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NWFA Scholarship Fund Contributions to Honor Jack Coates

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has announced member contributions to NWFA’s Industry Advocates Fund to support scholarships in honor of Jack Coates, a founder of the NWFA who died in January.

Chester Derr, Jr., of Derr Flooring, Kevin Mullany, of Benchmark Wood Floors, and Rick Holden, of Derr Flooring, each contributed to the fund in recognition of Coates, who was owner of Golden State Flooring and whose involvement in the NWFA and the industry was significant over the years.

“As one of the founding fathers of the NWFA, and as leader of one the preeminent wood flooring distributors in the country, it is important to recognize Jack’s achievements and to keep his name alive,” said Rick Holden, Derr Flooring COO. “I hope others will join us in supporting the scholarship fund, not only to honor him, but to offer educational opportunities for members of our industry.”

“The generosity and spirit of Jack Coates is reflected in these contributions that have been made on his behalf,” said Michael Martin, NWFA President & CEO. “We greatly appreciate that Chet, Rick and Kevin not only are honoring a tremendous person who made such an impact in our association and the industry, but that they are helping pay forward opportunities to others through these scholarships for NWFA education.”

NWFA’s Industry Advocate Fund was established to offer NWFA members a way to recognize those who have made life-long contributions to improving the industry and advancing wood flooring. Contributions can be made at a variety of giving levels.

More information about the Industry Advocates Fund and NWFA’s Legacy Scholarship program is available at www.nwfa.org/scholarships.aspx.

The NWFA can be contacted at 800.422.4556 (USA & Canada), 636.519.9663 (local and international), or online at www.nwfa.org.



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