CRI Announces New Board Members, Honors Industry Members at 2020 Annual Meeting

Dalton, GA – November 11, 2020 – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, with a report on industry activities, acceptance of new members to the Board of Directors, and recognition of industry volunteers.

The event was held in an electronic format for the first time due to concerns related to COVID-19.

CRI Board Chairman and Shaw Industries’ CEO Vance Bell announced Rick Hooper as the 2020 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 years of service at the 2020 meeting included David Wardlaw, David Repp, Russ Delozier, and Joe Foye.

“This has been a difficult year for our industry and association, but we are thriving as the industry’s trade association due to the character and dedication of our industry volunteers,” CRI President Joe Yarbrough said. “These qualities are embodied in this year’s honorees Rick Hooper, David Wardlaw, David Repp, Russ Delozier, and Joe Foye.”

CRI’s Joe Yarbrough also gave a report on CRI and industry activities from the past year. He highlighted a number of developments in CRI’s government affairs, technical department, and communication efforts.

“While there were a number of unforeseen challenges in 2020, we at CRI see a promising 2021 ahead for our organization and industry,” Yarbrough said.

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.

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