Carpet One Floor & Home recognized outstanding members of their cooperative for company-wide awards during their Winter Convention in Orlando. The award winners were selected based on their contributions to their fellow Carpet One members and to the cooperative.
“Choosing these select members out of such an amazing group is difficult” says Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One Floor & Home. “But we feel it is important to recognize those that go above and beyond in representing the Carpet One Floor & Home cooperative.”
Awards were presented in the following categories:
ALAN GREENBERG AWARD
Steve Dalene, Dalene Flooring Carpet One Floor & Home
South Windsor, CT
This award recognizes the member who most embodies the Carpet One Floor & Home spirit and who best represents what CCA Global Partners co-founder, Alan Greenberg, stood for. It is based on overall participation in programs, contributions to the cooperative, and support of fellow members during the previous year.
This year’s Alan Greenberg Award winner, Steve Dalene, was a member of Carpet One Floor & Home’s Advisory Council. His Business – Dalene Flooring Carpet One Floor & Home - was started in 1949, and Steve is part of the fourth generation of Dalene’s who are actively involved in the business, that is over 66 years!
Steve is very active with his Regional Network Group (RNG), taking a leadership role in creating custom trainings and installer certifications. He invests in training to help his employees grow both personally and professionally. Employees are treated as family members and customers are treated as friends.
Steve’s stores have been awarded Best In Flooring, by Best of Hartford Magazine for five consecutive year.
Steve is also involved in his local community. He spearheaded a Homes for the Troops house in Ellington for a wounded vet and contributes yearly to the local community through the sponsorship of many youth organizations, Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen Foundation.
As an active participant in the Home Builder’s Association (HBA), Steve helps organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Channel 3 kids camp. His stores have partnered with Building For America’s Bravest to construct a home for Stephen Valyou in Millerton, NY.
He is joined at work by his wife, Micky; son, Rich and daughter, Alexi. He also works with his two sisters, several nephews and extended family that work throughout the business. He is a proud grandfather to 8 grandchildren.
THE WALLY HILEMAN AWARD
The Wally Hileman Award was created in memory of Wally Hileman, Carpet One Floor & Home’s first Vice President of Membership who, from 1991 through 1998, brought in many of the great members that have made Carpet One Floor & Home successful. This Award recognizes members who have been in Carpet One Floor & Home for no more than 2-3 years and have shown an outstanding commitment to the cooperative.
Marty Pelosi - Ramtown Carpet One Floor & Home
Marty joined Carpet One Floor & Home in 2013 and embraced the cooperative culture and its commitment to customers from the beginning. He started working as a flooring installer when he was a young man in Brooklyn, NY and when he moved to Howell, NJ in 1996, he decided to open his own flooring store and commercial business.
He was thrilled to join the Carpet One partnership and become united with so many other flooring store owners with the same business ideals. When his region needed representation, he volunteered to be the Regional Network Group (RNG) Coordinator.
Marty supports all Carpet One Floor & Home programs, and continues to support the cooperative with core purchases.
Tony Bledsoe - Georgia Direct Carpet Inc.
Tony grew up in the family flooring business. He started hanging out in the store at the age of 5 and left only for a 3-year period when he served in the Army. After returning to the store in 1994 when his tour with the Army was complete, he focused on retail sales and then progressed to launching an outside sales department that eventually focused on commercial work.
Since joining Carpet One Floor & Home in 2013, he opened a branch location and doubled his purchase volume. He wowed us all at the Summer 2015 Convention as the lead singer of The Shaggs, the Carpet One member band.
SUPPLIER PARTNERS OF THE YEAR
Each year, the Carpet One Floor & Home members vote on the Supplier Partner of the Year and Specialty Supplier Partner of the Year. These awards recognize the organizations that have made the greatest commitment and most significant impact on the membership over the past year.
This year’s winners, as voted on at Convention by the Carpet One Floor & Home members are:
Supplier Partner of the Year – Shaw Industries
Shaw has been very supportive in supplying exclusive product lines like Tigressá Soft Style, Tigressá Cherish, and Tigressá H2O. In addition to their collaborative efforts on some of Carpet One Floor & Home’s best-selling product lines, they excel in their execution of these programs. The level of service given to our members has contributed greatly to the success of Carpet One Floor & Home.
Specialty Supplier Partner of the Year – Kraus
Kraus participates in many of Carpet One Floor & Home merchandising efforts in both the US and Canada. They provide sheet vinyl, LVT, commercial and residential carpet, hardwood, laminate, commercial carpet tile, cushion and sundries. A forward-thinking company with excellent customers service, Kraus provides an exceptional design and style library to meet the needs of Carpet One Floor & Home members and their customers. The company has long supported our members with their program participation, convention presence, and service standards.
About Carpet One Floor & Home
Carpet One Floor & Home is North America’s leading floor covering retailer, with 1,000 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Carpet One Floor & Home stores are known for a broad selection of carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs, including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful GuaranteeTM, which guarantees that the customer will be 100% happy with their floor. Carpet One Floor & Home is also the home of the exclusive Healthier Living Installation system.