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Robert A. Hill
Founder and Chairman of FCA
Robert A. Hill, Founder and Chairman of Floor Covering Associates (FCA) has built a group of floor covering businesses from a single store in suburban Chicago in 1976 to an operation which today includes nine stores in the Midwest, a national buying group (the FCA Network) and a Design Center, which provides designer services, furniture and window treatments. His floor covering stores offer carpeting, ceramic tile and stone, hardwood, laminate flooring and area rugs to the retail, builder and commercial markets.
Hill named his company Floor Covering Associates because, from the beginning, he thought of floor covering as more than just carpet. The concept of multi-product offerings was always at the heart of his business.
In 1989, Hill developed a 40,000 sq ft large-format store in Naperville, Illinois, that was built around the concept of creating a “destination” for all floor covering and home furnishings products. The success of the Naperville concept prompted Hill to close his smaller stores and begin developing only large-format “one-stop” stores. By the end of 1999, Hill had established the large-format store as the core of his business.
Hill holds the position of Chairman of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) (2006-2007), after previously serving as its Vice-Chairman and as CFO. He joined the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) in 1995, and has served as both its President and Vice-President. Hill has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Chicago Floor Covering Association’s “Retailer of the Year”, and the Illinois Home Builders Association “Subcontractor of the Year”.
Born and raised in California, Hill is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He began his career in floor covering with his first job, as a mill contract salesman in San Francisco. He is the father of two daughters. He and his wife Thea live in Chicago.
In 2007, Hill and his wife Thea created the Hill Foundation, 737 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Il. The foundation is dedicated to helping families living with disabilities. For more information, please visit: http://www.facingdisability.com
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