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Timaru carpet industry veteran Dick Johnston has received the Carpet Court CEO Recognition Award, topping more than 50 other franchises around the country to win the award, the first of its kind. He answered The Courier‘s five questions about his more than 50 years in the industry, and working in his Timaru carpet business since 1982 with wife Denise.

Q. What is your role at Dore’s Carpet Court?

Managing director

Q. What does it involve?

Measuring, quoting, sales and everything in between

Q. How long have you been in the carpet industry and how did you get into it?

I have been in the industry for 53 years. I wanted to leave school at 15 but needed a job and my uncle was a carpet and vinyl layer, so he offered me a apprenticeship and it evolved from that and I have never done anything else.

Q. What does the recent CEO recognition award mean to you?

The award was a very special recognition of my services to the industry for more than 50 years.

Q. What do you most enjoy about selling carpets?

Seeing the transformation of customers’ homes when the job is completed.