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A Word from Robert Varden

                                              By Robert Varden, Executive Director, CFI Division, CFI #969

        Wow!! Our second edition of the CFI magazine is already upon us.

        These are very exciting times at CFI. We have so much to be thankful for.

        As we embark in to our 28th year, I thought I would look back and pull up just a few of
        the amazing things and positive changes we’ve made in the industry. Let’ s start with a few
        numbers. To date we have well over 20,000 CFI Certified professional installers nationwide.
        We have had over 60,000 flooring professionals that have went through our CFI training
        programs. We’ve held 26 incredible conventions and performed training in 10 different
        countries from around the world. I commend all the incredible Senior Certifiers, Trainers, staff
        and amazing individuals that committed themselves to making this happen.

        Now, it’s time to really get going. In my opinion, we have only scratched the surface of what                                                                                      SEMI-FINALS
        the CFI organization with all its support and relationships can accomplish.

        The Flooring industry and the installers that support it are more in demand now than ever                                           COMPETITION
        before. Now is the time for the manufacturers to stand behind the idea of supporting training
        and certification. There are several great trainings and certifying bodies in our industry, yet                                    Enter to compete in the National Installer of the Year Semi-Finals
        there are still so many individual installers running around with no formal training and no
        certification. The claims and failures based on installation are far too high. I don’t blame this
        on the installer. I blame this on an industry that allows anyone with a truck and a $100 set of
        tools to go out and attempt to install a product that needs a trained professional to install.                      Win a Trip to Compete in the Finals                                        ENTER NOW
                                                                                                                             The National Installer of the Year Competition (The Nationals)
        Why would any manufacturer not require their products to be installed by a trained, Certified                        is held annually at The International Surface Event (TISE). For      installer-competition
        Professional? I understand the current logistical issues but if we don’t start somewhere, we will                    2021, TISE is hosting a semi-finals competition at the Las Vegas     Submission Deadline MAY 15
        never get anywhere.                                                                                                  event this June. A panel of judges will review the submissions
                                                                                                                             from around the country and will select the top 10 contestants
                                                                                                                             in each category to compete LIVE. The top 4 semi-finalists from
        #CFI FAMILY  #CFI STRONG                                                                                             each category in the June competition will win a trip to
                                                                                                                             compete for the national title in February 2022.
        THANK YOU!
                                                                                                                            SEMI-FINALS 2021 EXHIBITS  16 - 18 June
        Robert Varden
                                                                                                                            FINALS 2022 EXHIBITS  1 - 3 February

                                                                                                                            Mandalay Bay Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV

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