We are Off and Running in 2019-2020!

It’s official, CFI has a new Board of Directors, sworn in at our 65th Annual Meeting on September 18, 2019 in Las Vegas. We thank Andy Smith and Mark Goodman, our out going Northern and Southern California directors, and welcome back Terry Jones our new CFI Southern California director.

Our annual meeting and award ceremony was well attended by CFI members, Associate members, industry leaders and past CFI Presidents. Attendees were further versed on the added benefits of membership and the CFI vision to once again become a nationally recognized association. Our membership is strong and multi-talented within our own association. Together, we can ensure growth.

I want to personally thank those members who spoke to me directly about becoming involved by offering their time and turning a vision into reality.

The award ceremony that honors those who have given direct support to CFI and to our industry was impact-full, moving, and a surprise to our winners. We would like to extend a hearty congratulations to those deserving winners. In no particular order, here they are:

  • The Dick Mapelsen Award – Jose Solozano
  • The Joe Laurino Award – Greg Millitello
  • The Carl Willmans Award – Ivan Day founder of Procyon and accepted by his family

CFI booth in the exhibit hall was very well attended by members, non members and other exhibitors inquiring on how they can collaborate with CFI to achieve mutual goals. Your board will work within our industry to continue to bring additional value to membership, increase benefits and achieve our vision.

This year brings multiple Meetings, Events, and Education Classes. Please take a moment to read, familiarize, and share some of the great upcoming events already scheduled.


Charlene Locke

CFI President 2019-2020

Carpet and FabriCare Institute turned 65 in February

Longevity … we all want it …. we all strive for it …. but how do you achieve it? I would say the answer lays in looking at those, who have achieved it. CFI has achieved longevity.

One of the ways CFI has achieved longevity is by collaborating with Associate Members and supporting and giving back to Firm Members. CFI is made up of Members, for Members, together we care for one another and together we support each other. Your Board of Directors are industry business men and women who have the same challenges. CFI doesn’t turn a blind eye or deaf ear to our struggles, we look for solutions and resolutions to help members achieve their goals and assure longevity. Each and every one of us has value and can contribute to assure longevity.

In keeping pace with our competitive industry and to provide support to membership, CFI continues to evolve and strives to give value to membership.

I encourage you to get involved in CFI on some level. This can be as simple as attending or hosting Chapter meetings, supporting your Director or attending an event or class. The relationships you build with other members, builds a foundation, money can’t by and will last a life time.

I am proud to serve as CFI’s 65th President and I envision a stronger CFI in the years to come.

Happy anniversary CFI and to all the members who make up the legacy of CFI.



65 years is a testament to CFI’s strength and commitment to its members.