BWG News   •   November 29, 2017


MANSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS – The Belknap White Group (BWG), one of America’s leading full-service flooring distributors, hosted its 17th Annual FlooringPlus Convention held in upstate New York at Bolton Landing’s Premier Luxury Resort, The Sagamore.

Scores of retailers, vendors, exhibitors and sponsors turned out for the 17th Annual FlooringPlus Convention, October 22nd and 23rd, which is open to FlooringPlus Members only.

This year’s convention focused on BWG’s tradition of empowering its FlooringPlus Members. This two-day event featured keynote speaker Jay Rifenbary, whose presentation “No Excuse!” discussed incorporating core values, accountability and bringing balance into one’s life and career.

Additional breakout sessions focused on marketing and the importance of consistent advertising, effective website marketing, promoting consumer financing options and the often forgotten importance of “making customers feel appreciated.”

Other sessions included important technical issues such as “Focusing on Moisture Control.” Attendees learned about new products and services during the events’ two-day “Product Showcase.”

The main event featured was BWG’s awards presentation luncheon and ceremony. This year, BWG recognized the following award recipients:

  • BWG Highest Percentage Increase – Floor and Home Inc. Westwood NJ -Tony and Kathy Sicilla
  • BWG Cross Corporate Account of the Year – Lee Appliance Plattsburgh, NY – Gary and Shelly Bertrain
  • BWG Dealer of the Year – Elite Flooring Specialist – Hartford, CT

“Our 17th Annual Convention was a resounding success,” said BWG President, Paul Castagliuolo.  “Thank you to all suppliers, service providers, employees and participants who joined us to renew friendships, forge new relationships and help plan for our shared future,” Castagliuolo added.

The Belknap White Group created the FlooringPlus Loyalty Program to provide their customers with ongoing cogent information on merchandising, marketing, technology, education and business resources. Members enjoy the benefits of a group program… while maintaining its independence and identity with great flexibility. For more information on BWG’s FlooringPlus Program, visit the website at

Congratulations to Tony & Kathy Sicilia of Home & Floor, Inc. in Westwood, NJ. They were awarded the BWG Highest Percent Increase Award among our FlooringPlus Dealers at our annual Convention.

Congratulations to Gary and Shelly Bertrand of Lee Appliance in Plattsburg, NY. They won the BWG Cross Corporate Account of the Year award at this year’s FlooringPlus Convention.

Congratulations to BWG’s FlooringPlus 2017 Dealer of the Year – Elite Flooring Specialists of Hartford, CT. Pictured from Left to Right: Christine Tatasciore Lentocha, Nick Lentocha, Bill Prescott, BWG Vice President, Sales, Katie Gresham and Eddie Wilcox. Congratulations!