The 6th Annual Classic Vehicle Calendar Released by NAC

The company that introduced the flooring industry
to ECB® and crack isolation membrane technology, NAC Products, released their
2018 calendar, “Classic Vehicles from the Flooring Industry” at the Total Solutions Plus
event in Washington DC.

The calendar offers a platform for people in the flooring industry to showcase their classic vehicle and share it with the rest of the industry.

The initial calendar was created to help promote NAC’s 30th anniversary in 2013, but has now evolved into
an industry tradition. Whether it is a car, truck, farm tractor, motorcycle, airplane, or boat, people from all over the world have participated, highlighting a wide variety
of classic vehicles.

The calendar also includes the dates of many industry related tradeshows, like the International Surface Event, NAHB/KBIS and Coverings just to name a few.

Past calendars and the featured vehicles can be found on the NAC website.


Crack isolation, sound control, waterproofing and more; membrane systems that
protect your flooring investment, that’s NAC Products.
For more information about NAC, visit or call 800-633-4622.

“This project has grown each year as more and more people are seeing the
calendar and realize they have a vehicle of their own or know someone in the
industry who does,” said Vice-President Operations Brian Petit. “It’s a really cool way
to shine a light on a hobby that is shared by a lot of people in the industry, while also
bringing greater awareness of the NAC brand .”
The overall design of the calendar has changed each year, however, one of the
design highlights of the calendar includes the use of actual state license plate
images representing the year of the car or a plate that was popular at the time or
resembles how the car is currently tagged. A few anecdotes about the car and the
restoration populate the plate image.


Dan Welch, president and CEO of Welch Tile & Marble in Kent City, Mich., was proudly presented with the 2017 Ring of Honor award by the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), earlier this week.

This prestigious award was presented at the Total Solutions Plus conference held in Washington, D.C. on November 4-7. The Ring of Honor award is a lifetime achievement award for a NTCA Contractor or Associate Member, being given to individuals who have impacted the industry through active participation, devotion and support of the mission and objectives of the organization.

Welch was the first person to be obtain Certified Tile Installer (CTI) certification, and the first person to be certified in the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT). Over 40 of his employees have obtained certification through the CTI program. He supports the NTCA at the executive level, and in helping to oversee training and education programs Welch was previously honored as Tile Person of the Year in 2013. Welch Tile & Marble is a leading commercial and residential tile and stone installation company with over 50 employees.


Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE ® HYDRO BAN® Board

LATICRETE® HYDRO BAN® Board is a lightweight, easy to install, ready to tile wall board designed for bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with a waterproof high-density extruded polystyrene core and a waterproof membrane on both sides to give triple protection from water and vapor intrusion. Available in thicknesses from ¼” to 2” HYDRO BAN Board can be used on walls, floors, ceilings and in many installations requiring dimensionally sound and stable substrates as well as in steam rooms and steam showers. HYDRO BAN Board does not contain cement, fiberglass or paper products and will not cause itching or create messy cement debris during installation. No tab washers are required for floor and wall installations when using HYDRO BAN Board Screws.

HYDRO BAN Board carries the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty and can be installed over wood or metal studded walls, masonry, brick and concrete. For more information visit,

LATICRETE Rolls Out New Specialist Sales Structure

Sales structure will provide customers with the highest level of service as LATICRETE sees continued growth

Building on more than 60 years of providing customers with unmatched service, LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, is introducing a new sales structure to strengthen its field sales expertise. With the new structure in place, LATICRETE aims to better understand and fulfill its customers’ needs by deploying a nationwide group of sales specialists to support its five core business channels — Tile and Stone Installation Systems, Concrete Construction Chemicals, SPARTACOTE™ Resinous Flooring Systems, STONETECHⓇ Surface Care and Maintenance and Masonry Veneer Installation Systems. Additionally, LATICRETE will increase its sales managers and directors, as well as decrease the size of each territory being overseen to ensure a more intimate experience at every level.

“Business is booming for LATICRETE. As our company continues to grow, our primary goal is to ensure that all business strategies are aligned for long-term success and efficiency,” said Ron Nash, LATICRETE Vice President of Sales North America. “With a focus on assisting end-users and contractors, as well as creating demand for our distribution partners, the new sales structure is designed to incorporate selling teams that are knowledgeable in their fields and provide expert targeted guidance.”

To support the new sales structure, Marcella Prado will take on the role of National Sales Manager for STONETECH and STONE CARE, and Robert Duke will take on the role of National Sales Manager for Masonry Veneer Installation Systems. In both positions, Prado and Duke will be responsible for managing and building a dedicated team of sales specialists in the United States and Canada. Additional promotions include Chris Collins and Jeremiah Johnson who will become Regional Sales Managers and oversee all business channels of LATICRETE in the newly formed “Front Range” and “Gulf Coast” regions. Brett Spencer will direct all selling efforts in the Western United States as the region’s new Director of Sales.

With approximately 1,600 team members worldwide, LATICRETE operates in 100 countries and continues to build upon the legacy and values founded by Dr. Henry M. Rothberg and Lillian Rosenstock Rothberg to ease the work of the installer, improve the durability of buildings and create lasting customer relationships by manufacturing safe, innovative building materials and treating customers, employees and partners like family. Recently, LATICRETE was named the Best Family Business in Connecticut for 2017 by the Hartford Business Journal.

Crossville Launches Calce and Cava – Two New Gauged Porcelain Tile Panel Collections

Stunning Lines Offered Nuanced Surface Visuals in 1mx3m Large Format Panels

Crossville, Inc. has announced the introduction of two gauged porcelain tile products: Calce and Cava.

Neutral colors and delicate nuances mark the face of Calce, a line inspired by wet plaster and concrete. The combination results in a soft, chalky visual that is both sophisticated and thoroughly contemporary. Available in expansive 1mx3m gauged porcelain tile panels that are just 3+mm in thickness, the line’s soft whisper style makes a bold statement for interior walls in commercial and residential settings.

▪    Comes in 6 colors, ranging from light to dark: Bianco, Avorio, Grigio, Tortora, Antracite, Nero
▪    Available in 3+mm thickness for wall use
▪    Unparalleled testing and training ensures high performance
▪    Suitable for interior vertical surfaces

With looks as good as natural stone delivered straight from the quarry, Cava brings you all of the style with unsurpassable performance. Utilizing state of the art technology, we created each vein of the line’s four colors to be rendered with remarkably authentic effect on each 1mx3m panel. Though just 5.6mm in thickness, Cava panels will perform beautifully in a range of interior settings in commercial and residential projects. The result is supersized stone looks guaranteed to be even better than the real thing!

▪    Comes in four colors: Bianco Lasa (in Polished or Bush Hammered finishes), Diamond Cream (in Bush Hammer finish), Noir Desir (in Polished finish), and Nero Greco (in Polished finish)
▪    Available in 5.6mm thickness with finish options for floor and wall use
▪    Unparalleled testing and training ensures high performance
▪    Suitable for indoor surfaces
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Crossville’s Bohemia Porcelain Tile Collection Empowers Boho-Chic Style

New Line Offers Fabric-like Texture, Nuanced Appearance

Crossville, Inc. has announced the launch of Bohemia, the brand’s latest porcelain tile collection. Taking inspiration from the history and spirit of nomadic cultures, the line offers unconventional takes on texture and color. The versatility of sizes and hues empowers designers to incorporate boho-chic styles and adventurous, textile-like touches into their customized tile designs.

“We’re excited to see Bohemia usher in new opportunities for designers to tap into their individual styles,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “The fabric-finish texture and range of colors and creative options will let designers invent unique, custom looks.”

Field tiles are available in two large format sizes, 12”x24” and 24”x24”, and are rectified for exact size consistency. The complement of trim pieces includes bullnose and covebase to allow for fully finished looks that meet installation requirements. Additionally, two mosaic options—a 3”x3” and a basketweave, each mesh-mounted on 12”x12” sheets for easy application—serve as creative solutions for commercial and residential projects.

Bohemia is offered in eight nuanced colors in a fabric-like, unpolished finish that is simple to maintain and highly durable. The spectrum of colors includes bold, light-to-dark neutrals, as well as blue and green offerings. The colors are inspired by—and named for—the unapologetic, informal style of the boho-chic movement: Free Spirit, Drifter, Artist, Vagabond, Tinker, Wanderer, Rebel, and Beatnik.

As with all products produced at Crossville’s Tennessee manufacturing facilities, Bohemia is responsibly manufactured using sustainable processes and is Green Squared certified. It is recommended for interior floors, walls, countertops, and exterior walls in both residential and commercial applications.

For more information and sample ordering for the Bohemia collection, visit


November 15 & 16, 2017
Pennsylvania Convention Center

WHAT: NeoCon East offers an insider look into the products and innovative offerings that will shape the offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, retail stores and government buildings of the future. From new solutions that combat the “sitting epidemic” to biophilic designs, there is a wealth of groundbreaking options for attendees to discover. The conference and exposition will feature over 25 insightful seminars, 150 exhibitors, and thousands of ready-to-spec solutions that will end up in the biggest built projects in the region and beyond.

NeoCon East 2017 highlights include:
New to market innovations and avant-garde furnishings, lighting, wallcovering flooring products for activity-based working, hoteling, benching and hot desking; cloud-based technologies; health and wellness; privacy; acoustic comfort and sound absorption; sustainable design and more.

The largest concentration of products and services under GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedule Program.

Keynote presentations from industry influencers including: Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA (Design Director, TPG Architecture), Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP (Managing Director, Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice), David Insinga, AIA (Chief Architect, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service), and Alex Gilliam (Founder, Public Workshop).

An educational track offering over 25 CEUs, which provides professionals across industries with an effective and efficient way to earn valuable credits in just two days.

Networking events like the Opening Night Party across the show floor (Weds, 11/9, 4-6PM), which is co-hosted by IIDA’s PA/NJ/DE chapter and features Philadelphia treats.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15th, 9AM – 6PM
Thursday, November 16th, 9AM – 4PM

WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center: Halls D and E
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

REGISTER: Registration is available online at before 11/10. After that date, registration is available on site. Keynote Presentations are free to registered attendees. CEU seminar registration is $40 online before 11/10 and $50 on-site

WHO: TheMART, a Vornado Property, produces the show. Interviews with show management including Senior Vice President of TheMART, Susan McCullough, exhibitors, as well as speakers are available prior to, during, or after the show.

Credentialed media can register for the show for free at until Nov. 10. They can also register on site. The NeoCon website features a digital pressroom with press releases and an image gallery. For exhibitor news, images and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on the following social media channels: Facebook (@NeoCon Shows), Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows),and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).


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QEP Associates Worldwide Team Up With Vendor Partners for Disaster Relief

In response to the string of catastrophic events which have impacted the people living in and around the Caribbean basin, QEP Associates across the world have come together to make a meaningful difference for those impacted.

“The initial Corporate response was straightforward.  We quickly identified the tools that would be most useful in the aftermaths of the hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico.” said Len Gould, President of QEP.  “What was particularly inspiring was seeing the donations pour in from QEP offices across the globe.  Furthermore, our long standing vendor partners stepped up as well donating additional cash and product.”

The Company shipped two full tractor-trailers crammed with a variety of professional tools to our customer partners. Additionally, $30,000 was raised by Associates representing QEP locations in: The United States, Canada, China, The United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, and Australia.

100% of all monetary donations was distributed among established charities in Puerto Rico and The Florida Keys, including Hogar de Ninas de Cupey, a home for young girls who have fallen victim to abuse, Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico, a food bank in Puerto Rico, and The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter.

Crossville Participates in Second Annual Southern Style Now Festival and Traditional Home Showhouse, November 9-11 in Savannah, GA

Crossville’s Lindsey Waldrep to Moderate Design Panel Discussion as Part of Festivities

Crossville is a participating sponsor of the second annual Southern Style Now Festival and Traditional Home Showhouse taking place November 9 – 11 in Savannah, Georgia. The festival, founded by renowned author and design editor Robert Leleux, is a celebration of southern style and culture. The three-day event features keynotes and panel discussions with popular interior design and lifestyle personalities, as well as a range of special events that make the most of the Savannah experience.

“Crossville is proud to sponsor the Traditional Home showhouse and partner with Garden State Tile for Southern Style Now. It’s the perfect venue to showcase our cutting edge products within a historic setting and demonstrate the breadth that Crossville offers the residential design community,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “

Crossville products are found throughout four levels of living space in the Southern Style Now showhouse, presented by Traditional Home Magazine. The 5,500 square foot, renovated historic property will debut on the evening of November 9 at a gala event benefiting the Historic Savannah Foundation. The home will then be open to the public for tours from November 10 through December 1.


Martin Brookes

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is proud to announce the addition of one of its members, Martin Brookes of Tile Inspection Services in San Francisco, Calif., into the NTCA Recognized Consultant Program. Recognized Consultants are the only individuals the NTCA refers for inquiries into jobsite inspections, specifications, and installation requirement clarification.

Tile Inspection Services leverages over 35 years of industry experience in masonry and tile installation to provide an unbiased expert opinion of plans and specifications. Owner and operator Martin Brookes, is a NTCA Five Star contractor member, and maintains an active presence within the tile community. He is the president of Heritage Marble & Tile, which he founded in 1997, and is a sitting member for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)’s A108 committee. Brookes is also an active member of NTCA, serving as second vice president of the NTCA Board of Directors and sitting on both the Technical committee and Standards & Methods committee.

The Standards and Methods Committee of the NTCA carefully screens applicants to ensure only the most competent and qualified people are honored with this distinction. The sole purpose of this program is to provide ceramic tile contractors and consumers with a recognized expert to consult with before and after installing ceramic tile or allied products.

If you are interested in becoming a recognized tile industry consultant, visit our website at

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