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Awarding a Lifetime of Service

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership or outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel. Submissions are due by September 15, 2017 and winners of the NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award are announced at the NAFCD Annual Convention. Click here to download a submission form.


Criteria For Nomination

  • A minimum 15 years experience in any field of the channel of floor covering distribution (manufacturer, distributor, service provider)
  • Provided leadership, growth, assistance in fostering the ideals and best practices in the floor covering industry.
  • Served in a position of leadership within an organization inside or outside of the industry (Board member/Chair, non profit, officer in an association, etc.)


2016 Lifetime Award Winners

  Lucky Burke of Readers Wholesale
Lucky's career in the flooring industry began nearly 43 years ago when he started working for Armstrong in 1974, shortly after graduating from the The University of Texas. After finishing Armstrong's training program, he returned home to Houston to work for Reader's Wholesale Distributors. Lucky served as Sales Manager for 10 years, until he became president of the company in 1986. During his time at Reader's, the company saw growth from $10 million to $80 million and expanded from Houston to Austin, San Antonio, South Texas and Louisiana. He is very proud to have remained an original Armstrong distributor throughout his tenure, a relationship that goes back 70 years.
  Dennis Cook and Melinda McChesney of Gilford•Johnson
Dennis and Melinda have been outstanding leaders and contributors to their respective companies, as well as to the flooring industry as a whole. Both have served on numerous boards including the NAFCD and NWFA Associations. Both have been respected leaders within their communities and businesses, which have flourished under their leadership. Given that Gilford Flooring and Johnson Wholesale Floors merged in January 2016, they both joined forces and helped create a much stronger company that would enhance the legacy they would leave upon retirement.


Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients


Buddy Faircloth


Bobby Thomas



Don Evans, Swift-Train

Jim Gunter, The Cronin Company

James Gould, The Floor Covering Institute


John Capell
Kerry Capell
Mardsen Haigh, founders of CMH Space Flooring


Wade Cassidy
FlorStar Sales, Inc.
Pierre Thabet
Boa-Franc G.P.

Bob Thompson
J.J. Haines & Company, Inc.

Roger Hunt

Kenneth, L.A, and Jeffrey Train
Swiff-Train Company-Corpus Christi

Donald Wohlfarth Sr.
Bayard Sales Corporation


Don Rado
All Tile, Inc.

Ben Hagood
William M. Bird

M. Lee Marston
J.J. Haines & Company, Inc.


Ken Herriges
Herregan Distributors

Mort Creech
J.J. Haines & Company, Inc.

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