Ron Van Gelderen, former Carpet and Rug Institute president and chief operating officer, passed away from complications related to Parkinson’s disease on February 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City, UT. He was 80 years old.
“Ron was a great friend and did so much to advance our industry,” said CRI President Joe Yarbrough. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”
His work on these issues aided not only the industry, but also the consumer by providing important information for the public.
Van Gelderen’s two decades of work at CRI is highlighted by his leadership through many turbulent times, but his character and work ethic led CRI into a new and exciting era.