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New Board Members Announced, Industry Members Recognized at 2021 CRI Annual Meeting

New Board Members Announced, Industry Members Recognized at 2021 CRI Annual Meeting

Dalton, GA – November 10, 2021 – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) held its annual meeting on November 10, 2021. The yearly gathering included an update on the industry, the announcement of the Board of Directors roster for 2022, and recognized volunteers for service to the institute. “The past two years have presented significant challenges for numerous industries, but the carpet industry continues to endure and make strides as a whole,” CRI President Joe Yarbrough said. Milliken’s Philip Bridges announced Jim Williams of Mohawk Industries as the 2021 recipient of the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award. The award was established by Milliken & Company in 1998 to honor the late Dr. Joe Smrekar who volunteered on many CRI committees. CRI staff members choose the recipient of the annual award. Other honorees recognized for their service to CRI at the 2021 meeting included Vance Bell, Rick Hooper, and Stephen Morton. “The character and work ethic of our industry are embodied in this year’s honorees,” Yarbrough said. Mr. Yarbrough also gave a report on CRI and industry activities from the past year. He outlined the work done in government affairs, technical, and communication. “While the world exits the pandemic, our industry continues to grow and step into the future,” Yarbrough said. “Our industry and institute look forward to an exceptional 2022 and all that lies ahead for us.”
CRI President Joe Yarbrough (left) and Jim Williams (right), who received the 2021 Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award.
About The Carpet and Rug Institute CRI is the leading industry source for science-based information and insight on how carpet and rugs create a better environment for living, working, learning, and healing. CRI’s mission is to serve the carpet industry and public by providing facts that help people make informed choices. Its best practices promote a balance between social, economic, and environmental responsibility for the long term. CRI does this for its industry, yet it strives to be a model corporate citizen for all industries.