NWFA Announces Formation of Four New Legacy Scholarships
St. Louis, MO, September 10, 2015—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has announced four new NWFA Legacy Scholarships, funded by members’ contributions, have been established in honor of four men who made significant impacts in the association and the wood flooring industry.
Bob Anderson, Anderson/Shaw: Bob Anderson was one of the pioneers of the engineered hardwood business in America. He started working in the business with his father in 1950. In 1978, he founded the Anderson Hardwood Floors brand. He developed one of the leading companies in the industry before his death in 2002. Many of the industry’s leaders started their careers at Anderson under his leadership. Anderson was also one of the founding members of NWFA.
Joe Boone, Jr., Boone’s Flooring--America’s Wood Flooring People, Inc.: Joe Boone, Jr. grew up in his family’s wood flooring business before setting out on his own, and served the NWFA in a number of capacities. He served on several committees, including Hardwood Floors Magazine, Marketing & Public Relations, Expo, Internet Technology, and Membership. Boone also held NWFA Craftsman, Master Craftsman, Advanced Master Craftsman, Ambassador and Vanguard degrees, and was a frequent instructor at NWFA hands-on training events.
Jack Coates, Coates & Associations, Inc.: Jack Coates was an NWFA founding father who started his career at age 13 unloading flooring from rail cars. After his military service, he worked in the warehouse at Golden State Flooring, eventually joining the office staff, establishing them as a provider of upgraded, high-quality products. He was a strong proponent of industry education, served on numerous NWFA committees, and also served on the NWFA Board of Directors. He was inducted into the NWFA Hall of Fame in 1994.
Bill Price, Sr., Price Floor Company: Bill Price, Sr., started his wood flooring career at age 12 and later became owner and president of his own company. Price was an original NWFA Board member, the original Convention Program Committee Chairman, and taught at numerous industry training events. He held NWFA Craftsman, Master Craftsman, Vanguard and Honorary Vanguard degrees.
Each Legacy Scholarship is established with a minimum of $5,000, which allows the fund to be named after the benefactor. More information about the Legacy Scholarship program is available at www.nwfa.org/legacy-scholarship.aspx.