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Fasan first woman to receive NTCA’s Joe Tarver Award

LAS VEGAS—Patti Fasan, founder of Professional Attention to Tile Installation (P.A.T.T.I.) was honored with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Joe Tarver Cornerstone Award during a special ceremony at the recent Coverings show here.

Fasan, a skilled communicator and educator who delivers entertaining, informative, passionate presentations to all segments of the industry, has lectured in Europe, U.S., Australia and Canada, and is the first woman to receive the honor.

“It has been a true pleasure to watch Patti grow into the influential force that she is today,” said Joe Tarver, executive director emeritus of NTCA, for whom the award is named. “It is my opinion that Patti, over the course of her marvelous career, has become the spokesperson for the tile industry, especially in the architectural and design community. She is a great friend, and I admire her for her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm. I am honored to have her become the first woman to receive this award in my name.”

Fasan’s training/consulting firm specializes in all facets of ceramic tile and stone. With over 25 years of technical research, purchasing, specifying, sales and project experience combined with certification by the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA), each seminar is developed to improve the knowledge base and expertise of building, design and floor covering professionals.

The firm is a registered education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has offered accredited sessions for the past six years at the AIA National Convention. Qualicer (The World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality) has featured and published four of the company’s research papers. In 2009, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification approved and registered a full-day workshop given by the company. ASID course #1301: “Design Expertise with Ceramic Tile” offers .5 CEU credits to all core interior design members. Fasan holds several professional memberships, including associate membership in the Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada and is a board member of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF). In addition to articles in Award Magazine and Tile Magazine among other publications, she has made personal appearances at:

  • Tile Doctor
  • Tileman
  • Horizons
  • Design Y.C.
  • NeoCon NY
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS)
  • World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)
  • Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA)
  • Naitonal Tile Contractors Association (NTCA)
  • National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
  • North American Assocation of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD)
  • (CSC)
  • Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • Cevisama
  • Surfaces
  • Coverings
  • FF Tile & Stone Conference, Australia.

Fasan also brings her passion, expertise and vision to her work as a consultant with her long-time client, Tile of Spain. “I consider myself privileged to have worked closely with Patti, ever since I came to the Trade Commission of Spain to promote Spanish ceramic tile in the U.S.,” said Rocamador Rubio, director of tile, Trade Commission of Spain. “For more than a decade we’ve collaborated on activities and projects. She is a valued friend and colleague, not only because of her industry knowledge, but also because of her approach to life. I’m elated NTCA, an association so valuable to our industry, is recognizing and honoring Patti’s work.”

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