Roland Thompson has made a career in floor covering since 1972. He is a goal oriented professional and at the top of the list is making a difference in the industry, his business and in his fellow flooring professionals. The International Certified Floorcovering Installer Association (CFI), as well as several other industry organizations, has given him the support, education and an important mission. Roland took this mission to heart early on and has been a major influence in the lives and careers of so many others along the way.
Roland and Robin’s success has followed Roland in his quest for excellence, but as the saying goes “behind every successful man…” Only in his case, it’s a side-by-side partnership. Robin has been a guiding force and companion as Roland’s wife for over 35 years. The Thompson team has brought 5 wonderful children into the world and they have been rewarded with 8 grandchildren. Family is the highest priority in their lives. Roland and Robin managed to mix parenthood, faith and a love for sports and recreation with a devotion to sharing their experience and strength with other floorcovering pros.
Roland has been an asset in the success of Kehne’s Carpet One of Frederick Md. Since 1995. His drive, attention to detail and ability to deal with multiple tasks has helped create a smooth operation that brings satisfaction to customers and fellow employees day after day. Even in a management position, he has a rapport with his subordinates that instills pride and encourages honestly and openness.
It is obvious to anyone who has spent time with Roland, that he gets much joy and satisfaction in improving the lot and status of installers. Not just at Kehne’s but in taking educational opportunities to flooring professionals wherever he can. His position as President of the Delmarva Chapter of CFI, Maryland/Northern Va Floorcovering Association President, past duties in education and organization and a member of the National Board of Directors for CFI are testaments to his dedication and hard work in making the floor covering industry a better place to work.
Roland with awards to honor Roland’s commitment to education, professionalism and excellence, he has been bestowed many honors and awards. Probably his most cherished are Person of the Year Award, from the Maryland-Northern Va. Floorcovering Association, The Charlie Gress Award for CFI and the first Spirit Award given out by Carpet One Floor and Home. There have been others and he has worked hard for the recognition of his CFI chapter and other Associations.
Roland is a Master II with CFI as well as a NFIC Certified Installer and Trainer.