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MARK THOMANN BIO: DIRECTOR OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Bloomsburg Carpet’s historic preservation initiatives are lead by Mark Thomann. Mark is uniquely qualified in the protection and re-creation of historic floors through the preservation of America’s architectural heritage. Mark’s passion is historical preservation; however, Mark’s business experiences have allowed him to become one of the flooring industry experts on the performance attributes of commercial flooring products.

While a passionate student of American history, Mark champions the preservation of American architecture and focuses on those types of initiatives throughout the historic preservation community. Mark’s focus on historic floors has led to a very unique understanding of the historical significance of flooring products.
Mark is involved on a national level in preservation initiatives for the flooring industry with the US Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation as well as the American Institute of Architects Historic Preservation Committee, the League of Historic Theatres, and recently with Partners for Historic Places.

Mark is a certified instructor for the American Institute of Architects teaching courses on performance backing systems, performance testing, carpet constructions, environmental issues as well as the history of the American carpet industry. Mark’s unique experiences often stimulate a historical as well as technical approach towards environmental issues and the impact of flooring products within the interior furnishings industry. Mark’s expertise has been singled out in numerous industry publications.

Mark has been an industry member of both the International Facility Management Association and the International Interior Design Association. Mark has lectured on woven carpet constructions and historical carpet textile patterns for graduate level architectural and historic preservation programs at Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, Georgia State University, and Brigham Young University.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from The Citadel and a Masters Degree in Heritage Preservation and Public History from Georgia State University. Mark continues his academic goals in the process of earning a Ph.D. in American History with a concentration on the history of the American textile industry and the US Constitution.

CONTACT MARK:  Mark Thomann | Bloomsburg Carpet Industries, Inc., | 49 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor | New York, New York 10010-4228 | 800.575.8084

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