May 1, 2013

A solid part of our community

The Daily Citizen

— As Ralph Boe spoke with a reporter by phone about his decision to retire as CEO of Beaulieu America, the intermittent ding of computer email notifications in the background showed he is still very much a part of the company.

Dalton-based Beaulieu on Tuesday announced a transition of leadership at the top. Boe will retire from the floorcovering manufacturer effective Feb. 28, 2014. Company executive Karel Vercruyssen was promoted to Beaulieu president and CEO. But during the next 10 months, Boe will fill the role as a co-CEO to ensure a smooth transition for Vercruyssen and the company’s management team. During that time, company executives and employees will undoubtedly glean knowledge from Boe’s more than 40 years in the carpet and fiber business.

Boe helped guide Beaulieu through tough times. The national recession dealt a staggering gut punch to the floorcovering industry, but through hard decisions — involving plant closings, pay cuts and layoffs — the company was able to avoid bankruptcy and continue employing area residents.

Today, Boe is bullish on the future of Beaulieu and the floorcovering industry.

As an executive at a major company, Boe still finds time to participate in civic organizations including the Carpet and Rug Institute, Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, the United Way of Northwest Georgia and the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. At Beaulieu, he crafted “Ralph Boe’s Million Mile Walking Challenge” to motivate workers to become active and improve their health.

We have found Boe to be a solid resource for the community, extremely accessible and straightforward when discussing the challenges facing the floorcovering industry. We wish Boe the best in retirement, whatever that may bring.

Boe remarked although he has resided in Atlanta for the past 30 years, he thinks of Dalton as his “second home.”

We’ll always welcome him back home.