2023 Recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial CIM Scholarship

October 6, 2023

FCICA and ARDEX Americas Announce 2023 Recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial CIM Scholarship

Aliquippa, PA, October 6,  2023 – The FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, and ARDEX Americas, are pleased to announce the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager Program (CIM) Scholarship was awarded to Neslie Martinez of Northwest Commercial Flooring in Fairmont, GA

Neslie Martinez, 2023 Recipient Bruce Newbrough Memorial CIM Scholarship

Ms. Martinez is currently working as a Assistant Manager at her family’s business. Her goal is to be an installation manager; she shared her desire to be a CIM to become “more knowledgeable on how to start and finish a job more effectively.” Ms. Martinez expressed her gratitude for the scholarship, saying, “I am grateful to Ardex and FCICA for their generous sponsorship. Thank you to everyone involved in the selection process for giving me the opportunity to learn more.”

The Scholarship was established to provide educational opportunities to floor covering Installation Managers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and excellence in proper substrate preparation and installation of floor covering. Named after Bruce Newbrough, former ARDEX Director of Technical Services and later working in Applications Development, tirelessly utilized every opportunity to further his vision and passion for industry education and training on proper substrate preparation, all for the purpose of achieving successful installations. It covers the cost of the full Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program including application, content and assessment fees.

View the FCICA announcement here.

About the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program

The Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program sets the industry standard for those involved in the management of commercial flooring projects. The Program provides video training modules led by experts who speak from years of floor covering experience. Paired with assessments to confirm the educational training gained, the modules enhance the qualified flooring professional’s core skill set, experience and knowledge base necessary to successfully manage commercial flooring projects. Individuals who reach this level of expertise will be easily distinguished by their achievement of the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) designation. For more information about the CIM Program, go to www.fcica.com/cim-program.


1982 and headquartered in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is the resource for premier commercial flooring contractors. FCICA promotes the advancement and continuous development of Certified Installation Managers (CIM); provides technical education, business support and industry expert networking and delivers skills and knowledge to enhance the professionalism of commercial flooring contractors. FCICA is an international association whose contractor members serve the continental United States, plus Burma and Canada. For more information about FCICA visit our website www.fcica.com or call (630) 672-3702.

About ARDEX, A Leading Solution and Service Provider of Innovative Building Systems:

Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. A family-owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information on ARDEX Americas, please visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339.