Russ Delozier Presented CRI's Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award

Dalton, GA, November 14, 2019-The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) presented the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award to J+J's Russ Delozier at the organization’s annual membership meeting on November 13 in Dalton, Georgia.

CRI hosted industry and community leaders at the 2019 CRI Annual Membership Meeting to present the award along with new board members for 2020 for the carpet industry’s trade association.

The Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award was established by Milliken & Company in 1998 to honor the late Dr. Joe Smrekar who volunteered on many CRI committees. Dr. Smrekar set the standard for service to The Carpet and Rug Institute and the carpet industry. CRI staff members choose the recipient of the annual award. Philip Ivey of Milliken & Company made the presentation of this year’s award.

The event also allows the trade association to inform the public on CRI and industry activities. Joe Yarbrough spoke on a number of updates in his report to the crowd, including the recently refreshed NSF/ANSI 140, CRI’s new carpet maintenance guidelines, and ongoing work in California.

Pic, L to R: CRI president Joe Yarbrough, Russ Delozier, Jack Ganley of Mannington