The “Face of MFMA” is a new initiative where we interview a member of MFMA and share the many different jobs and faces within our organization. As we all know, it takes many trained professionals to make our industry run. The process of turning trees into high-end sports surfaces encompasses numerous skilled hands. Quarterly, we'd like to share some insights from different the many different "Faces of MFMA".

We are very pleased to share our Summer 2017 Face of MFMA, Bill Price. For the past 26 years, Bill has worked in the hardwood flooring industry. He is a fourth-generation wood flooring professional and lives in the Boston area where his family has been in the wood flooring business since 1910. For the past 12 years, Bill has been the National Sport Manager for Bona. He has relationships with many professional, dedicated sport floor contractors across the country. Bill has also worked and consulted for the NBA, numerous NBA facilities, NCAA schools and arenas, Disney and many school districts regarding their athletic and facility programs nationwide.

Below are a few questions we asked Bill Price to share, giving us some perspective on his job, organization, daily life and how he is making an impact on the sports flooring industry. 

MFMA: How did you get your start in the sports floor industry?

BP: From as early as I can remember, I have been on hardwood job sites. My family has been in the wood flooring business for 4 generations. My father, grandfather, great- grandfather, my uncles and my cousins have been doing wood floors since 1910. My involvement with sport floors began in 1995 and I have worked exclusively with the sports floor industry ever since.

MFMA: Who was the biggest influence in your career?

BP: Without question, my biggest influence was my father. He worked harder than anyone I have ever known. He was a craftsman and an artist and cared very much about the work he did in and for our industry. In his later years, he did his best to share his knowledge and to promote higher standards in our industry.

MFMA: How does your company help the sports flooring industry?

BP: I have been extremely lucky to work for Bona for the last 20 years. My company has put a lot of attention on the sports floor industry and has dedicated a great deal of research and development to innovate better products and more productive procedures that will help sport floor contractors be successful. We take great pride in providing for the full life-cycle of the floor; everything from abrasion, to paint, to finish and maintenance products

MFMA: What do you feel are your keys to success?

BP: I am blessed to be involved with an industry that is very tight knit. We have a very good group of people in the sports floor industry and I am lucky to have strong relationships with many of them.  I feel that I have more friends than customers in this business. I have learned so much from not only the sports flooring contractors that I work with, but also from colleagues at the maple mills as well. I enjoy good relationships with the maple manufacturers and they have all treated me and Bona with respect.

MFMA: What one thing has impacted the sports flooring industry the most in your career?

BP: Designers. Twenty-five years ago, the average gym floor consisted of 2-inch game lines and the really high end floors had a big letter as the center logo. Today, there are more graphics and paint than natural wood on most floors. Elementary schools have better looking floors than most colleges. Designers keep pushing the limits and challenge the sports floor contractors to come up with new and better ways to do things. I can’t wait to see what floors will look like 10 years from now. They keep getting more and more incredible looking.

MFMA: Do you have a saying or mantra that helps you stay motivated or motivate others?

BP: “It’s ALL Good”. Let’s face it, we are not dealing with rocket science or life and death. We are dealing with sports floors. There are no problems or issues that we cannot work through. No matter how frustrating a situation can be, we will always get through it and be better for the experience.

MFMA: What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen done to a sports flooring surface?

BP: It does not seem like a big deal now, but 6 years ago, the Oregon Ducks floor was the weirdest and most amazing floor I had ever seen. The original design for that floor called for stain and if it was not so labor intensive, it would probably have provided a softer, more pleasing appearance. Either you love it or you hate it, but it was the forerunner for so many of the crazy and unique designs that we now see. 

MFMA: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

BP: Hopefully I will still be involved with this great industry and can offer my assistance to the next generation of sports flooring professionals.

Please forward submissions for the Fall 2017 Face of MFMA to Heather Currier (hcurrier@maplefloor.org) and remember ALL employees at any member organization or company is eligible for nomination. 
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