42 Years In The Flooring Business
Arden Kelley opened CFD’s doors in 2001 and currently serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Since he started in the industry in 1978, Arden’s in-depth wisdom and wealth of knowledge have served as a solid backbone for CFD. A force in the industry, he has been elected to several leadership positions in the National Association of Floor Covering Distributors and served as its president in 2001.
In 2019, Arden received NAFCD’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership or outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel. Arden refers to himself as a small-town boy, and says, “The industry has been very good to me”. We think he has been very good to the industry!
After serving in Vietnam, Arden remained in the Army Reserve and retired Lt. Colonel to pursue his career in business. He recently restored his 1965 Convertible GTO to mint condition and enjoys cruising on the weekends.
When Arden finds some spare time, it’s usually spent with family. He is the father of two and the grandfather of five. He likes to work in his newly constructed workshop alongside his grandsons, ride around in his gorgeously restored GTO with his granddaughters, and travel with his wife of 52 years.
Favorite vacation spot: North Georgia Mountains
Favorite quote: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – The Wizard of Oz