CFI annual convention kicks off in Orlando

Orlando, Fla. – The CFI Annual Convention & Expo kicked off this week here in Rosen Shingle Creek. According to Chris McKee, the recently appointed president, the annual convention was the most attended meeting in years.

The full schedule provides a unique opportunity to reconnect and network with colleagues, share best practices and learn in hands-on workshops and general sessions led by industry leaders and experts. The group said the flagship event is the “must-attend” event for both experienced and budding professionals and that it marks the 29th anniversary of CFI’s founding. The theme, “Elevate”, is centered around the vision and passion that CFI carried from its inception, aiming to create awareness for the installation of quality floors.

Before the event kicked off, McKee commented, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of CFI and build on the legacy that has kept this organization at the forefront of the installation business for nearly three decades. Convention is where the community of CFI is celebrated, but also a time when we eagerly look forward to the opportunities the future holds for the association and its members. This convention will continue the tradition of CFI of burning the same fire to make a difference.”

FCNews is here at the event. Here are some highlights of the week:

Chris McKee, president of CFI, speaks with installers about the importance of working closely with their retail partners during a seminar on installer-retailer dynamics.

In recent years, CFI has consciously tried to introduce younger members to its group. At this year’s annual CFI convention, there was no one younger than Darius Baccus. The 19-year-old, pictured here with former CFI director, Jim Walker, already has a paid job in the industry. “We’re the next wave to go out,” Baccus . said FCNews.

Those in attendance were captivated by the miraculous story of Darrin Harrison who, despite having no flying experience, landed a small plane in Florida after the pilot became incapacitated in the air. The May 2022 event attracted national attention after Harrison, a 23-year-old flooring trader with Sunshine Interiors in Florida, took control of the plane returning from the Bahamas. Harrison, speaking here with Scott Humphrey, WFCA CEO, Harrison, said he can empathize with the demands of today’s floor installer. He shared that when he was younger, his father, who started the company, had Darrin go out with installation crews to learn and understand what they’re going through. “You are all winners,” he told them.

(For more information on the event, see the August 15/22, 2022 print edition of FCNews.)

Comments are closed.