Chair’s Cut: Carry the Experience Forward

Did you join us for the 2023 NWFA Wood Flooring Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

Yes, we had a lot of fun during the Road Rally Party at the legendary Harley-Davidson Museum. Seeing all of the company’s artifacts and motorcycles up close was great, but the best part was catching up with old and new friends in that atmosphere. Expo always offers many opportunities to network with others passionate about wood flooring. From the Distributor and Manufacturer Reception to the Emerging Leaders Reception to the Women’s Industry Network Breakfast, there was something for everyone.

2023 NWFA Expo

Whether or not you attended the NWFA Expo, the NWFA offers many ways to carry the experience throughout the rest of the year. The networking, learning, industry resources, and member recognition does not stop when the trade show ends.

The winners of the NWFA 2023 Wood Floor of the Year (WFOY) were announced during Expo. For more than 30 years, the WFOY awards have recognized innovative craftsmanship and design in wood flooring installations. This edition of Hardwood Floors highlights the newest winners, taking you through how each project was conceptualized, the materials used, and troubleshooting along the way. There is also a showcase of this year’s entries to further inspire your creativity, and start planning for your 2024 entry.

Continuing education plays a role in creating award-worthy floors. The NWFA offers all the education you need, no matter where you are in your career. If you could not attend Expo, get started by watching recordings of Expo sessions in NWFA University.** Examples of the technical topics covered include Color Theory in Design and Repairs, Topnail Flooring Install, Reclaimed Wood Expectations, and the Art of Marquetry. Beyond the latest sessions from this year’s Expo, there are more than 300 online courses in the NWFAU available to you and your team when the timing is most convenient and affordable.

There is nothing quite like hands-on learning to solidify skills. The NWFA is hosting more than 50 in-person training events across the United States and Canada this year, including bilingual sessions. With different skill levels to choose from, there is a class for you, no matter where you are in your career. NWFA Regional Instructors lead these trainings, making it an opportunity to learn from some of the best of the best. Not only that, but you will have the chance to learn from your peers and expand your network. Our industry is filled with passionate people ready to share their expertise to elevate our trade to the highest professional position.

Stand out as a wood flooring professional. Take the first step by calling the NWFA at 800.422.4556 or visiting to join the NWFA or learn how to make the most of your membership all year.

We want to keep building on the momentum of such a successful Expo. Mark your calendar for next year’s Expo, taking place April 16-18, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana!

**2023 NWFA Expo Sessions coming soon to NWFA University

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