Hope your summer is going well. It seems impossible to be looking ahead to our fall industry event, but indeed we are – Total Solutions Plus, scheduled for October 26-29 at Bonita Springs, Fla., at the lovely Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. This year, the Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) joins the Partners in Progress that traditionally stage this conference: National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), and Tile Council of North America (TCNA). Flip over to page 66 for a sneak peek of the events in store at this growing must-attend annual industry summit. This is a perfect setting for relaxed networking, learning and inspiration from industry experts and a great chance to talk to suppliers at the tabletop exhibit portion of the conference. Be sure to visit www.tile-assn.com to learn more and register for the event!
Dan Welch’s July letter got me thinking that it was a good time to try to squeeze that page in again – we love our work, but also love our workers, friends, family (even furry ones as you will see) and colleagues, and it’s important to celebrate those whom we treasure.
And in editing this issue, I’ve noticed a few places that TileLetter seems to really make a difference in people’s lives. The first was Dan’s assertion in his letter that it helps tie our industry together. The second comes in the Five Star Contractor Spotlight of Rimrock Designs Inc. Founder Micah Linton got his very first job out of the pages of TileLetter! It’s gratifying to know that this humble publication has played such a role in our industry. Have you benefited from something you’ve read in TileLetter? If so, drop me an email and let me know:
Be sure to also read Donato Pompo’s technical feature about hollow-sounding tile. He gives some important tips for “sounding” tile, what to do if the tile sounds hollow, and installation conditions and methods that may contribute to the situation.
Finally, as you know, the NTCA Tile & Stone Workshop is currently touring the country with NTCA presenters Gerald Sloan and Michael Whistler bringing training and education to local host sites. In this issue, we take a look at the May ISC Surfaces event in Lenexa, Kan., and St. Louis, Mo. – and the impressive showroom setting provided by the ISC Surfaces folks.
Have a great summer, and remember to take time to for the balance of relaxation and quality time with family and friends.
Be well, Lesley