Forty-Three NWFA Degree Recipients Announced

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) announced that 43 recipients of NWFA degrees were honored on stage during its Wood Flooring Expo held in St. Louis. Presentations were made during an Industry Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday, April 29.

NWFA’s degree program recognizes individuals who demonstrate dedication and commitment to their profession. Individuals earning NWFA degrees actively participate in the industry through education, training, teaching and volunteerism. There are six degrees: Craftsman, Master Craftsman, Advanced Master Craftsman, Vanguard, Ambassador, and Honorary Vanguard. Requirements for each are described on NWFA’s website at

Recipients of the 2015 degrees are as follows:

Honorary Vanguard

Kevin Mullany, Benchmark Wood Floors – Albuquerque, NM


Avi Hadad, Avi’s Hardwood Floors – El Sobrante, CA

Dan Harrington, Galleher Hardwood Company – Santa Fe Springs, CA

Steve Lima, MAPEI Corporation – Saugus, MA

Tim Moore, Moore & Neville Flooring Inspections – St. Charles, MO

Chris Zizza, C&R Flooring – Westwood MA


Elizabeth Baldwin, Metropolitan Hardwood Floors – Kent, WA

Dennis Bradley, Bona US – Aurora, CO

Matt Casey, Bona US – Aurora, CO

Zack Clavin Bona US – Aurora, CO

Bobby Mohr, Bona US – Aurora, CO

Claudia Lezzell, Floor Technology Institute – Friendswood, TX

Kevin Murphy, Trinity Hardwood Distributors – Austin, TX

Kjell Nymark, Precision Hardwood Floor Services – Coquitlam, BC, CAN

Jenny Riddle, The Plank Factory – West Palm Beach, FL

Jon Smith, Smith Flooring – Mountain View, MO

Scott Taylor, Scott Taylor – Milwaukee, WI

Barbara Titus, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling – Middlefield, OH

Rob Zehnder, Basic Coatings – Toledo, OH

Advanced Master Craftsman                  

Wayne Highlander, Bona US – Aurora, CO

Joe Rocco, Artistic Floors by Design – Parker, CO

Master Craftsman          

Marla Jakovljevic, Pasadena Wood Floors – Sierra Madre, CA

Keith Long, Thunderheart Flooring – Greeley, CO

Dinu Luca, ADL Floors – Sammamish, WA

Victor Mulbauer, Michigan Hardwood Floors Services – Farmington Hills, MI


Artur Alayen, Artex Flooring – San Francisco, CA

Steve Brattin, SVB Wood Floor Service – Grandview, MO

Levon Karapetyan, Artex Flooring  – San Francisco, CA

Charles Lee, Lumber Mart Sdn Bhd – Malaysia

Doug McGrew, Clarke American Sanders – Ripley, WV

Toby Merrill, Walk on Wood – McHenry, IL

Darin Nesline, Bona US – Aurora, CO 

Eric Nolin, SVB Wood Floor Service – Grandview, MO

Tom Owen, Superior Coverings and Construction – La Mesa, CA

Bryan Rathbun, On The Level Floor Inspections – Parker, CO

Lavinia Rathbun, On The Level Floor Inspections – Parker, CO

John Rudolph, SVB Wood Floor Service – Grandview, MO

Tom Skowron, Atlas Floors – Gaithersburg, MD

Matt Thrane, Gehl Flooring Company – Butler, WI

Ben Totta, Totta Hardwood Flooring – Kansas City, MO

Mike Totta, Totta Hardwood Flooring – Kansas City, MO

Allen Townsell, ECMD Distribution – North Wilkesboro, NC

David Watson, David Watson Company – Liverpool, England

More information about NWFA’s degree program is available at

The NWFA can be contacted at 800.422.4556 (USA & Canada), 636.519.9663 (local and international), or online at