Grant Petruzzelli contributes to “Evolution of the Flooring Contractor” Panel Discussion

In a June 2019 Floor Focus Magazine article, Universal Metro’s President participated in a panel discussion with three other Starnet Commercial Flooring Contractors regarding new opportunities and challenges facing the modern-day flooring contractor.


Evolution of the Commercial Contractor: A panel discussion
Jun 19

By Beth Miller

Entrepreneurial commercial contractors have uncovered new opportunities to both provide additional services to existing customers and target a new set of customers. As such, the roles and skill sets of the contemporary commercial contractor continue to evolve beyond the fundamental product and installation and maintenance businesses. Discussing the evolution of the business are four leading commercial flooring contractors and Starnet members: Mike Patton, owner of DSB+, headquartered in Livermore, California; Grant Petruzzelli, president of Universal Metro, located in Santa Fe Springs, California; Jim Vanhauer, founder and president of Commercial Flooring Systems, located in Omaha, Nebraska; and Randy Weis, owner of RD Weis, headquartered in Elmsford, New York.

Q: What were your core flooring product services ten years ago?
Petruzzelli: Ten years ago, the economic market was in chaos, and while many of our projects were budgeted in the years prior, the need to value engineer projects was increasing, as owners tightened up their spending. Projects in our pipeline were being cancelled, and facilities turned their focus on the most urgent needs, bringing those smaller projects in-house. As the healthcare leader in our marketplace, much of our concentration of products was focused on the needs of hospitals at the time. As such, we predominantly installed sheet vinyl and linoleum over any other finishes. When those economic constraints hit our projects, VCT was often used as the lower priced alternative to sheet goods, and when carpet could be used, it was mostly broadloom. The focus at the time was largely financially driven, as facilities attempted to stretch whatever dollars they had rather than focus on long-term solutions. Continue reading “Grant Petruzzelli contributes to “Evolution of the Flooring Contractor” Panel Discussion”

Training Day – Ardex Demo and Silica Sand

As we grow, our team is continuously making strides to better itself. On Friday, that commitment was on full display, as staff and crew members took part in #ARDEX product demos and Silica Sand Compliance Training. This knowledge contributed to our #LevelMasterElite Installers’ expertise with direct, hands-on demonstrations using Ardex’s newest product innovations. Immediately following the product demos, our team was engaged in an extensive seminar focused on Silica Sand Best Practices, including Q & A time and a round table discussion with their fellow teammates.

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People’s Choice Gold Winner at 2018 Starnet Design Awards

A healthcare project once again took top billing in the Starnet Design Awards’ People’s Choice category. The Gold was awarded to Starnet Member Universal Metro for its work on the revitalized Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s (CHOC) NICU Wing. The new flooring features vivid colors and imaginative design that beautifies the environment, while creating a space conducive to patient care.
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FCICA announces Bruce Newbrough Scholarship winner

October 18, 2017
FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, in cooperation with ARDEX Americas and nora systems, Inc. is pleased to announce the next recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager Program (CIM) Scholarship.

​Payam Riazati of Universal Metro, Inc. received the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Scholarship for the third quarter of 2017. He writes, “I have always believed in the power of education and the difference it can make in one’s life.”

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8 Starnet Members Honored as Floor Focus Future Leaders

“Once a year, Floor Focus Magazine recognizes the best of the up-and-coming talent through its Future Focus awards. Those eligible for the awards must be under 40 years old and employed in the floorcovering dealer segment, including retailers, distributors and commercial contractors. Congratulations to the eight Starnet Members for achieving this distinguished honor.”

We at Universal Metro are especially proud of our very own Director of Sales and Marketing, Grant Petruzzelli, who was among the eight Starnet members honored with this notable award. Continue reading “8 Starnet Members Honored as Floor Focus Future Leaders”

Winners of 2017 Young Professional Award Announced

Universal Metro’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Grant Petruzzelli, receives an award recognizing Young Professionals under 40 in the floor covering industry.

“Chattanooga, TN, January 24, 2017 — Floor Focus is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Young Professional Award, which, this year, focused on the retailer/contractor segment.

The award honors professionals, under the age of 40, who have proven themselves to be true leaders and help drive the industry forward.

Candidates must be nominated, and this year’s winners were announced at a cocktail event at Surfaces.

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Universal Metro: Growth and Success by Meeting Clients’ Needs

January 6, 2017
Written by David Triepke on behalf of Floor Trends Magazine

It’s never an easy decision to begin scaling your business for growth. When balancing the risks of new opportunities with the uncertainty of a stagnant national economy, the decision for any business owner to invest in growth is rooted in one key question: is this sustainable?

By understanding our journey and our purpose, we at Universal Metro believe we can do so effectively, without compromising our service and value, by answering the call of our clients to serve as trusted advisors for all of their flooring covering needs. Continue reading “Universal Metro: Growth and Success by Meeting Clients’ Needs”

Choosing the Right LVT for Your Project

With LVT you can have it all: aesthetics, performance, low maintenance, and long life-cycle. With so many reasons to love luxury vinyl tile (LVT), it is becoming the product of choice for commercial spaces ranging from retail, healthcare and education to hospitality and office. And while some LVTs are tailor-made for commercial use, others are geared for homeowners. How to make sense of the thousands of options, let alone which may be the best solution for your project? Your Starnet member has the expertise to help you navigate the world of LVT.

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Universal Metro: Best Practices – June 2014

By Sonya Jennings

Grant Petruzzelli, David Triepke, Dave Sprenger, Payam Riazati
Universal Metro, a commercial flooring contractor located in Santa Fe Springs, California, has been serving the Los Angeles metro area for 30 years. The firm’s main focus is on the healthcare market, along with tenant improvement, corporate office, education, hospitality and government. Owner and CEO Dave Triepke attributes his success in the highly competitive Los Angeles market to a handful of key strategies, including strong partnerships, shrewd capitalization procedures, and a commitment to hiring and retaining the best employees.

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