CFI releases Annual Convention schedule

annual conventionOrlando, Florida – Chris McKee, president of the Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), announced details of the group’s upcoming annual convention and expo, being held here in Rosen Shingle Creek August 2-4.

According to CFI, the full schedule offers 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 company 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, with the aim of raising awareness for quality flooring installation.

“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,” said McKee. “Convention is where the CFI community 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 continues the tradition of CFI of burning the same fire to make a difference.”

Bob Gillespie, CFI’s first certified installer and current advisory board member, said CFI is excited and committed to establishing CFI as an organization for installation professionals around the world. “With new leadership and training programs, the future of CFI looks bright,” Gillepsie said.

This year’s show kicks off with the Pre-Convention Regional Installation Competition on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1. The inaugural regional competitions in Orlando, St. Louis and San Leandro will be part of the National Installer of the Year competition at TISE 2023. Applicants are now accepted.

The convention kicks off with the opening session on Tuesday, August 2, with keynote speakers Scott Humphrey, WFCA CEO, and Jim Aaron, FCEF Executive Director. The afternoon includes in-depth training and hands-on workshops. According to the CFI, sessions include hand stitching, custom stake making, moisture, heat welding and public speaking. The day ends with the welcome reception.

Wednesday, August 3, kicks off with the annual golf tournament at Shingle Creek Golf Club. For non-golfers, FCEF and Women in Floorcovering roundtables are organized by Jen Zurn. A series of engaging speakers will present a wide variety of topics in the afternoon, including Lunch with Roland, Steps, Insurance, Ask an Attorney and Retailers and Installers – a panel led by Chris McKee, Dean Howell, Don Roberts, Typhannie Watson, Marquis Wright and Alaina Walters. Wednesday will conclude with dinner and the award ceremony.

According to CFI, the last day of the show will include a general session, the next generations and the exhibition hall, where attendees will have the opportunity to speak with industry suppliers about the latest technology, innovations and products. The show ends with the concluding and enjoyable evening.

The CFI said the annual convention and expo is open to members and non-members, and tickets are available for the entire event and for one day. A room block with discounted rates will be locked in the Rosen Shingle Creek for a limited time.

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