Our 15 employees, many with decades of experience in the flooring industry, are our company's greatest assets. They are committed to providing customers with fantastic service, extensive product education and a few laughs along the way.
Wout de Koe - President
After working in the tile industry for years doing everything from installation to store management, Wout decided to follow his dream and start his own business. He left his full-time position at B&N Flooring and set out to create a business plan for his own wholesale tile company. Once the plan was approved, he boarded a plane to Italy and began meeting with potential suppliers. Wout left Italy with his first major supplier secured and, in August 1991, Elegant Flooring was born.
Darryl Johnson - Sales Manager
Darryl has been with our team since 1997, and will celebrate his 20th anniversary with us in the fall of 2017. He works with retail customers in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Truro as well as retailers, architects, designers and contractors in Newfoundland. Fun fact: Darryl loves Pink. The singer, not the colour.
Keith Ryan - Sales Representative
Keith is our sales representative for both New Brunswick (south of Sussex) as well as Prince Edward Island. He works with architectural, commercial and retail/residential clients. Nearing 25 years with our company, Keith is very well educated in the flooring trade. Fun fact: When he's not working (and the season is right), you can most definitely find Keith at the golf course.
Ernie Lamont - Sales Representative
Ernie is our architectural/commercial representative in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also works with our retail clients in the Annapolis Valley and South Shore Nova Scotia. Ernie is always willing to go the extra mile for a client, whether it be scouting out a rare tile or hand-delivering samples on short notice. Fun fact: Ernie loves to travel, with recent trips for Ireland, Italy and New York City. He also brings home art from each place he visits!
Rheal Daigle - Sales Representative
Rheal is our sales representative for both New Brunswick (north of Sussex) as well as Northern Nova Scotia. His experience in the flooring industry spans over 15 years, having worked for Prosol Distribution, Church Flooring, Bowen Hardwood and Stairs and Multi-Decor. Fun fact: Rheal is a huge sports fanatic and a lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan.
Murray Clark - Purchasing/Inventory Manager
Murray began his flooring career in 1976 with Olympia Tile. Two years later, he switched gears and became an installer for Nova Tile, after which he went out on his own as an independent installer. Murray took on the role of Purchasing Manager at Elegant in 1992, and has been with us ever since. Incredibly, 2017 marks Murray’s 25th year with us! Fun fact: Murray has a passion for travel and makes his own wine.
Iovka Anguelova - Controller
Ellie Swinemar - Product Materials Manager
Ellie joined the Elegant team in 2017, after her 4+ years in the industry working as a tile setter along side her father and his installation company, Estate Fine Tiling. Ellie has a passion for tile and everything that comes along with it. She also loves music. Her father taught her how to play the guitar when she was young and she continues to play for at least an hour everyday. Fun fact: Ellie loves dolphins and the colour blue.
Veronica Doyle - Order Desk/Inside Sales (Bedford)
Veronica’s 20+ years with our team may seem long, but her history working with president Wout de Koe extends even longer. Prior to the inception of Elegant Flooring, Veronica worked alongside Wout at B&N Flooring, which then occupied what is now Elegant Flooring’s Bedford Highway showroom. She has been a recipient of the Atlantic Flooring Association's Customer Service Person of the Year award. Fun fact: Veronica is an animal lover and dedicated mom to her two cats, Mack and Chester.
Pauline Gaudet - Order Desk/Inside Sales (Bedford)
Pauline has been with us since 2011. She holds a degree in Geology and worked for years in that field in Ottawa. Prior to joining our team, she spent over six years as a Sales Consultant with Taylor Flooring. With her design savvy and knowledge of flooring products and practices, Pauline is happy to help customers design their bathrooms and kitchens. Fun fact: She hates socks, and will happily wear winter boots with bare feet.
Chris Dempsey - Order Desk/Shipping Associate (Burnside)
Chris joined our team in 2017 after working for over a decade in the customer service industry. Fun fact: Chris has worked as an architectural drafter, leading the drafting and design of residential homes and modifying existing home plans.
Corene MacCrae - Order Desk/Shipping Associate
Andrew Jardine - Shipping/Receiving/Warehouse
Peter Murphy - Shipping/Receiving/Warehouse
Vince Burke - Sampling Program/Warehouse
Vince has been with our team since the fall of 2016. With a background in manufacturing, his real passion is in performing. Raised on the fiddle and guitar in rural Cape Breton, Vince has performed in many bands as a lead singer, bass player and rhythm guitar player for almost 25 years. Fun fact: Vince has toured Ontario, the Maritimes and Denmark. He’s also a dog lover, a handyman and a proud father to four children - including twin girls!