The MFMA honors those members, past and present, who have made a lasting impact on the maple flooring industry. Inductees into the MFMA Hall of Fame have accomplishments ranging from founding mills to educating architects and specifiers to developing innovative milling and installation techniques. These outstanding members helped the MFMA become the recognized leader in quality product and technical expertise, and their legacy lives on in the work the association does today.

John Byrnes

Class of 2014
John Byrnes began his career in athletic flooring in September 1966 with Anderson Ross Floors in Chicago, Illinois. He was hired as the salesman and estimator for athletic floors.

James B. Carr

Class of 2014
Jim Carr was born in Coshocton, Ohio on March 6, 1934. He graduated from Coshocton High School in 1952. During his high school days, Jim was a member of the golf team and worked at a small grocery store. He credits the owner of that store, Jim Richcreek, for his work ethic.

Gordon Phelps Connor

Class of 2010
Gordon P. Connor was instrumental in the creation of new systems for the Connor Forest Industries and was involved in the acquisition of several of Connor’s patents. It was Mr. Connor’s marketing and engineering ideas that brought Connor’s “continuous strip” and “iron bound” to market. 

William Duncan Connor

Class of 2008
William Duncan Connor can be considered the great-grandfather of modern milling and forestry practices. Indeed, it was W.D. (as he was known) Connor’s vision that first established and incorporated the great tradition of sustainable forestry. 

James Counihan, Sr.

Class of 2008
James Counihan, Sr. biggest achievement was making Southern Flooring a very competitive company with an excellent reputation. He invented 12 patents in the flooring field. 

Joseph Covington

Class of 2004
It is no exaggeration to say that Joe Covington and his workforce installed millions of square feet of "Ironbound" flooring for Robbins and Bruce.

Kevin Covlin

Class of 2016
Kevin Covlin worked hard, played hard, always with a loud voice, hearty laugh and his heart on his sleeve. His enthusiasm for making every floor just a little better than the last one was shared with employees and recognized by many. 

John DeClerck

Class of 2012
John became a Connor dealer throughout the duration of his business and in 1963 began focusing primarily on gymnasium work. John continued his business in the hardwood sports flooring industry until his retirement when he dissolved his company in 1982.

Douglas J. Drenik

Class of 2010
During Doug's early years in the business, two factors helped shape his success: playing football for Ohio State University (lettering in 1962 – 1964) working under Woody Hayes to further his strong competitive spirit and sense of team play; and beginning his flooring career working for 3M selling Tartan gymnasium floors.

Morley Foster

Class of 2002
Morley E. Foster joined the family flooring business known as Foster for Floors in 1949 after serving in the Army. His early sales focus was on residential and commercial installations but in 1958 he formed Bauer-Foster Corporation, which specialized in athletic surfaces for educational facilities.
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