Flooring association names new CEO
The Anaheim, Calif.-based World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) selected Scott Humphrey to lead the association as the CEO, effective April 1. Humphrey, former director of the Shaw Flooring Network, fills the position left by the late D. Christopher Davis.
His job will include identifying and seeking opportunities to develop alliances and partnerships with other organizations that will drive growth and business for members and the industry overall. Humphrey will also provide direction to the board of directors and committees and will direct and oversee staff at WFCA headquarters.
For more than 25 years, he served in multiple capacities at Shaw Industries, beginning his career as territory sales manager. In his most recent role, as director of the Shaw Flooring Network (SFN), Humphrey oversaw an $8-million budget that contributed to several hundred million in sales with a staff comprising a large number of direct and indirect reports. Together, his team was responsible for managing more than 2,000 independent Shaw-aligned retailers.
"Scott came to our attention because of his proven ability as an inspiring leader, his strong execution skills, his phenomenal track record for success and his capacities as a visionary,” said Harold Chapman, chairman of the board. “His vast and direct industry experience will be an invaluable asset for the WFCA. He is a true professional, and I am confident that he will take the WFCA to new heights.”
The WFCA is the floor covering industry’s largest advocacy organization, representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.
Leslie’s Poolmart makes big splash with openings
Phoenix-based Leslie’s Poolmart, the retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products, opened 13 new retail locations this month.
Among the March 15 to 18 grand-opening festivities were discounts, including 20% off everything in each of the new stores.
New pool supply stores opened in the following markets: Maricopa, Ariz.; Porterville and San Clemente, Calif.; Deltona and Orlanda, Fla.; Douglasville, Ga.; Denham Springs, La.; Henderson, Nev.; Edmond and Oklahoma City, Okla.; McKinney, Nederland and Rowlett, Texas.
The company says it plans to open 48 new stores this year, between March and May. With these new stores and its recent acquisition of 24 Warehouse Pool Supply stores in the Houston area, Leslie’s will bring its total store count to more than 800 stores nationwide.
"Leslie’s is proud to be opening new store locations this year to serve our customers and add jobs throughout the country," said Larry Hayward, CEO of Leslie’s Poolmart. "Our new stores will offer customers an expansive selection of swimming pool supplies, pool equipment and recreational items."
Industry Dashboard for March 18, 2013
The monthly retail sales stats serve up a mixed message, with hardware stores (NAICS code 44413) showing a slight drop in sales from a year ago. Stocks are all over the board on the Home Channel Stock Roundup.