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Readers respond to passage of tax bill

BY HBSDealer Staff

There’s been no shortage of headlines on the United States tax code and tax reform. And as the Senate and House versions of tax bills seek reconciliation, there’s no reason to believe the stories will fade from view.

Just scratching the surface of the topic were reports such as this, this and this, respectively from CNBC, The Hill newspaper and the White House itself.

In the debate over the wisdom of the various tax bills, the readers of HBSDealer appear to lean more optimistic than pessimistic, based on the results of a recent poll question. HBSDealer asked: “What’s your take on tax reform, now that the Senate passed its version of a tax bill?”

Here are the responses:

• 44%, Optimistic. Tax cuts are good.
• 28%. Pessimistic. Bad news for national debt and home owner incentives.
• 28%, Difficult to say for sure what’s included in a nearly 500-page bill.

Some 170 people cast their votes in the poll. You can take the poll here.

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A lifetime achievement for Bob Wagner

BY HBSDealer Staff

The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors recognized Bob Wagner of Fishman Flooring Solutions in Baltimore, Md., as the recipient of the 2017 NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel.

Wagner currently serves as president and CEO of Fishman Flooring Solutions.

His experience in the flooring installation business dates back to the mid-1970s, when he was trained as a floor covering installer while in high school and worked in his family’s flooring installation supply business. According to the association, Wagner is actively involved in industry affairs and is a past president of NAFCD.

“Bob Wagner has given a significant amount of time and energy to not only NAFCD over the years but other industry organizations all in an effort to enhance the industry for all,” said NAFCD Executive VP Kevin Gammonley. “He is an effective and passionate voice in the promotion of the value of the wholesale distributor in the channel. He has been a committed volunteer leader who always has the industry’s best interest at heart.”

In his current capacity, Bob oversees more than 210 employees working in 35 locations who, since May 2012, own 100% of their company. 

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Search terms reveal bug problems

BY HBSDealer Staff

New data suggests that selling mosquito-mitigation products in Virginia or selling fly swatters in Nebraska make good business sense. And across the board, any product that fights bed bugs has a head start toward the cash register.

Tracking and tallying internet search terms and social media content, Terminex — the termite and pest control services company – has determined that the 2017 “Pest of the Year” is the bed bug. This announcement is accompanied by the release of the first edition of the Entomologists’ Almanac, which also features the top pests mentioned in social media posts.

“At Terminix, we have seen a steady increase in bed bug infestations since the 1990s, so we are not surprised bed bugs are the most-searched pest of 2017,” said Paul Curtis, director, technical services at Terminix. “We are excited to release the first Entomologists’ Almanac because this data shows something we see every day at Terminix: People are searching for information about pests online.”

The pest of the year was determined by Terminix based on its research of the highest per capita online search volume of any pest this year. Americans searched for information about bed bugs more than 7.3 million times during 2017. 

Terminix dug into social media data to uncover a regional view of pest problems. Here are the top pests by state, based on the overview of social media:

• Virginia, mosquitoes;
• Idaho, beg bugs;
• Nebraska, flies;
• Washington, spiders;
• Connceticut, rats;
• Arizona, termites;
• Hawaii, cockroaches;
• D.C., mice;
• Oregon, ants;
• Massachusetts, hornets.

 

 

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