Member Spotlight – Gudbrandsson Tile & Stone – March 2017
GUD Vibrations – Manitoba tilesetter discovers his professional passion on the cusp of fatherhood
NTCA is an international association, and as such, in this issue, we present to you a member from Manitoba, Canada – Gudbrandsson Tile & Stone (www.facebook.com/gdtilflooring), which installs tile and stone in mostly residential renovations and new homes, with occasional commercial hand-crafted specialty projects.
Brandur Gudbrandsson was working as a trucker until the discovery that he would soon be dad to a daughter helped bring his passion into laser-like focus. At the time, he learned his best friend for 17 years was also having a child. That became the impetus to start in the tile and flooring industry, with Gudbrandsson’s only knowledge stemming from “being in and out of the trade for 10 years.”
Gudbrandsson quit driving and began buying tiling tool until he hit a bump in the road. “Ironically, my buddy of 17 years did not want to continue after one month of work and we found out our sixth great grandfathers were half brothers,” he said. “He became a professional trucker; I became a professional tilesetter.”
Gudbrandsson’s grandfather said, “Stand still, nothing accomplished.” Standing still wasn’t good enough for Gudbrandsson. “ When I had to take the leap of being a dad, I told myself follow my passion and I will succeed,” he said. “I thank my daughter for where I am today — and my grandfather’s hard working roots. Everything I do — on a job or in the industry — has my family name on it. It signifies quality.”
Gudbrandsson joined NTCA in 2016 due to the influence of fellow Tile Geeks tilesetters he admired. “I believe the industry is being re-pioneered today, and I came into the industry at the best time,” he said, adding that he wants to “be involved with the industry as deeply I can get.”
Gudbrandsson said, “The greatest aspect of becoming a NTCA member is the support and networking from so many GUD people. I had the pleasure of meeting many in Chicago at Coverings
2016. It was a GUD drive; Dave Karp owner of Tile Fusion was the first to greet me on the journey from Manitoba.”
He continued, saying, “It is a GUD satisfaction to be a part of an ancient art. It gives me great joy to see more people involved every day. The networking is very GUD locally and abroad. Becoming a Tile Geeks member led me to create Tilesetter Canada Facebook group for more regional connections. I see now setters from Canada helping each other finding work, becoming friends and help troubleshooting problems, or connecting with a tile company representative.
“Seeing the tile community through social media using the word GUD is also flattering,” he added. “Perseverance, consistency, details –meeting anyone with the same passion is always a pleasure.”