May 25th, 1954 – March 25th, 2017
Mike Blanton opened Dalton Carpet Outlet on July 5, 1978 with just one other part-time employee. He had been exposed to the floor covering industry at an early age; his mother, who had worked previously as a bookkeeper for a hardwood company, started an in-home carpet business when Mike was young and eventually opened her own retail location. Mike worked for her company as an installer during his high school and college years.
Through growth and relocations, the company eventually joined the nationwide Carpet One cooperative and changed its name to Dalton Carpet One in 1988. A second location in Gainesville had already been added in 1979, and the company’s third store opened in Eatonton in 2000. Mike continued to steadily grow the commercial side of the business, and DCO Commercial Floors now takes on projects all over the country.
Over the years, Mike was honored with numerous awards, including the Alan Greenberg Award in 2011. Named for the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of CCA Global Partners (Carpet One’s parent company), the award is given each year to the member who most embodies the Carpet One Floor & Home spirit and values.
Mike married his wife Kelley in 1997. Mike’s son, Curtis Blanton is the General Manager of DCOCF (Dalton Carpet One Commercial Floors).
Patrick joined the DCOCF team in April of 2017. He is originally from Nebraska and grew up knowing the flooring industry. Patrick has a diverse background and has worked in distribution, manufacturing, commercial and residential sales and project management.
In Patrick’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their French Bulldog, Morty. He also likes traveling, golfing, boating, cooking and smoking cigars.
Curtis grew up in the flooring business and began working full-time at DCO in 2007. He was the Store Manager of DCO’s Eatonton location until 2012, when he moved over to the Commercial Flooring division as the General Manager.
Prior to launching his career, Curtis earned a BBA in Management at the University of Georgia. His areas of expertise include Project Management with an emphasis on Healthcare, Multi-Family, Higher Education, Corporate, and Hospitality constructions. Curtis was a member of the DCO President’s Club in 2011.
When he isn’t working, Curtis likes to golf. He is also an avid runner and enjoys training for and running long distance relay races. He has three dogs and roots for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves.
Tom joined the DCOCF team in December of 2012.
Lee began his career with Dalton Carpet One as Controller in 2002 and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for DCO Commercial Floors. He received the 2004 Associate of the Year Award, and he holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia. Originally from Madison, Georgia, Lee still makes the same town his home today.
Lee and his wife have four children. When he isn’t at DCO, Lee enjoys Friday night football games with the high school band and ROTC, spending time at the lake with family, and watching Nascar and college football.
In 2005, Ryan joined the Commercial Flooring industry with two degrees under his belt: an Associate’s of Mathematics from Front Range Community College and a Bachelor’s in Engineering Physics. He specializes in estimating, ceramic tile and shower systems, and resilient tiles (VCT, LVT, etc.).
In his free time, Ryan enjoys being outdoors hunting, fishing, cycling, running, skiing, and rock climbing. He also likes working on projects around his house, on his truck and boat. Time with his family is important to him, as well as traveling.
Email: rconnell@dcocf. com
Jeffrey graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Marketing and began working at DCO in 2007. Jeffrey has since been honored as a member of the President’s Club every year since 2014, received a Top Gun Award in 2015, and is OSHA 30 Certified. Jeffrey specializes in working with hospitality, higher education, healthcare, and corporate accounts.
Jeffrey is originally from Athens, Ga, and now resides in Atlanta. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and running.
Jay joined the DCOCF team in August of 2017. He is a native Texan and brings with him 25 years of experience in the flooring industry. His areas of expertise include commercial, multi-family, new construction and renovations. He is known in the industry as being able to conceptualize beyond the ordinary and to nurture projects from beginning to completion.
Joe has been with Dalton Carpet One for more than 20 years and in the flooring business for more than 35 years. He brings experience in all areas of the flooring industry including warehouse, buying, management, and sales. Joe’s current position is in commercial contract sales including Higher Education, Restaurants, Healthcare and Industrial facilities.
Joe has won numerous awards including store of the year twice, outstanding store performance and sales person of the year. He has received the Presidents Club Award two years in a row.
Joe is married to Eva Pryor and they have two children Justin and Leah. When not at the beach, Joe enjoys everything outdoors such as swimming, fishing and hunting. Originally from Virginia, Joe and Eva now reside in Pendergrass, Ga.
Luke joined Dalton Carpet One in 2012, bringing with him four years of experience in commercial flooring and 17 years of experience in the construction industry. He holds a BS degree in Construction Science & Management from Southern Polytechnic State University. His areas of expertise include Higher Education, Restaurants, Healthcare, Industrial facilities.
Luke has won several awards and recognitions, including Rookie Salesman of the Year in 2012 and the Presidents Club Award from 2013-2017. He is also OSHA 30 certified.
Luke is married to LaDonna Canup. When he isn’t at DCO, Luke enjoys kayaking, running and going to concerts. He also teaches college & career class at Hills Crossing Baptist in Clarkesville, GA. Originally from Toccoa, Luke and LaDonna now reside in Turnerville, GA.
Ben has been with Dalton Carpet One since 2000. He has more than 14 years of experience in commercial flooring, with expertise in Commercial Carpet and Carpet Tile, Commercial Hardwood, Commercial Porcelain Tile and Stone, Commercial Resilient Tile and Sheet Vinyl, and Residential and Commercial Shower systems. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Georgia.
Over the years Ben has earned several awards and recognitions, including Commercial Salesperson of the Year 2007 & 2008, Presidents Club Award 2006-2017, and he is Installation Excellence Certified.
Ben is married to his wife Kim Eldridge who works in administration at Evoshield. They have 2 children, Camden and Sawyer. He is an active member of Watkinsville First Baptist Church where he and his wife Kim teach a children’s class and help with AWANA activities. Ben is on the Oconee County Little League Board of Directors and is Vice President of Minor League Baseball. He is extremely active in sports with his kids, having coached them in baseball, football, and basketball. His hobby is breeding English Bulldogs, and he currently has 3 dogs: Ealey, Lunar, and Magnus. Once a year he offers his English Bulldog puppies to Bulldog lovers across the country. Not surprising, Ben also loves all things UGA including Football, Basketball, and Baseball. GO DAWGS!!!
Chris joined Dalton Carpet One’s Commercial Sales team in 2011, bringing with him over 25 years of real estate and construction experience. Chris holds a degree in Real Estate from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.
Chris’s areas of expertise at DCO Commercial Flooring include Multi-Family and Fast Track Single Family construction. Over the years, Chris has been recognized for his service with the following awards: DCO Rookie of the Year in 2011, the DCO President’s Club Award in 2012 – 2017, and the DCO Salesperson of The Year in 2013.
Chris is married to Beth Saye and they have four children – John Saye (who is married to Rebecca), Katy Collins (who is married to Chris), Brooks, and Brantley. Chris and Beth have two granddaughters, Nora Jane Collins and Magnolia June Saye. The family attends Antioch Christian Church.
Jeremy has been in the construction industry since 2002, but he began his career in the flooring business in 2007. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in Industrial Distribution and Logistics.
As a commercial sales specialist and senior project manager for DCO Commercial Floors, Jeremy’s particular areas of expertise include Military Bases, Higher Education Facilities, and Dining Halls. Jeremy is OSHA 30 Certified, First Aid Certified, and CPR Certified. He has furthered his flooring education by completing Carpet One’s Installation Excellence Training, graduating from Mohawk University, and receiving extensive tile training through Schluter and CTEF.
Jessica joined DCOCF in May of 2017. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Integrated Studies of Anthropology and Sociology. Jessica began working in the flooring industry in 2013, but her father owns and operates a flooring business, so she already had personal experience with the industry.
Jessica is originally from Acworth, Georgia and has a husband, Sean, and son, Colton. They enjoys hiking and exploring with their two dogs and in their free time they enjoys watching the Green Bay Packers play!
Michael joined the DCOCF team in January of 2007.
Jeremy joined DCOCF in January of 2016.
Bill joined Dalton Carpet One in 2014 as a Commercial Estimator. He graduated from Gainesville State College with an AA degree in History and from the University of Georgia with a BA in History. Bill has been working in the flooring industry since 2002, and his areas of expertise span budgeting, bidding and estimation.
Originally hailing from the hills of Tennessee, Chris came to Dalton Carpet One in August of 2005. Chris began his career at DCO in the Lead Warehouse position but quickly became the Inventory Manager in 2006. Chris became the Commercial Estimator in early 2008 and was named Associate of the Year for 2010. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.
Chris has worked in several industries such as running a screen printing operation and even spent some time Gold Mining in California. Chris is married to a wonderful wife, Amanda and they have two dachshounds that think they are children. His hobbies include history, good music, literature, genealogy, and Gaelic studies (Irish and Scottish). Chris is an international radio/podcast personality. And while Chris may be from Tennessee, he is all Dawg. He is a huge Georgia Bulldogs and GSU Eagle fan, and he’s a massive Celtic FC supporter (Glasglow, Scotland).
Graduating from Athens Tech in 1975 in Marketing and Management, David knew he was meant for the flooring industry. He started his own flooring business in 1976, which later closed in 2011. David joined the DCOCF sales team in 2010 with a focus on central and south Georgia. Areas of expertise include carpet and resilient flooring.
David’s son, Ryan Connell, also started working at DCOCF in 2005. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 40 years, Debbie, their four grandchildren, and horses. He also enjoys playing golf.
Originally from the bayous of Louisiana, Adrienne graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Public Relations. Since then, she has earned marketing and public relations experience in the healthcare, luxury automobile, student housing, and consumer product goods industries. She joined the floor covering business in early 2016 as the Marketing Manager for Dalton Carpet One residential. She specializes in digital marketing, design, brand development, and media placements.
Adrienne and her husband, Joel, reside in Atlanta. Together, they enjoy traveling around the world, attending concerts, and rooting for the LSU Tigers and the Atlanta Braves. Adrienne also adores hot yoga, going for a hike, and cooking up a spicy Cajun dinner.
Chase joined the DCOCF team in February of 2016.
Taylor joined the DCOCF team in June of 2017. She studied Business at Valdosta State University and hopes to finish her degree at UGA. She grew up in Barrow county and now lives in Athens with her boyfriend and their dog. When she isn’t working, Taylor enjoys spending time with her family and friends in Athens and on Lake Hartwell.
Lana joined the DCOCF team in August of 2015.
Marla joined Dalton Carpet One in 2011 as our Commercial Administrator, bringing with her five years of experience working in the construction industry.
She resides in Hull, Georgia and enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and painting in her spare time.
Terri joined Dalton Carpet One in 2005 and worked in Order Entry and Purchasing before becoming the Merchandising Specialist in 2008.
In May 2015, Terri made the move to the Commercial Division and is now a Commercial Contract Administrator.
Originally from Atlanta, Terri and her family now reside in Winder. In her spare time, she likes to read, draw and vacation on the beach. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and doing outdoor activities like riding, camping and hiking.