Jim Walker has retired as CEO of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association, Inc. (CFI). As a founding member of CFI, and long-standing CEO, Jim has led the tremendous growth of this organization for the last 22 years to help it become the widely recognized leader in flooring installation training that it is today.
Walker commented, “CFI has a bright future ahead. As CFI enters a new era, it is important to not only thank the members for their support, the numerous manufacturers who have always willingly donated products and tools for training, the dealers who proudly display a CFI installer’s credentials in their showroom to promote pride and customer satisfaction and the numerous friends who were there at the beginning for encouragement and support – many who are members still today.”
Moving forward, Robert Varden, CFI’s Executive Director, will assume the position of CEO. With over 30 years in the flooring industry, Robert not only looks to expand the reach of the CFI training, but to also build new relationships with manufacturers, retailers, distributors, etc. in order to communicate the importance of professional installation. Varden stated, “CFI is grateful for both Jim and Jane’s numerous heartfelt contributions over the years. Their profound commitment to the advancement of the professional flooring installer and desire to improve the industry has been remarkable. We wish them well going forward.”
Varden has been instrumental in the success of CFI during his leadership as Executive Director. He takes on his new position as CEO with great respect for those before him and a passion to take CFI to new heights.
Please note CFI’s National Office has moved to a new location. The new address is 12201 W 88th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215. The phone number remains the same: (816) 231-4646.