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Mon, 14 Oct 2019 from Flooring Trends
From the American Home Surfaces Group and Commercial USA convention in Lake Tahoe, president Bruce Weber and vice president Joe Weber talk about some the new introductions that have taken place at the convention, including Revo Tile, a proprietary, click-lock, porcelain floating floor product from DalTile that installs without thin-set mortar, made available exclusively to AHSG for the fourth quarter, as well as magnetic flooring. Also discussed is the organization’s addition of carpet to its repertoire.
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 from Flooring Trends
From the American Home Surfaces Group (AHSG) and Commercial USA convention in Lake Tahoe, president Bruce Weber and vice president Joe Weber talk about a first at an industry convention: the marriage of Joe Weber and Theresa Moore. Also discussed is the increased attendance and the venue changes with the group now celebrating its 20th year, the group surpassing 400 members, the name change of its commercial unit to Commercial USA from Commercial One, and the rapid growth in the unit as well as the collaboration that takes place with the group and its suppliers.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from Floor Covering Weekly
By Kacey Perinelli
Indeed, AHSG / Commercial USA have seen a thing or two. AHSG was started in late 1999/early 2000 and Commercial USA was started as Commercial One in 2014. Since its humble beginnings, AHSG has grown to more than 400 members and Commercial USA boasts 155. In fact, in the two years since the group last met, 82 new members have joined.
AHSG and Commercial USA continue to grow and thrive, thanks to dedication to members and commitment to being in the trenches, as well as keeping a small group of supplier members. “Our suppliers love that we don’t overload each category,” said Joe Weber.
One recent strength is the growth of women in the industry, Joe Weber said. “The growth we’ve seen on the commercial side in women in construction is a great opportunity for the future,” he shared, adding that AHSG and Commercial USA are partnering with the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction).
Bruce Weber echoed similar sentiments, explaining that, in the past, women typically considered careers only in the design or the sales side of the business, but this is changing. This change was evident to Jana Tadlock of Builders Carpet & Design in McKinney, Texas, who has been attending convention since its beginning. She told FCW that she saw more women at convention this year than ever before.
For the future, Bruce Weber said, he wants to ensure things run smoothly when he is no longer running the show. “I want to leave things so Joe and the other guys can continue on,” he said. “We started 20 years ago with one member. We’ll get more and more known out there … we’ll continue to co-invest on things like merchandising and displays. The ROI (return on investment) is worth it,” he added.
Joe Weber asserted, “We are going to continue to grow responsibly, plan for what’s to come and be ready for the curveballs.”
One of the key takeaways from convention this year was an industry association panel that assembled to answer questions from industry moderators as well as members in the crowd. The panel consisted of Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Scott Humphrey, president of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), Kim Oderkirk, executive director for the Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) and Robert Varden, executive director of Certified Flooring Installers (CFI).
The panel addressed key concerns in the industry, specifically touching upon the industry’s installation crisis. The industry outlook for the next five to 10 years looks promising, many on the panel said. Oderkirk explained the employment opportunities in the industry are incredible, because flooring will always be an essential piece of construction — robots can’t install flooring, she offered.
The next five to 10 years should be great as long as the economy holds, Bettiga shared. There has been a groundswell of support for the trades, he said, adding kids are interested in learning more about the trades. It is up to the industry to create training programs to show kids a career path and get them to join in; tell a good story, he advised.
Humphrey cautioned that the industry would likely continue to see some consolidation in the coming years. However, he noted, this means opportunity for those who stick it out. He suggested members focus on their leadership, teams, technology and their stories. Listen to what others are saying about you, he said, because if you’re not telling your story, someone else is.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from Floor Covering Weekly
By Kacey Perinelli
AHSG holds convention once every two years, rather than every year or even twice yearly. Bruce Weber, CEO, noted the group does convention this way in order to hold a more robust meeting when they do get together.
Bruce Weber shared his hope for members to leave the convention with confidence. “We believe we’ve found the strongest manufacturing partners in every category,” he said, noting members trust the group’s research and analysis for selecting partners.
Joe Weber also told FCW the group wanted to make sure to talk about the industry’s installation crisis and show members that AHSG and Commercial USA have a plan to ensure continued success.
At general session, Bruce Weber spoke about the rebranding of Commercial One to Commercial USA, saying Commercial One was “too finite” of a name.
The keynote speech was delivered by Peggy Grande, former executive assistant to President Ronald Reagan and author of “The President Will See You Now.” Grande shared stories from her 10 years working for the president and encouraged attendees to write the legacy of their lives every day of their lives.
An Industry Association Panel answered questions about the industry’s most pressing issues. Pictured are Kim Oderkirk (executive director, Flooring Contractors Association), Scott Humphrey (CEO, World Floor Covering Association), Bart Bettiga (executive director, National Tile Contractors Association) and Robert Varden (executive director, Certified Flooring Installers).
On the last night of American Home Surfaces Group & Commercial USA’s convention, members gathered to celebrate their accomplishments. Jana Tadlock and Laura Goodwyn of Builders Carpet and Design Center in McKinney, Texas celebrated Tadlock’s win for 2019’s Outstanding Full Support award.
For more on the American Home Surfaces Group/Commercial USA convention, look for the Oct. 7 issue of FCW.
Floor Trends Magazine | March 7, 2019
February 7, 2019 from Floor Covering Weekly[Roswell, Ga.] Commercial One announced their alliance comprised of independent commercial flooring specialists has now grown to 135 members across the U.S.A. after a record year and rapid start to 2019. The alliance said it has big plans for 2019, with new supplier partnerships launching and continuing its targeted growth across the country.
Joe Weber, vice president, U.S. Commercial Markets, stated, “We announced our convention ‘We Know a Thing or Two Because We Have Seen a Thing or Two’ will be taking place in Lake Tahoe in September and there will be a lot of additions and announcements leading up to it. Our members tell us we put on the best show in the industry so there will be a tremendous amount of planning going into this special event. We love that we diversified into the commercial sector and getting close with our members in areas that we might be able to help. We have strategic teams set up coast to coast that tailor to our members needs every day. We truly enjoy what we do, and our rapid growth is the benefit of our hard work and our supporting Commercial One Suppliers. Our members know we dig in with them every day and work hard to build these relationships. Like I said earlier, we have big plans this year and we are full steam ahead!”
New Commercial One Members by state include:
–Allstate Floors in Jessup, Md.
–Cox Commercial Flooring in Concord, Calif.
–Integrity Floors in Dallas, Texas
Bruce Weber, president American Home Surfaces Group (AHSG) and Commercial One, discusses AHSH, its history and membership, and the Commercial One organization. Weber talks about the reaction of AHSG to the idea of launching into both specified and mainstreet commercial and how they can prepare for and manage the business going forward. Weber also talks about the additional managerial personnel who have joined Commercial One in recent months.
Bruce Weber discusses the Commercial One organization and its program, the challenges of dealing with the nation’s installation shortage, and what members are doing to deal with it in their area. Weber also talks about the product lines being offered by Commercial One and his growth expectations for both the long and short term.
Bruce Weber discusses the Commercial One organization, the interest in becoming involved in the commercial markets, both specified and main street, and the transition most retailers experience entering the field. He also talks about the successes Commercial One has enjoyed since its launch and efforts being made to add members.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018 from Floor Covering Weekly[Dalton] EF Contract announced today that it has joined the Commercial One Flooring Contractors Alliance. Made up of 105 commercial flooring contractors throughout the U.S., this partnership creates a unique opportunity for the company to work alongside many of the top dealers in the marketplace to achieve mutual business objectives and goals, the company said.
“We are honored and delighted to join this group of highly successful dealers,” said Brad Root, EF Contract’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It is a real ‘win-win’ that builds upon mutual respect, trust, and the willingness to partner on specified and negotiated business.”
“This is an exciting time in the industry,” said Bruce Weber, president of Commercial One. “We have seen huge growth in the commercial arena, and future economics are very encouraging! Our large membership of specialized commercial flooring companies service the whole industry, and our relationship with EF Contract will bring great value to customers from coast to coast.”
From the American Home Surfaces Group® Convention, Bruce Weber, Commercial One president, and vice president Joe Weber,discuss the convention and its turnout, the diverse group of retailers and contractors that make up both groups, and the several new programs that both groups rolled out for the convention. They also discuss the group’s new logo and website and the revitalization of the Commercial One group.
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