NTCA honors Jan Hohn, Eric Astrachan during Coverings 2015

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, recognized industry leaders at its Third Annual Awards Ceremony, during Coverings 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Over 200 guests were present to see the NTCA honor two exceptional individuals for their dedication and leadership in the tile industry.

Jan Hohn and Dan Welch, NTCA’s Chairman of the Board

Jan Hohn and Dan Welch, NTCA’s Chairman of the Board

 

This year, the NTCA’S 2014 Tile Person of the Year Award was presented to Jan Hohn of Hohn & Hohn of St. Paul, Minnesota. Jan is only the third woman to receive this award during the six decades it has been presented. For over 20 years, Jan has worked tirelessly as a one person, high-end residential tile and stone installation company. She has 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 also became 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 also earned her the prestigious NTCA Five Star Contractor certificate.

 

 

NTCA President James Woelfel, Eric Astrachan, Joe A. Tarver and Bart Bettiga, NTCA Executive Director

NTCA President James Woelfel, Eric Astrachan, Joe A. Tarver and Bart Bettiga, NTCA Executive Director

 

Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, received the prestigious Joe A Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award, offered to a leader in the tile and stone industry who dedicates his/her career to advancing our trade.  Eric has made significant contributions to the industry including incorporating both Canada and Mexico into the Association, the development of the Green Squared program and the expansion of the TCNA Handbook and ANSI Standards. An example of 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 their respective meetings, creating unique industry networking events and leadership conferences. Joe Tarver himself was in attendance to participate in Eric’s recognition.

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Lesley Goddin has been writing and journaling since her first diary at age 11, and drawing and sketching since she could hold a pencil. Her penchant for observation led to her becoming a paid professional as a trade journalist, publicist and is editor for TileLetter. She has also written for Guideposts, Walls, Windows and Floors, Floor Covering Weekly, and Low Carb Energy.