IMPACT THE NEXT GENERATION
Who is it that impacted your life in the wood flooring industry? Was it a family member? Was it a
business owner who took you under his or her wing and taught you the trade? Was it a chance meeting
with someone in a restaurant, at the airport, or through a friend of a friend?
Whoever it was, that
person potentially changed the trajectory of your life, and certainly contributed to your livelihood.
Now you can have a similar impact on others by participating in the NWFA Education & Research
Foundation (NERF) Scholarship Program.
The program was established to help educate future
generations of wood flooring professionals, and you can participate in two different ways: by
contributing to fund specific scholarships, or by receiving a scholarship to advance your wood flooring
There are three different scholarship funds that have been established. Each of them has different
Industry Advocates Scholarship
With the Industry Advocates Scholarship, contributions can be made in any amount. Donations to
this fund will be combined with other contributions to fund general NWFA training scholarships.
For a contribution of $5,000, you can honor an individual who gave great time and effort throughout
his or her life to advance both the NWFA and our industry. Smaller contributions can be submitted
by several individuals to achieve a total contribution of $5,000. If a total of $5,000 is not achieved,
or if the nominee is not approved by the Scholarship Committee, contributed funds will be
designated to the Industry Advocates Scholarship Program. Nominated Legacy Scholarship
individuals will be remembered in a permanent and sustaining way through their families, through
the NWFA, and through the industry. Current honorees include these industry icons.
Bob Anderson was one of the pioneers of the engineered hardwood business in America. He
started working in the business with his father in 1950. In 1978, he founded the Anderson
Hardwood Floors brand. He developed one of the leading companies in the industry before his
death in 2002. Many of the industry’s leaders started their careers at Anderson under his
leadership. Bob was also one of the founding members of NWFA.
Floor Service Supply Co.
Anthony Richard (Slim) Andries started his own flooring installation company in 1932 in San
Jose, CA. Over time, he built the business, Floor Service Supply Company, into one of the
premier distributors in northern California. In 2008, after 76 years in business, Floor Service
Company was purchased by Galleher Corporation, which to this day continues Slim’s tradition of
providing excellent customer service and selling quality flooring products in the Bay area.
Joe Boone, Jr.
Boone’s Flooring – America’s Wood Flooring People, Inc.
Joe Boone, Jr. grew up in his family’s wood flooring business before setting out on his own, and served the NWFA in a number of capacities. He served on several committees, including Hardwood Floors Magazine, Marketing & Public Relations, Expo, Internet Technology, and Membership. Joe also held NWFA Craftsman, Master Craftsman, Advanced Master Craftsman, Ambassador and Vanguard degrees, and was a frequent instructor at NWFA hands-on training events.
Rick Brian started his career in the wood flooring industry as Robbins Inc.’s vice president of marketing and was in charge of Robbins Hardwood Flooring Division. He was part of the team that grew the company to the second-largest wood flooring manufacturer in the US. In 1997, Rick started his own consulting business. Rick was instrumental in the establishment of Hardwood Floors magazine, the official magazine of the NWFA.
Elizabeth Swift Brown
Elizabeth Brown cofounded French-Brown Floors with her husband, F.E. (Von) Brown, in 1952. Over the years, she served as a founding member of the International Furnishings and Design Association, and president of the Greater Dallas Floor Covering Association. Brown also was inducted into the Western Floors Magazine Hall of Fame, and received the NWFA's Industry Leadership award in 2002.
Golden State Flooring
Dick Coates and his brother Jack, are largely responsible for the success that Golden State Flooring enjoyed for decades. Dick was a fixture at Golden State Flooring for more than 50 years. His energy, wit, wisdom, determination and passion for the hardwood flooring industry had a significant impact on hundreds of customers and business owners, helping them to improve their own businesses.
Golden State Flooring
Jack Coates was an NWFA founding father who started his career at age 13 unloading flooring from rail cars. After his military service, he worked in the warehouse at Golden State Flooring, eventually joining the office staff, establishing them as a provider of upgraded, high-quality products. He was a strong proponent of industry education, served on numerous NWFA committees, and also served on the NWFA Board of Directors. He was inducted into the NWFA Hall of Fame in 1994.
Chester Derr began his career in the wood flooring industry working alongside his father, John, and brother, Robert, in the 1930s. In 1979, Chester established and oversaw the growth of Derr Flooring Company from a single location in Philadelphia, PA, with 25 employees to its current six locations with more than 130 employees.
Peace Flooring Co.
Albert Duke started working for Peace Flooring Co. in 1950, becoming its owner in 1976 until he retired in 1989. Albert was one of the original founders of the NWFA and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.
Hassell & Hughes Lumber Co.
Bob Haggard was vice president of Hassell and Hughes Lumber Company Inc. in Collinwood, TN. Bob served the wood flooring industry as a board director for both the NWFA and NOFMA. Bob was the president of NOFMA during its merger with the NWFA.
Horner Flooring Co.
Ed Hamar was the vice president of Horner Flooring Co., in Dollar Bay, MI. Horner Flooring Co. has been in the Hamar family since 1960. In addition to producing floors for high-profile events, including NBA games, Ed was active in the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association.
Allen Harris, Jr.
Harris Wood Floors
Allen Harris, Jr. is the third-generation to lead the family business founded by his grandfather in 1902. Harris led the company's merger with Tarkett International in 1983, expanding their product line to include engineered wood. He was inducted into the MFMA Hall of Fame in 2003, and was the first inductee into the NWFA Hall of Fame in 1989. Harris also received numerous recognitions for his civic contributions.
Sykes Flooring Co.
William Sykes Harris started his career in the industry at Sam Dixon Hardwood Flooring Company in 1949. In 1958 he co-founded Wilson Oak Flooring, which would become Sykes Flooring Company in 1960. He served as president of the American Parquet Association for 17 years.
Lockwood Flooring/Mid-West Floor Company
Virgil Hendricks was the founding father of the NWFA and served as its first president. He was inducted into the NWFA Hall of Fame in 1990. Virgil was also the owner of Lockwood Flooring and president and owner of Mid-West Floor Company in St. Louis, MO.
Keijo Hyvonen was one of the original NWFA board members and longtime employee of Kelly-Goodwin Company in Seattle, WA. Keijo served as Kelly-Goodwin’s CEO from the late 1980s until health issues forced his retirement in 2011. He also served NWFA as chairman of the Convention and Membership committees.
Lon Musolf Distributing
Dona Musolf cofounded Lon Musolf Distributing with her husband, Lon Musolf, in 1953. She served as both the company's secretary and treasurer until her retirement in 1996, and is credited with much of the company's long-term success. Dona and Lon were involved with the NWFA since its inception, and were instrumental in the growth and direction of the association in its earliest days.
Bill Price, Sr.
Price Floor Company
Bill Price, Sr. started his wood flooring career at age 12 and later became owner and president of his own company. Bill was an original NWFA Board member, the original Convention Program Committee Chairman, and taught at numerous industry training events. He held NWFA Craftsman, Master Craftsman, Vanguard and Honorary Vanguard degrees. Bill had expertise in everything from contracting to manufacturing, which made him a wealth of knowledge that he shared willingly.
Harold Reid helped establish the NWFA in 1985 and led installation firm Trinity Floor Company in Dallas, TX. Harold was actively involved in multiple flooring associations and founded the North Texas Flooring Association. He was inducted into the NWFA Hall of Fame in 1994.
BonaKemi USA (now Bona US) and UFloor Systems, Inc.
Gary Reynolds was one of the founding fathers of the NWFA. He started the U.S. subsidiary of BonaKemi, which is now known as Bona. He also worked with DuraSeal, Galleher, and UFloor. He served on the NWFA Board of Directors from 1986-1990 and was the first Membership committee chairman.
Robbins Inc./Stoehr Flooring
Jim Stoehr, a Korean War veteran, was the chairman emeritus of Robbins Inc., where he grew the company by developing the Robbins hardwood flooring division, which still produces wood flooring in White Lake, WI. He served the industry as president of NOFMA and the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association. He also served on the board of directors of the NWFA.
Bruce Lumber Company/Robbins Flooring Company
Larry Witt began his career with Bruce Lumber Company in Laurel, MS, where he worked for 42 years. He ascended through the ranks to company vice president. He was noted for his development of a “Bible” on how to run a sawmill efficiently. He was recruited by Robbins Flooring Company and helped expand their operations. He retired in 1997, but continued to serve on their board and consult until 2002.
Named Scholarships can be established for a minimum of $20,000 to honor individuals who made significant and lasting contributions to the industry. Current Named Scholarships include:
Edgar P. Anstett
Powernail Company, Inc.
The Powernail Company made a special $100,000 donation to honor Edgar P. Anstett’s contributions to the wood flooring industry. Anstett emigrated from Germany to the US in 1926, worked as a tool and die maker, and founded EPA Manufacturing Co. in 1939. In 1941, he received a patent for a portable manual nail driving machine, improving the design and receiving additional patents throughout his career. Anstett founded Powernail Company in 1949 and produced the first nailing machines and nails for the installation of tongue and groove hardwood flooring.
Friends and colleagues of Dick Hradecki made a special $30,000 donation to recognize his contributions to the wood flooring industry. Hradecki immigrated to Canada following WWII and joined what would become Floorco Ltd. In the 1970s, Floorco became the sole North American agent for Lägler sanding equipment, which introduced belt sanding to North America for the first time. Hradecki traveled the country teaching contractors how to use this new technology and helped change floor sanding techniques and training programs for our industry.
Get the training you need that can take your career to the next level by applying for an NWFA Education & Research Foundation (NERF) Scholarship. The program was established to help educate future generations of wood flooring professionals about all the industry’s latest products, tools and techniques. Scholarships are designed to provide financial assistance for NWFA training programs in installation, sand and finish, sales and inspection. One scholarship of up to $500 per training event will be awarded, with priority given to NWFA members. Financial need is not a requirement for these scholarships.
Simply complete the application included here.
Make an Impact
Thanks to the generosity of our members, NWFA awarded nearly $5,000 in scholarships in 2014, and more than $9,000 in 2015. Help us advance the industry by improving wood flooring knowledge and hands-on skills for the next generation of craftspeople.To make a donation, complete the forms included here.
Wood Studies Scholarship
The National Wood Flooring Association Education & Research Foundation Wood Studies Scholarship is designed to promote the post-secondary study of forestry and related forestry sciences.
This nonrenewable scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a current high school senior who will study forestry in an effort to advance and improve forestry practices for generations to come.
Learn more about the Wood Studies Scholarship.
WFCA Trade Scholarship
The NWFA provides members with the opportunity to join the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) at a reduced fee. Members who take advantage of this offer have the ability to apply for the WFCA Trade Scholarship in addition to the NWFA's scholarships. WFCA's policy allows members to attend training and events, for which they can receive up to $500 reimbursement per year.
Learn more about WFCA membership.
For more information regarding scholarships, contact Tricia Swindoll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.422.4556.