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.
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.
Jamie joined our team in 2020 and comes to us after working eight years as a Human Resources Director. While attending Capella University, majoring in Human Resources Management, Jamie obtained two designations Certified PHR and SHRM-CP. She serves on the Board of Directors of a local Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Chapter and is recognized by SHRM national. Jamie brings over 15 years of progressive, notable experience in strategic human resource planning, performance management, training & development and Certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Management Coaching. Jamie enjoys working at DCO because she admires how the company leaders seek mutual benefit in all human interactions which aligns with our Core Purpose of how to “Make it Easy.” Jamie uses her strong business acumen, formal education and unparalleled experience to affect positive change within companies, like DCO. Jamie and her husband, Andrew, have two daughters and one son, and she enjoys spending time on the soccer field and traveling internationally with her family.
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.
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.
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