McKee Named President, Garden Named Dir. of Education of CFI
Dalton, GA, May 31, 2022-Chris McKee has been appointed president of Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), and Dave Garden has been appointed to the newly created position of executive director of education.
In his new role, McKee will assume the overall leadership and strategic direction of CFI, working closely with the WFCA and the CFI Advisory Board to carry out its mission and create a vision for future growth and positive impact of CFI on the flooring industry.
McKee is a longtime executive in the flooring industry and brings executive leadership, business development, and strategic expertise to CFI. Before joining CFI, McKee served as contract vice president business development at CCA Global Partners. He led the creation of their installation services platform and accelerated revenue by expanding its presence in new geographies and channels. Prior to that, he served as vice-president of business development for Interior Logic Group; chief executive officer and co-founder of National Installation Solutions, general manager of installation services for The Home Depot, and executive vice president of Beaulieu of America's Home Center Division. McKee has also served on the board of directors for QEP, Indiana Limestone Company, Foss Floors, and Foss Manufacturing.
As executive director of education, Garden will oversee all education programs at CFI, including developing curriculum through multiple channels and building and managing a nationwide network of instructors.
Garden joined CFI as a senior certifier in 2008. He is a CFI certified master II Installer, a member of the CFI certification team, and the current CFI chairman of the advisory council. Most recently, Garden was president of installation services in Troy, Michigan, a family-owned installation business that, since 1988, has grown from a small flooring services company with a single location to one of the largest flooring installation companies in the Midwest, boasting seven warehouses throughout the Great Lakes area.
Listen to the interview with Chris McKee here.