Von Payne is a third-generation Arizonan, and is also married to a third-generation Arizonan! he was raised in The Gila Valley – Eastern Arizona on a farm, and moved to Phoenix to complete his college in the early 80s. He was attracted to Gilbert because it looked like a small farm town like he had grown up in. When he moved to Gilbert in 1984 there were approximately 7,000 residents. Today there are over 250,000!
He was an Eagle Scout as a youth, and has served in adult scouting leadership positions for over 35 years. (He considers it payback for being a knucklehead scout as teenager). ? He and his wife have 5 children and 10 grandchildren, all living here in the Valley.
He began in the industry as a carpet mill representative calling on dealers in Arizona. It did not take long for him to realize that the travel and demands of a road salesman were not what he wanted. He decided to start his own flooring business which happened in 1984. He learned about the industry by being hands-on with installers and began to service new construction builders. He expanded to Flooring remodel work which he finds more satisfying. They sell and install all types of flooring except Epoxy floors. The most popular flooring now is the “Waterproof snap together vinyl flooring”.
Von believes in ongoing education for the industry, and has attended hundreds of seminars and Educational presentations.
Von is one of less than a dozen people in Arizona who have earned the designation of “Certified Flooring Executive” by the World Floor Covering Association, is a member of the Better Business Bureau, and has two current licenses, one for floor covering, and one for tile and hard surfaces, both licenses are in Arizona.
Check out their website here: https://www.eastvalleyfloors.com/