| Rick Holden
is executive vice president at Philadelphia, Pa.-based distributor Derr Flooring Co. and is the current NWFA chairman of the board. Rick may be reached here
NWFA Partners with
UPENN to Provide Institute of Leadership and Business Growth Program
If you are a small business owner or an employer who has an
emerging leader, NWFA has created a new opportunity to develop the skills
needed to succeed in the flooring industry today.
In conjunction with other leading associations, including the
Association of Rug Care Specialists, North American Association of Floor
Covering Distributors, and World Floor Covering Association, NWFA has developed
a leadership program with the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) designed
specifically for floor professionals.
The program – to take place at UPENN’s School of Arts and
Sciences – is designed for association members who own, manage or are being
trained to manage small to medium-sized flooring businesses. The program will
provide the concepts, tools and proven strategies to more effectively drive
business growth and to successfully transfer management of the business to the
next generation of leaders.
The Institute of Leadership and Business Growth Program is
particularly unique with its broad-based curriculum. Some of the focal points
of the program include:
- Entrepreneurial Accounting
- Customer-Centric Innovation
- Navigating Family Business Issues
- Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
- Financial Management: Theory and Practice
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Communication and Branding
- Operations Management
- Human Resource Management: Recruitment and
- Leadership and Organizational Culture
- Leadership Development
- Leading Organizational Change
The program will officially begin on January 13, 2013 with a
three-day session on the UPENN campus. Following this session is a five-week
online learning program offering real-time classroom lectures and discussions
with faculty that are accessible from any location on any web interface. We
understand that as business owners and managers, leaving your business for five
weeks is just not feasible. So, with online technology, we can bring the
education to you.
Be sure to visit the University of Pennsylvania website for any
additional information and to register.
Get the tools you need to grow your business, in 2013 and
beyond. We hope to see you in Pennsylvania!