La Grange, Ga.—William D. Blackstock Jr. was elected as the new president and CEO from the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), effective January 1, 2022. Blackstock is working with current President and CEO Dean Thompson to orientate on his new role and responsibilities. In his role at RFCI, Thompson led the resilient flooring industry through a period of unprecedented growth over the past 15 years.
“Knowing that I would be retiring in 2020, I began the recruitment process for my replacement more than 18 months ago and I am delighted that the RFCI Selection Committee approved my recommendation to bring Mr. Blackstock on board to support this important trade organization,” Thompson said. “He has an impressive track record and will help RFCI and the resilient flooring industry build on its very impressive long-term growth record.”
Prior to his new role as president and CEO of RFCI, Blackstock was theice president of commercial business, segment and sales development at Engineered Floors where he oversaw business strategies that drive sales and profitability in the global commercial sector. Blackstock was the Corporate Vice President of Sales at the J+J Flooring Group and held multiple leadership roles in the contract and hospitality sectors at Milliken & Company.
“There’s no doubt about it, I have big shoes to fill,” Blackstock said. “Dean has led RFCI and our membership with exciting strategic ideas and vision. We will build on that legacy by representing our flooring category as the best in the industry. I look forward to working with Dean and others to achieve that.”