John & Cindy Henson
Inspired by a desire to serve the community in which they live and utilize their combined business experience, John and Cindy Henson decided to open their own business. They followed their dream, moved to the beautiful coast of North Carolina, and opened Floor Coverings International. With 30 years of experience in the flooring industry, John Henson brings a wide variety of expertise to the local community. He has worked alongside flooring retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers during his long career. Floor Coverings International presented itself as the best way to use his experience – along with he and his wife Cindy’s love of their community – to open a local business. Cindy brings her years of marketing experience and business know-how to their wonderful local team. John and Cindy get to know, and serve, their customers well by being involved in civic organizations and maintaining a constant presence in the community, a fulfilling part of the business for the couple.
Kimberly Gallimore Lewis
Showroom Design Associate
Kimberly Lewis always had an eye for design, but she never realized how profoundly her passion could change someone’s life until she was asked to come up with a floor that would stop a child’s seizures. “Our clients said the coloring contrast of the flooring between rooms caused their wheelchair-bound son to have attacks when he went from room to room,” Lewis explains. “I helped come up with a solution, and after the install his parents called and said the seizures had stopped.”
It’s opportunities like these that take Lewis by surprise but make her appreciate her job at Floor Coverings International even more. “It’s not the sale that makes me happy, it’s being able to make someone’s dream a reality, and in the end to see someone smile over a design makes it all worth it,” she says. Her expertise has been recognized with several Diamond Award–winning homes in Brunswick County Parade of Homes.
As a seasoned building industry professional, Lewis knows the business from the blueprint up. She started her career with Gallimore Building Company working with crews, clients, new construction and renovation projects. When Gallimore relocated from Summerfield, North Carolina, to Brunswick County, Lewis made the move with them. She had family in Ocean Isle Beach, where she had spent her summers as a child, so relocating to the area was like coming home. As a single mom of three young sons, being close to family was important.
Though Lewis gives her full attention to her clients, her first priority is her sons and giving back to the community. She is a coach in Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Youth Soccer League, a soccer and football program that her sons are active in. She is also involved with Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and volunteers at the Sunset Beach Concerts.
Kimberly was awarded 2018 Future 10 recipient with South Brunswick Magazine and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. The Future 10 title is “very humbling” for Lewis, who says she still can’t understand what she’s done to deserve the recognition. She offers this advice for any hardworking individual: “Know your worth, and if you want it, go for it.”
Born and raised by a family full of carpenters in Nassau County, NY, Mike started his career in construction at an early age. Mike has worked as an Unlimited General Contractor, Flooring Contractor, Electrician and a Structural Ironworker. Five years ago Mike and his family decided they wanted to try something new and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC with their two daughters. Mike and his girls love outdoor recreational activities such as mountain biking, climbing, ropes courses and surfing. At Floor Coverings International Shallotte, Mike oversees all of our installations jobs and repairs. He is with the customer from the beginning to the end of each project.
Barbara started her career in Interior Design in 1985 in Wisconsin. She chose to move with her hubsand Bill to North Carolina in 1999. In Charlotte, Barbara specialized in floor coverings because she always believed that the floor is the fifth wall in every room. Interestingly, she went to work as a Design Associate for Floor Coverings International in West Charlotte and by 2009 she became the owner of Floor Coverings International in South Charlotte. When her husband Bill retired in 2017, Barbara sold her business and joined us here at the beach! Her enthusiasm is shared freely, her expertise helps clients make educated decisions and her caring nature ensures that every client is delighted with their new flooring.