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All Things Wood Floor, created by Wood Floor Business magazine, talks to interesting wood flooring pros to share knowledge, stories and tips on everything to do with wood flooring, from installation, sanding and finishing to business management.
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When Kent Rogerson and Jamie Lambert of South Carolina’s Low Country Flooring got their first wood flooring job, they had never even seen the tools required to do the trade. But they learned quickly and grew the business—and then realized they had to down-size the company as they pursued their obsession with quality. In this episode, they detail th…
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Steve James transitioned from a career at General Motors to the lumber industry when he became CEO of Frank Miller Lumber in Indiana, transforming the company culture there to create a motivated long-term workforce. James and host Stephen Diggins discuss the challenges of a lumber business focused on quartersawn lumber, as well as James’ insights a…
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Matt Garcia was a typical wood flooring pro with a small company of craftsmen when he moved to Texas and realized he had a huge opportunity to grow his business—but after trial and error, he also realized that in order to grow his business AND be profitable, he had to work on his business, not just in his business. Hear his advice about what he lea…
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When the U.S. government needed the massive chevron floor replaced in the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., Universal Floors tackled the job with the help of some friends, including Kent Rogerson and Jamie Lambert from Low Country Flooring. Hear Universal Floor’s Sprigg Lynn, along with Kent and Jamie, discuss the intricacies and complications…
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When the U.S. government needed the massive chevron floor replaced in the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., Universal Floors tackled the job with the help of some friends, including Kent Rogerson and Jamie Lambert from Low Country Flooring. Hear Universal Floor’s Sprigg Lynn, along with Kent and Jamie, discuss the intricacies and complications…
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Angelo DeSanto is one of Wood Floor Business’s most popular authors and bloggers—in addition to running his own wood flooring business in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He and Stephen talk about how he stands up to contractors to get paid on time, the seemingly simple details that make a skilled wood flooring pro, and the accident that almost took his li…
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Loba-Wakol’s Tyler Myatt and Cash Pyle both grew up in the wood flooring industry before they began their careers working for wood floor industry leader Loba-Wakol. Now they use their knowledge to not only help contractors learn how to use the latest cutting-edge products in the industry but also improve everything from their sanding techniques to …
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Although still in his early thirties, Chicago wood floor pro Matthew Szyszka of Floor Master Company has made a name for himself and won awards for his intricate custom wood floors. In this episode, he discusses the details on some of his award-winning jobs, how he promotes custom work to his clients, thoughts about getting more young people into t…
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John Stern’s experience in the industry goes back to before Brazilian species were imported into the U.S. and when the Oval Office still had a wood-look vinyl floor. As the founder of industry stalwart Kentucky Wood Floors, he worked for multiple presidents, traveled to foreign wood flooring mills, sold his flooring to be used in prestigious locale…
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Tom Ourada combines wood flooring craftsmanship with sheer artistry to do wood floors like no one else does wood floors. His months-long projects can result in intricate hand-cut wildlife scenes or out-of-the-box modern designs, but they all stem from a passion for looking at a tree and imagining the possibilities. Hear Tom explain his inspiration …
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Wood floor Matt Garcia is a third-generation pro who started from scratch after moving from his native California to Texas. Matt talks with host Stephen Diggins about how, even though he’s far from a major population center, he’s built a high-end business and also opened a thriving showroom. They also discuss how Matt has focused on creating the ri…
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Courtney Lee carved out a unique business in Georgia when he branched out from carpet cleaning to doing wood floor cleaning and recoats many pros wouldn’t tackle. Lee talks with host Stephen Diggins about how his business developed, what life is like as a Black man in an industry where Black people are typically under-represented, how YouTube has h…
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Married couple Beth and Steve Stalker have been in the sports flooring business together since high school. In this episode, they discuss topics including how they keep their loyal employees, unique sports floor subfloor systems, health hazards particular to the sports flooring business (and why they can shut down a school), why they prefer to inst…
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Bob Goldstein grew up in the wood flooring industry in Florida, from hand-nailing a floor with his dad to working at all levels of the industry, including his own contracting business. Along the way he saw his sons enter the industry and, more recently, had to come with grips with the physical toll his career has taken on his body. Hear some fascin…
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When David Williams and Steve Garner took over struggling fledgling distributor Horizon Forest Products, they had a formidable challenge, but they persevered and expanded the company to cover a large swath of the U.S. Hear the business philosophies that guided them, how they remained profitable even through the Great Recession and the COVID pandemi…
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Clinton Duff—the Wood Floor Business 2022 Ultimate Wood Floor Guy—is someone who brings positive energy to every job site and every customer. Hear his conversation with host Stephen Diggins about how he got into the business (and why he wanted to leave on his first day), everyday life as a wood flooring pro, favorite jobs and not-favorite jobs (inc…
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Like many, Elizabeth Imlach didn’t mean to end up in the wood flooring industry—but after getting laid off during the Great Recession, she did, and now she runs her own one-woman wood flooring business in Northern California. Hear about how she got into the industry, her favorite parts of her business, the weirdest floor she’s ever done, and more.…
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When Genia Smith started in the wood flooring business, she wasn’t just the only woman working in wood flooring, she was the only woman in her area in construction. Along the way, she left her father’s business, moved to a different state, started her own company and a family, and found a way to balance them both before selling her business and ret…
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At Fame Hardwood in Los Angeles, Page Nazarian set out to work with the nation's top architects and designers, and he did that—but he treats every client like a celebrity. Hear how Fame finds the right product for every project, from the homes of Hollywood A-listers to huge commercial installations.By allthingswoodfloor
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From simple beginnings in Terre Haute, Ind., Legendary Hardwood Floor’s Chuck Crispin launched a wood flooring career that’s taken him across the country into some of the nation’s most beautiful homes, and along the way he’s earned a reputation as a pro with impeccable taste. Hear from Chuck about what he learned working with wood flooring legends …
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Family business Woodchuck Flooring has evolved over the years, going through changes in generations and business models, most recently as it transformed its business to adapt because of the pandemic. Hear from Woodchuck’s Tim Nassis about how they’ve found success and continue to adapt for today’s business environment.…
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When Paul Nelson transitioned his business from residential to sports flooring, he found it was a completely different way of doing business, from handling bids to getting paid to needing different equipment to do jobs on a large scale. Hear his insights about all of these aspects and more from his headquarters in Montana.…
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Sprigg Lynn of Universal Floors in Washington, D.C., has worked in the wood flooring business since as long as he can remember, and along the way he’s become a specialist in historic restorations, working everywhere from the White House to the U.S. Supreme Court, with some good humor and wacky situations along the way.…
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Canadian pro Ken Petersen has done it all in the wood flooring industry, from contracting to manufacturing, and he’s got the stories to show for it. Hear about the crazy mistake he made when he started, how getting kicked out of school launched his successful career, why most wood floor pros fail when they try to grow their business, how a quick ed…
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Wood floor pro and sports court artist Luis Perez found his niche in the wood flooring industry: a passion for creating cutting edge basketball court designs. Perez, who at 30 has already racked up numerous accolades and two Wood Floor Business Design Awards, talks with Stephen about the “basketball renaissance” happening around the country, how hi…
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Roy Akirov lives in Los Angeles and focuses his wood floor retail business on the luxury market—the area’s ultra-wealthy. Hear about how he stands out in that market, how he finds products, how he communicates with clients, why he doesn’t pay attention to trends … and who his famous neighbor was growing up in England.…
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Wood floor finish experts Mike Hoy and Steve Crawford of Canlak Coatings, which includes the finish brands Absco, CLK, PoloPlaz and Sampson, offer advice about what to know when you’re doing a sports floor, tips that can make recoats less scary, surprising info about wood floor maintenance and more.By allthingswoodfloor
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Husband-and-wife duo and wood flooring retailers Greg and Leona Cook from Touchwood Flooring Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta, recent winners of the Wood Floor Business Outstanding Retailer Awards, share how they make marriage work when they also work together all day every day, how they maintain long-term great relationships with subcontractor installers…
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David Ford, VP of sales and marketing at adhesive manufacturer Stauf Adhesives, covers what’s going on with the shortages of adhesives (and everything else), why the wood flooring industry can be a race to the bottom, why more people should consider a career in wood flooring, what it’s like working with German engineering, and more.…
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After 50 years in the wood flooring industry—decades as a wood flooring contractor and more recently as an inspector and consultant—Roy Reichow has just about seen it all. In this episode he talks about how contractors can protect themselves from builder pressure, why there’s so much business for wood flooring inspectors, and much more.…
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Anthony Magaro and Jessica Peterson are the 2021 Wood Floor Business Ultimate Wood Floor Guy & Gal, and in this episode they talk with host Stephen Diggins about what’s rewarding and challenging about life as a wood flooring pro, the biggest enemy of the wood flooring pro, and why there’s endless opportunity for wood floor pros today.…
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When it comes to out-of-the-box designs for stairs or wood floors, Greg Ceglarski’s Scribed Flooring in Brisbane, Australia has become a go-to company and recipient of many awards. Hear from Greg as he discusses what makes the Australian “timber” flooring market different … and all the things that will try to kill you in Queensland, Australia.…
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There's never been a time quite like this in the wood flooring industry, as construction companies experience surging demand and raw material shortages. Michael Jenkins, construction and consumer business director at leading adhesive manufacturer Bostik, offers insights and projections, as well as the latest on what's happening in the world of wood…
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Host Stephen Diggins talks with one of the legends of the wood flooring industry, longtime pro Howard Brickman of Brickman Consulting in Norwell, Mass. After starting his wood flooring career as the manager of inspection and school services for the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association, Brickman founded his own consulting and contracting …
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Host Stephen Diggins talks one of top experts in the United States on wood flooring restoration, Michael Purser of The Rosebud Company in Atlanta. Purser has worked on some of the highest profile restoration projects in the U.S., from James Madison’s Montpelier to Henry Ford’s Fair Lane Estate. In this episode we get to hear about his work, includi…
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