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Bill Rice Joins Bostik’s Flooring Group as Territory Manager

Published on 2005-05-05. Author : SpecialChem

MIDDLETON, MASS. -- Bill Rice, a flooring sales manager with two decades of experience and customer relations, has joined Bostik's Flooring Group as Territory Manager - Carpet, Vinyl and Patch Products, for 12 East Coast states.

After serving in the United States Air Force and attending the University of Maryland with a concentration in business administration studies, in 1985 Rice returned to the industry he served prior to joining the Air Force.

"I've been in this industry a long time and have seen so many changes," Rice said. "I really enjoy being in this industry and the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between brands and products, and the people supporting them.

"I quickly grew to better understand and respect the challenges facing contractors and their flooring product distributors," Rice said. "In the end, it was this industry knowledge that lead me to Bostik Flooring, the leader in this field."

Most recently a territory manager for Shaw Industries Inc. of Dalton, Georgia, Rice also has served as East Coast district manager for adhesives for Dalton-based WF Taylor Flooring, and sales and marketing manager for Southland Floors Inc., a wholesale floor covering distributor based in Pompano Beach, Fla.

In addition to covering carpet, vinyl and patch product accounts in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington D.C., and Virginia, Rice serves as a territory manager for Bostik® Hardwood Products in New York City, Long Island and neighboring boroughs.

Rice reports directly to Brian Kelley, Bostik Flooring Eastern Regional Sales.

"Bill has had his hand on the pulse of this industry for years — forging close relationships with leading distributors and their contractor customers in the trenches," Kelley said. "He brings a wealth of industry experience and contacts, and a track record of listening closely to customers to ensure products and people exceed expectations."

"Bill's a real gamer who helps everyone take it to the next level," said Robert McNamara, National Sales & Marketing Manager for Bostik Flooring. "We're pleased and privileged to have him on our team."

Based in Middleton, Mass., Bostik Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants in the world. Its parent company, TOTAL S.A., the fourth-largest oil company in the world, is a $160 billion multinational company with extensive interests in oil exploration, petroleum refining and the formulation of specialty chemicals. Bostik's Flooring Group is the leading U.S. manufacturer of installation and aftercare products for ceramic tile, stone, hardwood, vinyl and carpet floor coverings.

Source: Bostik Inc.

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