Contact:   Elise Demboski
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DALTON, GA, November 27, 2007—There is more than innovation, creativity, craftsmanship and quality that sets Karastan apart. There is the unsurpassed excellence of Karastan’s Sales Team. This exceptional team, whose collective dedication represents centuries of service and multi-billions in sales, was celebrated at the company’s National Sales meeting, held November 13-16 in Greensboro, NC. Top honors were bestowed on six “Hall of Fame” veterans who have been with Karastan for 30+ years and who individually exceed 100 million in business.

Recognized for the most years of service is “billion-dollar" man Bill Roach, Regional Vice President of National Accounts. A veteran of 44 years with accumulated sales exceeding one billion dollars, Roach sets the standard for his fellow teammates. “Karastan has been good to me,” says Roach. “My travels, experiences and the relationships I’ve built over the years are memories I cherish. I am proud to represent Karastan and will continue to offer this company my very best.”

Equally committed is John Black (36 years), Territory Manager for the South Pacific, joined by John Heath (35 years),Territory Manager for the Northeast; Ed McRae (35 years), District Manager; and Pat Ford (34 years), Regional Vice President for the South Pacific. Those mentioned, along with the entire Karastan Sales Team, report to Dennis Thiets, Vice President of Sales, who was also honored for 30 years of service.

“As we celebrated the years these men have dedicated to Karastan, it became clear that what we have is extremely unique,” says Bill Storey, Senior Vice President / General Manager. “Yes, the level of expertise we offer our customers is unsurpassed. But, it is sincerity and loyalty that really defines our team and distinguishes the Karastan Brand.”

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Billion-dollar man, Bill Roach, flanked by Dennis Thiets (left) VP of Sales and Bill Storey (right) Senior Vice President / General Manager of Karastan
Left to right: Tom Lape, President Mohawk Residential ; Pat Ford, RVP South Pacific; Monte Thornton, president Mohawk Flooring; John Heath, TM Northeast; Bill Roach, RVP National Accounts;  Dennis Thiets, VP of Sales; and Ed McRae, District Manager

Karastan is part of Mohawk Industries, a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of broadloom carpet, ceramic tile, wood, stone, laminate, vinyl, rugs and other home products. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which, in addition to Karastan, include Mohawk, Ralph Lauren, Lees, Bigelow, Dal-Tile and American Olean. Mohawk’s unique merchandising and marketing assists customers in creating the consumer’s dream. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and over 250 local distribution locations.

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