President’s Letter – July 2012

Greetings,

I have had the great pleasure of traveling to and for NTCA-related events over the past few years. These have been tremendously gratifying experiences as I have worked alongside great thinkers to better our industry and have been fortunate to have witnessed the results of our efforts.

Each time I travel has also been a humbling experience for me. Every time I leave the cocoon that is my little tile world in North Carolina, venture to the airport and fly off to the next working venue, I gain a perspective that is really striking. This was evident once again as I had some “observation” time recently in the Atlanta airport while waiting to return home from our recent TCNA Handbook Committee meetings. I watched thousands of travelers and employees walk across beautiful tile floors. Every trip to or through a major city makes me realize that we are all “small fish in a big pond” as my grandmother used to say. The immense melting pot of America causes me to stand amazed at the sheer number of people who populate our great nation and the unique way each of them must impact their immediate worlds. I often wonder if they have any influence beyond that or if they even care to.

Many times I think of the ways all of us, in and out of the tile industry, impact our surroundings. Sure, we influence those we see every day: family, friends, coworkers, etc. But does influence go beyond that? It is certain that our actions affect each other, so it is important to remember the golden rule to “do unto others” as we interact with those around us. Before I get too philosophical here, the point I’m leading to is this: as a NTCA member, you may or may not know that your influence can and should be profound.

You can have impact in your tile sphere of influence that is immediate and lasting. Your professionalism is on display as you interact with those around you and you carry the banner of the NTCA. In doing so, it is imperative that you strive to provide your customers with the best possible installations, service and quality through each of these interactions. Whether you realize it or not, your daily commitment to these efforts does have a power to influence, not only yourself and your business, but those with whom you come in contact.

You also may not be cognizant of it, but those same efforts have a profound national influence as well. By employing the best practices developed through NTCA’s  work in helping to shape our industry globally, you spread the results of those efforts. You are the feet on the ground that make it happen. You shape our industry daily and your efforts do not go unrecognized. Without you there would be no “us”, and we appreciate all that you do.

I hope that you think about this often. You are indeed one of many, but remember what Mac Anderson said, “Sometimes one single choice not only changes the direction of our lives, but that of many, many others.” Thank you for choosing to be a part of the NTCA and, as such, influencing the direction of our industry.

All the best,
Nyle

President’s Letter – June 2012

Greetings,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits as we all work diligently to make professional tile installation the norm in the finishes industry.

This month’s issue reviews the recent Coverings expo in Orlando – and what a great event it was!

It is always interesting to gather at a place where everything in the tile world comes together for a few days. Exhibitors from around the world displayed everything from maintenance products to elegant stone.

Of course your NTCA was right in the thick of it as our staff manned several areas of the show and had an enduring presence throughout the week. NTCA membership and staff were well represented as we gave educational presentations, spoke with new and existing members, recruited new members, participated in an ANSI meeting and hosted, for the first time, Contractor Tours of the show. These tours proved to be a great success along with the Contractor Lounge, and were enjoyed by the contractors and manufacturers alike.

The NTCA and three of our Five Star Contractors were highlighted in the Installation Design Showcase, where tile installation took place over several days right on the show floor. I commend all of the companies for their brilliant efforts as they brought to life the culmination of ideas from top designers and top-line products of sponsoring manufacturers to create simply stunning tile installation artistry. Many thanks to those contractors: Cox Tile, Collins Tile and Stone and David Allen Company, and to the sponsors for all their hard work to make this venue the success it was.

Your NTCA also hosted the first Coverings Installation Design awards which again displayed the artistry of contractors from around the country. These contractors and designers received  awards for their outstanding projects as recognition of their efforts.

That evening culminated in what proved to be the highlight event for me: a tribute to the NTCA for the 65th anniversary milestone it achieved this year. I was honored to narrate a presentation that toured the history of our association, demonstrating our influence, accomplishments and leadership in the industry. In typical eloquent style, NTCA executive director emeritus Joe Tarver then offered a moving speech, recounting many details of our history and helping to chart the future.

Suffice it to say the NTCA was everywhere during Coverings week. We continue to strive to make the contractor’s voice heard throughout the industry. We will do so again this month as our representatives join a strong labor contingent at the TCNA Handbook meetings in Atlanta. Speaking of Atlanta, go ahead and make plans to attend Coverings next year at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center April 29th through May 2nd, 2013.

I thank each of you and the NTCA for the opportunities presented that allow us to listen and learn from others. It’s how we grow. Come join us as we pursue excellence and take adages to heart like the words of Jerry Rice, who said, “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I will accomplish what others can’t.”

All the best,

Nyle

President’s Letter – June 2012

Greetings,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits as we all work diligently to make professional tile installation the norm in the finishes industry.

This month’s issue reviews the recent Coverings expo in Orlando — and what a great event it was!.

It is always interesting to gather at a place where everything in the tile world comes together for a few days. Exhibitors from around the world displayed everything from maintenance products to elegant stone.

Of course your NTCA was right in the thick of it as our staff manned several areas of the show and had an enduring presence throughout the week. NTCA membership and staff were well represented as we gave educational presentations, spoke with new and existing members, recruited new members, participated in an ANSI meeting and hosted, for the first time, Contractor Tours of the show. These tours proved to be a great success along with the Contractor Lounge, and was enjoyed by the contractors and manufacturers alike.

The NTCA and three of our Five Star contractors were highlighted in the Installation Design Showcase, where tile installation took place over several days right on the show floor. I commend each of the companies for their brilliant efforts as they brought to life the culmination of ideas from top designers and top-line products of sponsoring manufacturers to create simply stunning tile installation artistry. Many thanks to those contractors: Cox Tile, Collins Tile and Stone and David Allen Company, and to the sponsors for all their hard work to make this venue the success it was.

Your NTCA also hosted the first Coverings Installation & Design awards which again displayed the artistry of contractors from around the country. These contractors and designers received  awards for their outstanding projects as recognition of their efforts.

That evening culminated in what proved to be the highlight event for me: a tribute to the NTCA for the 65th anniversary milestone it achieved this year. I was honored to narrate a presentation that toured the history of our association, demonstrating our influence, accomplishments and leadership in the industry. In typical eloquent style, NTCA executive director emeritus Joe Tarver then offered a moving speech, recounting many details of our history and helping to chart the future.

Suffice it to say the NTCA was everywhere during Coverings week. We continue to strive to make the contractor’s voice heard throughout the industry. We will do so again this month as our representatives join a strong labor contingent at the TCNA Handbook meetings in Atlanta. Speaking of Atlanta, go ahead and make plans to attend Coverings next year at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center April 29th through May 2nd, 2013.

I thank each of you and the NTCA for the opportunities presented that allow us to listen and learn from others. It’s how we grow. Come join us as we pursue excellence and take adages to heart like the words of Jerry Rice who said “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I will accomplish what others can’t.”

All the best,

Nyle

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