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.
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. In 2012, Curtis was promoted to General Manager in the Commercial Flooring division and is currently Vice 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 is 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. Curtis was born and raised in Athens, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Management. He actively supports many worthwhile organizations, including Building for America’s Bravest and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. When he’s not working, Curtis is actively golfing, running and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves.
Lee joined Dalton Carpet One in 2002 as a controller, helping to oversee our quality assurance processes. Currently the Chief Financial Officer for DCO Commercial Floors, Lee holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia. He received the 2004 Associate of the Year Award for his outstanding work ethic and commitment to excellence, and we’re proud to have him as part of our team. Lee was born and raised in Madison, Georgia, and still makes his home there today. He and his wife have four children together. When he’s not handling all things flooring and accounting related, he enjoys Friday night football games with the high school band and ROTC, as well as spending time at the lake with family. He also enjoys watching NASCAR and college football.
JR was brought on board the Dalton Carpet One team in 2004 by Mike Blanton to work in the Purchasing & Procurement department. Since then, he has worked in Installation, Sales, Warehousing, Site Management, Project Management, Operations Management, and now currently serves as President of Dalton Carpet One. JR earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Southern University. He and his wife, Crystal, have three children and are active in the local Catholic church where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as a Religious Education teacher. JR is a member of the Georgia Club and enjoys playing golf. JR is also an Eagle Scout and is actively involved in the Cub Scouts as a leader for his sons.
Summer began working in the flooring industry in 2011, then brought her talents to DCO Commercial in 2016 as estimator, now serving as Lead Estimator. Her areas of expertise include estimating and design. In her free time, Summer enjoys traveling and doing Crossfit.
Adrienne graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in public relations. Her marketing and public relations experiences goes well beyond the flooring industry and includes healthcare, luxury automobile, student housing, and consumer product goods. Adrienne added the floor covering industry to her considerable repertoire in 2016 as the marketing manager for Dalton Carpet One. She is a member of the American Marketing Association – Atlanta Chapter and volunteers on the Communications Committee. She also serves on the Membership Committee for the Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) and the Specifier and Business Development Committee for Starnet. She and her husband, Joel, reside in Atlanta with their dog, JB. Together, they enjoy traveling around the world, attending concerts, and rooting for both the LSU Tigers and the Atlanta Braves. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys hot yoga, hiking, and cooking up a spicy Cajun dinner.
Dan has been in the construction business since 1979 and in the window treatment industry since 1984. In 1985, Dan and Dave Newman (Account Executive) started one of the region’s first full-fledged window treatment businesses with real first-hand commercial construction experience. Since then, he has watched the industry transform from tiny institutions to what it is today as contractor-styled businesses. Dan is very involved in ministry at his church (12 Stone). Dan has served on the Gwinnett County Board of Education since 1994. Dan enjoys virtually all sports, and loves music. He has a degree in music from Eastern Michigan University, with a proficiency in cello. He also plays guitar, piano, and various other instruments.
Tom joined the DCOCF team in December of 2012.
Ben brings a wealth of flooring expertise to the DCO Commercial Floors family. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. He specializes in commercial flooring and carpet, as well as tile, hardwood, porcelain, stone and resilient tile. He’s also well-versed in sheet vinyl and shower systems. Ben has been the proud recipient of numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including Salesperson of the Year in 2007 and 2008 as well as being the recipient of the President’s Club Award every year from 2006-2017. He has also received the prestigious Top Gun: Best of the Best Award in 2016. Together with his wife Kim and their two children, Camden and Sawyer, Ben and his family are active members of Watkinsville First Baptist Church where he and his wife teach a children’s Sunday school class. They live in Oconee County and Ben prides himself on being extremely active in his children’s sporting activities, including coaching them in baseball, football and basketball. His hobbies include renovating and selling homes, breeding English bulldogs and goldendoodles, and supporting UGA in every sport.
Danny joined the Dalton Carpet Outlet team back in March of 1985 as an outside builder sales representative. Initially, his role was to develop new business relationships in the growing builder market throughout the Athens metro area. He proved to be exemplary in this role and then went on to become a Sales Manager, helping to train new representatives to further company growth and expansion. Danny returned to a fulltime sales role in 1989 and has won numerous awards and accolades since then, including Outside Salesperson of the Year for more than 10 years, Presidents Club awards for having a million dollars or more in sales and most recently, the Top Gun award for overall sales performance. To help with the expansion of the commercial side of DCO Commercial Floors, Danny became a senior account executive in 2008. His specialization includes multi-family developments and student housing across the nation. He has worked on projects across the country, including in Oregon, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arizona. Danny hopes the next few years will be as fruitful as the last ten and he welcomes the opportunity to further grow and expand DCO Commercial Floors’ commercial flooring segment. In addition to spending time with his wife, Donna, and their six grandchildren, Danny enjoys traveling, working on classic cars, and watching NASCAR.
Some people are a perfect fit when it comes to flooring – like our account executive David. Since graduating from Athens Tech in 1975 with a degree in Marketing and Management, David started his own flooring business in 1976. He then closed his business and joined the DCO Commercial Floors team in 2010, concentrating on the central and southern Georgia markets. He is an expert in both carpet and resilient flooring installation, and his son Ryan has also worked with us since 2005. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 40 years, Debbie, as well as their four grandchildren. He is also an avid lover of horses and golf.
Ezra began working in commercial sales for Dalton Carpet One in 1999 upon earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. Since then, Ezra has gained an expertise that is one of the most diverse in the industry. His efforts and talents have allowed him to work successfully in a variety of fields over the years, including healthcare, education, hospitality, and senior living. This variety of market segments, along with his dedication to the job, flawless service, and impeccable work ethic have allowed him to become one the most valuable and awarded members of our team. He has earned a place in the President’s Club each year since the club opened in 2001 for having a million dollars or more in sales. He has also been awarded with the Top Gun: Best of the Best Award for his exceptional performance since its inception in 2015. He is married to his wife, Sabrina, and together they have a daughter, Sophia. When he isn’t making a sale, Ezra enjoys fitness, basketball, tennis, golf, and traveling. Recent projects: Northeast GA Medical at Braselton (NGMC Braselton), Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, Athens Hyatt, and New Valdosta High School
Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a BBA in Marketing. He began working in the flooring industry as a member of the DCO Commercial Floors team in 2007. Since then, he has been honored as a member of the President’s Club every year since 2014. He recently received a Top Gun award in 2015 and achieved his OSHA 30 certification. He specializes in attending to hospitality, higher education, healthcare, and corporate accounts. Jeffrey is originally from Athens, Georgia, but now lives in Atlanta. He spends his free time traveling and running.
Jeremy is no stranger to the construction industry, having started in it in 2002. His introduction to the flooring industry came in 2007 when he joined DCO Commercial Floors as a commercial sales specialist and senior project manager. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in Industrial Distribution and Logistics. His areas of expertise within the company include military bases, higher education facilities, and dining halls. Jeremy has also obtained his OSHA 30 certification. Not content to rest on his educational achievements, Jeremy has also furthered his flooring education by completing Carpet One’s Installation Excellence Training. He has continued his studies by graduating from Mohawk University and receiving extensive training through Schluter and CTEF.
Joe has been with DCO 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 makes him an expert in higher education, restaurants, healthcare, and industrial facilities. Joe has deservingly won numerous awards including Store of the Year, Outstanding Store Performance, and Salesperson of the Year. He has also 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 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
Dave began working in the window treatment industry in 1984. He came to DCO Commercial Window Treatments in February of 2015. Dave has earned the President’s Club Award in 2016, which is a top sales achievement in the company. Dave and his wife, Denise, moved to the Atlanta area with their two children, Danny and Adrienne, in 1984. They have four grandchildren and are very involved in their church where Dave plays bass in the worship band and also works with the youth praise band.
Bennett comes from a rich heritage in the window treatment industry. His father started a company right in the heart of Atlanta called Venetian Blind Service in 1946. Bennett began working there almost as soon as he could walk. Upon his father’s passing in 1998, Bennett took the reigns and ran the business for 18 years before joining DCO Commercial Window Treatments in 2016. Bennett and his wife, Paula, have two children, Caroline and Cooper. Bennett likes hockey and in his spare time, does stained glass artwork and spends time with neighborhood friends grilling out. He also enjoys their family dogs, Rudy and Stella.
Danny began working in the window treatment industry as an installer at age sixteen. Except for a tw0-year period when he worked in the transportation industry, his career has been in window treatments. He joined DCO Commercial Window Treatments in July of 2016 as an Account Executive. Danny likes to work on vintage cars and motorcycles in his spare time. He also enjoys hunting, drawing, and painting. He strives to build strong relationships and provide a quality product and exceptional service to general contractors, property managers, and property owners.
Chris joined the DCO Commercial Floors team in 2011, bringing with him more than 25 years of real estate and construction experience. He holds a degree in real estate from the University of Georgia, and puts his considerable expertise to work at DCO Commercial Floors by concentrating on multi-family and fast-track single family construction. Chris has also been honored with many different awards, including the DCO Rookie of the Year award in 2011, the DCO President’s Club Award for 2012-2017, and the DCO Salesperson of the Year Award in 2013. Chris is married to Beth Saye and they have four children together: John, Katy, Brooks and Brantley. They also have four granddaughters: Nora, Magnolia, Eliza, and Brice. The family attends Antioch Christian Church.
Amon joined the DCOCF team in May of 2015.
Meghan brings a wealth of experience to the forefront at DCO Commercial Floors. She began working in construction back in 2005 and joined the DCO Commercial Floors team in 2008. Prior to this time, she studied Business at Valdosta State University. Meghan’s areas of expertise include multi-family housing, corporate occupied lift installations, and the hospitality industry. She and her husband, Danny, as well as their two girls, Emma and June, love spending time outdoors and on the water and frequently spend time at the beach or at the lake on their boat.
Todd brings more than two decades of flooring experience to the team. In addition to holding his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1983 from Southern Polytechnical Institute, Todd is also a licensed Georgia architect. He has been working in the flooring industry since 1996 and was brought on as a Project Manager with DCO Commercial Floors in October of 2015.
Michael joined the DCOCF team in January of 2007.
Jeremy joined DCO Commercial Floors in February 2016 with five years of prior flooring experience under his belt. He currently holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Perimeter College, and is both FCICA and Procore Certified. Jeremy has worked in a wide range of industries, including hospitality, higher education, restaurant, healthcare, commercial property management, and senior living. All of these industries have provided him with a multi-faceted experience that is invaluable to understanding the different needs of occupational and commercial flooring. He and his wife Lindsey have three children together: Noah, Emma and Gavin. Don’t be surprised if in your spare time, you find Jeremy out on a field coaching ball, traveling, golfing or biking. He and his family attend the 12Stone Church. Recent projects: Porsche US Headquarters, GA Tech renovation, Hyatt Athens, Hilton Garden Inn renovation, 2017 Showtime Bowl renovation, 2017 NGMC Braselton OB Expansion.
Erik began working in the flooring industry in 2003, but didn’t bring his expertise to DCOCF until 2015. He works especially clsely with tile and is is a Certified Installation Manager (CIM) through FCICA.
Before coming to DCOCF, Sean worked for a small flooring company in Marietta, Ga. He started out doing warehouse and demo work, but eventually worked his way into Residential/Commercial sales and project management. He began his career with DCOCF in February of 2018 as a Site Superintendent. At the end of June 2018, he transitioned to an Assistant Project Manager role.
Sean is married to another DCOCF employee, Jessica Harrison. Together they have two children. His hobbies include rock climbing and backpacking/camping.
Corbin has nine years experience in increasingly responsible roles within project management at several companies. Corbin is an Atlanta Falcons and Braves fan, but his college team is The University of Michigan. He is to be married in April to his fiancée, Donna, who is a construction attorney.
Doug has a BS in Interior Design from Florida State University. Doug began his career in the window treatment industry as a product representative for a manufacturer. He then moved into sales with two different window treatment contractors prior to joining DCO Commercial Window Treatments in February of 2014. In total, Doug has been in the window treatment industry for more than 35 years. In his spare time, Doug enjoys reading, boating, wood-working, gardening, and camping. He and his wife, Kitty, have two children, Mallory and Austin, and a grandson, Maddox.
John’s initial experience in flooring came when he joined DCO Commercial Floors in October of 2014. Although he started out as a Site Superintendent, he has since taken on a project manager role in our Austin, Texas, facility, where he specializes in flooring for multi-family, higher education, military, and hospitality facilities. John holds a B.A. in History from Augusta University. He also went to the University of Georgia where he received a Master’s degree in Natural Resources. In addition, he is a Certified Installation Manager (CIM) and is OSHA 30 certified, further cementing his credentials as a flooring expert. In his free time, John enjoys fly fishing, golfing, cycling and reading. He can also play the guitar, mandolin and banjo. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years (from 2004-2008) and is currently in Reserves. He is highly involved in his church and attends regularly with his family – his wife Rebecca and two daughters, Magnolia and Brice. Being a UGA graduate, John holds a diehard love and support for the Dawgs.
Tiaan Schutte was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where he lived for nearly 32 years before coming to the states. Tiann is married to Letetia and they have two children, Sebastian and Mila. While living in South Africa, Tiaan was a professional Rugby player. He moved to the United States in 2002 and has had a varied career. Most recently, he worked with a large roofing contractor as a Superintendent over multiple projects. He joined the ranks of DCO Commercial Window Treatments in August of 2018 in the role of Project Manager. While not at work, Tiaan enjoys golfing, tennis, and spending time with his family.
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.
Chase joined the DCOCF team in February of 2016.
As a graduate of Georgia Southern University, Chris came to Dalton Carpet One in August of 2005 in a lead warehouse position. He became Inventory Manager in 2006 and then joined DCOCF as an Estimator in early 2008. He was later named Associate of the Year in 2010. Chris is married to Amanda and they have two dachshounds. His hobbies include history, good music, literature, genealogy, and Gaelic studies. Chris is also an international radio/podcast personality in his spare time. While Chris may be from Tennessee, he is a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan, as well as the GSU Eagles and Celtic FC (Glasglow, Scotland).
Mary attended Appalachian State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She joined the flooring industry in 2014 and brought her talents to DCOCF in fall of 2017. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband. Mary likes to participate in any activity that lets her be outside, like reading and exercising.
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 tot he 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.
Jeff joined Dalton Carpet One in 2009 bringing with him 10 years of General and Operations Management experience in Lumber and Building Materials. Born in Athens, Jeff worked in the Savannah, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, and Chicago markets, before returning home to the Athens area. Jeff worked as the Commercial, Retail, and Contract Scheduler with Dalton Carpet One until the establishment of DCO Commercial Floors. Jeff then moved into his role as Commercial Scheduler. In 2013, Jeff made the move to Project Management before finding his current position in Commercial Estimating. Jeff earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Science in Operations Management- Enterprise Integration from the University of Alabama. Jeff is presently enrolled at the University of Georgia seeking his EdD in Workforce Education, aspiring to teach Operations Management upon graduation. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys practicing Aikido, reading, and spending time in the outdoors with his family.
Raymond joined the DCOCF team in May of 2017.
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.
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.
Vicki joined DCO Commercial Floors in October 2016 as an Invoice Scheduler. She has experience in office management, construction and property development, and rental property management. She has one son, Zach. She enjoys history, music, cooking, and fitness. Taking day trips to the mountains and spending time outdoors is one of her favorite things to do.
Amanda started her career with the company in June 2013 on the residential side of the business, Dalton Carpet One. She learned the ropes quickly then moved to DCOCF in Scheduling. After doing that for a while, she joined Dalton Carpet One again, working as the Merchandising Assistant until the summer of 2018. Amanda now serves as the Invoice Scheduler for DCOCF. She has two sons and resides in Athens, Ga. She is an excellent thrifter and enjoys exploring local estate sales. Amanda has worn many hats during her tenure here and we are proud to have her on the DCOCF team.
Lana started in the flooring industry as a receptionist in August 2015 with Dalton Carpet One, then transferred to the Purchasing Agent position in December 2015 before joining the DCOCF team as a Contract Administrator in September 2016. While she is not at work, Lana enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Ashley came to work with DCO Commercial Window Treatments in 2015. She enjoys comedy clubs as well as traveling and helping out with her daughter’s (Neveah) travel softball team. Ashley is ambitious and driven to grow and improve. She is task-oriented and thrives on a challenge. She is married to Roger.
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