Call for Entries: Tile of Spain Awards 2020

Miami, FL July 2020 – The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) announces the call for entry for the annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. Sponsored by Endesa, and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Tile of Spain Awards have forged a prestigious reputation, promoting the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide. In previous years the panel of judges was chaired by prestigious architects:

  • Jacob van Rijs
  • Jorge Silvetti
  • Iñaki Ábalos
  • Emilio Tuñón
  • Manuel Gallego
  • Juan Navarro Baldeweg
  • Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Gonçalo Byrne
  • William J.R. Curtis
  • Terence Riley
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Carlos Ferrater
  • Luís Moreno Mansilla
  • Patxi Mangado
  • Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Mathías Klotz
  • Benedetta Tagliabue
  • Víctor López Cotelo

The panel of judges for the 2020 edition has yet to be confirmed.   

The Tile of Spain Awards have a prize fund of €39,000 ($44,082) shared between three categories. The two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each have cash prizes of €17,000 ($19,214). The Final Degree Project award has a cash prize of €5,000 ($5,625). The panel of judges is also entitled to give two special mentions in each category.  

Entries from Spain and abroad are being accepted now through October 23, 2020. Visit www.tileofspainawards.com to enter the contest or learn more about the Tile of Spain Awards.

About the Awards

The objective of the Tile of Spain Awards is to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). The program boasts a consolidated trajectory and are held in high esteem by architecture professionals. 

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of over $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of over $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants. 

The award ceremony will be held in Valencia during CEVISAMA 2021. Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at www.tileofspainawards.com


ARDEX Americas was delighted to be recognized at the 2020 Starnet Commercial Flooring Design Awards across different categories. Starnet, the largest network of independent flooring contractors, is committed to raising the bar in the flooring industry. This year’s awards drew nearly 40 applications from flooring contractors who used ARDEX or HENRY products for their installation.

The Idea Garage – Studio B2SJ:
ReSource Colorado
Gold Winner: Corporate

“ARDEX is grateful to be included in a number of prize-winning installations from across the country,” said Robert Dalton, ARDEX Manager of Strategic Partnerships. “Starnet’s Design Awards provide a welcome opportunity to recognize outstanding flooring contractors, and we are pleased to be a part of it.”

The winning installations that named ARDEX, or HENRY, as a preferred vendor are:

NTCA names winners of Tom Ade Scholarship Awards

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recently announced its 2020 Tom Ade Scholarship Award winners for academic achievement.

This year’s program features one $5,000 Grand Prize scholarship winner, as well as several $1,000 winners. 

Kimberly Callahan with stepfather Woody Sanders, president of DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting in Marietta, Ga. Callahan is NTCA’s $5,000 Grand Prize Tom Ade Scholarship Award winner for 2020. 

The Grand Prize Winner is Kimberly Callahan, daughter of Wei Callahan and stepdaughter of Woody Sanders, president of DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting in Marietta, Ga. Kimberly has just completed her first year toward a Master’s degree in Social Work, with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology.

The $1,000 scholarship winners include the following: 

  • Sadee Perez, daughter of Sally Perez, Human Resources, of Visalia Ceramic Tile in Visalia, Calif. She also works at Visalia Ceramic Tile on a part-time basis.
  • Meghan Lowery, daughter of William and Emily Lowery. William Lowery is an NTCA member and owner of Lowery Tile in Alsip, Ill.
  • Hailey Peffer, daughter of Meredith Peffer, general manager of NAC Products, Akron, Ohio.
  • Alera Welch, who is the daughter of Dan and Doreen Welch of Welch Tile & Marble, Kent City, Michigan.
  • Emily Martinho, daughter of Edward Martinho, vice president of Visalia Ceramic Tile.
  • Keaton Boerema, grandson of Gary Battaglia, owner of Michigan Tile, and son of Elizabeth Boerema, who also works at Michigan Tile.

Congratulations from the industry

Bart Bettiga, NTCA Executive Director said of the Grand Prize Winner, “I wish Kim the best of luck and good health as she endeavors to make a difference. This world needs her talent.”

Ron Nash, senior vice president of sales and marketing for LATICRETE, an NTCA member and supporter of the scholarship program, said, “This is fantastic. I couldn’t be happier to be part of an organization that supports our industry and, even more importantly, the people who make our industry great.”

Woody Sanders added, “Kim has such a very special heart for people who need help,” he added, “She has an ability to step into another’s shoes and see their perspective and is driven to help while holding onto her values. She is an inspiration that gives me hope for our future. She is so very special.”

COVID delays

The Tom Ade Scholarship Awards were delayed this year due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bettiga said, which led to having only one Grand Prize winner. “However,” he explained, “we have decided to choose several $1,000 scholarship award recipients, as the quality of the applicants and their deservedness for financial support was outstanding.

“We all need a little good news right now,” added Bettiga, “so celebrating these young people is coming at the right time.”

Funds for the Tom Ade Scholarship Awards are made possible through the generous donations of NTCA members: total donations determine the number of scholarship recipients each year. Scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee of NTCA’s Board of Directors, as well as members of the NTCA staff.

The Tom Ade ceramic tile scholarship was established by the NTCA to provide educational opportunities for children or grandchildren of NTCA Contractor Members. Tom Ade is a former NTCA regional director and a previous recipient of the organization’s Ring Of Honor and Tile Person of the Year Awards. The scholarship also encompasses a contribution to the educational institution of choice for the applicant.


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – March 11, 2020 – CustomTech® TechLevel™ WSF Fiber Reinforced Self-Leveling Underlayment was recently named a 2020 Most Innovative Product (MIP) winner. Annual recognition by Hanley Wood for the most innovative new products at the World of Concrete, TechLevel WSF claimed the Expert’s Choice award in the Repair/Demolition Materials, Tools & Equipment category.

“Winning this prestigious MIP not only validates the advantages of TechLevel WSF, but it also reinforces our comprehensive approach to developing the most advanced flooring preparation system on the market today,” said Eric Carr, vice president, commercial marketing and product management at Custom® Building Products. “Through ongoing collaboration with contractors, we’ve designed a family of high-performance patches, levelers, primers and moisture mitigation products that meet the demands of any job. The industry benchmark for self-levers, TechLevel WSF exemplifies the unmatched performance delivered by all CustomTech solutions.”

A high-flow, fiber-reinforced calcium aluminate-based self-leveling underlayment, TechLevel WSF eliminates the time-consuming and labor-intensive process of attaching metal lath to wood subfloors, so floor covering installations are faster, easier and more profitable. Also ideal for use on concrete, ceramic tile, cement and epoxy terrazzo and gypsum-based substrates, TechLevel WSF cures quickly and develops high early strength. TechLevel WSF exceeds industry requirements for substrate flatness to accommodate a wide variety of resilient floor covering installations including ceramic tile, natural stone, terrazzo, wood, carpet and vinyl.

For more information about TechLevel WSF and other CustomTech solutions, visit https://www.customtechflooring.com.


Dallas, TX – August 14, 2018 – The Daltile Statements Program has recently named Steve Chesin of Carpets N More as its Statements Dealer of the Year.  The brand also recognized Statements retailers Jeff Clayner and Jerry Litteral of Keystone Flooring for Outstanding Sales and Achievement as well as Statements retailer Patty Ziolkowski of Wolde Flooring as the Rising Star.  All three awards were given during the recently hosted Daltile Statements Program conference. This conference is held every other year.

Steve Chesin of Carpets N More named Statements Dealer of the Year (c.) with Dal-Tile’s Jeremy Sax (l) and John Cousins.




Jeff Clayner (lc) and Jerry Litteral (rc) of Keystone Flooring received the Outstanding Sales and Achievement Award











Patty Ziolkowski of Wolde Flooring was named Rising Star.

“Statements is an exclusive Daltile program geared to the top dealers throughout the United States, so being recognized as a top retailer among this elite group is quite an achievement,” said Jeremy Sax, general manager of dealer sales, Dal-Tile Corporation.

For more information on the Daltile Statements Program, contact Tony Wright, director of Daltile dealer sales at [email protected].  For additional Daltile product information, visit daltile.com.


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