFI and to continue building on the legacy that has kept this organization at the forefront of the installation profession for almost three decades,” McKee stated. “Convention is where the community of CFI is celebrated, but also a time where we look forward with excitement to the opportunities the future provides to the association and its members. This convention will carry on the tradition of CFI, with the same fire burning to make a difference.”

Bob Gillespie, CFI’s first certified installer and an Advisory Board member, remembers that “in the beginning, we had no idea where this journey would take us. We were excited and committed to establishing CFI as an organization for installation professionals throughout the world. With new leadership and training programs, the future of CFI looks strong.”

Schedule of events. This year’s show opens with the pre-convention Regional Installation Competition on Sunday, July 31, and Monday, August 1. The inaugural regional competitions in Orlando, St. Louis, and San Leandro, Calif., are part of the National Installer of the Year Competition which will be held during The International Surface Event (TISE) 2023 in Las Vegas. Applicants are now being accepted.

The convention kicks off with the Opening Session on Tuesday, August 2, with keynote speakers Scott Humphrey, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) CEO, and Jim Aaron, Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) executive director. The afternoon includes a jam-packed schedule with in-depth training and hands-on workshops. Sessions include Hand Sewing, Create Custom Inset, Moisture, Heat Welding and Public Speaking. The day will wrap up with the Welcome Reception.

Wednesday, August 3, begins with the annual golf tournament at Shingle Creek Golf Club, offering an opportunity to network with peers and enjoy one of the best courses in Orlando. For non-golfers, there will be roundtable discussions from FCEF and Women in Floorcovering, hosted by Jen Zurn. A lineup of engaging speakers will present a wide range of topics in the afternoon, including Lunch with Roland, Steps, Insurance, Ask an Attorney; and Retailers and Installers, a panel led by Chris McKee, Dean Howell, Don Roberts, Typhannie Watson, Marquis Wright and Alaina Walters. Wednesday will wrap up with the Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

The last day of the show will include a General Session, Generations Next, and the Exhibit Hall, where attendees will have the opportunity to speak with industry suppliers about the latest technology, innovations and products. The show will wrap up with the Closing and Fun Night.

CFI Annual Convention & Expo is open to both members and nonmembers, and full-event and single-day passes are available. A room block with discounted rates is locked in for a limited time at the Rosen Shingle Creek. If you are interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor, contact John McHale at jMcHale@cfiinstallers.org.

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