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Florida Tile’s Hayes inducted into CTDA Hall of Fame

Rick Church, CTDA executive director, left, presents the award to Doug Hayes, director, business development, Florida Tile.
Rick Church, CTDA executive director, left, presents the award to Doug Hayes, director, business development, Florida Tile.

Lexington, Ky.—Doug Hayes, director of commercial and business development for Florida Tile, has been inducted into the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) Hall of Fame. Announcement of his induction was made at the 2015 Total Solutions Plus Convention held in October.

Michael Franceschelli, CEO, Florida Tile, said, “On behalf of our company, I congratulate Doug on this honor. However, I am most pleased for Doug, knowing the commitment he has made here and to the wider industry through his involvement with CTDA. This is well deserved.”

The honor is given each year to recognize outstanding CTDA leaders, “those people who did and are doing more than just belong to the association,” according to the group. Criteria include being or having been a CTDA member, participating in CTDA events, active involvement in the CTDA and demonstrated leadership within the industry that reflects the CTDA mission statement.

By entering the industry in 1982, Hayes became a third-generation veteran of the tile business. He has been involved with the CTDA for more than 20 years, prior to and during his association with Florida Tile, serving on the organization’s marketing and convention committees and now his fourth term as a member of its board of directors.

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Former Dal-Tile president joins NTCA’s Ring of Honor

Harold Turk

Former Dal-Tile president Harold Turk was recently inducted into the National Tile Contractors Association’s (NTCA) Ring of Honor for his lifetime service to the NTCA and contribution to the tile industry. Turk received the prestigious award at Total Solutions Plus 2012, an annual industry-wide event presented jointly by the NTCA, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and the Tile Council of North America. Continue reading Former Dal-Tile president joins NTCA’s Ring of Honor

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Al's column

by FCNews Staff

SEAL DEAL: If you have yet to sign up for the upcoming Total Solutions Plus conference in Chandler, Ariz., maybe the event’s keynote speaker will make you want to. Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal and author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, “Lone Survivor,” will give attendees a look into his experiences in fighting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. His presentation will appropriately be given on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. His book tells the harrowing story of four Navy Seals who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Operation Redwing, and has been called “A powerful testament to the courage, integrity, patriotism and community that forged these American heroes. It is an incredible account of team- work, fortitude, and modern warfare.” Total Solutions is sponsored by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, National Tile Contractors Association and Tile Council of North America. Call 630.545.9415 for more information. Continue reading Al's column

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Tile associations raise the bar for certified installer program

JACKSON, MISS.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), in alliance with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Tile Council of North America (TCNA), have announced 2011 goals for the certified tile installer (CTI) program.

Since its inception in 2008, the CTI program has certified over 500 tile installers, noted Scott Carothers, CTEF’s executive director. “This year’s goal will be to extend and expand the existing roster to more than 1,000 certified tile installers.” Continue reading Tile associations raise the bar for certified installer program

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Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education

Officials for Coverings 2010 are preparing for what promises to once again be the largest gathering of tile products, exhibitors and industry professionals in North America when the show convenes Tuesday, April 27 and runs through Friday, April 30, in Orlando, Fla.

Education plays a key role at Coverings and this year is no different, as seminars for distributors and retailers span a range of subjects and feature high-caliber experts to offer tips and tactics for sharpening the competitive edge and improving profitability. Coverings veteran James Dion will address what is arguably the most pressing issue facing this segment in his presentation, “The Consumer in 2010. What Will Get Them Back?” This session will be devoted to a discussion of the top 10 trends shaping consumer behavior in 2010 and is designed to provide valuable insight into how applying these trends can result in greater profits. Dion takes the stage Wednesday morning, April 28. Continue reading Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education