January 31, 2020

Wallcoverings Association Annual Meeting Focuses on 2020 Vision

Members of the Wallcoverings Association (WA) gathered this past week in Clearwater Beach, FL, for their annual meeting to network, showcase product, and attend thought-leadership discussions. 
In between client meetings and events, WA members listened to 
speakers on subjects ranging from the economy and regulations to 
sustainability and trends.

During his welcome speech, Dan Brandt, WA 
president and Director of Product and Marketing for MDC 
Wallcoverings, Glendale Heights, IL, noted that 2020 is an important 
year for the association as it forges ahead with new vision and 
leadership. The WA moved last year to switch management 
companies, choosing Chicago and Washington, D.C.- based Bostrom to 
run the association. 

Shelly Bixler of National Solutions shows off her father’s award, while Larry Bixler enjoys his crown surrounded by first and second generations of Bixlers.

During its Monday night dinner gala, the WA also awarded the Allman 
Award for lifetime achievement to 39-year industry veteran Larry 
Bixler, Chairman and CEO of National Solutions. Bixler, who founded 
his company in the early 1980s, accepted the award surrounded by his 
wife and family, including his son, Michael, and his daughter, Shelly, 
the second generation of Bixlers to lead the company. 
According to Bixler, the key to his success has been a focus on “family 
and fun.”

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