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Twenty NWFA Members Receive Degrees at 2014 NWFA Expo
Degrees were awarded on the last day of the National Wood Flooring Association Wood Flooring Expo to a number of NWFA members who have sought to further their flooring expertise through education and volunteering.

Those receiving a Craftsman Degree (for individuals who have attained 25 credits for education, achievement and service, of which 15 must be in education) were: Bill Harrington, Baker Hardwood Flooring; Dinu Luca, ADL Floors; Jared Mohler, Mohler’s Custom Wood Floors; Victor Mulbauer, Michigan Hardwood Floors Services; and Roy Reichow, National Wood Floor Consultants.

Once a Craftsman, members who receive an additional 25 credits, 15 of which are for achievement, and have attended or served as an instructor for an NWFA Advanced of Expert School or received an NWFA Floor of the Year Award, can obtain a Master Craftsman Degree. This year's Master Craftsman Degree holders are: Donald Bouchard, Perfection Home Flooring; Steve Lima, MAPEI Corporation; Daniel Moore, Antique Floors; Jimmy Nguyen, Dan’s Custom Hardwood Floor; Jeff Pope, Jeff Pope Inc.; and Joe Rocco, Artistic Floors by Design.

The next degree, Advanced Master Craftsman, is awarded to Master Craftsman recipients who have earned an additional 25 credits. This year's degree recipients are: Jon Namba, Namba Services; Kjell Nymark, Precision Hardwood Floors Services; and Rob Zehnder, Basic Coatings.

Vanguard Degrees go to members who have received 25 credits, 15 of which are for industry service or achievement. Mike Bailey, Harris Wood Floors; Darin Nesline, Bona US; Julie Russell, Glitsa; and Chris Zizza, C&R Flooring, received this degree.

Vanguard recipients who obtain an additional 25 credits for service to the industry qualify for an Ambassador Degree. New Ambassador Degree holders this year included Tommy Maxwell, Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, and Todd Schutte, Bona US.
Thousands at NWFA's 2014 Wood Flooring Expo in Nashville
The National Wood Floor Association's 2014 Wood Flooring Expo “Struck a Cord” last week at the enormous Music City Center convention complex in country music's mecca—Nashville, Tenn.

This was the 29th annual expo. Attendance, which had been affected by the nation's economic downturn, was back to pre-2007 levels. A total of 3,036 people attended the three day event from April 16–19, a 30 percent increase from 2013.

Wayne Cotton who, together with Don Finkell, used the Expo to launch new company American OEM Wood Floors, has never missed an Expo. He said early Expos paled in comparison to the booths, educational sessions and Inspector Symposium seminars at last week's Expo.

"There's no other show that segments into the wood flooring market, so for us that's important," Cotton said. "[W]e can meet with our customers, potential customers, and they're interested in one thing—wood flooring."

One change to the Expo that Roy Reichow, owner of National Wood Floor Consultants, said could have caused the attendance boost was moving the NWAFCP Inspector Symposium to the first day of the Expo instead of the last. The new schedule, Reichow said, encouraged Symposium attendees to stick around for the show.

Next year, the Expo is celebrating its 30th birthday by returning to St. Louis during the first week of April. The show will take place on the field under the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams.
NWFA Board of Directors Reduced to 16, New Members Elected
During the opening session of the 2014 NWFA Wood Flooring Expo in Nashville, Tenn., outgoing NWFA board of directors member and former chairman Rick Holden led the election of two new NWFA board of directors members, Julie Russell of Glitsa, a division of Rudd Company, and Scott Sandlin of Shaw Industries Inc., for three-year terms.

Also during the show, NWFA Chairman John Lessick’s term came to an end, and former board of directors Vice Chairman Jeff Fairbanks, Palo Duro Hardwoods Inc. (Denver), took over as chairman. The other members of the new executive committee are:

Tommy Maxwell, vice chairman, Maxwell Hardwood Flooring (Monticello, Ariz)
Chris Zizza, treasurer, C&R Flooring (Hayward, Calif.)
Kim Holm, secretary, Mannington Wood Floors (Salem, N.J.)
John Lessick, immediate past chair, Apex Wood Floors (Downers Grove, Ill.)

As part of restructuring of the NWFA, the board size was reduced from 21 to 16 people. Member who completed their terms at the Expo are:
Wayne Cotton, American OEM Wood Floors (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Mark Elwell, Bamboo Flooring Hawaii LLC (Honolulu)
Enos Farnsworth, Denver Hardwood Company (Denver)
Barry Gork, ATOM Ventures LLC-Gork's Goodfilla
Rick Holden, Derr Flooring Company (Willow Grove, Pa.)
Jamie Lupresto, Diamond Flooring (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Jim Schumacher, 3M (St. Paul, Minn.)
Rosana Chaidez, J.J. Haines & Co. (Glen Burnie, Md.) and
Erika Wexler, Certo (New Orleans)

Members beginning a one-year term as an ex-officio director are:
Brenda Cashion, Pinnacle Interior Elements Inc. (Carrollton, Texas)
Jim Gould, Floor Covering Institute (St. Louis, Mo.)
Avi Hadad, Avi's Hardwood Floors Inc. (El Sobrante, Calif.)
Keith Long, Thunderheart Flooring (Greeley, Colo.) and
Jon Smith, Smith Flooring Inc. (Mountain View, Mo.)

Continuing members of the board include:
Craig Dupra, Installers Warehouse Inc. (Rochester, N.Y.)
Kevin Murphy, Trinity Hardwood (Dallas)
Joseph Rocco, Artistic Floors by Design Inc. (Parker, Colo.)
John Wooten, CMH Space Flooring Products Inc. (Wadesboro, N.C.)
HF Briefs: EPA Reopens Formaldehyde Comments, Jobs Posted
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reopened the comment period and is seeking input on the requirements for formaldehyde standards of composite wood products. All comments are due by May 8. A public meeting will be held April 28th.

Armstrong (Lancaster, Pa.) awarded The Floor Store (Richmond, Calif.) its highest retailer honor, the gold in its 2013 Elite Retailer of the Year. Silver went to AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring and bronze went to Long Island Paneling Ceilings and Floors.

A Mr. Sandless franchise is for sale in northwest Connecticut. The current owner wants to sell the territory, equipment and two months worth of product. See the HF classifieds for contact information.

Companies are seeking a wood floor sanding and finishing professional and a technical service representative. For details, see the HF classifieds.

For sale: a 2005 Hummel drum sander, Clarke edger and buffer, toe-kick sander and vacuum, and two nailers. The seller is located in Shiocton, Wis. More information is available here.
US Buys 36 Percent of China's Wood Floor Exports
While China continues to export huge numbers of wood flooring products, the country is also facing a materials price increase as countries around the world have started enforcing restrictions on wood cutting and exports to protect the environment, according to a new study.

The study, Global Research on China Wood Flooring Industry Report 2013–2016, says China manufactures 20 percent of the global wood flooring market. Sales grew 6 percent year-over-year to 400 million square meters in 2013.

China exports $660 million USD of wood flooring each year, with the United States importing about 36 percent of that flooring.

The study is available for purchase here for $2,400.
Harvard: Remodeling Activity Could Slow At the End of 2014
Recent rapid growth in the home remodeling market is expected to taper off at year's end and reflect its longer-term average, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Researchers with the JCHS said home remodeling's double-digit growth will last through the third quarter, but a slow housing market, specifically home sales, could cause a return to single digits in the fourth quarter.

"The housing recovery has at least temporarily lost some of its momentum," said Eric Belsky, managing director of the JCHS, in a statement. "And as a result, remodeling spending is expected to follow suit and see slower growth beginning later this year."

The prediction is based on the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, which estimates how much money national homeowners will spend on improvements to their homes during the current quarter and the three following quarters.
Glen Miller Joins Staff at Middle Tennessee Lumber
Glen Miller Middle Tennessee Lumber.jpgAs of today, Glen Miller has joined the staff of Middle Tennessee Lumber (Burns, Tenn.) as quality manager. Miller has extensive experience in the industry, most notably spending 10 years as director of mill inspection services for NOFMA: The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association, followed by five years as manufacturer division manager at the National Wood Flooring Association. Miller was most recently at Westby Hardwood Products in Westby, Wis., as production foreman. Miller is an NWFACP-Certified Wood Flooring Inspector, Installer and Sand & Finisher, and he has earned his NWFA Craftsman and Master Craftsman degrees.
Wood Floor of the Year 2014 Winners Announced
NWFA President and CEO Michael Martin announced the 2014 Wood Floor of the Year winners during the Awards Dinner at  the NWFA Wood Flooring Expo in Nashville, Tenn., on April 18.

The coveted Members' Choice award went to Ourada Designs for its residential wood floor, and repeat winner Wood Floor of the Year winner Precision Floorcrafters Inc. took home two awards.

Here are photos and brief descriptions of all the winners:


Members' Choice: Ourada Designs
This solid plank wood floor was glued down and finished on site. The design uses a mix of pine, ash and cherry wood.


Best Residential: Natural Wood Floors and Design
This solid, nail-down project was finished on site for a homeowner in Florida who wanted a floor that would highlight his art collection.

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Best Reclaimed: Precision Floorcrafters Inc.
About 2,000 square feet of antique heart pine reclaimed from old buildings went into this floor.

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Best Limited Species: Precision Floorcrafters Inc.
This floor features river reclaimed cypress rounds with water washed edges. The cypress trees had been ax-cut in the 1800s and were lost in the river during transportation to the sawmill.


Best Commercial: Archetypal Imagery Corp.
The hallway of this traditional brandy tasting club in Armenia is made of thousands of 5-by-5-inch wood end-grain wood blocks cut from 150-year-old barn beams and hand-pillowed on site.


Best Restoration: Brookens Wood Floors Inc.
The company used quarter sawn red oak, beech, afrormosia and kempas wood to restore a 1920s linoleum on red oak.


Best Extreme Makeover: Czar Floors
This Boston Celtics medallion was placed in a client's "man cave," and uses maple, walnut and ash, along with a custom green stain.

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Best CNC/Laser Cut: MP Carroll Hardwood
This laser-cut wood floor is located at the company's showroom in Buffalo, N.Y., and uses white oak, wenge and walnut.


Best Manufacturer Factory Finish: WD Flooring
This floor, a mix of white and red oak wood, was finished with a UV-cured hardwax oil from Rubio Monocoat.
Philly Floor Store Produces 'How-To' Video Series
The Philadelphia Floor Store (Conshohocken, Penn.) is making a series of "how-to" videos to educate their hardwood flooring contractors.

Topics covered in the videos range from carbon brush replacement to edger pad installation. The move to digitize the company's techniques was made as knowledge-sharing effort, said founder Mike Glavin.

"We pride ourselves on education our customers on all the latest hardwood flooring products and installation techniques," he said in a statement.

These training videos and more can be found at Philadelphia Floor Store's YouTube channel.
HF Briefs: Jobs Available, Moisture Meter For Sale
A number of job openings have been posted in the HF classifieds section within the past week. People with sales and sanding and finishing experience, see the classifieds page for location information and job requirements.

A CMEX II concrete moisture meter will be for sale at the NWFA Expo in Nashville, Tenn., April 16-19. See the classifieds ad for price and contact information.
Builder Confidence Before Spring Season In Standstill
Compared with last month, builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes increased by one point to 47 in April, according to the National Association for Home Builders’ Housing Market Index.

But confidence levels should receive a boost in the coming months, NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly said in a statement.

"Builder confidence has been in a holding pattern the past three months," Kelly said. "Looking ahead, as the spring home buying season gets into full swing and demand increases, builders are expecting sales prospects to improve in the months ahead."
Housing Starts Up, Permits and Completions Down in March
The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development released last March’s residential construction statistics. They found:

Privately-owned housing unit permitting was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 990,000, or 2.4 percent lower than February. Compared with March 2013's numbers, this figure represents a 11.2 percent increase.

Privately-owned housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000. The number was 920,000 in February, making March's figure 2.8 percent higher.

Less privately-owned houses were completed in March than in February, a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 vs. 874,000, respectively.
NWFA Regional Instructor Profile: Jon Namba
Jon Namba NWFA Regional InstructorJon Namba, NWFA Regional Instructor and owner of Namba Services Inc., started his career back in 1977 on the dark side: carpeting. He saw the light (probably reflecting off an uncarpeted floor) in 1985 and made his way into the hardwood flooring business.

Carpeting, he says, was a rat race where the retailer held the strings. So, he started to learn the wood flooring trade through seminars. Namba bit at every class that was offered nearby—sanding, finishing, machine repair, you name it.

He approached his dad, who had just started a condominium development, and asked if he could handle the hard surface installation.

"I told him I wanted to get into hardwood and tile," Namba says, explaining that at the time he was still new to the trade. "I told him if I screwed it up, he would have to pay for it. He never had to."

And with Namba's soon-to-happen rise through training schools and contests, his dad might as well have put his wallet away for good. Namba got involved with International Certified Flooring Installers Association. Their training schools propelled him to regional and national competition wins for resilient flooring and carpet. The late Chris Davis, then-World Floor Covering Association president, approached Namba after he won nationals and asked him to be a director of technical services.

He did that for awhile, became executive director and then was drawn into the training circuit again, this time with NWFA.

His business is like him—from carpet, to tile, to hardwood, Namba Services Inc. does it all.

“Pretty much anything that goes on a floor we do,” Namba said.

For Namba, education may be everything.

"I think for anyone coming into this industry, the most important thing is to get involved with the association and learn the proper installation methods," Namba said. "[Trainers] have years of knowledge and experience that can launch you years ahead of what you would learn on a job site that so-and-so's uncle taught them."

If you're going to go to one of Namba's workshops, or any other NWFA instructor's for that matter, he has one bit of advice: participate.

"I see on the panels how some people sit back and are kind of nervous because they don't want somebody to laugh at them. This is the place," Namba said. "Learn by doing the mistakes on those panels. Ask these instructors questions—don't hesitate—they are there to help."

You can find John Namba at the following workshops, and he promises that if you attend, whether a seasoned veteran or otherwise, you'll walk away with something new.
  • April 30–May 2: Problems, Causes & Cures | Wood Floor Repair | CP Installation Testing | Intermountain Wood Flooring (Salt Lake City)
  • Sept. 30–Oct. 3: Job Site Preparation | Problems, Causes & Cures | Wood Floor Repair | Finish Application/Color | Kimbrough-Carpenter (Albuquerque, N.M.)
To read more about the revamped NWFA technical schools and see the schedule for this year, click here. To register, click here.

The NWFA Regional Instructors for 2014 are:

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(back row, L-R): Jay Daniel Moore, Daniel Boone, Scott Taylor, Jason Elquest, Roy Reichow and NWFA Director of Certification and Education Brett Miller; (front row, L-R): Jon Namba, Mike Dittmer, Kjell Nymark and Joe Rocco.
Study: Bamboo Isn't All That Green
Bamboo, used for more than 5,000 years as building material across the world, has come into vogue the last two decades as a pro-environment floor covering.

Is it, though? A study released by research firm Dovetail Partners Inc. revisited the theory and concluded that bamboo is not environmentally superior to wood. But, as the authors said, it's hard to “get the green genie back in its bottle.”

The narrative that bamboo was inherently better than wood products was spread by entrepreneuring manufacturers in China looking to export their goods. When bamboo first appeared on the global market in the early 1990s, despite it being easy on the eye, it just wasn't moving. It wasn't a material for floors— Americans recognized bamboo as the material of their grandfather's fishing pole, or the numerous imported backscratchers and chopsticks. So those manufacturers decided to shift that perception, and looked at the environmentalist movement for inspiration, the study said.
It took a while, but then in 2002, the United States Green Building Council designated bamboo an environmentally preferable material in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 2.1 standard. Acceptance, the study says, was based on the belief that bamboo's ability to regenerate rapidly—less than 10 years—made it superior to products from wood that renew slower. A rapid rise in Chinese bamboo flooring production followed the USGBC's designation. Only a handful of U.S. bamboo suppliers existed in the late 1990s. There were 200 by 2005.

The USGBC's LEED version 4, introduced this fall, no longer affords bamboo the same environmentally-desirable qualities it used to. The new guidelines should make bamboo products, including bamboo flooring, more difficult to promote as environmentally preferred materials.

But from 2002 through the recent change in the LEED standard, media spread—"without question"—the material’s regeneration capability, as well as an inaccurate factoid that there was a large supply of bamboo, more than 1.6 million square miles, growing in China, most of it under government management.

The study cites sources that say these assumptions are misleading at best and patently false at worst.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported in 2010 that China's bamboo resource was equal to 14.1 million acres, just over 22,000 square miles, or 1/72 of the 1.6 million square miles figure spread by certain media.

In fact, the rise in bamboo production has come with environmental harm, the Dovetail study says, including:

•    Over-harvesting and, because one species of bamboo in particular is favored, monoculture plantations, encouraged by the authorities and financial gain

•    Other types of forests have been clear-cut to make way for bamboo plantations

•    Because it grows fast, bamboo demands a lot of nutrients, and requires fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides whereas maple needs none

However, bamboo's social benefits are many, the study says. Increased production has reduced poverty and swelled household incomes. Planting bamboo on terraced slopes once used for agricultural production causes less runoff and erosion.

The bottom line, the study says, is that those benefits come at a cost when bamboo forests are not managed properly, and ultimately "should never be designated as environmentally preferable materials without at the very least" carefully judging its environmental impact throughout the supply chain.
MFMA Accepting Scholarship Applicants
The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) announced the start of a scholarship to help offset costs of tuition for a secondary, advanced or trade school education related to the business of flooring.

"The process of turning trees into high-end sports surfaces encompasses numerous skilled hands," the association said. "And once the sports floors are installed, even more trained professionals use the floors in their careers.  We want to support all levels of this process in their educational and career goals."

Two annual scholarships of $1,000 each will be available for students accepted into one of the following fields of study in fall 2014:

Architecture, Athletic administration, Athletics, Boiler inspection training, Biological conservation, Biomechanical sciences, Building construction, Civil engineering, Coaching, Commercial driving schools, Construction sciences or management, Dance education, Forest science, Forestry studies, Engineering technology, Environmental resource management, Exercise science, Industrial technology schools, Kinesiology, LEED training or certification, Mechanic schools, Mechanical drafting, Machine technologies, Natural resources / conservation, Physical administration, Physical education, Physical rehabilitation or therapy, Recreation & park administration, Small engine repair schools, Sports & fitness management, Survey schools, Trucking schools, Wood sciences.

Applicants need to be recommended by an active MFMA or certified architect and will be judged on academic and written essay responses by the MFMA Sport Floor Contractor Advisory Council and approved by the MFMA Board of Directors.

The application due date is July 1. Find more information online at the MFMA's website.
Investing in Wildfire Fuel Removal Can Save 3x Cost of Fighting Fires
Investing in forest management and proactive fuel treatments—thinning and controlled burns—could save up to three times the cost of future fires while reducing severe fires by 75 percent and benefiting people, water and wildlife, a recent study by three forest groups, including the U.S. Forest Service, found.

The study simulated the paths of future fires in the central Sierra Nevada. It examined what the endgame was if the fires had or did not have fuel to burn. The obvious, but crucial, conclusion was that neglected forests are ticking infernos whose destruction doesn't just affect woody ecosystems but tax dollars and life.

"Recent megafires in California and the West have destroyed lives and property, degraded water quality, damaged wildlife habitat, and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars," said David Edelson, Sierra Nevada project director with The Nature Conservancy. "This study shows that, by investing now in Sierra forests, we can reduce risks, safeguard water quality and recoup up to three times our initial investment while increasing the health and resilience of our forests."

Last year, the U.S. Forest Service spent $1 billion to cover firefighting shortfalls.
NWFA Expo Opens in Nashville This Week
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After “thinking big” in Dallas, the National Wood Flooring Association Expo is ready to “strike a cord” as the NWFA Wood Flooring Expo takes over the brand-new, LEED-certified Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., April 16-19.

This year’s show will include everything from a mill tour to a happy hour on the show floor Thursday to a concert just for the NWFA Expo attendees by country singer Pam Tillis. The full Expo schedule is available at the NWFA website; here are a few highlights:

Wednesday, April 16:
The NWFA Certified Professionals Symposium runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and the Welcome Reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel.

Thursday, April 17:
Education sessions on branding, radiant heat, insurance work and more run from 8 to 9 a.m. Keynote speaker Robin Crow will address the Opening General Session with his talk “Evolve or Die” at 9:15 a.m,, followed by four more education sessions at 11 a.m. The trade show floor opens at noon; from 5-6 p.m. there will be a happy hour on the show floor with free beer from the happy hour sponsors.

Friday, April 18:
Attendees who have registered for a tour of the Somerset Mill will leave for the all-day event at 8 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. The show floor will be open from 9 a.m., and drawings for the trade show prizes will be awarded before the show closes at 2 p.m. Wood Flooring University, featuring three sessions—certification testing, a Contractor Summit and a Distributor/Manufacturer Summit, runs from 2-5 p.m. The Wood Floor of the Year Awards Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; degrees and Wood Floor of the Year winners will be announced, and country star Pam Tillis cap off the night with a concert exclusively for NWFA attendees.

Online registration is closed, but interested parties can still register on-site. See here for more information.
Jim Gould to Present 'Standing on the Brink' at NWFA Expo
Longtime industry expert Jim Gould, president of St. Louis-based Floor Covering Institute LLC, will present a two-part seminar, “Standing on the Brink,” at the NWFA Expo this week in Nashville. Part one will be Friday morning’s Management Education Session, from 8-9 a.m., about the difference between Millennials and Baby Boomers, how the U.S. retail industry is responding and how the flooring industry must do likewise. Part two of his presentation will happen during the Distributor/Manufacturer Summit Friday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. During the summit, NWFA’s Michael Martin and Hardwood Floors magazine’s Kim Wahlgren will speak on the changing state of distribution, and there will be two discussion panels. Distributor speakers will include Rick Holden, COO of Derr Flooring Company; Enos Farnsworth, general manager of Denver Hardwood; and Art Layton, vice president of CMH, Bayard, JJ Haines. The manufacturer panel will feature Scott Sandlin, vice president of Shaw Industries; Dan Natkin, director of Mannington; and Flavia Baggio, president of Indus Parquet. For more information, go to
NWFA Regional Instructor Profile: Kjell Nymark
Kjell Nymark’s path to being an NWFA Regional Instructor started at age 21 on an ice rink in Finland.

He went there to play hockey after college and do some soul searching. He found a spot on a second division team that came with a place to live. He dreamed of staying, but then, in 1989, the Iron Curtain came down. As Russia opened up to the world, so, too, did the Eastern Bloc’s talented hockey players, and Nymark lost his spot on the team. Kjell Nymark_small.jpg

What to do? Having seen how many people in Finland were trained tradesman, he went back to Canada and asked his wife's father for a job at his hardwood company.

He loved it.

"I always liked wood, but never had considered I could make a living with wood until I went to Finland and found myself," Nymark said. "The only time I really found direction is when I got into hardwood."

That is, he felt great while working for BC Hardwood until 13 years later when he felt an itch to do more. At the urging of his wife, he went to Las Vegas to take a course on becoming an installation trainer.

"I couldn't believe after 13 years in the business how much there was to learn and how little I knew," Nymark said. "Meeting those people, my eyes were opened, and I realized we don't really know anything."

He took to it like a tongue to a groove, and in the process, he met some key personalities involved in NWFA training, including Rusty Swindoll, Kevin Mullany and Mark Lamanno. Before long he was teaching at the Las Vegas schools. He was teaching good people who were eager to soak up the best techniques and new information—it was impossible not to like, he said.

Eventually Nymark started his own company, Nymark Custom Wood Floors (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada). He soon realized, though, that he preferred instruction and inspection to running a business, and he scaled operations back to be a one-man operation so he could start consultation, training and inspections-focused Precision Wood Floor Services. Now, being an NWFA Regional Trainer is part of that equation.

"I look forward to just meeting the people that are out there; I like connecting with people from different areas, I've always enjoyed that," Nymark said. "I enjoy those teaching moments when you can see that somebody gets something they didn't before—that's my favorite."

"Every time I teach a class I feel I learn just as much as everybody else has. There is so much more to what we do than putting pieces of wood together," he adds.

This year Nymark led the Magna Hardwood Floors International Inc. (Alberta, Canada) school and will teach at the following workshops:

May 7–9: Certification School | Installation Certification | Sand & Finish Certification | Certification Testing | A & A Flooring (Toronto)

May 19–23: Moisture Mitigation & Water/Wood | Problems, Causes & Cures | Wood Floor Sales | Installation Certification Training | Sand & Finish Certification Training | Certification Testing | Portland, Oregon

Aug. 5–8: Intermediate Installation | E.J. Welch Company (Chicago)

Aug. 26–28: Basic Sand & Finish | Chattahoochee Technical College (Marietta, Ga.)

Oct. 6–10: Job Site Preparation | Estimating/Job Costing | Installation Workshop | CP Installation Testing | EPA Lead Renovators | Energyst-Solutions (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

To read more about the revamped NWFA technical schools and see the schedule for this year, click here. To register, click here.

The NWFA Regional Instructors for 2014 are:

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(back row, L-R): Jay Daniel Moore, Daniel Boone, Scott Taylor, Jason Elquest, Roy Reichow and NWFA Director of Certification and Education Brett Miller; (front row, L-R): Jon Namba, Mike Dittmer, Kjell Nymark and Joe Rocco.

Schönox Distributes to Mid-Atlantic Through New Spartan Division
Schönox (Florence, Ala.) will distribute its products from Virginia to southern New Jersey through a newly created division of Spartan Surfaces, Spartan Distribution.

Spartan Distribution will carry Schönox's full line of subfloor products, including primers and moisture mitigation systems, patching and smoothing products, floor leveling compounds and adhesives.

"We took a close look at the important Mid-Atlantic region and concluded that the work ethic and forward-leaning business approach held by Spartan Surfaces paired with their new distribution division was a natural fit with us," said Thomas Trissl, Schönox principal, in a statement.