My dad and grandpa started this company back in 2007. I was only 11, so I didn’t know much about the journey they were embarking upon. What I did know is that it brought something new and exciting into our lives. I spent the next few summers sitting in the back of the carpet van filled with samples in our driveway, playing with my friends. I would get so excited when I was able to ride around with my dad to his appointments and meet all the new customers. For the next few years that would be our new normal.
Fast forward to 2011. The company was slowly but surely growing, and I was able to understand more, and better appreciate all the hard work and long days my dad and grandpa were putting in to make their dreams become reality. There were too many samples to squeeze into the van at that point, so my grandpa’s basement became the new office. I loved going over there and being able to visit with my grandpa, squeeze in an occasional lunch date, and watch things grow day by day.
Three more years went by and they bought their first official space. It was too small to hold offices though, so they still worked out of the basement. Nonetheless, it was a huge step and something we were all so proud of. There were now three desks in the basement and a whole lot of going back and forth between the showroom, my grandpa’s house, and driving the van everywhere. Things began to pick up and my grandpa, dad, Mitch, and Rodger were always busy doing their own parts.
As things kept expanding and we needed more, we decided to give up our first space and move into something bigger to better fit our needs. Today we have an actual office space, a showroom, new faces, new technology, and new approaches to ensure the best service possible. Although we lost the biggest part of us this year, I know my grandpa continues to shine down on us, so proud of how hard we’ve all worked to come together as one. This company has been filled with dedication, late nights, and challenge after challenge. More importantly though, it’s been the small victories that turned into big ones, the milestones we never thought we’d be able to reach, taking a step back from the busy day to day and realizing truly how far we have come, and above all, doing it as a family. Flooring Direct of KC’s core value has always been family and we hope to be able to serve you and make you a part of ours!