Panama City Beach, Fla.— Tarkett North America’s Jeff Fenwick, president & CEO, and Dominic Coletta, executive vice president of operations, spent a day on the set of Military Makeover with Montel Williams to donate their time and lend a helping hand in refurbishing the home of Gold Star Widow Cody Patron.
Military Makeover with Montel Williams enlists conscientious companies, designers and local volunteers to transform the homes and lives of veteran families across the country and make a difference in their communities. Fenwick and Coletta were motivated to volunteer when their travel schedules prevented them from attending the previous makeover in May, where more than a dozen Tarkett employees spent the day sprucing up a veteran’s family home in western New York.
“Tarkett is proud to support U.S. veterans through our sponsorship of Military Makeover – donating products and service hours to help remodel or rebuild the homes of deserving service men and women,” said Fenwick. “This partnership is one important way we demonstrate our commitment to doing good in our communities and giving back to those who need our help.”
Sergeant Daniel J. Patron was killed in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan. Through his time in the USMC, Daniel dedicated himself to saving as many lives as he possibly could, earning The Purple Heart and The Bronze Star Medal for his heroic service.
The first step in helping Cody and Layla start anew is giving the family home the renovation it so desperately needs, the company said. Military Makeover and its team of volunteers, partners and supporters went hard to work to transform the home into a place of healing and happiness. “These makeovers start from the ground up, so the floor install sets the tone for the rest of the work that follows,” said Ryan Stanley, construction manager and host. “That’s why it’s important for the flooring to go in easily and quickly. And Tarkett has been a terrific partner in that regard.”
Makeover design host, Jennifer Bertrand, chose Tarkett’s ProGen rigid core vinyl throughout the vast majority of the home. The Durham Pine Sun-Toned design is new for 2019. The design has subtle color variations, meaning it pulls out different colors depending on what room it’s in. ProGen is also designed to tackle anything that may be dropped or spilled on it. It’s easy to clean and maintain with just a damp mop needed to handle most messes. Most importantly, the floor is 100% waterproof, which is a must in the heat and humidity of Florida, along with kids running into the house from the pool all day long. “This new style is gorgeous, and even though it’s not hardwood, you can feel the wood texture in each plank,” said Bertrand.
“Tarkett has always been committed to doing good in the communities where we live and work, but this was a chance to go further and involve our partners in those efforts,” said Fenwick. “It’s a natural extension of our Tarkett Cares program, where we donate not just product, but our own time and effort to many worthy causes like hurricane relief and Habitat for Humanity.”