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CFI News: Letter from the President

To all our CFI members, let me introduce myself: my name is Graham Bedwell, and I am your new president for the Carpet & Fabricare Institute.

I have been associated with the industry for approximately 22 years; I started cleaning residential carpet using a small blue box extractor, and then soon realized that I needed to have something a little stronger. I then used a slide out propane heated truck mount, which was great, that was until one day I was cleaning in an office building and parked the machine under a smoke detector; well you can guess the rest.

I then was employed as an operations manager for a large west coast commercial carpet cleaning company and within 14 years I was a VP of operations. Then unfortunately due to the economy I was made redundant; but that did not deter me. For a couple of years I performed some consulting for various companies and then joined my present company (Rouse Company) as director of the flooring maintenance division.

As well as your president I also represent the CFI on the IICRC board, I am also on the IICRC CCMT exam task force.

In the next 2 years I am looking to have a full calendar for education which will be classes for all IICRC exams as well as hands on chapter meetings, I am also looking to increase our membership and hold on to the members we have.

In closing I would like to ask you the members what you would like to see the CFI do for you, it is your association, you can email me at

  Yours sincerely,

Graham Bedwell
CFI President

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