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Ready for His Closeup: Thompson

                         Reflects on Working Behind-the-Scenes

                               By Michael Chmielecki, senior editor

              eteran installer and trainer Roland Thompson, head   His first foray into grueling television schedules was working
              of the Delmarva chapter of CFI, is no stranger to   on ABC’s hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in the
        Vtight deadlines. Starting his career in 1972, Thompson   early 2010s. Someone at ABC contacted Carpet One about
        has distinguished himself with his professionalism, deep   an upcoming build, and was given Thompson’s name because
        experience and love of mentoring younger installers. His   he worked at one of their locations near the Washington,
        impact is easy to see on several home improvement shows,   D.C., area. “That was a joint thing where I brought in the
        where the deadlines are even tighter than typical installations.  Delmarva chapter,” Thompson recalled. “We knocked these
                                                            jobs out, myself and around 20-30 installers.”

                                                            From there he went on to installations in DIY Network’s
                                                            “Stone House Revival” and now Food Network’s “Restaurant:
                                                            Impossible.” Thompson said initially being part of these
                                                            shows was great marketing for CFI, since “almost everyone
                                                            that helped me would go on to become CFI members
                                                            afterward.” However, now he works on these shows “to help
                                                            people out, and to meet installers all over the country.”

                                                            He noted that it takes a special temperament to work under
                                                            such strict pressures. “When you walk in it’s the first time
                                                            you’ve seen the floor and they expect it done by morning.
                                                            There’s lots of starting and stopping, and working around
                                                            other people. You’re making trips to Home Depot. You’re
                                                            calling distributors. There’s no sleeping; it’s work all night.”

                                                            While he is well-known around the industry for his behind-  Photos courtesy Roland Thompson
                                                            the-scenes work on home improvement shows, he is most
                                                            proud of the time and labor he and his crews have donated
                                                            to organizations including Building for America’s Bravest, the
                                                            Travis Mills Foundation and the Frederick County Students
                                                            Construction Trades Foundation.

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