SIM CRISLER - Vice PresidentCURRICULUM VITAE
SPECIALIZING IN THE PRACTICE OF:
1. CONFLICT RESOLUTION, PROBLEM SOLVING AND FORENSIC
INVESTIGATION OF ISSUES RELATING TO SOFT AND RESILIENT FLOOR COVERING. MODULAR CARPET AND PATTERNED BROADLOOM CARPET, SUBSTRATE RELATED ISSUES, ARE AREAS OF SPECIAL EXPERTISE.
2. TECHNICAL CONSULTATION ON ALL ISSUES INVOLVING SOFT AND RESILIENT FLOORING FROM BOTH A PRODUCT AND INSTALLATION STANDPOINT. THIS INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO SITE AND SUBSTRATE CONDITIONS, EVALUATION OF INSTALLATION PROCEDURES AND ANCILLARY PRODUCTS USED, INVESTIGATION OF INSTALLED PRODUCT FOR BOTH QUALITY AND SUITABILITY FOR THE PARTICULAR END USE AND PURPOSE.
3. REMEDIATION OF PROBLEMS, REPLACEMENT AND REPAIR SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE.
WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
1964 THRU 1972 – Worked part or full time in the process of installing carpet which put me through Georgia Tech. This provided a good grounding and understanding of the hand skills and physical demands required by this trade.
1972 – Graduated Georgia Institute of Technology – BS Chemistry
1972 – July – Joined Derring Milliken (now Milliken & Company) as a “management trainee” in
the Central Dye Lab – Spartanburg SC.
1972 – November – Promoted to first line production supervision at Milliken’s Excelsior Union
Plant in charge of dyeing double knit polyester
1973 – December – through July of 1975 – Employed in a number of manufacturing and in plant quality assurance positions primarily involved in the dyeing and finishing of carpet.
1975 – July – Moved into the in plant technical services area as a “process engineer” in charge of the process control function associated with the application of backing and the finishing and shipping of all broadloom carpet. In this capacity, oversaw the conversion of all Milliken broadloom carpets from jute secondary backing to a woven synthetic backing known as ActionBac®.
1976 – June – moved into the newly created Business Quality Assurance department. This
department was tasked to reduce returns and allowances due to quality reasons. This allowed the use of my installation skills to prevent literally thousands of jobs from being returned. This involved extensive travel and direct contact with the dealer and the consumer in both the residential and the then emerging commercial sector. Promoted to Division Technical Services Manager while in this capacity.
1998 through November 2003 – Worked as a project manager in the newly formed “turn key” division of Milliken. This area sold carpet as an installed product directly to the ultimate user of the product. As part of this process it was legally necessary for Milliken via one of its subsidiaries to become a licensed contractor in several states. This required me to travel to these states and pass tests on both business practices and on specific technical knowledge relating to the trade.
2003 – November – formally rejoined the Quality Assurance Department as Quality Assurance Manager.
1976 Through May 2005 – Traveled extensively on quality related issues dealing directly with
dealers, designers, end users, architects, owners and general contractors. This travel involved conflict resolution and settlement negotiation on problems relating to Milliken’s entire product offering in the commercial, residential and hospitality market segments. A portion of this travel also involved holding educational sessions, assisting in the start up phase of major projects and
assisting the product development effort in the evaluation of new products. This travel began when I entered the Quality Assurance area and continued through my tenure in the “turn key” area until my departure from Milliken in May of 2005
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS, HONORS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Created and conducted Milliken’s Installation Contractor Certification program. This program was started in 1983. This is an educational and skills verification session held for on the floor installers who would be required to install Milliken’s product for the contractor to provide a certified labor product. Over 700 contractors have received certification via this process with over 3,000 individuals earning qualifier status.
Received the “Excellence in Education” award from Milliken & Company in recognition of efforts associated with the creation and execution of the Milliken Certified Installation Contractor Program.
Initiated the introduction of proprietary furniture lifting technology – Levitate® – into the product offering of Milliken & Company and was responsible for the operation and distribution of the Levitate® technology.
Completed testing and served as the qualifying individual on contractor licenses in CA, AZ, NV, NM, MS, VA, WVA, TN, AS, OR and LA.
Served on the CRI installation committee from its inception in the early 1980s and was directly and actively involved in the initial creation of the industry standard installation documents CRI 104 and CRI 105 and in each of their subsequent revisions to date.
Currently serve as a member of the Consensus Body of the IICRC S-600 committee that is creating an installation standard document for the industry that will be an ANSI qualified standard for the installation of all types of carpet.
Associate Member on behalf of Milliken of the FCICA (Floor covering Installation Contractors Association) since its inception in 1982. After leaving Milliken, rejoined as a consultant member on behalf of LGM and Associates and currently sit on the FCICA board.
Served two terms as chairman of the associate membership of FCICA.
Served two terms on the board of the FCICA and currently serve on the board
Served as a trustee of the FCIB (Floor Covering Installation Board) and served as chairman from 1997 through 2002.
Associate member on behalf of Milliken of the CFI (Certified Floorcovering Installers) since 1992.
Conducted numerous seminars at the “Surfaces” trade show, the floor covering industry’s largest venue, on subjects ranging from pattern broadloom carpet and advanced seaming techniques using thermoplastic chemistry to how to successfully transition from the residential market to the commercial market.
Conducted seminars on various subjects at both the FCICA and CFI national conventions.
Published articles in Floor Covering Weekly, Installation and Cleaning Specialist, Floor Covering News, The Commercial Flooring Report as well as the newsletters of both the FCICA and the CFI.
Completed requirements to become a Certified Flooring Professional as awarded by the WFCA.
Participated in the initial meetings and strategy sessions of the “Flooring Industry Council” which has now become INSTALL – The International Standards and Training Alliance.
Currently certified by the ICRI (International Concrete Repair Institute) as a Grade 1 Slab Moisture Testing Technician.
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