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NTCA Announces 2021 Awards Recipients

Posted on 09 August 2021 by cradmin4

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) honored numerous members and scholarship winners during a special in-person awards ceremony at the Coverings trade show.

Brad Denny, Vice President of Nichols Tile and Terrazzo of Joelton, Tennessee, was honored as the NTCA Tile Person of the Year. Denny was cited for his work on the ANSI A108 subcommittee and the NTCA Apprenticeship Program, as well as being a mentor to younger members of the association and a positive influencer on social media. 

NTCA presented a Special Recognition Award to Lee and Jane Callewaert of Dragonfly Tile and Stone in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Joshua Nordstrom of Tierra Tile in Homer, Alaska.  The three collaborated with NTCA on a special virtual artisanship project that streamed live from Dragonfly Tile to attendees in the Coverings Lounge.

Leo Reynaga (Residential) of Visalia Tile and Stone of Visalia, California, and Ferid Hasic (Commercial) of Grazzini Brothers of Minneapolis, Minnesota, were honored as the Second Annual NTCA Craftspersons of the Year. The award was announced in 2020, but both craftsmen were honored for installation excellence at the 2021 show. 

Three deserving students were named as the 2021 NTCA Tom Ade Ceramic Tile Scholarship recipients and each received a $5,000 scholarship. Jacob Fox, Christopher Walker and Amanda Mourelatos, were honored for outstanding academic and community achievement in with these awards.

You may also be interested in this article: Coverings Announces 2021 Installation & Design Award Winners

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NTCA Offers Member Benefit Program

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NTCA Offers Member Benefit Program

Posted on 23 September 2019 by cradmin

Several months ago, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) rolled out two new services for members–a payroll provider service (Netchex) and a 401K program through TransAmerica, a leading financial institution and nationally recognized retirement plan service provider.

Now, NTCA is also offering members a new program to explore health care plan options for individuals, families or larger groups. The program also offers supplemental insurance packages to support basic health care services, to supplement current deductibles and co-insurance costs.

In addition to health care options and supplemental care, this program offers access to extensive dental insurance plans and vision options for employers, employees, and family members. There are great savings for life insurance plans also offered to NTCA members for their consideration.

The program is only available to NTCA members who can access the program through a dedicated website using their username and password. As a NTCA member, employees are allowed access to this pricing as well. There are three options available when it comes to offering these benefits to employees and their family members.

  1. You can apply for group rates or purchase plans for employees if you wish to offer these benefits as part of their compensation package.
  2. You can provide employees with financial support to offset their costs in purchasing these plans
  3. You can create good will by introducing all of these discount options to your employees and giving them access to purchase their own insurance and plans because they are your employee.

These discounts can also be offered to subcontractors who do work for you as an incentive for them to stay with your company as a first option. You would have to provide them access to the site by allowing them to use your user name and password.

NTCA has already announced this program through a webinar, and will be airing additional informational sessions over the next several months.

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NTCA Offers Free Webinar

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NTCA Offers Free Webinar

Posted on 15 May 2018 by cradmin

The National Tile Contractors Association announced that it will be offering a free webinar on May 22, 2018 at 1 p.m. CDT.

Kurt Zintner will present information about Fundamentals of Expansion Joints for the Tile Installer. The meeting topics will include: Terminology, applicable specifications, product chemistry, and the elements to successfully include expansion joints in ceramic tile installations.

Click Here for registration information.

You may also be interested in this article about the ISFA Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium.


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Why Tile Campaign Launches

Posted on 10 May 2017 by cradmin

The tile industry has united in a marketing and education initiative designed to inspire and inform consumers on tile benefits. The campaign is called “Why Tile?”

Whytile.com's home page

Whytile.com’s home page

Why Tile has been made possible with the effort of various industry organizations including the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), the Tile Contractors Association of America, and the Tile
Heritage Foundation (THF), in addition to manufacturers worldwide. Why Tile is coordinated by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

WhyTile.com provides extensive messaging on the benefits of tile, centering on four main topics: Design, Easy Care, Healthy Spaces, and Heritage. The site features an Inspiration Gallery, downloadable Project Guide, schematics, maintenance tips, as well as a Test Your Tile IQ feature where users can take a simple 10-question quiz for a chance to win prizes.

According to creative director Julie Peck, Why Tile is set to continue refining and expanding in the future with further input from various partners within the industry.

You may also be interested in this article KCMA Unveils New Website.



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NTCA Holds Executive Elections at Recent Annual Meeting

Posted on 03 November 2016 by cradmin

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) elected new members of the executive board and several new regional directors at its recent annual meeting.

Martin Howard of David Allen Company was elected President. Chris Walker, also of David Allen Company, was named 1st Vice President. Martin Brookes of Heritage Tile and Marble was elected 2nd Vice President. Outgoing President James Woelfel was elected Chairman of the Board, and Dan Welch was named Executive Committee advisor.

The newly elected Regional Directors include Robert Showers (Region 2), Paige Smith (Region 3), Mike Weaver (Region 4), Dirk Sullivan (Region 9), Stan Platt (Region 10) and Sam Bruce (Region 12).

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NTCA Endorses Online Training Courses by UCTS

Posted on 15 April 2016 by cradmin

The National Tile Contractors Association has officially endorsed the core curriculum of the University of Ceramic, Tile and Stone (UCTS) to allow aspiring tile and stone industry professionals to gain the correct knowledge and skills without necessarily leaving the confines of their current jobs. Structured to be delivered online, UCTS is currently offering three online courses that can be completed within 14 days. These include Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile, Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone and Tile Installer Thin-set Standards Verification Course. 

The basic tile and stone courses are geared towards salespeople in the tile and stone industry to equip them with the correct knowledge about industry standards, stone and tile technical information and the different sales techniques for such products. The ITS Verification course is geared to setters, installers and finishers, and reportedly equips them on industry standards, manufacturers’ requirements and best practices on the installation of tiles.

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The National Tile Contractors Association Recognizes Industry Leaders

Posted on 18 December 2015 by cradmin

NTCA Tile Person of the Year Jan HohnThe National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) awarded the 2014 Tile Person of the Year Award to Jan Hohn of Hohn & Hohn of St. Paul, Minn. Jan is the third woman to receive this award during the six decades it has been presented. For more than 20 years, Jan has worked tirelessly as a one person, high-end residential tile and stone installation company. She dedicated herself to the trade, serving as President of CASTA (Twin Cities Local Tile Contractors Association), NTCA Board Member, NTCA Technical and Methods and Standards Committee Member and most recently, as Chairperson of the NTCA’s Training and Education Committee. Jan was the first woman to become a Certified Tile Installer by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation in 2009. Jan’s attention to detail, artisanship, knowledge and commitment to the industry have earned her the NTCA Five Star Contractor certificate.
Joe A Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award - Eric AstrachanEric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, received the Joe A Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is offered to a leader in the tile and stone industry who dedicates his/her career to advancing the trade. Eric made significant contributions to the industry by incorporating both Canada and Mexico into the Association, developing the Green Squared program and the expanding the TCNA Handbook and ANSI Standards. His passion for creating unity is exemplified by the Tile Council becoming an even stronger partner in the NTCA, CTDA, TCAA, CTEF and the Tile Heritage Foundation. Eric is an integral part of Total Solutions Plus, which brings together all industry associations for meetings, creating unique industry networking events and leadership conferences. Joe Tarver was in attendance to participate in Eric’s recognition.
You may also be interested in this article about submitting an entry to Coverings 2016 Installation & Design awards.

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