RFCI readies for continued growth in 2022

Herb Upton, newly elected RFCI . Board Chairman

Scottsdale, Ariz.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), the trade association representing the interests of 22 member resilient flooring manufacturers, gathered here for its two-day annual meeting of the board of directors, October 26-27, 2021. It’s been a very busy and exciting year for resilient floors,” said Dean Thompson, president and CEO of RFCI. “We are the fastest growing flooring category in history and we are all looking forward to an equally exciting 2022.”

Michel Vermette, newly elected Vice-President

Congoleum’s Chris O’Conner and the current RFCI Chairman of the Board introduced the new board members for 2022-2023. Heading the new board is Herb Upton of Shaw Industries as board chairman (formerly vice-chairman); Armstrong’s Michel Vermette, as Vice-Chairman; and Russ Rogg of HMTX/Metroflor, as board secretary/treasurer.

Bill Blackstock was also nominated as RFCI’s new president and CEO and is in transition to replace Dean Thompson as of January 1, 2022. Thompson will remain in an advisory role until June 2022.

Russ Rogg, newly elected board secretary/treasurer

According to RFCI, Thompson provided an overview of the six key objectives of the company’s strategy, reviewed the governance structure and confirmed/congratulated the members’ participation on each of the company’s standing committees. Of the many initiatives in 2021, RFCI said it will ensure each committee is aware of important topics related to potential member liability.

At the meeting, The Shelton Group, the leading marketing communications agency focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, presented a detailed report on the performance of the company’s digital consumer campaign ‘Beautifully Responsible’ and plans for its continuation and expansion in 2022.

Jane Rohde of JSR Associates and technical advisor to RFCI, updated the company’s activities related to the Washington Department of Ecology and ortho-phthalates; the revised sustainability rating for resilient floors; participating in the development of the Embodied Carbon Construction Calculator with Building Transparency; and work to proactively position RFCI members as leaders in understanding climate change.

According to RFCI, Rohde emphasized the need for university design education in materials science, product content and performance testing to select resilient floors for more than just aesthetics. Rohde also said other critical factors such as sustainability, pandemic impacts and owner project requirements are equally important.

Allison Foley, legal counsel to Venable/RFCI, has notified the RFCI board of the problem management process designed to monitor critical federal agencies, government agencies, and non-governmental entities regarding important issues that may affect on the industry. According to the company, Foley highlighted work underway with Washington State’s Safer Products for Washington Act, the New York Healthy Green and Procurement Act, and the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act.

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