Christmas card captures the year that was
Unofficially, Mel Gerstein’s Christmas card is one of the widest read holiday-cards-slash-political-cartoons in the entire home improvement industry.
This year’s card — designed, written and created again by Mahwah, N.J.-based Thermwell Products President Mel Gerstein — hit mailboxes across the country recently. Many of the usual suspects are featured, along with some new names, like NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
Spying is the central theme of the artwork this year. Along with Santa Claus, a smiling President Obama is apologizing, apparently for spying on 35 world leaders.
On Santa’s lap, a child wields a wish list that includes: a new spycam, toy drones and, of course, Twitter stock.
Gerstein has been drawing his own holiday card since the mid 1960s, and the list of recipients has grown to include several thousand people, both in and out of the home improvement industry.
Inside, the card reads: “Have a safe and secure 2014.”
Tile Shop’s first super store lands in San Antonio
The Tile Shop has announced its plans to open its first-ever super store in San Antonio.
This entails a 31,200-sq.ft. space — its biggest in the country — which compares with its usual average of 23,000-sq.-ft. retail locations. The super store will feature a selection of 4,500 stone and tile products.
Carl Randazzo, SVP retail for The Tile Shop, said that the additional square footage allows for an expansion of the retailer’s product presentation.
Like most Tile Shop locations, the super store will house fully decorated, room-size displays and offer free DIY classes on Saturday mornings.
Additionally, the store is strategically positioned in a busy, burgeoning area of San Antonio near other major retailers like Home Depot and Target.
“The northwest section of San Antonio has experienced incredible growth over the past 10 years as the city continues to expand northward,” said Carl Randazzo, SVP retail for The Tile Shop. “Our new store is perfectly positioned in one of the most desirable parts of the city to help homeowners continue to enhance the value of their relatively new homes with premium tile and stone products.”
The San Antonio store will be the Tile Shop’s fourth Texas location, joining its stores in Dallas and Plano. The retailer has plans to open additional stores in Austin and Southlake.
Keith Campbell named to WFCA Hall of Fame
Keith Campbell, the longtime Mannington Mills executive, will enter the World Floor Covering Association Hall of Fame.
Joining him in the posthumously is D. Christopher Davis, who became CEO of Western Floor Covering Association in 1994. Davis died in February 2012.
Campbell spent his entire career at Mannington Mills, which was founded by his great grandfather in 1915. He cut his teeth in the business at his family’s company working from the ground up in a wide variety of capacities. He joined Mannington’s board of directors in 1983, which paved his way to become chairman of the board 12 years later.
Today Mannington employs more than 2,400 people across the globe and in nine manufacturing plants across North America. Under Campbell’s leadership, Mannington has experienced its greatest era of corporate growth, including two successful acquisitions — Burke Industries in 2008 and Amtico International in 2012.
In addition to his corporate duties, Campbell is extremely active in multiple industry organizations and initiatives designed to help the overall industry. He is currently associate director of the WFCA and serves on the Finance Committee — a position he has held since 1996. Among other involvements, he serves on the board of directors for FCIF, an organization of which he is passionate about.