Louisville Tile Distributors receive recognition at TSP

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recognized long-time supporter Louisville Tile Distributors at Total Solutions Plus (TSP), held at the end of October in Nashville, Tenn.

During the TSP award ceremony, NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga presented Robert DeAngelis, President of Louisville Tile, with an award recognizing the distributor’s support of tile industry training and education programs.

Robert DeAngelis (l) with Bart Bettiga at the Total Solutions Plus award ceremony.

Robert DeAngelis (l) with Bart Bettiga at the Total Solutions Plus award ceremony.

Louisville Tile, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading distributor of tile installation products and sundry items for tile installers. Currently, the distributor has 13 showrooms, located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.

“NTCA realizes that without the support of distributors and manufacturers we would be limited in what we do to positively impact the industry,” Bettiga said. “It’s because of this reason we decided to thank and honor the leaders at Louisville Tile Distributors for their continued support of our programs.”

For several years, Louisville Tile has hosted and sponsored NTCA workshops at all of its locations. At many of these events, the distributor goes a step further by purchasing copies of the NTCA Reference Manual and the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation and the offering them to attendees. DeAngelis said he felt it was important that attendees left with these resources saying, “That puts the power of first-hand knowledge in their hands.”  

DeAngelis said while it was nice to be recognized for Louisville Tile’s efforts support NTCA, he felt in reality it was NTCA that was supporting Louisville Tile in its education efforts. Two years ago, Louisville Tile leaders decided that in addition to being a workshop sponsor, they would also sponsor and host NTCA Regional Training Programs in effort to expand the ways they provided specialized training to local installers and their customers. Louisville Tile even added an additional member to its team in order to be able to offer more training. “By adding Marc Mularoni –our Director of Technical Sales– as a full time technical person, we added a person with the dedicated ability to step up our educational offerings in partnership with NTCA, CTEF, and other industry resources,” DeAngelis said.

Bettiga offered the distributor his sincere thanks for its support and efforts over the years and hopes its example will encourage other distributors to do the same. “Louisville Tile offers us an example of the difference an independent distributor can make in the industry through its support of installer certification, training and education,” he remarked.

DeAngelis also commented about the importance of being an industry education sponsor. “Our business is driven by the tile installation trade and businesses,” DeAngelis noted.  “It is more than a contribution to our industry; it is a necessity for continued health, growth and improvement of the tile trades that support our industry.”

Empowerment, education and enjoyment mark all-industry conference

TOTAL SOLUTIONS PLUS Grapevine, Texas

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center provides the industry hub for Total Solutions Plus (TSP) October 27-30 in Grapevine, Texas. The NTCA, TCNA, CTDA and TCAA have conceived of this annual conference as a way to bring the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other. Among the program features are a live Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) demo planned and presented by NTCA and TCAA, top-notch speakers, networking opportunities, three-hour tabletop event and awards dinner.

All of this takes place in a setting that looks out on beautiful Lake Grapevine, and 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens and riverwalk. Meet new acquaintances and old friends at one of the hotel’s 10 restaurants, bars and cafes, serving everything from succulent steaks and seafood to traditional Mexican and Italian or hop on over to Glass Cactus Nightclub for live entertainment. Follow the link for venue information: https://bit.ly/1kPKr7Q.

Keynotes

Roger Staubach

After the opening reception Sunday night from 6-8 pm, the conference kicks off Monday morning with an opening keynote from none other than Heisman trophy winner Roger Staubach, who led the Dallas Cowboys to four Super Bowl victories and earned himself a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also excelled in commercial real estate, forming The Staubach Company in 1977, expanding over the years to 1,600 employees and more than 3,000 clients and merging his company with Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008. Read more about him here: https://bit.ly/2JJCsuQ

The closing keynote on Tuesday morning is J.P. Pawliw-Fry, who addresses

J.P. Pawliw-Fry

emotional intelligence and performing under pressure with a combination of research and storytelling. One of the highest-rated lecturers at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Education Program, J.P. now acts as an advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies, including long-term relationships with Johnson and Johnson, PWC, GoldmanSachs, HSBC as well as Olympic medal winning athletes. J.P.’s training includes Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute. Every year, J.P. speaks with individuals and leaders on over five continents, helping them to improve their overall performance. He is an expert in performing wonderfully under pressure and is one of the world’s most highly sought-after keynote speakers on the topic. Read more about him and his keynote talk here: https://bit.ly/2t4leBx.

Sandy Smith

Breakout opportunities
Tabletops and networking

A collection of stellar speakers and industry experts will lead the breakouts Monday and Tuesday, including Jim Pincer, Sandy Smith, Martin Brookes, Jim Whitfield, Irene Williams and Jack Shaw. Visit https://bit.ly/2HJZfF3 for speaker bios and details.

Contractor breakouts over the two days include ACT and You, Exterior Challenges and Growth Opportunities, Anatomy of a Project – Parts 1 & 2; The Real World Impact of the OSHA Silica Rule, Tools of the Trade for Complying with the OSHA Silica Rule, and Best Practices in Workforce Development.

Irene Williams

Distributor breakouts over the two days include Winning in Today’s Disruptive Sales Reality, Recruiting and Retaining Peak Performers, Distributor Forum, Practical, Tactical Tips to Grow your Biz Through Social Media, How to Survive in an Internet World and Small Business Management. At end of day Tuesday, there is a Joint Panel: The State of the Industry: Industry Discussion and Strategic Planning for the future.

Monday night there’s ample time to visit suppliers and network with other attendees at the Tabletop Exhibits and Reception from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. And Tuesday night wraps up with a Closing Reception and Industry Awards Gala Dinner and Dance.

For a complete schedule with dates and times, visit https://bit.ly/2JIBf76.

Meetings, yoga, off-site activities

The two-day program is peppered with networking breaks to facilitate making new connections and renewing old ones. There are also some alternative activities like yoga, a session on aromatherapy, Dallas art tour and George W. Bush Museum tour.

Saturday and Sunday are reserved for Board, Business, and Committee meetings as well as CTDA CCTS Testing, with TCNA Handbook and ANSI ASC A108 Committee Meetings set for Saturday. Sunday afternoon is the traditional golf tournament and Sixth Floor Museum and Visit to JFK Memorial Tour, Elm Fork Skeet Shooting, Fort Worth Stockyards Tour and Grapevine Winery Tour. For details and prices on activities, visit https://bit.ly/2JBex50.

Make plans to attend this educational, empowering all-industry event! Register here: https://bit.ly/2LMdyLV.

 

Voguebay products well received at Total Solutions Plus: big sizes are in!

Voguebay had a successful Total Solutions was this year, being a Table Top exhibitor and seeing new faces and longstanding customers.
The company reports its products were very well received and it was encouraged by the product selection. From talking with distributors and clients, a few things stood out:
  • Big is in! Bigger tiles are everywhere and Voguebay is on track with a variety of size options from 16×16, 16×32, 32×32, 12×36, 24×36, & even a 30×60 tile!
  • 3D is more popular than ever. Voguebay’s range of 3D porcelains and a variety of mosaic options from glass, marble, to porcelain are available for a wide range of applications.
  • In an online world, service is still key. Voguebay now have reps spread all over the U.S., ready to provide the top notch service.

The company also is showing its four new lines of Italian porcelain, suitable for a variety of installations

  • Backstage features a contemporary concrete design with three different finishes for any application
  • Riviera is unrectified and available in a 16×24 to give a classic Italian tile look for the floor
  • Marblesque features stellar marble patterns and builds on the industry’s need for large tiles with sizes up to 30×60
  • Skystone enhances the natural beauty of limestone in a porcelain range available with a number of sizes and finishes to suit any taste
All the new porcelains lines are rated for commercial use.

Voguebay Marblesque

Architects and Designers: Earn 3 HSW LUs at Total Solutions Plus November 6, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC.

Join International Masonry Institute (IMI) and major ceramic tile industry organizations for an AIA-registered continuing education program on designing with tile, qualifying for 3 Health Safety Welfare (HSW) learning units.  Attendees will develop an understanding of the various types of tile, basic setting methods, grouts, and other and components of the tile assembly. They will learn about allowable grout joint width, limitations for lippage, mortar coverage, and tile bonding patterns. The program will also take a close look at thin Gauged Porcelain Tile (GPT) Panels, including detailed information on the new ANSI standards for this new product category.  It will discuss environmental impacts as related to sustainability and occupant health. The program will also address qualified labor language in the architectural specifications including recommended language from the 2017 TCNA Handbook, manufacturers’ literature, MasterSpec, and other recognized industry standards. The program culminates with a demonstration of some of the key skill areas required of tile setters via livestream from IMI’s national training center, and an interactive discussion of how to implement best tile design and construction practices on your tile projects.  For more information and to register online at no charge, visit http://info.imiweb.org/11062017-dctsp-ceramic-tile-series.

NTCA AND DALTILE ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF FREE TRIPS TO TOTAL SOLUTIONS PLUS

 

 

 

 

 

The National Tile Contractors Association and Daltile are pleased to announce the winners of their special association membership promotion to have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Total Solutions Plus, the leading management and leadership conference, taking place November 4th-7th at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington D.C.

Seven winners were randomly chosen out of all new members who joined NTCA in 2017 through August 31. The winners include the following new members:

 

  • Chris Burch of Burch Construction in West Henrietta, New York,
  • Djaci Freitas of DJ Floors in Elk Ridge, Maryland,
  • Bryan Park of Footprints Floors in Highlands Ranch, Colorado,
  • Tom Habelt of Habelt Construction in Albany, Oregon,
  • Bradley Lemmon of Kasen Construction in Warr Acres, Oklahoma,
  • John Zamorano of Sunnyside Custom Tile & Granite in Fresno, California
  • Matthew Byars of Tiling Solutions, LLC in Gaffney, South Carolina

 

Trip benefits include roundtrip airfare for two, three nights at the Mariott Wardman Park hotel, full Total Solutions Plus conference and event registration fees, and a $500 gift card.  As a major sponsor of Total Solutions Plus, Daltile believes that contractors who attend the conference will find the experience to be highly valuable, and engaged NTCA to partner with them in this effort.

 

The purpose of Total Solutions Plus is to annually bring the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other. Distributors, manufacturers, contractors and more will come together to listen to motivational, relevant speakers, participate in education sessions taught by the best of the best in the industry, network with decision makers and enjoy all Indian Wells has to offer.

 

Total Solutions Plus is jointly promoted by the NTCA, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the Tile Contractors Association of America, and the Tile Council of North America.  The actual conference and tabletop networking event takes place on November 7th and 8th, while association meetings and activities are held November 5th and 6th.  For more information about Total Solutions Plus, contact Jim Olson at [email protected]

NTCA PARTNERS WITH DALTILE TO GIVE AWAY FREE TRIPS TO TOTAL SOLUTIONS PLUS

The National Tile Contractors Association and Daltile are pleased to announce their sponsorship  of a special association membership promotion to have a chance to win an all- expense paid trip to Total Solutions Plus. Seven lucky winners will be randomly chosen out of all new members who join NTCA in 2017 to win these trips to the leading management and leadership conference, taking place November 4th-7th at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington D.C. Trip benefits will include three nights’ hotel, roundtrip airfare for two persons per company, full conference and events registration fees, and a $500 gift card. As a major sponsor of Total Solutions Plus, Daltile believes that contractors who attend the conference will find the experience to be highly valuable, and engaged NTCA to partner with them in this effort.

All new contractor members who join NTCA by August 31st are eligible and will be entered into the drawing. Winners will be notified by September 1st, and will have time to make arrangements to attend the conference. Only one entry per person will be allowed for the drawing.

Total Solutions Plus is jointly promoted by the NTCA, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the Tile Contractors Association of America, and the Tile Council of North America. The actual conference and tabletop networking event takes place on November 7th and 8th, while association meetings and activities are held November 5th and 6th. For more information about this opportunity contact Jim Olson at [email protected] assn.com.

Total Solutions Plus 2017 – Breakout Session Opportunity

We are getting ready for 2017 Total Solutions Plus, November 4-7, at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park in Washington, DC!

Based on your feedback, we are now taking submissions for Breakout Session Speakers. If you or someone you know wants to be an Educational Speaker at 2017 Total Solutions Plus, please complete this form by January 27, 2017.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your knowledge in the Tile Industry.

Registration for TSP opens April 4th, 2017.