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NTCA names winners of Five Star Contractor Project of the Year

Atlanta—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) named the winners of its sixth annual NTCA Five Star Contractor Project of the Year Awards at Coverings 2018 here. 

NTCA’s Five Star Contractor Awards were presented for both commercial and residential tile installations. Many submissions were received and judged via the following criteria: Scope (size of project), Complexity (challenges), Technical Soundness (resolution of challenges) and Design & Presentation (overall appearance, layout and artistic value).

This year’s judges included: Kent Klaser of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc., San Diego, Calif.; Gregory Mowat of Forensic Tile Consultants, San Diego, Calif.; Richard P. Goldberg of Professional Consultants International, LLC, Avon, Conn.

Sponsored by Daltile, NTCA Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Award winners received a custom plaque and were awarded two round-trip airfare tickets and a two-nights hotel stay in Atlanta for Coverings.

Christian Brothers Flooring & Interiors, Inc. of Lakeside, Calif., was the recipient of the NTCA Five Star Grand Prize Award for Commercial Project of the Year. The Mesa Commons installation in Irvine, Calif., resulted in a striking visual appearance, design and layout, and the complex environmental challenges overcome during construction are those a NTCA Five Star Contractor could solve easily with its specialized training.

Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. of Visalia, Calif., was the recipient of the Five Star Grand Prize Award for Residential Project of the Year. Workmanship and artistic qualities brought the Hoffman Residence in Fresno, Calif., to life. A challenging mixture of both natural stone and ceramic presented the opportunity for Visalia to showcase its Five Star Contractor skills.

David Allen Company of Raleigh, N.C., was the recipient of the Five Star Grand Prize Award for Commercial Elite Project of the Year (over $1 million). Nearly 80,000 square feet of marble and tile were meticulously installed in the new Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Of the many complexities which presented themselves working in a metropolitan area, the narrow doorways offered a unique opportunity for this contractor to showcase its innovative thinking.

“We would like to thank our contest judges and sponsor for their support and, of course, all of the Five Star Contractor members who submitted incredible projects.” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA. “Each of these winning installations, as well as the other submitted projects, clearly demonstrates the value of engaging an NTCA Five Star Contractor in such complex arenas.”

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NTCA joins ConsensusDocs Coalition

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 2.26.51 PMFlowood, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has joined the ConsensusDocs Coalition, a unique coalition of over 40 design and construction industry associations that produces industry-standard contracts that are fair and balanced to facilitate project success.

“Joining the ConsensusDocs Coalition provides NTCA members with a real voice in the industry, particularly in drafting fair and balanced contracts that will make a positive impact,” said Bart Bettiga, NTCA executive director. “NTCA members will not only have influence in creating best practice contracts, but will also receive a member discount on all ConsensusDocs products.”

For more information and to access the NTCA discount code, visit

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NTCA names Martin Howard 2016 Tile Person of the Year

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 9.19.27 AMFlowood, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) presented Martin Howard of the David Allen Co. in Raleigh, N.C., with the 2016 Tile Person of the Year award. With more than 36 years of experience in the construction industry, Howard is a highly regarded expert and consultant in the technical aspects of tile and stone.

Howard, president of the NTCA and executive vice president of David Allen Co., was recognized at the NTCA Awards Program held April 6 at Coverings in Orlando, Fla. “Martin Howard has been actively involved in the NTCA for many years, and as a leader in the David Allen Co., he has supported and encouraged many of their employees to be involved in our association,” said Bart Bettiga, NTCA executive director. “He has been extremely generous with his time and his leadership on our board of directors and executive committee and has helped us to transition into a new role of industry leadership.”

Howard serves on the NTCA committees for Standards and Methods, Training, Education and Finance. He is a voting member of the ANSI A108 Subcommittee for Ceramic Tile Installation, represents the association on the Tile Council of North America Handbook Committee and has served as an NTCA board member for 10 years.

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Daltile designer to talk trends in upcoming NTCA webinar

MassimoHeadshotDallas—Massimo Ballucchi, director of product design for the Dal-Tile Corporation, will share his knowledge of the latest tile design trends as part of an National tile Contractors Association (NTCA) webinar sponsored by Daltile on Dec. 9. He will discuss which styles, textures, looks and shapes customers are demanding in both the commercial and residential markets. The webinar will take place at 1:00 p.m. CST and will last about an hour. Register and learn more here.

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NTCA awards Cox with 2015 Ring of Honor

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 11.53.57 AMSavannah, Ga.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) presented the 2015 Ring of Honor to John Cox, founder and president of Cox Tile in San Antonio, Texas. NTCA president James Woelfel gave the honor at an industry awards luncheon during Total Solutions Plus here on Oct. 27.

The Ring of Honor is given to individuals who have impacted the industry through active participation, devotion and support of NTCA programs and initiatives. For more than 35 years, Cox has devoted himself to all facets of the tile industry from actual tile design and layout to installation and business management.

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NTCA accepts two contractors into Five Star program

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 11.52.46 AMJackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractors association, recently accepted two highly respected companies into its Five Star contractor program. De Anza Tile in Fremont, Calif., and Grazzini Brothers Company in Eagan, Minn., are the newest members of the program.

NTCA members who reach Five Star status must show a proven track record of success in tile and stone installation, business management and a strong commitment to training, service, quality, safety, fiscal responsibility and superior job performance. Five Star contractors are required to participate in annual conventions, tradeshows and meetings and must demonstrate strict adherence to proven industry methods and standards.

“Our new Five Star members can add this prominent accreditation to their list of credentials,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NCTA. “They also [access to] industry sneak peeks at new technologies and access to special Five Star contractor summit meetings, giving them a leg up on their competition.”

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ACT certifications to include two new programs at Coverings 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 9.27.43 AMOrlando—The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program will be administering a total of four unique certification field tests during this year’s Coverings 2015 being held April 14-17 here.

The first newly introduced program, Thin Porcelain Tile (TPT) will instruct installers on proper handling, installation techniques, cutting and achieving maximum coverage of thin set materials. The second program, the Grouting Applications Certification, will validate the knowledge and skills needed to successfully mix, apply, tool and detail four different types of grout.

Other ACT Certifications taking place at Coverings include Large Format Tile and Substrate Preparation and Membranes.

“We are determined to continue certifying hundreds of installers and educating architects and specifiers on the importance of insisting upon well-qualified installers through the ACT Program,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).

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Tile & stone show set to make Atlanta debut

By Louis Iannaco

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

Coverings 2013 is sure to be the most exciting tile and stone super show ever, noted show director Karin Fendrich of National Trade Productions (NTP), the management company for Coverings, as the biggest tile and stone market in the U.S. comes to Atlanta for the first time in its 20-plus year history.

Coverings is on track to have more than 900 exhibitors from over 50 countries when it opens at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 29, running through May 2. “There is no fee to visit the show,” she explained. “And unlike many other events, there is no charge to attend the nearly 70 educational sessions, either. Continue reading Tile & stone show set to make Atlanta debut

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Laticrete spins and delivers at Total Solutions Plus 2012

Laticrete personnel left to right: Bernie Anderson, regional sales manager; Maria Oliveira, corporate marketing manager; Ryan Blair, channel manager APD; Todd Bartosz, contractor sales representative

Laticrete, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, participated in Total Solutions Plus 2012, held October 27-30 in Rancho Mirage, California, where the Laticrete Hydro BanPreformed Shower System and Drains were showcased along with a spinning wheel promotion. Continue reading Laticrete spins and delivers at Total Solutions Plus 2012

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NTCA announces new president

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) would like to thank president Nyle Wadford for his outstanding service to the tile industry and the association. Wadford, president of Neuse Tile Service in Youngville, N.C., is in the process of finishing his two-year term as NTCA president. Under his leadership, along with the support of the NTCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the association has experienced record growth in one of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. In addition, several association initiatives have been accomplished. Continue reading NTCA announces new president