NTCA Members Speak Out
If you’ve been following the benefits presented in this section for the last few years and you STILL aren’t sure why becoming a member is a good idea, take it from a few of the members themselves:
Why do I belong to the best tile association in the world?
One word, passion. Over the years since joining the NTCA, the biggest word that comes to my mind when I think of this organization is “passion.” Passion for people and passion for improving this industry step by step. Whenever I call the NTCA for help or support, I am always inspired. When I go to an event I am inspired as well to be around people who have worked hard to get in a position to represent and help others in this industry. There is no substitute or shortcut in doing our job the right way. The NTCA is there to provide the education, training, and support. I have made many lasting friendships in this organization. Thank you all, I am grateful to be a part of the NTCA.
Conceptual Tile Solutions
I belong to the association because of what it believes in, what it is willing to do to help tile installers be better installers, and what it does for the tile industry itself.
The NTCA offers me many great resources. The NTCA Reference Manual in itself is a valuable tool. The NTCA offers me contacts throughout the tile industry, including tile installers, tile inspectors and numerous other people within the trade that I can ask questions of and trust the information I am getting. NTCA offers Tile & Stone Workshops throughout the United States, by trained professionals who have worked in the trade, giving us hands on-training, where we can ask questions and learn new techniques. Along with the training workshops, there are also videos that show installation techniques that I can use to show my helpers. Training manuals and other literature are available.
The greatest benefit is that I know I am part of a group of people who are willing to learn and better themselves in a trade I am passionate about.
People like to do business with people who want to better themselves and their industry. I use NTCA membership as marketing tool to let my customers know it is one of the ways I stay up on the growing trends and products in our industry.
T & J Construction Services
Hambrock has been a John Bridge Forum member for many years, and via John Bridge, attended Coverings five years ago. That’s when he learned about NTCA and was persuaded to join.
“Being a real small contractor in a remote locality, I didn’t know what benefit it would be to me at first,” Hambrock said. “The carrot was the rebate (Partnering for Success Vouchers). Being a one-man contractor, $400 to join an organization at that time was a lot of money. But I thought, ‘If they will give me the money back on products I use, it’s a no-brainer.’
“Well, having done that and gotten involved with it, I gained more knowledge and more personal and professional relationships from it,” Hambrock continued. “I stepped up to the plate and volunteered to take the middle state of Tennessee state directorship for NTCA – from Chattanooga to Nashville, Crossville to the Tennessee River.”
Since then, Hambrock has become close personal friends with NTCA trainer/presenter Gerald Sloan, and has been on hand to support Gerald’s Tile & Stone Workshops in Hambrock’s area.
“NTCA membership has been a tremendous benefit to me, being in a remote area. Without the NTCA, I would not have the knowledge and experience that I have now, because there is nobody here to give me any insight.”