CTEF Focuses on Qualified Labor at Coverings 18: visit at Hall C, Booth #8401


Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

Installation Experience, CTI Challenge and CTEF Education Session Highlight Importance of Tile Installation Excellence and Qualified Labor

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) will focus on tile installation excellence and Qualified Labor demonstrations during Coverings’18, the Global Tile & Stone Experience taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from May 8 through May 11, 2018. The primary venue for the demonstrations will be the new 3,900 square foot Installation Experience located in Hall C, Booth #8401. In the Construction Zone, CTEF will hold the CTI Challenge, and, on May 10, CTEF will also hold an education session about the Certified Tile Installer hands-on test.

What is the Installation Experience?

The Installation Experience consists of several sections:

  • A self-guided, designated pathway that takes attendees through a sequence of rooms with fully-interactive live installations where top representatives will answer questions. They will have the opportunity to speak with industry experts regarding key processes, learning new strategies and experiencing hands-on demonstrations of the most modern of technologies.
  • In the Hall of Failures and the Hall of Excellence, attendees will see firsthand through actual installations the difference between the right and wrong way to perform a tile installation.
  • In the Hall of Excellence, CTEF will demonstrate the important aspects of the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) hands-on test with a cut-away version of the CTI module. Regional Evaluators of the CTI program will be on hand to explain the parameters of the test and answer questions.
  • In the Hall of ACT (Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers), attendees will be able to talk with ACT Evaluators who will answer questions from installers and others interested in the promotion of Qualified Labor as described in the Tile Council of America (TCNA)
  • The Installation Experience concludes with “At Home, With Tile” an area with an expansive seating area and TV screen offering viewers a time-lapsed progress video, highlighting the various construction stages of the projects slated to take place.

The Installation Experience live, interactive installations will include a fully-functioning kitchen; a bathroom with heated tile floor and a fully-functioning stall shower, along with a transformed vintage fireplace. These state-of-the-art projects will involve glass tile, porcelain, gauged porcelain panels, natural stone and other cutting-edge tile products and breakthrough technology installation systems.

Most importantly, as part of the Installation Experience, all attendees will garner new insights on the attributes of Qualified Labor. Representatives will be onsite to define, discuss and demonstrate just what it takes to be a part of this elite group which includes the Certified Tile Installer program and the ultimate group of installers who have achieved the status of being ACT certified.

The CTI Challenge

The “CTI Challenge” is a live event designed by CTEF director Scott Carothers, which is slated to take place between rival teams who are both NTCA members and Certified Tile Installers. It takes place in the Construction Zone located in the Hall of Excellence.

The Challenge will begin Tuesday May 8th and conclude on Wednesday May 9th.  Upon completion, the winners will be chosen allowing attendees to view this excellent workmanship.

Education Session about the Certified Tile Installer hands-on test

On Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 3 pm to 4 pm, Scott Carothers and Kevin Insalato, CTEF CTI Coordinator, will conduct an educational session titled “How to Prepare Yourself or Your Installer for the CTEF Certified Tile Installer Exam.”

The Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Program

The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

“The CTI program is strictly a test of the installer’s skills and knowledge; it offers no instructional classes,” says Scott Carothers, director of training and education for CTEF.  “However, many installers who have completed the CTI tests say that studying the written materials was very valuable and assisted in the completion of the hands-on test and that the CTI Manual provided the correct methods for tile installation which may not have been the way they installed tile in the past.”

The CTI program includes two separate tests.

  • The first is an online open-book exam which is taken at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows prior to the hands-on test.
  • The second is a hands-on test which is conducted at regional locations across the United States. The hands-on portion of the test begins at 7:09 am and must be completed by 4:00 pm. Installers should arrive at 6:30 am in order to get their tools set up and be ready to start the test at 7:09 am.

Testing proficiency in installing thin porcelain tile is just one of the advanced installation skills that can be certified through the ACT program.

The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) Program

The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) include offers certifications in seven specific areas of tile installation.  An installer may choose to become ACT certified in one or more of these areas:

  • Grouts
  • Large Format Tile & Substrate Preparation
  • Membranes (both sheet and liquid)
  • Mortar (Mud) Floors
  • Mortar (Mud) Walls
  • Shower Receptors
  • Gauged Porcelain Tile and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs

Installers wishing to become ACT certified must be pre-qualified in one of two ways:

  • Be a Certified Tile Installer (CTI) through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation; or
  • Be a journeyman tile setter who has successfully completed the apprenticeship program conducted by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

ACT certification in each area is granted upon successful completion of a written online test – designed to measure the installer’s understanding of applicable ANSI specifications and TCNA Handbook details – and a field provided hands-on test conducted by trained, third party evaluators who assess the installer’s skills under real life conditions.

CTEF: Supported by the Ceramic Tile Industry

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which sponsors the CTI and ACT programs is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and in close proximity to the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry.

For information about Coverings and the Installation Experience, visit http://www.coverings.com/the-installation-experience.

NTCA Five Star Contractors showcase creativity at Coverings’ Installation Design Showcase

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, will have its Five Star Contractors participating in the Installation Design Showcase – featuring “tiny houses,” during Coverings 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Showcase will be located at booth 8804, Hall C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Design Showcase is a must-see at Coverings. The Showcase will feature three tiny houses each highlighting a different design aesthetic. Three NTCA Five Star Contractors will collaborate with top designers, exhibiting synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation.

This year’s Three Tiny Houses will have tile installed by the following NTCA Five Star Contractors:

CG Villa – Installation by J&R Tile of San Antonio, TX.

“We are proud to feature our staff of professional certified and advanced certified installers for the second year in a row,” stated Erin Albrecht, chief operations officer of J&R. “Being a part of this Showcase allows us to demonstrate industry-standard techniques via qualified labor installations. We look forward to show how crucial experience, attention to detail, and being centered and balanced is imperative on such a complex project.  Substrate prep and movement joints are so essential for a moving small space, such as a Tiny Home. We at J&R pride ourselves on our field personnel having the ability to communicate and educate owners and architects. Problems solve themselves when you pride yourself on execution of design intent with a highly skilled, educated staff that shares the same vision and core values.”

J&R’s Erin Albrecht (l.) with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra during the reveal of the 2017 IDS Tiny House project.

Luxe Cottage – Installation by Visalia Ceramic Tile of Visalia, CA

Sam Bruce, president of Visalia (also participating for a second year) commented, “There are many aspects to the tile industry, starting from manufacturing, distribution, sales, design, products and tools.  Each leads to the final installation process. The Installation Design Showcase covers each step of this procedure. In particular, it allows us to exhibit the importance of creating a relationship with the designer. As an installer, our job is to bring a designer’s vision to reality through a quality tile installation using the right methods and standards. Clearly, we need to listen in order to best understand what the designer is trying to achieve. At times, we must educate designers so they understand these methods and standards, as well.  When this sort of teamwork happens, solutions are created which lead to successful projects.”

During the 2017 IDS Tiny House reveal, Alena Capra (c) interviews designer Kim Lewis (l) and Visalia Ceramic Tile’s Sam Bruce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Modern Living – Installation by DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting Inc. of Marietta, GA

Woody Sanders, founder of D.W. Sanders commented, “The Installation Design Showcase offers the construction industry as a whole and the tile industry, in particular, to witness newly developed methods of installation and techniques now entering the market. This sparks discussion to interface with peers of how the products would be used in their markets. Furthermore, it places a spotlight on qualified tile contractors to showcase their talented employees.”

Each of these installation companies has successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employs installers certified by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. “Without question, we love the opportunity to showcase the technical as well as artistic capabilities of our Five Star Contractors,” said NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox.

“The tile industry believes strongly in the quality of workmanship offered by NTCA Five Star Contractors,” continued Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA. “Many manufacturers recommend Five Star contractors to their customers on extremely challenging projects. This Showcase brings these type of complex projects to real world scenarios; giving attendees the opportunity to interact with the contractors and observe the installations from beginning to end.”

To obtain Five Star status, contractors must be a member of NTCA, and complete an application process that includes submitting examples of work, reviews and recommendations from peers and customers and proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 percent of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or have completed a three-year apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Labor.

ITALIAN TRADITION AND LEGACY AT COVERINGS 2018

 

 Ceramics of Italy Showcases Innovative Design, Sustainable Initiatives

and 25 Years of Inspiring Projects in Atlanta, GA

 

(Atlanta, GA – April 2018) From May 8-11, 2018, Ceramics of Italy will bring an impressive contingent to Atlanta for the 29th edition of Coverings – the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America. Organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) with support from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Ceramics of Italy pavilion will feature 76 booths with over 120 member brands introducing new collections that demonstrate impressive advancements in technology with a thoughtful focus on design trends.

Returning for another year, the beloved Ceramics of Italy central stand, Strada Dinamica, will continue to serve as the focal point for the pavilion with an information hub and authentic Italian cafe. Ceramics of Italy will also participate in several educational sessions and commemorate the history of Italian tile in North America with a special event and film honoring the 25th anniversary of the Tile Competition. With a focus on tradition while celebrating the past and simultaneously looking towards the future, the Italian Pavilion promises to lead in exciting new products and innovations during the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strada Dinamica

Strada Dinamica, the Ceramics of Italy booth located in Hall B3, 1630, is modeled after a busy urban sidewalk and includes benches, standing communal tables and two large kiosks, which house a cafe, coffee bar and information desk. Designed by New York firm e+i studio, the swooping, wave-like motions and organic curvature throughout the space create an inviting, modernist aesthetic reminiscent of Italian futurism. Several members companies contributed products to bring the Italian streetscape to life including Florim, whose Magnum Oversize collection demonstrates the versatility of thin porcelain slabs, and Lea Ceramiche whose large format floor tiles are set on a raised flooring system by Newfloor Srl Raised Floors. Fila Surface Care Solutions also provided cleaning products for the booth. Conveying a sense of motion and natural flow, the booth welcomes visitors to step up and explore the space while learning more about the Italian tile industry. Ceramics of Italy’s beloved culinary partner, Spuntino Catering will continue serving a taste of la dolce vita in Strada Dinamica throughout the show.

 

Trends and Innovations

The Italian pavilion will be full of inspiration and innovation this year, as dozens of Italian brands exhibit their latest collections, highlighting their extensive understanding of architects’ and designers’ needs. Modern developments such as large format tiles continue to be popular with more options in 6mm ultra thin and large collections that range from metal to stone and marble designs. Outdoor pavers and exterior cladding tiles will also demonstrate the holistic approach to product design that many Italian companies share. Companies also continue to expand upon popular trends like terrazzo and nostalgia-inspired tiles while others experiment with new techniques to create painted effects and combine categories of materials such as marble and wood looks in one design. Digital printing advancements will be seen as patterns become more intricate and colors become richer, with wallpaper-like effects achieved in a tile format. Examples of these advancements include botanical inspired motifs and weathered looks perfected to capture the natural passage of time. The variety of trends shown within the pavilion are sure to impress and inspire visitors at the show. Visitors are encouraged to follow the distinguishable “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products of superior quality and environmental responsibility.

 

Installation Design Showcase “Tiny Home Edition”

For the ninth consecutive year, Ceramics of Italy is a proud sponsor of the Installation Design Showcase (IDS) – an interactive exhibit and initiative that aims to pair Italian ceramics in tandem with creative design and expert installation. This year, Coverings partnered with Bear Tiny Homes; a Georgia-based company that builds tiny homes focused on accessibility. Ceramics of Italy is working with designers from Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installers from Visalia Ceramic Tile to bring a luxe cottage concept to life. A wide range of Italian products will be used throughout the space, from wood-look planks to tiles rich in texture, culminating in an intimate, rustic-modern escape. Member companies generously provided tiles for the installation while MAPEI supplied the grout. The Tiny Home will be open throughout the show for visitors to see the space come together in real-time. To celebrate the finished product, attendees are invited to attend IDS: Deconstructed (Thursday, May 10 at 3pm) in Hall C, Booth 8804 to explore the completed home and ask questions from the design and installation team.

 

Special Events & Seminars

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Tile Competition, Ceramics of Italy will organize a special event on May 9 at 12:30pm in Room B401 titled “Ceramics of Italy Celebrates 25 Years of Design”. Architects, designers and tile industry professionals are invited to attend a private Italian lunch and exclusive first look of the film Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy, directed by Francesca Molteni and architectural historian Fulvio Irace, featuring projects and interviews from notable architects throughout North America. Afterwards, Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor at Interior Design, will moderate a discussion on Italian tile and its role in thoughtfully conceived architecture and design with guest speakers from Studio Libeskind, Ziger/Snead Architects, ZAS Architects and others. The afternoon will conclude with a guided walking tour of the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion where over 120 Italian brands will demonstrate the latest trends and innovations in tile. Interested participants can register at bit.ly/CeramicsOfItaly25 and on-site in the Ceramics of Italy booth.

As thought leaders in the industry, representatives from Ceramics of Italy will participate in several educational sessions that are part of the show’s extensive conference program.

  • On Wednesday, May 9 at 8am in Room B312, experts including Andrea Contri, Sustainability Manager at Confindustria Ceramica, will present “Health, Safety, Environment, Design: Specifying Tile in Today’s Sustainability Landscape.” The session will provide an in-depth look at how the industry can combine sustainability messaging and various specification tools into a package.
  • Afterwards, at 9:30am in Room B309, Cristina Faedi, Manager of Promotional Activities for Ceramics of Italy, will discuss “Global Tile Trends” which covers material innovations, creative applications and how they can transform the installation of tile.
  • Donato Grosser, MBA, President of D. Grosser and Associates, Ltd., together with Santo Torcivia, President, Marketing Insights, LLC, will break down the ceramic tile marketplace, providing attendees with valuable insight and guidance to be a competitive company in a lecture called “How Ceramic Tile Has and Is Forecast to Compete with Other Products”. Taking place at 3pm on Wednesday, May 9 in Room B308, the industry experts will share the drivers of growth and how ceramic tile compares to other products such as LVT and wood by sales history, room application, price point, market segment and other essential factors.

This year, the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, May 9 (4-5pm) in Room B208. Members of the media are invited to attend and hear senior representatives from the Italian ceramics industry discuss trends and updates on the state of the industry and present the winners of the 2018 Tile Competition. Celebrating a historic milestone, Ceramics of Italy will honor a number of prestigious architecture and design firms from across Canada and the United States as well as the winners of the new student category. Following the press conference, Ceramics of Italy will screen the world premiere of Timeless Tiles: The Italian Legacy and honor the 2018 recipient of the coveted Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award, which celebrates the close connection between Italian tile manufacturers and their valued North American partners.

 

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Ceramics of Italy is the trademark for Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware, that are members of Confindustria Ceramica. For more information visit www.ceramica.info or follow Ceramics of Italy on Facebook (@CeramicsOfItalyNA) and YouTube (@LaCeramicaItaliana) as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (@CeramicsOfItaly).

COVERINGS ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE INITIATIVES AT 2018 SHOW BENEFITTING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, CLEAN THE WORLD, AND THE HOMELESS PETS FOUNDATION

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America, has announced the activation of three charitable initiatives over the course of the 2018 show. The initiatives, benefitting Habitat for Humanity, Clean the World, and The Homeless Pets Foundation, will all give back in some way to various segments of the local Atlanta community when the show makes its return to the host city May 8 – 11, 2018.

“We’re delighted to support these charitable initiatives that serve important segments of the Atlanta community at Coverings 2018,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “A major theme for Coverings 2018 is making connections, and on behalf of the tile and stone industry, we are looking forward to establishing meaningful connections with the beneficiaries of Habitat for Humanity, Clean the World, and the Homeless Pets Foundation in the local community.”

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Freeman, Coverings will donate tile and building materials from exhibitors’ booths to be made available to the public for purchase at ReStore, with all proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes in Atlanta for those in need. During show breakdown, Coverings will collaborate with both parties to identify and collect appropriate, usable materials.

“The Atlanta Habitat ReStore is thrilled to be partnering with Coverings, its exhibitors and Freeman for this donation initiative,” said Drew Bonner, ReStore Sales and Donations Manager. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with this incredible group to source and re-use as many items as possible in our mission of creating an Atlanta where all people have access to quality affordable housing in safe, vibrant neighborhoods with an opportunity to thrive.”

Coverings exhibitors Mapei and Florida Tile, as well as the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), have established a collaboration with Clean the World to assemble hygiene kits that will be distributed to in-need veterans in the Atlanta area. The group has set a goal of assembling 800 kits and will embark on a team competition on Monday, May 7 to see which group can assemble their allotment of kits in the shortest amount of time.

“Mapei is delighted to come together at Coverings 2018 with Florida Tile, NTCA, and Clean the World for this project benefitting Atlanta veterans,” said Dan Marvin, MAPEI Director of Technical Services. “We are collectively grateful to have found a way to give back to the local community on behalf of the tile industry, and our goal is to continue and grow this program at future Coverings shows.”

And, the Tile Council of North America, along with 18 of its member companies, will reprise its tiled dog house program, in which custom dog houses are designed and built to showcase the healthy, durable and stylish benefits of tile products. The beautiful and charming dog houses will be displayed in the Art Tile Courtyard (Booth #7249) during Coverings before they are donated to the Homeless Pets Foundation. The local organization, founded by local veterinarian Dr. Michael Good, is dedicated to finding forever homes for cats and dogs whose time is running out in Atlanta-area animal shelters. A donation ceremony will take place in the Art Tile Courtyard on Thursday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m., and all attendees are encouraged to attend to see the dog houses and meet the hardworking volunteers and their canine companions.

“We are excited to partner with the Homeless Pets Foundation to support such a worthy cause,” stated Kathy Meyer, TCNA Marketing Director. “By donating these beautiful, one-of-a-kind doghouses, TCNA and its members are helping Homeless Pets Foundation continue its mission to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs in Atlanta-area animal shelters and promote the benefits of pet ownership.”

Coverings returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from May 8-11, and will bring together 1,100 exhibitors representing over 40 countries across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space. Interested attendees can register for the show for free at Coverings.com/register

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About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2018 takes place May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit coverings.com.

COVERINGS 2018 CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING & FEATURED INDUSTRY LEADERS

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 45 sessions in the 2018 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and industry insights with Coverings attendees, with conference programming highlighting key topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the May 8-11, 2018 show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Open to all attendees, the 2018 conference program continues Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education. Content is tailored to each attendee segment, with programming available for architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, and retailer attendees. With CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2018 will partner with industry leaders to present four featured sessions, as follows:

Wednesday, May 9, 9: 30 – 10: 30 a.m. – “Developing Our Workforce: Engaging the Next Generation for the Tile and Stone Industry,” addresses the continuing labor shortage and skills gap within the industry, which has had a direct impact on the quality of installations – as fewer qualified installers are available, increasing the number of callbacks due to improper installations. Moderated by Gayle Silvey, Associate Director of the SkillsUSA Office of Education, programming will highlight opportunities to help engage the next generation and grow the tile and stone industry, ranging from apprenticeship programs to local partnerships.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will showthe forecast that will provide clarification, inspiration and/or validation to the upcoming trends that will work best for businesses. Lee will also include helpful insights from her newest book, “The Complete Color Harmony” Pantone edition, Lee will present a session titled:“Focusing on the Future: An In-Depth Look at the Leading Color and Design Trends.”

Tuesday, May 8, 8: 30 – 10: 00 a.m. – Moderated by National Tile Contractors Association Executive Director Bart Bettiga and Natural Stone Institute CEO James Hieb, “Town Hall Meeting I: What General Contractors & Specifiers Are Saying About the Stone & Tile Industry?” will open attendees’ eyes to what general contractors & design professionals are saying about the stone & tile industry, and the impact on  a successful product installation.  The knowledge will allow tile and stone professionals to better understand the needs of general contractors and specifiers for future projects.

Wednesday, May 9, 8: 00 – 9: 00 a.m. — “Town Hall Meeting II: Meeting General Contractor & Specifier Expectations,”a second town hall session hosted by Bart Bettigaand James Hieb, will discuss how to meet the expectations of general contractors and designers. Using the insight gained from the first town hall, this interactive session will include small group discussions designed to learn about partners’ thought processes. Join a small group of 15 industry peers and learn how the stone & tile trades can enhance the expectations.

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NTCA AWARDS RECOGNITION RECEPTION AT COVERINGS 2018 CELEBRATES 2017 TILE PERSON OF THE YEAR, CHRISTOPHER WALKER, DAVID ALLEN CO., INC.

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, will hold its Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 10th, during Coverings 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

The program includes a cocktail and dining reception, followed by a presentation of special awards to industry leaders. Included in this year’s agenda will be:

  • Best Practice Award for Committee Leadership
  • NTCA emerging leaders named to the Coverings Rock Star Program
  • Five-Star Contractor Program Projects of the Year
  • Joe A. Tarver award for Service to the tile industry.
  • Tom Ade Youth Scholarship Awards

Highlighting the event, the NTCA 2017 Tile Person of the Year Award will be presented to Christopher Walker, Vice President of the David Allen Company. Chris has logged more than 32 years as a professional manager and installer within the tile industry. He has supervised the successful installation of many high-profile commercial projects. ​A recognized industry expert, Chris also serves as 1st Vice President of the National Tile Contractors Association, Chairman of the American National Standards Institute A-108 Committee, Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO T-189, Board of Directors – Associated Builders & Contractor (ABC) of Virginia, as well as having been a voting member of the NTCA and TCNA Handbook and Technical Committees for many years.

“I’ve been blessed to be involved with industry groups focusing on training and standards for the benefit of the professional installation contractor,” stated Walker. “Being recognized by my peers with this distinguished award is both humbling and validating.  I am fortunate to have been able to work with these groups… and while doing so, possibly make a small impact on our industry.

“The NTCA reflects changes occurring in the marketplace today.  We work with other industry groups, which support the need for education and training to bolster constantly-evolving technical demands of specialty tile installations,” continued Walker.  “Tile installations are becoming much more complex and demanding. The growing use of gauged porcelain panels has allowed manufacturers to produce a whole new array of technically superior products, completely different than materials used when I was first introduced to the tile industry.  This represents a real opportunity for growth in our sector. Tile is now being specified for projects it never would have been considered for in the past.

“Being involved with the NTCA,” concluded Walker,​” and ​with ​other industry associations like TCNA and ANSI, I hope to continue my involvement with standards development… and, more importantly, support the groups and associations that assure we all practice the best methods. There is a collaborative effort to move the industry forward with growth and strength. With the support of manufacturers and allied suppliers, labor has been able to add its voice ​with​in the last decade​ and as a result, has made a real impact. I am proud to think I may have played a very small part in that.”

Tile of Spain Announces Coverings 2018 Schedule of Events

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), announces their schedule of events for Coverings 2018. Coverings, North America’s largest tile and stone exhibition, will be held May 8-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Tile of Spain booth, #3718, located in the center of the Spanish Pavilion, will feature educational seminars and video presentations, including award-winning architectural and design projects and an overview of Tile of Spain manufacturers’ achievements.

Visitors to the Spanish Pavilion will witness some of the most advanced ceramic tile technology and breathtaking design choices the world has to offer from the 85 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers exhibiting at the show.

For a booth directory of Tile of Spain’s 85 exhibiting manufacturers’ visit:

http://tileofspainusa.com/coverings-2018-tile-of-spain-exhibitor-directory/

Highlights of happenings at the Spanish Pavilion include:

Augmented Reality – Ceramic Trends 2018

Wednesday, May 9th at 12:45pm

Thursday, May 10th at 12:00pm

Join Tile of Spain in their pavilion as they dig deep into the broad array of micro tools that creative directors can employ to create the most effective and layered looks the world of ceramics has ever seen. Purchasers, sales-people, specifiers and end-users alike should all find valuable take-aways from this session by learning to distinguish the multiple layers of modern design and production techniques in ceramics.

 

Optimal Approach to 2018 Ceramics – The Building System

Tuesday, May 8th at 12:00pm and 2:00pm

Thursday, May 10th at 2:00pm

Friday, May 11th at 12:00pm

This session at the Tile of Spain reveals some key tips and tricks to getting the most out of tile in your buildings today. As a supplement to the conference session “Skin vs. System,” this session will explore sales channels, specification practices and material selection models that can make the use of tile the single most important and impactful aspect of your next project.

 

Talk to the Expert Happy Hour

Tuesday, May 8th from 3:30pm-6:30pm

 Join Tile of Spain for an extended happy hour and the opportunity to “Talk to the Expert” about tile specification, trends and more.

The 2018 Spanish Pavilion is organized and sponsored by ASCER, the Professional Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers from Spain, and ICEX Spain Trade and Investment. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit tileofspainusa.com.

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FIND NEW CONNECTIONS AT COVERINGS 2018

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone show in North America, has announced new opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to make meaningful and quality connections through networking. New programming focused on network-building at the show include extended show floor hours, digitally-driven introductions facilitated via Coverings app, and a celebration of all things tile & stone at the Coverings Installation and Design Awards and the Celebration at the College Football Hall of Fame.

In order to offer exhibitors and attendees with additional opportunities to explore all that the show floor has to offer, on Tuesday, May 8 there will be extended show hours, until 6:30 pm, and a chance to visit the world of tile & stone featuring happy hour specials, musical guests and lots of fun surprises. Afternoon happy hours will also take place on the show floor from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. The happy hours are the ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and make new connections.

On Wednesday, May 9 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, join us for the Coverings Installation and Design Awards. The Coverings Installation and Design Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in both residential and commercial projects. It’s a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, meet the winners and see the winning projects.

For attendees seeking new methods to discuss challenges and shared interests or to align with new potential clients for projects or business opportunities, Coverings has networking functionalities in its app. Users are encouraged to complete their attendee profiles to find like-minded or complementary connections at the show. Onsite, the Meet @ Coverings area will feature dedicated meeting space, creating an environment dedicated to fostering relationships and cultivating a connected industry.

“We are incredibly committed to offering all attendees and exhibitors endless ways to forge deeper connections in the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the Coverings experience, and we are pleased to provide networking opportunities and new ways to explore all the show has to offer.”

On Thursday, May 10 the tile and stone industry will gather for a tailgate party at the College Football Hall of Fame located next to the Georgia World Congress Center. Coverings attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to wear a sports jersey, choose their favorite college football team, and to celebrate another great Coverings show. Tickets to attend must be purchased during registration or at registration onsite at the show.

 

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 “INSTALLATION EXPERIENCE” TO DEBUT AT COVERINGS 2018

 

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, has released detailed information about this year’s newest segment at Coverings 2018, held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia World Congress Center, May 8-11, 2018.

“Plans for this interactive event have been in the works for over a year,” stated Executive Director of the NTCA, Bart Bettiga. “We are psyched to see it go ‘live’ and know it will be well-received and well-attended by Coverings attendees. The live demonstrations and wealth of knowledge that can be attained in this approximately 3,900 square foot arena should be the highlight of any visitor’s time at the show!”

The Installation Experience offers Coverings show attendees to experience firsthand, numerous types of tile installations implemented by Qualified Labor. These interactive sessions will showcase today’s best practices relative to a multitude of distinctive tile installations.

Live, interactive installations will take place in a fully functioning kitchen; a bathroom with heated tile floor, vintage fireplace upgrade and grand installation of a contemporary shower system. These state-of-the-art projects will involve glass tile, porcelain, gauged porcelain panels, natural stone and other cutting-edge tile products and breakthrough technology installation systems.

Entering via a self-guided, designated pathway, guest/participants will journey through room-after-room of fully interactive installations with top representatives posted along the way to answer any and all questions.  They’ll have the opportunity to speak with industry experts regarding key processes, learning new strategies and experiencing hands-on demonstrations of the most modern of technologies.

Other highlights include “photographic retrospectives”… the Hall of Failures & the Hall of Excellence.  Here, attendees will see firsthand the difference between the right way and wrong way to perform a tile installation. In the Hall of ACT (Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers), ACT representatives will be available to discuss the program with attendees.

Don’t forget about the Construction Zone, where visitors can experience the progression of the CTI Challenge. The “CTI Challenge” is an exciting, live event designed by CTEF Director Scott Carothers, which is slated to take place between rival teams of who are both NTCA members and Certified Tile Installers. Clearly, this will be the tile industry’s “Fight of the Century!”

And, as part of the Installation Experience, all attendees will garner new insights on the attributes of Qualified Labor.  Representatives will be onsite to define, discuss, and demonstrate just what it takes to be a part of this elite group which includes the Certified Tile Installer program and the ultimate group of installers who have achieved the status of being ACT certified.

The Installation Experience will come to a conclusion with “At Home, With Tile.” It will be the final installation area… complete with an expansive seating area and large TV screen offering viewers a time-lapsed progress video, highlighting the various construction stages of the various projects slated to take place.

The Installation Experience, at Coverings, will be positioned in Hall C, Exhibit # 8401, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com. Or, contact Terri Sparks: 708-921-3517; [email protected]

About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC. For more information, visit www.coverings.com.

 

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