Dalton, GA, Nov. 19, 2013 -- The Carpet and Rug Institute named the winners of the annual Joseph Smrekar awards at its annual membership meeting.
This year's winners were Eric Nelson of Interface and Russ DeLozier of J&J Flooring Group. The award recognizes outstanding service to both CRI and the carpet industry.
Nelson is vice president of strategic alliances for Interface Americas and has 15 years' experience in the fibers and carpet manufacturing industries. Nelson serves on the CRI Strategic Issues Leadership Council and is a member of the Caprolactam Advocacy, Landfill, and NSF-140 Task Groups as well as the EPR and CARE Panel. He is also active in the Carpet America Recovery Effort.
Delozier is director of sustainability for J&J Flooring Group and oversees all aspects of the company's corporate sustainability. He serves on CRI's EPR and CARE Panel and Landfill and NSF-140 Task Groups. He is also the longest serving carpet mill representative on the Carpet America Recovery Effort Board.