The TEC® brand has awarded Kevin Fox of Fox Ceramic Tile the grand prize in its “Imagine Achieve” contractor contest. Five runners-up have also been recognized by a panel of industry experts.
The judging panel included Rose Mary Clyburn, president of H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc.; Dan Welch, president of Welch Tile, and NTCA; Jennifer Panning, president of Artisan Tile Inc. and TCAA; and Michael Ansari, president of AIC Contracting Inc. These industry experts selected the winning entries based on imagination, craftsmanship and excellent use of TEC® products.
As the grand prize winner for his work on the Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA in Wichita, Kan., Fox – who is a NTCA Five-Star Contractor – received a $5,000 cash prize. Fox Ceramic Tile is featured on the TEC® website and in TEC® advertising.
“Winning this award gives us confidence that we are doing things right and running our business with success,” Fox said.
His project used TEC® products to aid with fast-paced tile installation at the 110,000-square-foot flagship YMCA. Fox Ceramic Tile installed large-format porcelain tile on the building’s lobby floor, ceramic and porcelain tiles throughout the building and porcelain mosaics in its pools, whirlpool and steam room. These varied environments presented installers with a challenge, and the judges noticed.
“It was a complex and labor intensive project,” said judge Michael Ansari.
Fox Ceramic Tile utilized a range of TEC® products, including HydraFlex™ Waterproofing Crack Isolation Membrane, Fast-Set Deep Patch, Fast Set Ultimate Large Tile Mortar, AccuColor EFX® Epoxy Special Effects Grout and AccuColor 100® 100% Silicone Sealant.
“Kevin Fox successfully used TEC® products to achieve a highly functional, beautiful space that will be enjoyed by thousands of people,” said Rose Mary Clyburn, president of H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc., the manufacturer of TEC® brand products. “We’re proud to see our products in this space.”
Fox Ceramic Tile and the five runners-up will be promoted by the company within case studies. The runners-up are also featured on the TEC® website and each received a $500 cash prize.
“There were a wide variety of entries ranging from small residential to large commercial projects – from across the country,” said Jennifer Panning, contest judge.
The five runners-up are:
1. Ron Mayo, Flooring Systems Inc., for Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, Ill.
2. Matt Minshall, Uptight Floor Covering, for a hacienda-style custom home in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
3. NTCA Five Star Contractor Nyle Wadford, Neuse Tile, for a pharmaceutical plant install in North Carolina.
4. Jeff Shultz, Metro Tile Contractors, for Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan.
5. NTCA Five Star Contractor James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co., for a college locker room in Arizona.
Photos of these prize-winning projects are available at tecspecialty.com/imagineachieve. The grand prize winner and runners-up will also appear in TEC® marketing materials.
For more information, visit www.hbfuller-cp.com.