While the group discussed a wide variety of topics, the task force ultimately decided to focus on the two biggest challenges facing flooring contractors today: recruiting and training labor and concrete moisture issues.
Because labor is a challenge in all construction trades, the group discussed proactive tactics to keep the flooring labor pool sufficient to meet demand. Moisture is a hot button topic since many new solutions have hit the market from sundry and product manufacturers that sometime create confusion for architects, designers and end users. This situation creates an opportunity for flooring contractors to guide these customers toward the best solutions.
The meeting took place at Surfaces in Las Vegas and included four Starnet members, four Fuse members and was moderated by Mike Hutton at Fuse and Eric Boender at Starnet. Jeanne Matson and Fred Williamson from Starnet and Geoff Gordon from Fuse also attended. The Starnet members included Ric Pleis, Floor Connection, Arroyo Grande, CA; John Kellen, Kellen Flooring Solutions, Dallas, TX; Dan Ulfig, Master Craft Floors, Detroit, MI; John Becker, Floors by Becker, Minneapolis, MN. The Fuse members included Todd Birtcher, Floors Inc., Lincoln NE; Rick Elfman, Flooring Solutions, Livermore CA; Rick Goolsby, Business Flooring Specialists, Houston TX; Andy Meyer, Flooring Systems, St. Louis MO. Moving forward, the task force meet once a quarter via teleconference to work toward putting a plan in place for both initiatives.