March 17, 2014

Braun has represented carpet industry, Dalton well

The Daily Citizen

— For 13 years, Werner Braun has been the face and voice of the carpet and rug industry. As president of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), he represented the industry during some of the biggest boom years in its history. He represented it during the worst recession it has ever faced. He saw it through the start of a recovery from that recession.

But an era will come to a close at the end of this month when Braun retires as president of the CRI.

The CRI, a non-profit trade group based in downtown Dalton, bills itself as “the leading industry source for science-based information and insight on how carpet and rugs create a better environment for living, working, learning and healing.” Put simply, its job is to represent the industry as a whole, before lawmakers, before regulators and before the public.

And Braun has done that job very well. He has been a credible, reasonable voice for the industry as well as a skilled manager of the CRI.

Braun came to work for the CRI in 2000, after serving as senior director of international relations for the Chlorine Chemistry Council. In that post, Braun had been working near Washington, D.C., and he says one reason he decided to apply for the position at the CRI was the chance to move to Dalton, a small town much like the ones he and his wife Mary grew up in.

Since moving to Dalton, Braun has been very active in the community, taking leadership positions in a number of local organizations, and he says his retirement will give him even more time to give back to the community.

We are sure he will help any organization he gets involved with to excel to its greatest potential. He will also get to spend more time with his family.

We wish Braun well in his retirement.