Meet Chris Soiset.
Born and raised near Charlotte, North Carolina, Chris graduated from NC State University with a degree in civil engineering and moved to Washington State with his college sweetheart and wife, Anne Lincoln, where he worked in civil and structural engineering. They moved to Texas in 2004 for Ann’s post-doctoral work at Rice University and Chris obtained his professional engineering license and continued his work in civil engineering. He stumbled upon a dance floor rental business in 2010 while at a friend’s wedding in Houston. This business intrigued Chris and he went into a partnership with a dance floor franchise working out of his garage and delivering floors with his personal pick-up truck. During this time, he focused hard on delivering the best product possible and always experimented with all the products that were available to him on the market. He quickly gained a solid reputation for providing the best-looking white dance floors in the area and the business grew quickly. But Chris began having difficulty with the flooring materials used by the franchise and was going to great lengths trying to continue delivering the highest-quality product he could. By May 2013 Chris knew he needed to create something much better than portable dance floor manufacturers offered and in July 2013, the first generation of the new design was rolled out and his small team of two hit the ground running. The products Center Stage produces have only continued to improve since then and today, they are producing the 5th generation of the unique Center Stage floors.
Chris’ engineering background has been instrumental in the development and improvement of the products provided by Center Stage Floors. He can’t resist generating new products when clients hand him their vision. Center Stage has seven proprietary aluminum extrusion designs and has progressed from being able to offer simple rectangular floors made from 4×4 panels to offering six diameters of circular floors, elliptical floors, hexagonal floors, and curved pathways allowing Center Stage to fill ballrooms and other venues wall-to-wall, including building tightly around columns with panels as small as 1’x1’. Due to the unique design of our panels and continual research and development, we have progressed from offering white or black floors to literally hundreds of options for floor surfaces with the largest inventory of portable dance flooring of any rental operation in the world at over 25,000 square feet and growing.
Chris’ inventive designs have catapulted Center Stage into becoming the nation’s leading dance floor designer–and their passion for high-quality, uniquely designed products will keep them there for decades to come.