Our principle, owner, Mike Burgener has been a Certified Inspector since 1988, however 850 Group LLC is not just an independent floor covering inspection firm. Mike has been providing services in all facets of the floor covering industry for nearly 50 years. Having owned a commercial installation firm for 20 years specializing in military bases, he developed unique training programs that focused on eliminating installation failures.
This gained the attention of the Floor Covering Installation Training Council who was working alongside the Central Alabama Floor Covering Association to create an installation school in Birmingham, Alabama. Funds were obtained from the federal government through the Jobs Training Partnership Act to cross train chronically unemployed steel workers into floor covering installers. Mike is a Certified Carpet Instructor, a Certified Resilient Instructor and was tapped to write the curriculum and develop hands on training programs to meet this goal.
The Nationally Acclaimed Flooring Installation School was created, and the program spread to other states. The need to train existing installers inspired Mike to create the CAFA Certified Installer Program.
This background in training to prevent flooring problems instead of just identifying problems is the Core Belief of 850 Group LLC. These experiences make us uniquely qualified to offer the variety services outlined on our Services tab.