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Plenty of other flooring manufacturers share projects on their website. They show photos and sometimes describe the project and what went in to the selection, design and of course construction details that made the project a reality. I do enjoy reading about the projects and learn a lot from these posts. Whether it’s seeing a cool new floor stain that we are missing from our offerings or just general design and construction tips and tricks, these posts are very helpful for me. And of course, if the builder or designer is mentioned it gives me an opportunity to reach out to them and introduce myself and our company.

We have a great group of builders and designers we work with on a regular basis. They are amazing people and great at what they do. Some of them are my very best friends. That being said, my true passion is working with the end users. The homeowners. The people who will be walking on our floors for the rest of their lives. Over the years, we have worked with some incredible and interesting people. From celebrities to professional athletes to high level executives at some of the largest companies in the world. Some I am allowed to share with you and some I am not. We’ve worked with so many fascinating people and the entire internet couldn’t hold all of my praise and admiration for everyone, not to mention with two young kids and a business, my writing time is limited. But I’ll do my best.

We’ve called this page “Gaylord Gems”. I wasn’t totally sold on the name but Kelsey and Nikki thought it would work. I’ll admit, it’s much better than my original idea “cool people we’ve sold floors to.” As time allows, I am going to share as much as I can about my experience working with these individuals. Their story, their project, and most importantly our experience working with them. Enjoy!

- Greg Gaylord

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Justin Manglitz

When I get a phone call and the person has a strong accent, I love it. Someone’s accent always seems to tell a story; where they’re from, how they were raised, and what they value. It seems weird but I think it’s so cool, especially since none of us realize we have one. I don’t think I sound Canadian but you can sure bet when I’m chatting with an American, they are going to point out every single time I say “EH”. Southern accents are my favorite. They are just so warm and hospitable.

The first time I spoke with Justin Manglitz, I felt that southern hospitality. He told me about his new home build in Georgia and he had a real love for white oak because he was “a whiskey maker by trade.” It was four years from when he first contacted us until he had his floor delivered and with any custom home, there were plenty of changes and conversations. Every time he called, he’d start by apologizing for being a bother and thanking us for our patience. The fact is, we thrive on those changes and enjoy helping people however we can, especially when someone’s project is truly a labor of love. We wanted Justin’s floor and home to be exactly what he dreamed of and that’s what happened. Not to mention, we loved hearing from him every time he called. It was a blast.

It’s always cool to meet someone with a passion for what they do and Justin is no exception. He’s the master distiller at ASW distillery, an award-winning distillery based in Atlanta, Georgia. He loves what he does and is pretty damn good at it. Actually, he’s the Most Awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery since 2018 at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. He hasn’t created a private barrel for us just yet but he did collaborate with the Atlanta Braves making a private barrel for their own reserves. I was able to get my hands on a small selection of his life’s work. It was all incredible and I really wish it was available in Canada. If you want something smooth that will keep your ears warm when it’s -30 degrees, I’d highly recommend any of the Fiddler Bourbons.

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