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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...
Monday, June 26, 2017
This column by Andrea Dobbins was published in the June 25, 2017 edition of the Dalton Daily Citizen News.  “Let's get together, yeah, yeah, yeah. Why don't you and I combine?” — "The Parent Trap" One of my favorite movies growing up was "The Parent Trap," the version with Hayley Mills playing the twins who meet each other for the first time — that they can remember — at summer camp as teenagers. They quickly realize how much richer their lives...
Monday, June 26, 2017
This column by Andrea Dobbins was published in the Dalton Daily Citizen News on May 27, 2017.   This column aims to share about philanthropy within the floorcovering industry and the people who are leading the way in giving back and improving lives. Today, I want to introduce you to Jared Warnack, who taught me a lesson about the fear of failure.   Jared shared with me his favorite quote: “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who...
Monday, June 26, 2017
This column by Andrea Dobbins appeared in the 4/23/17 edition of the Dalton Daily Citizen News. "Old formulas don't give new solutions." What better mantra to lead you to greet each day with a mindset of innovation? Meet Susan Farris, who recently shared this quote with me as one of her main drivers. "As individuals, as leaders, and as organizations, we must constantly be evolving and changing to be relevant and sustainable for the future," she...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson A few months ago a new non-profit moved to town, without much fanfare. Today, I want to introduce you to the Floor Covering Industry Foundation. Originally chartered in 1981 in Washington D.C., the Foundation has found homes in Chicago, Illinois and then...

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