Education


! UPDATE: A printable copy of the MFMA 2022 Conference Final Program can be obtained AT THIS LINK. Printed brochures will be distributed at the Conference. 

This year’s educational content will be informative, inspirational, and thought provoking. We’re going to kick off the conference with a keynote address from an entrepreneur who understands what it means to lose everything and still find a way back. There will be plenty of relevant content on industry trends and topics from industry peers and small breakout sessions where we can discuss challenges and issues in a confidential setting.

Opening Keynote Speaker
Marques Ogden

Playing to Win — Again
 
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After being drafted into the NFL in 2003 as an offensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Marques spent six years playing in the league with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans before leaving to pursue a career in construction and contracting.

Marques founded Kayden Premier Enterprises at 27, focusing on commercial construction in the Baltimore area. The company recognized exceptionally fast growth and a promising future in general construction, concrete and demolition, grading sediment and erosion control until a devastating 2 million dollar loss on one project ended in bankruptcy in just 90 days.

Learn how Marques navigated his darkest hours and used hard work, resilience and determination to go from working as a part-time custodian to re-imagining himself as a sought-after entrepreneur in the leadership and coaching space. He parlayed his own life experiences into helping others build success through executive coaching and consulting. A best-selling author of two books, Marques donates his time to help young people in his local community of Raleigh, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is also the proud co-host of “The Lev & Marques Show”, one of the top 1.5% listened-to podcasts in the world.
 

Gaylen Paulson, Ph.D.

Driving More Collaborative Outcomes: Thinking Outside the (Milled Wood) Box

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In this fun and interactive session, we’ll explore ways we can work more collaboratively with our partners during the bidding process, contract negotiations, execution and beyond. These situations are rarely easy, but always interesting. We’ll seek to enhance your influence and negotiation skills and examine ways to enhance relationships even as we strive to protect our bottom line. You’ll walk away with actionable ideas to craft superior solutions that everyone can embrace.

Dr. Gaylen Paulson is Associate Dean and Director for Texas Executive Education and a faculty member in the Department of Management at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business. His research and focus on how we interact strategically with people in negotiations, conflict management, persuasion, change and interpersonal communication are central to his work. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Paulson has frequently been named to McCombs’ “Faculty Honor Roll” by UT MBA students and selected “Outstanding Faculty” by the Engineering Management Executive Master’s program. He is a recipient of the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education.

Dr. Paulson’s consulting and executive leadership and strategic influence programs have been sponsored by countless national and global organizations.


Peter Craig

Understand and Meet the Challenges of Concrete Subfloors: Uncover the Solutions

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In this session, we will explore the all-to-common challenge of successfully installing a sports floor over a concrete slab. Issues like slab curl, reverse curl, slab stabilization, slab moisture, surface tolerances and moisture mitigation can all throw a project off course. We will address all these challenges and uncover the solutions.

Peter Craig is an independent concrete consultant at Concrete Constructives. With 48 years of experience in the design, construction, repair and protection of concrete floor slabs, Peter is an industry expert on the topic. He is best known for his expertise in moisture-related flooring and coating problems and has been involved in over 400 related projects nationwide. He is currently the chairman for the revision ACI 302.R and serves as the chairman and lead instructor for the ICRI Slab Moisture Testing Certification program.
 

Randy Chase

Sanding Techniques

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Learn to prevent motor failure in this session designed to educate the community in the basic maintenance of sanding equipment, including riders. Randy’s topics will include determining the source of chatter, preventive maintenance of the equipment and the importance of proper electrical connections.

Randy is the Vice President of Emack Manufacturing, where he has been supporting the flooring industry for 13 years, building and repairing sanding equipment. He has garnered extensive knowledge of electrical motors by apprenticing with a master electrician and has considerable knowledge of voltage, amp draws, and proper electrical connections.
 

Michael Foster
Randy Randjelovic

Fastener Pull Testing After a Major Moisture Event: The Results of a Commissioned Study

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The MFMA commissioned a study to determine fastener holding value in the subfloor and maple flooring after a catastrophic moisture event. This session will reveal the findings of the report including the testing parameters, results of the testing, and the comprehensive conclusion. The results and the published report will be available on the MFMA website to sports floor contractor members to provide owners and insurance companies direction and quantifiable evidence as part of repair recommendations on flooded floors and other moisture-related flooring failures.

Michael Foster is currently the Vice President of Research and Development at Foster Specialty Floors. He has worked in the family business for almost 50 years, serving as President for 34 years. In the past, he served as the President of the Wood and Synthetic Flooring Institute for three consecutive terms and currently serves the MFMA on the Sport Floor Contractors' Advisory Council, the Technical Committee and the Board of Directors. Michael graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Communications with minors in History and English.

Randy Randjelovic is the current Technical Advisor at Aacer Sports Flooring. He began in the hardwood flooring industry in 1979 at AGA Incorporated, which is now Connor Sports, where he served as Technical Manager. Randy has represented his associated manufacturing mill for nearly 35 years as a member of the MFMA Technical Committee. He also served as the initial task group chairman on the ASTM Committee formed to establish the F2772 Standard Specification for Indoor Sports Floors.
 

Industry Panel Discussion

Finish, Paint and Stain

How do you protect color, ensure adhesion with finish coats, and deal with objectionable issues such as panelization? In this session, our panel of experts, moderated by a Sport Floor Contractors' Advisory Council member, Steve Stalker, will cover industry trends in finish work, including paint, stains and finishes. We will share best practices for the application of various coatings, maintenance, touch-ups, new techniques and options to add color to the floor.

PANEL MEMBERS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR:

Mike Hoy


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Mike has been in the wood flooring industry for more than 30 years. He has worked in all aspects of the industry, including installation, sand and finish, crew management, bid work/sales and leadership. In 2001, Mike began at Floor Style Products as a sales leader and technical advisor/ trainer. During his tenure, Mike has covered distribution and successful opening of three satellite branches. As a Territory and Sales Manager at PoloPlaz, Mike has helped to grow the company into one of the strongest brands in the wood floor coatings industry. He works with contractors and distribution partners to grow their businesses while leading a successful sales team.

Eric Meadows


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Eric Meadows has served as the Director of Technical Services for Hillyard, Inc. since 2007. After graduating from Missouri Western State University in 1993, he began his career with Hillyard in Quality Control and Research & Development before moving to Technical Service in 1999. Eric provides wood floor product guidance and support, conducts wood floor finish application training/certification and works with the Hillyard Research & Development and Regulatory Affairs departments. Eric served on his local school board and held leadership positions on multiple youth baseball boards. Eric and his family live outside St. Joseph, Missouri, where he and his wife enjoy attending their kids’ sporting events and cheering on the Kansas City Royals.

Phil Sanchez


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Phil has been with Bona in a variety of roles for more than 10 years and regards sports flooring as a fun and inspiring area in floor refinishing. Phil’s favorite part of his role is helping and training sports floor contractors to cultivate unique and amazing floors that make you say WOW. He looks forward to any opportunity to help the industry professionals achieve top-notch results with Bona products.

Timothy Nathan


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Timothy grew up in a floor sanding family business. His father started his own company in 1973, working in the residential market in the suburbs of Chicago. With five sons, the business grew and expanded into Wisconsin in the early ’80s. After 35+ years of installing and sanding floors and running his own division of the business for 25 years, Timothy had an opportunity to get into product development and sales for the flooring market. Since 2014, he has been working on the manufacturer's side of the market, now with Basic Coatings, in sales and development.

Steve Stalker


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Steve Stalker is a second-generation gymnasium floor contractor and the co-owner of Stalker Sports Floors of New London, WI. Stalker Sports Floors has consistently been in the Top 5 Dealers of Maple with Aacer Flooring in Peshtigo, WI, and is an MFMA member. Steve is an expert in the wood flooring industry, specializing in finish bonding issues and damaged gym floors restoration, and is the trainer for the MFMA Installation Certification for the Aacer Flooring Installation School. Steve currently serves as the Aacer Flooring Dealer Representative on the MFMA Sport Floor Contractors' Advisory Council.
 
 
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