NTCA Announces Recipients of the Tom Ade Scholarship Award at Coverings 2018

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced recipients of its Tom Ade Scholarship Award at Coverings 2018.

Tom Ade Scholarship Award recipients (l. to r.): Heather Sinclair; Olivia Owen; Nicholas Certeza; Madison Walker: and Hannah Stovall.

This program was established by the NTCA to provide educational opportunities at the ​college or trade​ level​ for children or grandchildren of NTCA contractor members. It was respectfully named after Tom Ade of Filling Marble & Tile in New Jersey, a former NTCA regional director and a previous recipient of the NTCA’s Ring of Honor and Tile Person of the Year Awards. Through his generosity and selfless support of NTCA ​training and education, this scholarship program continues to thrive.

S​cholarships were presented by Bart Bettiga, NTCA’s Executive Director, during the Association’s Awards Night on May 10th to five students, selected out of 37 nominees.  ​Bettiga commenced the presentation by declaring​,​ “This year, the NTCA is giving $20,000 to highly deserving students. Due to such outstanding entries, the NTCA decided to award $4,000 each to five individual students.”

The winners are as follows:

  • Madison Walker, freshman at Northern Virginia Community College, majoring in biology with a minor in organic chemistry. Madison aspires to continue her studies, work on the Medical College Admissions Test and attend medical school. ​She is the daughter of NTCA’s First Vice President, Chris Walker and his wife Elena​.
  • Olivia Owen, recently accepted into the University of Georgia with plans to major in criminal justice. She carries a 4.25 GPA and balances academics with other extracurricular activities both on campus and at her church. ​Olivia is the daughter of Rod and Melinda Owen, owners of the Five Star Contractor Company, CC Owen Tile of Jonesboro, Georgia.
  • Nicholas Certeza — nominated by his​ former​ ​captain, Nicholas recently completed active duty in the US Army and is a member of the Texas Army National Guard. This scholarship will help offset costs not covered by ​the​ GI Bill for his continued higher education studies. ​Nicholas is the son of Elizabeth Lambert and stepfather Dan Lambert, NTCA Five Star Contractors Lambert Tile & Stone in Colorado.
  • Heather Sinclair, full​-​time wife, mother, employee and student, pursuing a business degree at University of Phoenix. She overseas six Goodwill stores throughout Central Iowa. Heather is the daughter of NTCA contractor member John Walker, with whom she worked side​-​by​-​side throughout her childhood,​ in his tile business.
  • Hannah Stovall​, ​​a dance major and member of the Dean​’​s List at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Hannah aspires to earn her MBA and further her dance career getting involved in choreography, production and eventually, ​becoming ​a dance professor. She is the daughter of BJ and Gerri Stovall of Mr. David’s flooring in Frankland, Illinois.

Natural Stone Institute Announces Call for Entries for 2018 Industry Recognition Awards and Pinnacle Awards

Oberlin, OH, May 16, 2018— The Natural Stone Institute is pleased to announce that the call for entries for the 2018 Industry Recognition Awards is now open. Submissions for all awards are due Friday, July 20.

Natural Stone Institute members are invited to nominate colleagues for the following awards:

Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award pays tribute to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the natural stone industry.

Women in Stone Pioneer Award. Sponsored by TexaStone Quarries, this award recognizes a trailblazer within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women. The recipient’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable, and inspirational.

Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award. Sponsored by Polycor and Custom Building Products, this award was established to honor an individual whose craftsmanship in the natural stone industry stands out above all else.

Natural Stone Scholarship. Sponsored by Coldspring, Delaware Quarries, and the Natural Stone Foundation, this scholarship provides educational opportunities for aspiring stone professionals interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry.

Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Sponsored by the Natural Stone Foundation, this scholarship provides a guided educational experience to one of three industry events to a woman showing a strong passion to grow their career within the stone industry.

For more information about these awards, including nomination forms and submission requirements, please visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/awards.

In addition, the call for entries for the 2018 Pinnacle Awards is now open. Submissions are due by Friday, July 20.

The Pinnacle Awards honor projects where beauty, creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone for commercial and residential applications.

Four new categories have been introduced this year, allowing for a broader range of natural stone craftsmanship to be showcased and honored. Pinnacle Awards will be given in the following seven categories:

  • Commercial Interior
  • Commercial Exterior
  • Renovation/Restoration
  • Residential Interior/Exterior—Single Family (New category)
  • Residential Interior/Exterior—Multi-Family (New category)
  • Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture (New category)
  • Public Landscapes/Parks/Memorials (New category)

A Grande Pinnacle Award (sponsored by Marmomac) will be presented to the best overall project. An award for the best use of Brazilian stone (sponsored by Vitoria Stone Fair) will also be available within each category. The Natural Stone Institute would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the Pinnacle Awards: MAPEI (Commercial Awards), GranQuartz (Residential Awards), and Coldspring (Renovation/Restoration Awards).

David Castellucci, Pinnacle Jury Committee Chair, commented: “I am pleased to announce the changes to the Pinnacle Award categories for 2018. Separating the residential awards into ‘single family’ and ‘multi-family’ extends the opportunity to participate both to small and medium sized shops and those who cater to larger volume clients. The new Public Landscapes an Architectural Carving categories open up the awards program to members who have not previously participated.”

The Pinnacle Awards are open to all Natural Stone Institute member companies, and will be recognized during the Natural Stone Institute Awards Celebration at TISE 2019. The winning projects will be displayed at TISE 2019 and promoted at other trade shows and in industry publications throughout the year.

For more information, including submission forms and a list of requirements, please visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/pinnacleawards.

 

PROFILITEC ANNOUNCES DEBUT OF FLOORTEC™

PROFILITEC, Italian producer of state-of-the-art floor profiles and related installation solutions, introduces FLOORTEC, its new uncoupling membrane intelligently developed for​ better, faster​ and stronger installations.

Floortec™ is a high-performance, durable uncoupling membrane to be installed under any tile installation. Its key features include:

  • Round-shaped mortar columns for maximum load support contributing to “extra heavy” (14 cycles) rating on the Robinson test method (ASTM 627 over 19.2” wood joist structure)
  • “Lay-Flat” technology to minimize curling
  • Translucent to monitor thin-set coverage
  • Textured surface for stronger thin-set adhesion allowing chalk lines to “hold”
  • Round-shaped surface configuration for better overall workability

“Clearly, the round-shaped mortar columns make the difference with this product,” stated Greg Gelston, President of Profilitec. “Think of columns in a building. They are most notably circular​,​ which by the natural laws of physics​,​ will evenly distribute the entire load’s weight versus​ a​ square​ column​.”

The introduction of Floortec™ reinforces the company’s commitment to its ​positioning as the “Choice of the Professional​.​”

Gelston concluded, “We strive to offer the most advanced engineered products, all of which are​intended to solve real-time problems within the industry. Real solutions for real issues.”

D_Segni™ Collection from Marazzi Wins IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award

D_Segni dazzles judges at HD EXPO and secures win for the brand

 

DALLAS – May 15, 2018 – Marazzi is honored to announce that the D_Segni™ collection received an IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award during the 2018 HD Expo in Las Vegas. A porcelain tile reinterpretation of traditional hand-made cement tiles found in Italy, D_Segni secured this win in the Flooring Hard Surfaces category.

“From its introduction, D_Segni has been an industry standout,” said Micah Hand, brand marketing manager, Marazzi. “D_Segni offers a series of decorative geometrical, vintage, and metropolitan designs that distinguish it from other tile collections in the industry. This recognition from IIDA/HD further determines Marazzi as a flooring design leader, and we are proud to accept this award next to other industry leaders.”

The IIDA/HD competition acknowledges accomplishments in product design innovation, technical advancements, aesthetics, environmental responsibility and usage in hospitality applications. According to IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, “Winners of this year’s competition found innovative ways to leverage product design to craft a hospitality experience that offers travelers a place to escape while maintaining elements that feel like home.”

IIDA/HD entries were judges by a board of design professionals including Chris Evans, associate principal, Rottet Studio;
Michelle Reichert, director – strategic sourcing, FF&E, MGM Resorts International; and Patricia Rotondo, IIDA, senior principal and director of interior design, Antunovich Associates.

To learn more about the D_Segni collection and the Marazzi line of tile products, please visit www.marazzitile.com.

Noble Company enjoys robust presence at Coverings 18

Noble Company has been a fixture at Coverings for more than 20 years. The company’s new owners, Federal Process, have continued and expanded on this commitment with a larger footprint and a fresh, updated booth presence last week at Coverings 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On display at the booth was a solution for loyal Noble product end users to get Noble adhesives and sealants off their tools, fingers and hands. The Tub O’ Towels was launched at this show, and is one of the best ways to get stubborn construction sealers and adhesives off the areas that you need clean. This tough, durable construction wipe  holds up to demanding job-site conditions.

 

In addition to the sleek, new booth presence for Noble Company, Coverings management provided Noble with six presentation opportunities, which offered attendees a diverse, varied slate of topics in a variety of forums from stage demos, round table CE discussions, and this year’s Quickfire sessions debut.

Noble’s Dave Kennedy (l) and Dean Moilanen present on the installation demonstration stage at Coverings.

The Noble Smoker is a perennial must attend event at Coverings, and this year was no exception, as hundreds of Noble Company’s best friends came early, stayed late and enjoyed the casual atmosphere and hospitality which is the hallmark of this signature Coverings event.

Tile Geeks were in the house at the Noble Smoker.

The Tile Geeks, a nationwide organization of tile contractors, with their ever-expanding social media presence were welcomed and entertained at this year’s Noble Smoker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO Lynnette Bloomberg, who has been a fixture at Noble Company for decades, and has been a critical factor in the success and growth of this company, is stepping down to pursue personal goals. It is an understatement to say she will be missed by company personnel and industry friends alike.

Lynnette Bloomberg, Noble Company CEO is retiring this month after nearly 34 years with the company.

 Lynette  created this handprint tile at the Tile Heritage Foundation Global Monumental Handprint Mural Project booth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFILITEC DEBUTS FLOORTEC™ UNCOUPLING MEMBRANE

PROFILITEC, Italian producer of state-of-the-art floor profiles and related installation solutions, introduces FLOORTEC, its new uncoupling membrane intelligently developed for​ better, faster​ and stronger installations.

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Floortec™ is a high-performance, durable uncoupling membrane to be installed under any tile installation. Its key features include:

  • Round-shaped mortar columns for maximum load support contributing to “extra heavy” (14 cycles) rating on the Robinson test method (ASTM 627 over 19.2” wood joist structure)
  • “Lay-Flat” technology to minimize curling
  • Translucent to monitor thin-set coverage
  • Textured surface for stronger thin-set adhesion allowing chalk lines to “hold”
  • Round-shaped surface configuration for better overall workability

“Clearly, the round-shaped mortar columns make the difference with this product,” stated Greg Gelston, President of Profilitec. “Think of columns in a building. They are most notably circular​,​ which by the natural laws of physics​,​ will evenly distribute the entire load’s weight versus​ a​ square​ column​.”

The introduction of Floortec™ reinforces the company’s commitment to its ​positioning as the “Choice of the Professional​.​”

Gelston concluded, “We strive to offer the most advanced engineered products, all of which are​intended to solve real-time problems within the industry. Real solutions for real issues.”

LATICRETE Chairman and CEO Named EY Entrepreneur Of The YearⓇ 2018 Award Finalist

 The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate

the country’s most innovative business leaders

 

May 15, 2018, Bethany, Conn. — David Rothberg, Chairman and CEO of LATICRETE—a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry—has been selected as a finalist for an Entrepreneur Of The YearⓇ 2018 Award in the New York Region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 32nd year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business and community.

David Rothberg

“David has successfully navigated the transition from the first to second generation while retaining the core values that enabled LATICRETE to grow from its roots as a garage operation to a global player in construction materials,” said Edward Metcalf, LATICRETE North America President and COO. “Building on the work of founders Dr. Henry M Rothberg and Lillian Rosenstock Rothberg, David is actively engaged in paving the way for the third generation of this prototypical American success story.”

Since its inception, EY has been at the forefront of identifying game-changing business leaders and celebrating American ingenuity.

“David’s vision along with his business and financial acumen have been crucial to maintaining a focus on innovation that has resulted in drastic improvements in quality, durability, productivity and worker-safety on job sites all around the globe. Commitment to community service and social action have also been hallmarks of David’s tenure, setting an example for all LATICRETE team members to emulate,” added Metcalf.

New York Region winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 12, 2018, and be considered alongside other regional winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition in the fall.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In New York, sponsors also include Marsh, Empire Valuation, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Pine Hill Group, SolomonEdwardsGroup and DLA Piper.

 

Crossville Announces Enhancements to Cross Vision and Mosaic Builder Online Design Tools

Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels Now Included in Cross Vision as a Virtual Design Option

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has announced updates and enhancements to the Cross Vision and Mosaic Builder online design tools on the company’s website, crossvilleinc.com.

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The popular Cross Vision tool now incorporates gauged porcelain tile panels in the options. This allows users to create virtual designs with the tile panels. Crossville’s Cross Vision design tool lets customers create, save, and print visualizations of wall and flooring combinations in photographs, either stock photos provided by Crossville or their own uploaded images.

In addition, Crossville’s Mosaic Builder has been updated. Designers can select any of the mosaic patterns and choose from nearly endless combinations of Crossville’s tile options to invent custom patterns for walls, countertops, backsplashes, and more.

“With these digital tools, we’re empowering designers to create beautiful patterns and easily share these design ideas with their customers—even from mobile devices,” states Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville.

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Other updates for these virtual design tools enhance overall functionality and user experience for both desktop and mobile experiences.
* Mobile responsive readiness – the new redesign better supports the mobile generation allowing customers to access to your building products and colors via mobile devices.
* High resolution product library support – the enhanced imagery support delivers higher quality visuals that showcase building products with hyper photorealistic results.
* New palettes: turnkey design feature – the addition of palette support allows designers to create and showcase product combinations, while providing contractors and homeowners inspirational choices combined with fast and easy design options.
* Enhanced user interface and product navigation – significant improvements to the user experience via redesigned application start page and product search allow for ease of use and navigation.

All of Crossville’s design tools can be accessed at https://crossvilleinc.com/ design-resources/.

 

Winning Design of Bostik Signature Spaces Competition Bedazzles as Permanent Centerpiece in Bellagio Lobby

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, announced the winning design for its most recent edition of Bostik’s Signature Spaces™… in stunning style.

This latest event, entitled “The Art of Stone Flooring Design Contest™,” welcomed design submissions from North American flooring installation contractors, artists, interior designers and architects with expertise in commercial spaces. Entrants were encouraged to submit their most creative realizations of a waterjet cut-and-fabricated, round marble medallion which was to be permanently installed in the main lobby of Las Vegas’ iconic Bellagio Hotel & Casino.

At a VIP award ceremony and industry-networking event held May 3rd at Hyde, the Bellagio’s “Height of Decadence” nightlife venue, Rick Faber, Senior Graphic Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering was awarded the Grand Prize: a trip for two to Paris, France. In front of 600 high-powered guests, consisting primarily of architects and designers, Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing & Business Development and emcee of the award ceremony, declared, “The lobby location of this 13′ diameter, stone flooring masterpiece is currently being viewed by over 20,000 Bellagio visitors every single day!”

Bostik, the sole sponsor of this competition, partnered with MGM Resorts International (the owner of the Bellagio), Creative Edge Master Shop (the waterjet firm producing the winning design), NTCA (National Tile Contractors Association) and Superior Tile & Marble (The Five Star contractor which installed the winning medallion).

According to Jim Belilove, President/Founder of Creative Edge Master Shop, “This medallion will provide an enduring signature space for the Bellagio, showing off the elegance of marble and its combination with other architectural metals. Right after it was unveiled, we were told the medallion’s beauty and workmanship was nothing less than “Renaissance quality!”

Todd Robinson, Director of Operations at Superior Tile & Stone commented, “It was an honor to be chosen to work on such a prestigious installation. The waterjet cut-and-fabricated medallion was not only beyond beautiful, but was delivered to the jobsite in the most professional way for our installers to handle the project. And of course, we utilized the Bostik system to ensure that the medallion was installed at optimal levels.”

Banda summed up the successful evening by stating, “This is the fourth competition we’ve staged with our partners at MGM Resorts International in the last three years. In all of these, we’ve arranged for a permanent installation to take place at one of their key properties. Everybody involved wins. But in particular, those who submitted their designs had great opportunities to showcase their creative talents, and subsequently receive well-deserved notoriety. Bostik builds strong bonding situations with much more than just its state-of-the-art specialty adhesive systems. Through programs such as Bostik Signature Spaces, we bring people together, and they build relationships that last for many years. That’s really strong bonding!”

About Bostik, an Arkema company
Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.95 billion, the company employs 6,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. For the latest information, visit www.bostik.com

TCNA’s Bill Griese Receives ASTM International’s Top Honor

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is pleased to announce that Bill Griese, TCNA’s director of standards development and sustainability initiatives, has been honored with ASTM International’s prestigious Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of standards for the Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares.
The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the ASTM International Board of Directors and is the highest society award granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities. This includes general advancement of the interests of ASTM committees and the society as a whole.
Along with the award Mr. Griese is now a Fellow of the ASTM Society.
“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition from an organization I admire so deeply,” remarked Mr. Griese. “ASTM’s standards development process is unlike that of any other. The level of staff involvement and the broad range of countless volunteers and experts who collaborate to develop some of the most trustworthy technical specifications in the world is impressive, to say the least. I am humbled and honored to be able to interact regularly with such high-caliber professionals, and I would be remiss to talk about the successes of the committees in which I’m involved without recognizing the hard work, expertise, and contributions of so many others.”
Mr. Griese will be presented with the Award of Merit at the NTCA Awards Ceremony on Thurs., May 10th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Coverings 2018 (www.coverings.com).
Mr. Griese joined ASTM in 2007. Beginning in 2008 he served three consecutive terms as chairman of Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products. He currently serves as C21 vice-chairman and chairman of Subcommittee C21.06 on Ceramic Tile. He also served two terms (one as chairman) as an appointed member of ASTM’s regulatory Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), and this year he began a three-year term on ASTM’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Griese is a member of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability and ASTM Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units.
With Mr. Griese’s contributions, especially to C21, new specifications have been created and dormant ones revitalized. On several occasions he has authored and coauthored ASTM International standards, and he has reduced the cycle time of standardization efforts through outreach, stakeholder engagement, and increased committee correspondence. Through his consensus building aptitude, he has led committees through contentious subjects, and he has suggested compromises by which standards on the brink of expiration could be passed.
Mr. Griese has given countless hours of his time, energy, and service to the operations of ASTM and has been recognized by the Society on several other occasions. In 2013 he was selected by then ASTM President James A. Thomas as a recipient of the ASTM International President’s Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of Service Awards in 2014 and 2017 for his contributions as a member and chairman of COTCO.
In addition to his recognition by ASTM, Bill is well-known throughout the tile industry as a leader. As the chief visionary behind TCNA’s environmental efforts, Mr. Griese manages TCNA’s Green Initiative Committee, which is comprised of more than 80 members representing more than 50 organizations. Some of his most important projects include the development of Green Squared®-the first and only standard and certification program for sustainable tiles and tile installation materials-and industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for North American-made ceramic tile, tile mortar, and tile grout.
Mr. Griese serves on numerous standards committees outside of ASTM. He is a U.S. delegate internationally in groups such as ISO TC 189 (Ceramic Tile), ISO TC59/SC17 (Sustainability in Buildings and Construction), and ISO PC 277 (Sustainable Procurement). He is a member of the tile industry’s ANSI ASC A108 committee where he spearheaded the development of Green Squared®.
Mr. Griese is a contributor to the development of TCNA’s Handbook for Ceramic, Stone and Glass Tile Installation. He served as an International Code Council working group member in the original drafting of the International Green Construction Code. He was also appointed to the U.S. EPA’s Governance Committee Flooring Panel, which helped develop federal guidelines on sustainability standards and certification labels.
Mr. Griese is an active participant in the World Ceramic Tiles Forum. He also speaks regularly at events in the U.S. and abroad and is an author, columnist, and contributor to several industry publications. In 2016 Coverings (the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America) honored him as a “Coverings Rock Star,” a group of young professionals recognized for having distinguished themselves as industry leaders.
Mr. Griese is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with a specialty in building design and construction. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, SC.
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