Bud Dotson joined Corporate Floors, an APEX Group Company, in February 2023. Bud has over 15 years of experience in commercial flooring and has worked in nearly every role in the business, from installation to estimating to sales. In his new role, he will focus on building relationships in the K–12 sector.
“Bud brings a deep level of expertise to the team. We simply couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable or experienced sales executive, and I am confident he will help us grow our business and reach our goals,” said Corporate Floors President Jim Burns.
“We are thrilled to have Bud join our Corporate Floors team,” said APEX Group CEO Thomas Holland. “He is such a great cultural fit for our business.”
We sat down with Bud to welcome him to the Corporate Floors team and learn more about him, both personally and professionally.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born into the flooring business. My grandfather started as an installer in 1948. He taught my dad and my uncles the flooring business, and they taught it to all their sons. I was picking up scraps at job sites at 3 years old. I started installing as a teenager, and in my mid 20s, I went to work for a commercial flooring company. I’ve spent the last 15 years working in the commercial industry in one capacity or another, and I’m happy to begin my next chapter with Corporate Floors.
2. Why did you decide to join the Corporate Floors team?
It was divine intervention to say the least. I had recently left my previous employer and was giving strong consideration to returning to the contractor side, which I hadn’t worked at since 2019. I prayed that the right doors would open up, and less than 24 hours later, I received a phone call letting me know that Corporate Floors was interested in talking to me. Prior to my first interview, I reached out to several contacts both inside and outside the company who could not say enough good things about the company and its reputation in the marketplace. Once the interview process had begun, it was evident to me that this was the kind of place where I could use my experience and gifts to further the company’s goals and that they could support me in a way that would keep me successful.
3. How has your past experience prepared you for your new role?
The time I spent with another company similar to this one and with companies I worked for on the manufacturing and distribution side has given me a unique perspective into what will ultimately put me in a great position for long-term success and growth. The relationships built from all sides will serve me well in creating a sustainable business.
4. What are your hobbies?
Typically, I spend my free time with my children or playing competitive cornhole. I also love to golf. I enjoy traveling and experiencing everything those places have to offer.
5. What’s the most interesting article or book you’ve read lately?
With my ADD, keeping my attention focused long enough to read an entire book is a challenge. I love to keep up on current events and world knowledge as much as possible. I’ve recently been researching pirate ships, sunken treasures and whether or not certain legends can be verified by the discovery of hidden locations and items. I’m also deeply into space exploration. I try to learn all I can and really use that knowledge in many areas of my life.
6. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That's easy: tacos. All day, every day. I’m a foodie, though, and I love to try new places and different cuisines. When I travel, I do my best to sample local fare and experience all there is to experience from different cultures or areas.
7. What’s on your bucket list?
It’s hard to narrow it down, but the top item on my list that isn’t already in the planning stages is visiting the pyramids and tombs in Egypt. The beginning stages of civilization really excite me.