|Full Biography Jim Gould is President and Founder of
the Floor Covering Institute LLC.
Institute LLC,a consulting concern focused on the global floor
covering industry. A 45 year floor covering entrepreneur
recognized as “One of the Industry's 20 Most Influential Men”,
Gould is known for spotting opportunity where others do not.
He is now recognized as an independent expert with clients and
associates around the world.
opportunities in the floor covering industry. He stays current
with new product innovations and industry players with clients
that include international flooring exhibitions, associations,
manufacturers, distributors, large retailers, and innovators
seeking entre into the industry. He speaks at industry events
and publishes regularly. Equity research analysts and the legal
profession turn to him for his expertise.
For 35 years Gould owned and operated Misco Shawnee, one of
the largest floor covering distributors in the US. In 1991, he
founded Distribution Services, Inc. (DSI), a third-party logistics
service provider to international flooring manufacturers. Gould
introduced Pergo to the US 1992; DSI performed their national
logistics and Misco became Pergo’s first US distributor. He did
the same for Unilin's Quick Step. Gould is credited for
pioneering the laminate category and received the North
American Laminate Flooring Association President's Award for
his contribution to the industry.
Recognizing the market potential of ceramic tile for full line
flooring distributors, Gould founded an Italian ceramic tile line
called Casa Italia in the early 1990s and introduced ceramic
tile to his peers in the U.S. In 1997 when the national flooring
retailer Color Tile, Inc. filed bankruptcy, Gould purchased the
company's intellectual assets from Chapter 11 and reorganized
the brand into a buying group with franchised retail units.
In 2003, CCA Global Partners recruited Gould as its first Chief
Product Officer. There he expanded the company's global
sourcing and proprietary product offerings and created CCA’s
first direct import division with North American fulfillment and
Active in industry organizations Gould’s leadership positions
include: President, National Association of Floor Covering
Distributors (NAFCD) (1994); Board of Directors, World Floor
Covering Association (WFCA) (1981-1987); Chairman, Floor
Covering Consumer Credit Association (FCCCA) (2003- 2005);
Board of Directors, Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF)
Industry recognitions include: 2014 Lifetime Achievement
Award, North American Floor Covering Distributors Association;
2013 President's Award for his contribution to the laminate
industry from the North American Laminate Flooring
Association; 2006 named “Top 20 Most Influential Men in the
Industry” by Floor Covering Weekly. In 2002, the Spanish
government and the Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association
(ACER) presented Jim with the Jerry Fisher Memorial Award for
his contribution to the ceramic industry; 1999 and 1998 he was
named one of the “Top 150 Privately Owned Businesses by the
St. Louis Business Journal; 1997 Flooring Magazine’s People of
the Year; 1996 Entrepreneur of the year, NASDAQ, Ernst &
Young, Sprint, and USA Today; 1988 Distributor of the Year,
National Congress of Floor Covering Associations.
Jim presently sits on the board of the National Wood Flooring
Association. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees
of St. Louis Children's Hospital for 20 years and currently
serves as its Vice Chairman. Other Board positions include: G.
S. Robins and Co., Tarleton Construction Co., Shure
Manufacturing, Rohan Woods School and the A. J. Bitker
Memorial Charitable Foundation. He is a past Chapter
Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and a
graduate of Northwestern University.
Gould can be contacted at email@example.com.
|Contact: Ph 314-991-7770 12 Woodbridge Manor Road St. Louis, MO 63141