We would not be the company we are today without the tireless work ethic and vision of our late founder, Mike Blanton. Mike opened Dalton Carpet Outlet on July 5th, 1978, with just one other part-time employee. But that’s not to say that he was new to the flooring industry. Mike’s mother had worked as a bookkeeper for a hardwood flooring company and started her own in-home carpet business while Mike was still young, eventually opening her own carpet retail location. Mike worked for his mother’s company as a carpet installer during high school and college. Throughout the years, the company grew and prospered, joining the nationwide Carpet One cooperative and changing its name in 1988 to Dalton Carpet One. New storefronts were opened, one in Gainesville in 1979 and one in Eatonton in 2000. Throughout this time, Mike became heavily involved in the commercial side of the flooring enterprise and began to see a unique opportunity to shift direction toward a company that understood the unique rigors and demands of commercial flooring. This lead the company to create the DCO Commercial Floors division. Throughout his time working in the flooring industry, Mike was honored with numerous awards, including the Alan Greenberg Award in 2011. The Alan Greenberg Award is named for the co-founder and co-CEO of Carpet One’s parent company and is given each year to a member who most embodies the Carpet One Floor & Home company’s spirit and values. We can think of no one more deserving than our founder! Today, we continue to strive to meet Mike’s ideals for a company that’s built on trust and reputation as well as knowledge and experience.
Curtis was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, and attended the University of Georgia to earn his bachelor’s degree in Management. Growing up surrounded by the flooring industry from an early age, Curtis launched his career into the world of flooring in 2007. As the Store Manager of Dalton Carpet One at the Eatonton location, Curtis was able to further his knowledge, and continue to build his career in the industry. In 2012, Curtis was promoted to General Manager in the Commercial Flooring division and is now the current President. He focuses on the Texas and Southeastern U.S. markets. He is an active member of the Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA), currently serving on the Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Successors Committee. In addition to fulfilling these roles, Curtis serves as Chairman of the Technology Committee for Starnet Flooring. He is a recipient of the 2018 Young Leaders in Floor Covering for his leadership in the flooring industry. He actively supports many wonderful organizations, including Building for America’s Bravest and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. When he is not working, you can find Curtis supporting his favorite teams; the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves, golfing, or running.
Summer began working in the flooring industry in 2011, then brought her talents to DCO Commercial Floors in 2016 as a part of our estimating team. Her leadership capabilities and her ability to analyze needs and find solutions escalated her to the role of Lead Estimator. Summer’s creative and innovative thinking, her strong willingness to change for the better, and her culture of service to the customer have all contributed to her staggering success within the company, leading her to become the Director of Preconstruction. In this role, she assumes all responsibilities associated with ensuring the success of all preconstruction activities from the conception stage of a project, to estimating, through the planning of the project scope. In her free time, Summer enjoys traveling and doing Crossfit.
Jesse started his extensive career in his father’s retail flooring and furniture store in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked in every position in the family business including the warehouse, delivery, sales, and as a subcontractor before moving to Georgia in 2003. He joined Dalton Carpet One in 2009 as their Installation Manager and was an integral part of the leadership team throughout DCO’s rapid growth overseeing the Installation Dept for both retail and commercial divisions. He transitioned to Operations Manager of the commercial division in 2015, focusing on building the project management department. He became the Vice President of DCO Commercial Floors in 2018, supporting all departments in the execution of successful projects and developing leaders on the operations side of the business. He is a CFI (Certified Floorcovering Installer) R1 & C1, FCICA CIM (Certified Installation Manager), and OSHA 30 certified. He lives in Watkinsville, Ga., with his wife Kimberly and two daughters. They enjoy raising them and watching them participate in soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
Luke joined DCOCF in 2012, bringing with him four years of experience in commercial flooring and 17 years of experience in the construction industry. He studied Architecture at Clemson from 1999 – 2001 before switching to Construction and currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Science & Management from Southern Polytechnic State University. He has gained lengthy experience in the senior living facilities, higher education, private schools, and country club market segments. Through his hard work, extensive experience, and perseverance to succeed, 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 and a Georgia Residential Licensed Contractor. Luke has been married to LaDonna Canup since 2005 and together they have a son, Townsen. When he isn’t at DCO, Luke enjoys kayaking, running, and going to concerts. He is a member and Deacon at Hills Crossing Baptist Church where he is very involved. Luke heads up a construction oriented local mission team called Mighty Men and also runs a small local collection point for gathering used Christian literature for distribution to foreign nations through a ministry called Love Packages. Originally from Toccoa, Luke and his family now reside in Turnerville, Ga., where they root on both the Clemson Tigers and UGA Bulldogs. Recent projects: Westin Sundial Restaurant, MLK Aquatic & Recreation Center
Jessica graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Integrated Studies of Anthropology and Sociology. She began working in the flooring industry in 2013 and joined DCOCF in May of 2017 as a Project Manager. In August 2018, she moved into the role of Estimator. She has a personal connection to the floor covering industry as her father owns and operates a flooring business. Jessica is married to her husband, Sean, and together they have a son, Colton. They enjoy hiking and exploring with their two dogs and in their free time, they enjoy watching the Green Bay Packers play.
Russell came to DCOCF in May 2017 with 17 years of accounting and small business operations experience and three years of experience in public and corporate accounting. He spent one year in Construction Accounting before joining Dalton Carpet One as an Assistant Controller in May 2017. After two years in this role, he joined DCOCF as Controller in April 2019.
Born and raised in Athens, GA, it was no surprise he attended the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in General Business and Management. He and his wife, Kelly, and kids, William and Emmeline, still remain in the Athens area today. Sports are a passion of his, as he grew up on UGA football and Braves baseball.
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