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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Meet James. At age 48, James Marx, a single father of two teenage girls, had a severe heart attack that left him in the hospital for days and scrambling to make ends meet. Overnight he accumulated $13,000 in medical bills, even with a discount from the hospital. Marx is a veteran of the flooring industry, where he has dedicated 26 years of service. Currently employed at The Rug Market in Rochester, N.Y., he was thankful that the owner told him...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Floor Covering News July 9/16, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman The Floor Covering Industry Foundation—or FCIF, as it is often referred. I think many of us on the FCIF board take for granted the number of people who do not fully understand the scope and importance of this nonprofit organization. In a nutshell, when an unexpected catastrophic medical event impacts a family, the FCIF is there to help. And to put things in perspective,...
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Industry Association (WFCA) and president of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation with WFCA board member Jacobi from Jacobi Carpet One. [Dalton] After 22 years of operation, the Nebraska Iowa Floor Covering Association (NIFCA) board voted to disband their organization, a local affiliate of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). Chris Nordin, president of the...
Thursday, March 15, 2018
3/15/2018 Floor Covering Weekly March 12, 2018 The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) has been assisting members of the flooring industry since it was chartered in 1981. It serves as a helping hand to those who are battling medical conditions and financial crisis. Over the years, FCIF has aided many of the industry’s own, including Ararat Torabyan of Tujunga, Calif. Torabyan immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s after an earthquake...
Friday, January 19, 2018
Floor Covering Weekly Wednesday, January 17, 2018 By Caroline Alkire FCIF Executive Committee pictured from left to right: Tim Baucom, executive vice president, residential division at Shaw Industries; Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association; Howard Brodsky, chairman and CEO of CCA Global Partners; Andrea Dobbins, executive director of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation; and Keith Campbell, chairman of Mannington Mills....
Monday, November 27, 2017
This column by Andrea Dobbins appeared in the November 2, 2017 Dalton Daily Citizen News.  We have new faces in town everyday — engineers, educators, medical associates, business professionals and others choosing to make Dalton their hometown. To our new friends, there are several local groups which can connect you to area leaders, offer cultural and volunteer activities, and entertain you with social and networking events. The Emerging Leaders...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Position Description: Medical Case Manager Floor Covering Industry Foundation Part-time, hourly position, 20 hours a week, M-F in Dalton, GA office. Reports to Executive Director. Salary dependent on experience. Secures and reviews clients’ medical and financial records to determine eligibility for grant programs. Works with grant applicants to gain needed documentation and assist in completing application for assistance. Provides referrals to...
Friday, September 22, 2017
There’s nothing special about 36. I am at that stage of life that is past young adulthood. I don’t know if I identify with ‘middle-aged’, but I guess I’m there. Somewhere along the way, I must have grown up. Here are a few lessons that I learned. 1. Take initiative. I have been in the workforce for 21 years. Armed with a worker’s permit, my first job was at The Barn Nursery here in Dalton, which is now Fiddleheads Garden Center. I can remember...
Friday, August 25, 2017
Entrepreneur. Leader. Philanthropist. Meet Alan Greenberg, the namesake of the 15th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament which is scheduled for September 19th at Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, Georgia. Greenberg spent his early years in a family owned flooring business and developed a passion for entrepreneurship, which led him to co-found CCA Global Partners, where he later became Co-Chairman and Co-CEO. Through CCA, he coached and...
Monday, July 24, 2017
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit with Don and Emily Finkell, two local entrepreneurs. Win-Win-Win. That’s how CEO Don Finkell describes his company. The state wins. The company wins. The prisoner wins. Inmates in Turney Correctional facility outside of Nashville, Tennessee have the opportunity to work at a fully-functioning flooring plant inside the gates of the prison. American OEM Wood Floors, Don Finkell’s brainchild, has a huge...

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