CFI hires Chris McKee, Dave Garden to leadership positions
Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has taken on two new leadership positions at CFI. Chris McKee was named president and Dave Garden was named to the newly created position of Executive Director of Education, both effective May 16.
In his new role, McKee will assume the overall leadership and strategic direction of CFI, working closely with the WFCA and the CFI Advisory Board to carry out its mission and create a vision for CFI’s future growth and positive impact on the flooring industry.
“We are extremely pleased to have Chris join CFI in this critical role,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO of WFCA. “After an extensive national search that evaluated many outstanding candidates, it was clear that Chris possessed the perfect combination of leadership skills and experience, combined with a unique understanding of installation. With Chris at the helm and along with our skilled employees and dedicated members, CFI is well positioned to increase its impact and advance its critical mission.”
A longtime executive in the flooring industry, McKee brings extensive executive leadership, business development and strategic expertise to CFI. Prior to joining CFI, McKee was contract vice president of business development at CCA Global Partners. He led the creation of its Installation Services platform and accelerated revenue by expanding its presence in new regions and channels. He was previously vice president of business development for Interior Logic Group, Inc; chief executive officer and co-founder of National Installation Solutions, Inc.; general manager of Installation Services for The Home Depot; and executive vice president of Beaulieu of America’s Home Center Division. McKee also served on the board of directors for QEP, Indiana Limestone Company, Foss Floors and Foss Manufacturing.
“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen to lead this amazing organization,” said McKee. “Everything I’ve done so far in my career has led me to this unique opportunity to make an impact in the flooring industry. I look forward to working with the staff, advisory board, WFCA, partners and members to build on CFI’s rich legacy.”
As Executive Director of Education, Garden will oversee all education programs at CFI, including developing the curriculum through multiple channels and building and managing a nationwide network of instructors.
Garden joined CFI in 2008 as a senior certifier. He is a CFI Certified Master II Installer, member of the CFI Certification Team and the current CFI Chairman of the Advisory Board. Most recently, Garden was president of Installation Services, LLC in Troy, Michigan, a family-owned installation company that has grown since 1988 from a small, single-site floor service business to one of the largest floor installation companies in the Midwest — with seven warehouses in the Great Lakes area .
“We are delighted to have Dave join CFI as the first Executive Director of Education,” said Humphrey. “This new position underlines our commitment to deliver quality training across the country to increase the professionalism of the profession. Dave has dedicated his career to advancing the installation industry, bringing professional expertise, alignment of values and a collaborative and deliberate management style that delivers results.”
Garden added: “I started working with CFI over twenty years ago to make a difference in our community and the flooring community as a whole. It is now an honor to be appointed Director of Education and I am very excited to get started.”