Shawn began his career in floorcovering in 1979 as an apprentice installer before becoming a Licensed Independent Contractor specializing in the installation of carpet, sheet vinyl and vinyl composition tile.
In the 1980’s Shawn and his wife Shari owned and operated a retail flooring store in San Diego. During this time they were very involved with the San Diego County Floor Covering Association, promoting the increased professionalism of the trade. During this same period of time Shawn became a Licensed Certified Flooring Inspector through the IICUC and also trained and became certified in the installation of hardwood, laminate and engineered flooring. After closing their retail store, Shawn worked as a Project Manager and Hard Surface Supervisor for a large installation company.
In the early 1990’s Shawn was the Contractors License holder for Color Tile for the State of California and was tasked with creating and managing an installation pool for the territory of San Diego County. After Color Tile disbanded their Commercial Division, Shawn returned to work as an Independent Installation Contractor.
In 1996 Shawn and his family realized their dream of moving to Western Montana. He continued working as an Installation Contractor until 2000 when a local flooring and design center in Missoula, MT invited him to become Service Manager of both the residential and commercial departments. This position required Shawn to be the line of communication with customers as well as be responsible for discerning the true nature of issues and completing any corrective measures necessary to rectify the situation. These years have been invaluable in the experiences of customer relations and problem solving, coordinating with the consumer, suppliers and manufacturers.
Forty-plus years of floor covering experience with an emphasis on installation and a commitment to continuing education have been the ideal platform to enter the next phase of his career as an Independent Flooring Inspector.
Shawn has fulfilled all the requirements of the IFCII and is recognized as a Licensed Independent Flooring Inspector.