John Sumlin,National Sales VP, Education
Tandis - Centiva, a Tarkett Company

Mr. Sumlin is a native of Atlanta GA and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Economics in 1985.  John has held a series of sales and marketing positions in the Retail, Health Care and Education markets. He has worked with Fortune 1000 companies’ in a variety of roles. He has over 27 years of sales and marketing experience.

John began working with Tandus Flooring in 2002 as a Specialized Markets Account Manager for C&A Floor coverings in the Atlanta GA Education and Health care market.  After 7 successful years; in 2009, John was promoted to the position of National VP of Education and Government Markets. After reestablishing the government market segment under a new National Sales VP position in early 2011 , John began putting all his energy and focus on the Tandus Flooring education market segment . In his current position, John leads the strategic direction for all Higher Education and K-12 sales for the Tandus | Centiva brand. This includes strategic market penetration and assessment, national trade association leadership, national speaker, contract negotiation and deployment director, marketing deployment and strategic growth within the education markets.

Workshop Resources

Debbie Bautista, Antron® Market Segment Manager
Higher Education, Pacific Coast Region
13 years as the Antron® Design Consultant and currently Market Segment Manager – Higher Education
10 years as a commercial carpet account executive for Monterey Carpets and Masland Contract
8 years as a commercial interior designer in Los Angeles, CA
Loma Linda University – B.S. Graphic Design, Minor-Clothing and Textiles
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising- A.A. Interior Design

Cary Woodfield
Global Flooring Specialist

Cary “the Carpet Guy” started his career in carpet industry in 1978 when his Family purchased a carpet cleaning franchise. Since then he has studied and been involved in every aspect of the carpet industry. Cary is considered to be a leading expert in carpet performance, specification, inspections and maintenance.

Over the years Cary has consulted with property management companies, school districts, Universities, private and public facilities. He has overseen the cleaning of millions of square feet and the installation of thousands of yards of carpet. Cary has helped develop specifications for the LDS Church, the State of Utah and WSCA-NASPO carpet contracts. As a Board Member of the Carpet and Fabricare Institute he helped elevate the level of professionalism within the carpet cleaning industry. Cary has written articles and been a guest speaker at IFMA, Boma, State Conferences, and Invista/Antron Seminars teaching hundreds of professionals about Carpet Specification, Total Cost of Ownership, Maintenance and Life Cycle Costing.

For eight years Cary worked as a technical advisor at the LDS (Mormon) Church based in Salt Lake City. While working for the Church his responsibilities included managing over 100,000,000 square feet of carpet, developing RFI/RFP processes, managing carpet contracts, resolving hundreds of performance, warranty claims and maintenance issues that occurred in the thousands of buildings the Church owns. He also specified carpet cleaning equipment, developed training programs and educated Facility Managers and Building Engineers all over the world how to better select, install and maintain carpets.  


Flooring’s Return on Investment in Higher Education Facilities

April 14, 2015

Hosted at: University of Bothell

Sponsored by: Tandus Centiva

The Workshop enabled attendees to learn and discuss:

  • Students perspective of Facilities  - Provided insight to the student’s perspective of their learning and living environment by reviewing ‘choice of colleges’ as revealed through national surveys.  Discussion will be held on finish selections through evidence based design processes which increases student achievement, and where sustainability fits into the collegiate environment.

  • Carpet Fiber - Maintenance - Provided guidance to the facilities’ professionals through the details of commercial carpet specification, with respect to maintenance and an in depth understanding of carpet fiber and the impact it has on performance over time.  Best practices around carpet maintenance, cost comparisons to understand the total cost of ownership, and what a successful maintenance program includes are thoroughly explored and shared.

  • Reducing carpet total cost and extending life cycle through specification and maintenance - This presentation is an exploration into how to reduce the total cost of ownership and extend the life cycle expectation of carpet by specifying the right carpet and properly maintain carpet.  ​