For this edition, we sat down with Jeremy Waldorf, owner of Legacy Floors L.L.C. in Howell, MI, who assumed the role of regional business manager at HPS Schönox in May of this year. Waldorf, a Certified Tile Installer (CTI) through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, is also a member of the National Tile Contractors Association and National Wood Flooring Association, for which he also serves as a certified installer and inspector.
Waldorf: I grew up in the floorcovering trade as the son of a very influential carpet and flooring tradesman. My dad, James Waldorf, passed away in July of 2017 after a battle with mesothelioma from asbestos in tiles and adhesives. I have a photo of myself carrying a carpet tube when I was about two years old. He trained so many guys in the trade and many of them are successful in the flooring business today because of what they learned from him, not only in the way of skill, but in customer service and management, too. I was of course a carpet “scrappy” when I was a kid, but he really got me started 25 years ago when I was just 15 years old. He knew that the flooring trade was the one place I could make a difference for myself. I started my own company, Legacy Floors, in 1998, and have worked diligently to become one of the most qualified hard surface specialists in Michigan.