Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Obituary: Al Wahnon, a true legend and one of the industry’s greatest supporters

We are sad to lose a great man in our industry. Rest in peace, Al Wahnon.

Floor Covering News writes in their obituary:
He never manufactured, distributed, marketed, sold or installed flooring, yet his impact on the industry will last for generations. For nearly 56 years he chronicled every facet of the flooring industry, sometimes crisscrossing the country to ensure no event went unnoticed. On Tues., Feb. 1, six days before celebrating his 91st birthday, Al Wahnon, the founder and editor of Floor Covering News, passed away of a massive heart attack.

By any standard, Wahnon was a true industry icon, a legend among legends, within and outside the flooring world. At one point he was the highest paid editor among all trade magazine editors in the U.S. Through his stories, editorials and columns he was the industry’s loudest cheerleader for more than half a century. Recognizing it was people who made the industry, Wahnon always made sure to put a face to the story, no matter the context and often when others wouldn’t.
Read the whole article here.

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