Tom Sheridan started with the floorcovering industry in 1984 as a measure man for a friend’s company. It was an entry-level job, but with his foot in the door he worked his way through several positions over the next decade.
Eventually, Sheridan moved to PCI Flortech with a new career as a junior salesman. It was here that Sheridan saw a massive shift in the industry. The company was one of the first in the Chicago area to make the conscious decision to say no to large carpet jobs, focusing on more efficient resilient installations with smaller crews and specialized installers.
“Today, resilient makes up nearly 85% of jobs, with carpet contributing 10% and the rest split between other surfaces,” said Sheridan. Sheridan’s relationship with INSTALL is as old as the organization itself. He has been actively involved in many seminars and summits that have created new material and training guidelines to keep INSTALL at the top of its game. “We’ve boosted employment, reduced flooring failures, increased efficiencies and promoted growth. I can look back at the past 33 years with pride knowing I’ve done the right thing.”