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AFA Holds Annual Meeting

AFA Holds Annual MeetingThe American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA) recently held its 23rd annual membership meeting and awards dinner at the NorthWest Georgia TradeandConvention Center, Dalton, Ga. Bob Kokoszka, Burtco Enterprises, who has served as president for the past two years, turned over his office to Jim Shaheen, Shaheen Carpet Mills. New members were welcomed, and outgoing officers and directors were honored for exceptional service and support over the past year. Also on the agenda was the official launch of AFAs website, www.americanfloor.org.Kokoszka said AFA continues to be successful and financially sound, with many new things happening or in the planning stages. He commended Wanda Ellis, executive director, and Stephanie Manis, executive assistant, for their efforts and hard work. Shaheen echoed Kokoszka's comments and praised the organization for a job well-done. He talked about some of the association's programs and its evolution over the past 23 years. The international marketing programs have been coming along nicely, he said, citing visits to Domotex in Germany, as well as to China, the United Kingdom and Brazil.Awards were presented to 20-year and 10-year members. Speakers included Reg Burnett, retired from RBI.AFAs 2002-2003 officers, besides Shaheen, are: Vice President Don Henson, DyeTech Inc.; and Secretary/Treasurer Bill Cosby, The Sample Works. Directors for the same period are: Bucky McCamy, Grass-Tex; Carolyn Butler, Carpeton Mills; Greg Brock, Quality Finishing of Georgia; Greely Joiner, H. Greely Joiner LLC; and Randy Coker, Northwest Carpets.Directors for terms expiring in 2004 are: Ed Harof, Wilcom America; Sues Alexander, BBandT; Will Robison, Allied Insurance Agency; and Lamar Brown, LESSCO.By Peggy Whaley,Carpet Editor December 2002