National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA)’s Ed Korczak took his last bow at the NWFA Annual Wood Flooring Convention and Expo last month in San Diego. Although we initially thought that he would stick around until the end of the year, Ed has made the decision not to wait to hand over the reins to Michael Martin.
As he explains to Hardwood Floors, “It was a lot of fun looking back on the many friendships I’ve made in this industry, but the time has come for me to move on. NWFA’s lecadership transition is well underway, allowing me the luxury of retiring earlier than I had originally planned. I thank everyone for a memorable 17 years with the NWFA. God bless you all.”
Ed joined the NWFA in 1994, when total membership was 800. He leaves his position as Executive Director/CEO of the association with about 3,100 member companies from 51 countries.
Ed Korczak has been instrumental in developing a wide range of educational programs during his tenure. He has also expanded the reach of the organization to a global platform. In addition to his long list of accomplishments, Ed contributed to NWFA’s Responsible Procurement Program, which promotes sustainable forestry, and NWFA’s installation guidelines, technical training programs, and annual Wood Flooring Expo and Education Conference, which is the largest trade show and convention anywhere dedicated exclusively to wood flooring.
It's an understatement to say the Ed Korczak will be missed at NWFA; his influence and knowledge of the wood flooring business is invaluable to the industry. I personally would like to thank Ed for all his support with our global DOMOTEX events. All of us on the DOMOTEX team would like to wish him and his wife Jackie the best of luck in the future. Enjoy the lake house!
[If you'd like to enjoy the Roast given in honor of NWFA's Ed Korczak, feast your eyes on Part I, Part II and Part III.]
Although Michael Martin, the new CEO of the NWFA, has very large shoes to fill he comes to the association and the industry with an impressive resume. Michael served as a Vice President of the National Association of Electrical Distributors for the past 13 years, where he helped develop the association’s strategic direction and budget.
One of his primary functions within this role was to serve as publisher of The Electrical Distributor (TED) Magazine. He also was responsible for overseeing the association’s websites, communications, and public relations. Michael has a BA in Communications from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and belongs to a number of professional organizations, including American Society of Association Executives, American Society of Business Publications Editors, Missouri Association of Publishers, International Association of Business Communicators, Society of National Association Publications, and St. Louis Society of Association Executives.
Since coming on board at the beginning of the year, Michael has been working closely with Ed to learn about programs specific to our industry, such as the NWFA’s Responsible Procurement Program. This program brings together the wood industry and environmentalists for the first time to promote responsible forest management. Michael also has been working with Ed to meet key industry leaders, Board members, and NWFA members as well. One of his goals for the association is to grow the trade show back to its pre-economic downturn status, as well as to strengthen NWFA’s core member services – education and training. DOMOTEX welcomes Michael to the industry and looks forward to a great working relationship.
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Ed, congratulations on your retirement and thank you for being such a friend to Domotex and the industry.
Michael, welcome aboard. We look forward to working with you and making the NWFA even stronger!
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