Mullican Flooring Requests Contributions to NWFA Named Scholarship Fund in Memory of Industry Veteran Don Conner
Donations will help fund scholarship programs
for future generations of wood flooring professionals
Conner, a 44-year veteran of the wood flooring industry, retired in 2013. He was introduced to the industry at the age of 8, when he began working with his father in the family business, Conner Tile & Floor Covering Company, in his native Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Air Force, which included a tour in Vietnam, and received numerous decorations and citations for his service. After his military career, he attended college and rejoined his father’s business before co-founding his own floor covering company.
After working as vice president of research and development for Harris Tarkett, Conner joined Mullican Flooring as director of product and research, where he also served as director of training and national sales representative.
Conner was heavily involved with the NWFA, where he helped develop technical manuals and guidelines, and served as an instructor at the NWFA/NOFMA/MFMA schools and on the board of directors. He also established the NWFA Certified Professionals (NWFACP) program and earned several NWFA degrees, including Craftsman, Master Craftsman, Advanced Master Craftsman, Vanguard and Ambassador.
Conner retired from his role as NWFA technical director in 2013, one year after receiving the prestigious Industry Leadership Award at the NWFA Wood Flooring Expo, something only 10 other individuals had achieved before him. In addition, he was given honorary lifetime membership and certification upon his retirement.
“Don was extremely passionate about hardwood flooring and teaching other people in the industry,” said Neil Poland, president of Mullican Flooring. “He was a great mentor who taught many people how to install, sell and quote hardwood flooring products. He was the backbone of the NWFA. He received many awards and honors throughout his career for his contributions to our industry and the education of many wood flooring professionals who continue to work in the industry today.”
Donations to the NWFA Education and Research Foundation in Conner’s honor will be used to fund scholarship programs for future generations of wood flooring professionals. A total contribution of $20,000 will meet the eligibility requirements for the NWFA’s Named Scholarship, which permanently honors an individual who made significant and lasting contributions to the industry. Donations honoring Conner are currently slightly past the halfway point for the Named Scholarship and may be sent to the National Wood Flooring Association, 111 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, Missouri, 63005, or submitted online.
“Don genuinely cared for people and was one of the kindest, most knowledgeable members of our industry,” Poland added. “I’m proud to have had him as a lifelong friend. His family was very important to him, and he loved to talk about his grandchildren and how his wife, Melissa, kept him out of trouble. I will always remember him as a great husband, father, grandfather and friend.”
The NWFA offers hands-on and online learning for wood flooring professionals. Visit https://nwfa.org/education/ for more information about the training program. The NWFA Education & Research Center Scholarship program provides financial assistance for NWFA training events.
About Mullican Hardwood Flooring
Mullican Hardwood Flooring has been a leading manufacturer of hardwood flooring products since their founding in 1985. The company currently has solid and engineered hardwood flooring options in hundreds of variations in style, color, and wood species. Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, Mullican Hardwood Flooring also has facilities in Holland, New York; Ronceverte, West Virginia; and Norton, Virginia. To learn more about Mullican Hardwood Flooring, please visit their site, www.mullicanflooring.com.