Tile of Spain’s “Passport To Creativity” Contest Now Open for Entries

Tile of Spain contest

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is now accepting entries for the fifth annual “Passport to Creativity” contest.


The contest gives architects and interior designers an opportunity to enter to win a free trip to Spain. Winners will participate in a February 2017 architectural excursion where they will earn CEU credits and have a chance to visit Cevisama 2017, the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishing Show in Valencia, Spain.


Passport to Creativity has been a popular contest amongst architects and designers for the past five years,” states Rocamador Rubio Gomez, representative for Tile of Spain. “The submission process allows for these talented individuals to be creative, while also sparking design ideas for future projects. We are looking forward to see what creative entries we receive this year!”


To enter, Tile of Spain asks architects and interior designers to be creative and submit a picture of themselves with Spanish Tile. The tile can be a photo, a catalog or even a sample of Spanish Tile. Photos can be downloaded from the Inspiration Gallery at tileofspainusa.com. Be imaginative, and have fun!


The Tile of Spain 2017 Passport to Creativity Tour, running February 19th to 24th, 2017, includes time to explore beautiful Spain while experiencing its world-famous culture including the culinary arts, historical sites and attractions with architectural and design significance. The trip also includes a guided visit to Cevisama 2017, factory and booth tours and an exclusive press conference. All participants will earn CEU credits.


For complete rules, and details on how to enter “Passport to Creativity”, please visit www.tileofspainusa.com/contest. Entries will be accepted through November 30, 2016.

Stay connected with Tile of Spain on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram for up-to-date information about Spanish tile manufacturers and ceramic trends.


“TEC® Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes is open to flooring and tile contractors through November 15, 2016

AURORA, IL… Big-buck hunting, back-country fishing, the beautiful beaches of Riviera Maya or the refined wine-tasting and gourmet food of Napa, California could be in the future for one lucky flooring or tile contractor, courtesy of TEC®!

TEC® is offering the “TEC® Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes in appreciation of hard working flooring and tile contractors. One winner can choose one of the following exotic vacations:

·       Big-Buck Hunting Ranch Adventure – the winner receives travel and accommodations, plus the chance to hunt, by either bow or rifle, Canadian whitetail trophy bucks at a private ranch in Three Lakes, Wis.

·       Guided Fishing Excursion – a winner and guest stay five nights in Islamorada, Fla.; the vacation includes a day of reef fishing on a sport fish boat, a day of back-country fishing, and a day of flats fishing on skiff.

·       Riviera Maya All Inclusive Resort – a winner and guest receive travel and accommodations for seven nights at one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

·       Napa Wine Country Tour – travel and accommodations for a winner and guest for a four-night stay; the prize includes tickets for the Napa Valley wine train.

Each getaway represents a value of up to $5,000.

tecsweepstakesimageThe “TEC Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes runs October 1 through November 15, 2016. One random winner will be selected on November 27, 2016.

The different ways a flooring or tile contractor can enter for a chance to win the sweepstakes include: purchasing participating TEC products at a TEC distributor (from a list provided at www.tecspecialty.com/win) and then uploading the receipts using the mobile-friendly website, or mailing in the receipts to H.B. Fuller Construction Products headquarters with the printed form found on the TEC website; or entering without purchase by mailing a 3”x5” notecard to H.B. Fuller Construction Products following the directions on the TEC website.

The sweepstakes allow one entry per day per person, one entry per receipt. The “TEC Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes is limited to fulltime flooring or tile contractors who are legal residents of the U.S. and 21 years or older. No purchase or payment of any kind is ntec-mobile-banner-contractors082316ecessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase anyone’s chances of winning.

For the full rules and other information for the “TEC Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes, visit www.tecspecialty.com/win

The TEC brand (www.tecspecialty.com) is offered by H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc. – a leading provider of technologically-advanced construction materials and solutions to the commercial, industrial and residential construction industry. Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, the company’s recognized and trusted brands – TEC®, CHAPCO®, Grout Boost®, ProSpec®, Foster®, and others – are available through an extensive network of distributors and dealers, as well as home improvement retailers. For more information, visit www.hbfuller-cp.com.

NAC offers October special on SubSeal® Liquid Waterproofing Membrane 

The NAC special for the month of October is SubSeal® Liquid Waterproofing Membrane, a stand-alone waterproofing membrane that can be used for interior and exterior applications and as part of NAC’s Extreme Waterproofing Systems for exterior decks or bathroom installations.

Beginning October 3, get 10% off all orders of SubSeal® with a minimum purchase of 10 units.  Mix or match 1 gallon or 5 gallon pails.

SubSeal® is a one part, ready-to-use elastomeric waterproofing membrane which also functions as a sealant, stand-alone crack suppressant and moisture barrier for hard surface, resilient and wood flooring.  Suitable for interior and exterior use, SubSeal® is easily applied, dries quickly and forms a continuous and impermeable barrier for long lasting waterproof protection.

Click here for more info about SubSeal®.
Orders must be received by Monday October 31, 2016 to qualify.  Some restrictions apply.  Contact NAC at 800-633-4622 for complete rules and conditions.

Cersaie: Day 4 – on-the-scene report by Joseph Lundgren Consulting


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Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

NTCA affiliate member Joseph Lundgren Consulting on the scene in Bologna at the Cersaie expo. Here’s his Day 4 and final report of the highlights of the show. All factories are Italian, unless otherwise indicated. You can see all Joseph Lundgren Consulting  past notes on his website, including Coverings and Cersaie Day One, Two, and Three at: https://josephlundgrenconsulting.com/trade-show-notes-2/


Day Four

Well this was the last day of the show for me and it was great! Below you will find the notes below from Day Four, but also my summary.


  • The show did offer us some new looks in fabrics, which will be exciting for our market and how we incorporate them into projects.
  • In addition, the trend of larger tiles continues as we also learn how to properly install them through: The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT): http://www.tilecertifications.com
  • The concrete and wood trends continue as new generations are developed. In addition, we saw some new slate looks and plenty of rectilinear wall tiles and three-dimensional decos. The 2 cm pavers for exterior installations are here to stay, and will eventually displace the traditional concrete and cement used by landscape architects. The most prevalent products were slabs ranging from 3 mm – 20 mm (2cm) and as large as 5′ x 10′.

Hall 26

Tonalite: This company showed a range of wall tile sizes and shapes that can create awesome feature walls.

Azteca – This Spanish producer has a very cool wall tile in a large format with a fabric design and mica sprinkled in, plus a matching floor.

Ariostea – WOW, Slabs 5′ x 10′, and they are awesome!

Mainzu – Nice wall tile line from this Spanish producer, with a clean, contemporary look and nice modern decos.

For more information, visit Joseph Lundgren Consulting, email: [email protected]; phone 214-641-7773;  web: www.JosephLundgrenConsulting.com



Cersaie: Day 3 – on-the-scene report by Joseph  Lundgren Consulting

NTCA affiliate member Joseph Lundgren Consulting on the scene in Bologna at the Cersaie expo. Here’s his Day 3 report of the highlights of the show. All factories are Italian, unless otherwise indicated. You can see all Joseph Lundgren Consulting  past notes on his website, including Coverings and Cersaie Day One and Two, at: https://josephlundgrenconsulting.com/trade-show-notes-2/


Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Day Three

I think we are seeing a slight revival in slate. I’ve seen it in more than a few booths. Maybe we have pulled slate from the initial ink-jet tiles we were all so impressed with, that some companies feel it’s time to re-introduce it?


Hall 19

Dune: A Spanish factory

  • Shapes – 8” x 8” three-dimensional decorative for wall use.
  • Atelier – Wall tile in a 3” x 6” and 3” x 12” is a nice color palette with the chair rail and a jolly.
  • Purity – 2” x 6” and 4” x 16” tiles with modern decos and an undulated field tile which we are seeing a lot of;not particularly meeting the needs for a modern sleek look.
  • 3-D tile – This is an interesting concept in a 2” x 2” mosaic with three-dimensional shapes done with ink jet in a variety of different colors and textures achieved with the ink.

Recer: This factory out of Portugal impressed me with a 6” x 12” and 12” x 24” wall . The color palette is awesome and different from anything I’ve seen in the show. And for those of you that go to check it out, the tag line did not influence me at all. Which was, “another brick in the wall.” Gotta love Pink Floyd !

Mosavit and Onyx: These two Spanish factories always have a nice blend of mosaics to choose from

Imex: This company is out of Thailand. They have what they claim is a patented glass process of float glass and powder mixed together that creates a unique look in their Cemento and Andes lines.

Absolut Keramika: Before you get excited no it’s not vodka! This Spanish factory had a couple interesting lines that they named the all-too-familiar Chicago and Michigan. Yes it’s kind of pedestrian, but if we move past that, it’s an interesting rectangle wall with a great soft color palette and contemporary decos.

Saloni: Once again this Spanish factory is showing a lot of three-dimensional decos that bring a crowd and the Iter line has some different shapes.


Hall 20

Vallelunga: Segni –  Wall tile in a 4” x 12”. It’s a cool concept with a glossy and textured concrete mix.

41 zero 42:  Pietra 41- Fun in contemporary blend of graphics and a great modern color palette. I really like the Hipster Gray with the blue tinge.


  • Bits and Pieces -A great product line with a lot of different sizes and color palette. The Pewter Smoke and Peat Brown are great colors.
  • Claymood: -A soft concrete look; the sand and taupe color are great for the U.S. market.

The Valentino Collection by Piemme: Elegance – marble colors are awesome

Ragno:  Real stone is a very nice mix of different stone graphics, and the limestone is very nice – specifically the Jerusalem.

La Fabbrica: Kimberly is a very nice line that has a metal oxide mix with a polished wall and matte floor.

Fap: Maku – Stone mix has a perfect color palette, with sizes in 3” x 12” all the way to a 30” x 30”. The textured is definitely a winner.

Caesar: Portraits – Wow this is a nice blend of stone graphics with a wide array of faces in a beautiful color palette with sizes from 12” x 24” to 48” x 96”.

Dura Tile: This Turkish factory added the 8” x 48” size pressed, and has developed some nice wood lines.

Kale/Kale Italia: the Italian arm of the Turkey-based manufacturer.

  • Provenza – A nice soft cement luck with the contemporary twist.
  • Malachite – Stone look in a silver and gold co
  • lor which is more of a Crema Marfil with a color replicating the Turkish Mink stone.
  • Padana- A 8” x 48” concrete look which is interesting.
  • Cosy – Wood look in 8” x 48” with a nice range.
  • Extra wood – More of a traditional wood look.


  • Listoni – Nice; check it out.
  • Collettiva -A nice stone mix.
  • Groove – A 4” x 12” wall with a nice color palette.

For more information, visit Joseph Lundgren Consulting, email: [email protected], phone 214-641-7773; web: www.JosephLundgrenConsulting.com.



Cersaie: Day 2 on-the-scene report by Joseph Lundgren Consulting

NTCA affiliate member Joseph Lundgren Consulting on the scene in Bologna at the Cersaie expo. Here’s his Day 2 report of the highlights of the show. All factories are Italian, unless otherwise indicated. You can see all Joe Lundgren’s  past notes on his website, including Coverings and Cersaie Day One, at: https://josephlundgrenconsulting.com/trade-show-notes-2/

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Day Two

Can you say FABRIC? Yes it’s back! I thought I saw something unique at the first booth then I realized it was this year’s theme.  I had one factory try and tell me it was going to replace all our carpet sales in the U.S. Yeah, I would like to see that, but maybe standing at the show for two days got to him! Also, the rectilinear wall is still here but lots of undulated looks. I guess that helps on recovery in the plants but we need more contemporary looks.  Of course I would be remiss not to mention the various concrete, marble and wood looks we are seeing!

Hall 22

Made +39:  Brick is awesome. Loved the wall options

CE.SI. : Another company with a multitude of wall tiles in a range of rectangular sizes.


Hall 16

Serenissima: Tahoe – real nice wood.

Cercom: Stonebox –  hmmm familiar name and concept, but nice blend of various stones, colors and sizes.

Saime: Brera – Nice clean concrete

ABF:  Interno – BIG, BIG, BIG 64″x 128″ slab in 7mm.

ABK: Alpes – Nice graphic with an interesting lappato finish and simple color palette.

Sant Agostino:

  • Tailor Art – Very nice fabric with a plaid that looks great, very nice texture.
  • Tulip – Glossy wood, it looks great.  Will it sell? I think in some applications it would be elegant.

Hall 18

Mariner:  Main Stone – Beautiful marble look, I love the Ice color.

STN: This low-cost Spanish factory offers good quality and service.

Kronos: Namur Vintage – I’m not a fan of the scalloped edges, but the black is nice!

Sichenia:  Canvas — Wow, nice fabric look in five color and nine patterns! The 4” x 12” the factories are doing in the fabric looks are very nice.

Fioranese:  Marmorea – Excellent marble look with all of the colors we need for our market; the Grigio is right on!

Coem – I have to say I love this factory (as well as Fioranese) I have one of their products throughout my entire downstairs at home.

  • Carduso -Awesome visual, the color palette is perfect with a white and the Antracite is awesome.
  • Patchwork – Another take on fabric that is nice. It’s softer than the others I have seen and will definitely do well.
  • Borgogna Mix – Love the blend of stones; nicely done.
  • Pietra Sabbiosa – Limestone look, palette and size mix is perfect.


  • Room – Another great fabric look, they take it into a tweed look that’s nice.
  • Brick Atelier – 4” x 12” wall line with excellent colors a chair rail and a jolly! It’s a nice crisp line. So many others are trying to spin a modern look with an undulated surface which doesn’t flow.

Hall 32 

Gani:  Great marble looks with a process that is not just ink…..

Charisma: Great mosaic looks in a wide range of colors and shapes.


Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Hall 25

Natucer: The extruded decos from this Spanish producer are cool.


  • Majestic – Marble look that is very nice.
  • Nori – A directional concrete look, the Nero is a great color.

Decocer: This Spanish factory has done well with the wall looks for the U.S. market, they “get” the rectilinear look.


  • Street Walk – Kind of a cross between concrete and metal, reminded me of Tau’s Corten.
  • Rafters – A busy wood for those that like that.

Self Made: Nice range of wall tiles.


Hall 26


  • Tusson -Another fabric look, but don’t let the carpet in the booth fool you! The colors have a small colored thread that is an interesting twist (no pun intended).
  • Evolution -Nice, with a wide range of decos.
  • Context – This was previewed last year and starting shipping in the spring; very nice!

For more information, visit Joseph Lundgren Consulting, email: [email protected]; phone 214-641-7773;  web: www.JosephLundgrenConsulting.com






A Day-By-Day Report at Cersaie by Joseph Lundgren Consulting: Day One

NTCA affiliate member Joseph Lundgren Consulting on the scene in Bologna at the Cersaie expo. Here’s his day-by-day report of the highlights of the show. All factories are Italian, unless otherwise indicated.

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Here we are at another Cersaie and day one is complete.  For those of you at the show, these are highlights for you to review on your travels.  Also remember there is free wifi at the show — Cersaie password: cersaie2016. Don’t forget to download the Cersaie app; it’s very helpful.

For those receiving this and not on the list you will be able to see these products as companies add them to their websites, and as your representatives bring them to the states.

Here are my opinions. You can see all my past notes on my website at:



Day One

I went off the beaten path and started at a few booths before I went back to the usual path.

Some thoughts thus far:

Thankfully the show was not full of hexagons, chevrons and brick looks.  However, you will find your share of large thin panels or slabs, whether made with Lamina technology (by System) or Continua (by Sacmi). For the sake of names, I will refer to them as slabs as we see more companies like The Size moving to thicker sizes (2 cm) to compete with granite, marbles and quartz. Also, we see our fair share of 2 cm products targeted at the landscape business continuing to grow as some U.S. manufacturers are choosing to make these stateside to save on freight and duties (Florim and Del Conca).


Hall 25-Cerdomus

Luca and his team did a great job and once again set some high goals for others.

  • Perla Nera – nice visual and the Marrone is an awesome color.
  • Materia – another great look
  • Kendo – is still hot from last year.
  • Arpege – with the Pietra Marfil is a great take on a marble look.
  • Jaipur – is a stone mix , its a strong graphic but nice.  I loved the reaction on the glazes.
  • Pulpis – added more colors the Grigio is right on.
  • Oxida – another great visual and colors.
  • Sequoia-five strong colors in an 8”x 48” and 24” x 48”.
  • Mowa – five main colors with a spin on five more with a blend of colors.
  • Othello – great wood look in eight colors and a texture called “grip” that is nice for exteriors.
  • Suite 63 – twelve colors yes that many, a nice contemporary spin on wood.
  • Blake – another wood that is simple, but elegant.
  • Extreme –  a wood with a ribbed finish that’s interesting, but not sure it’s for our market.

Mirage: Rev – a nice tweed concrete look.


  • Spaces – a take on slate, yes it’s back in some nice large sizes.
  • Chalet Wood it a nice wood look, kind of “knotty” but unique in an 8” x 48” and 8” x 71”.
  • Infinito 2.0 matte and glossy 6.5 mm. I liked the deco options with “Match.”
  • Dream – another nice slab option


Hall 36 

Energie Ker: H24 –  is a nice brushed concrete.

Nexo/Cobsa has a nice range of rectangular wall tiles which we all see growing in the U.S. market.

Keros Ceramica – Liked the wall in 8”x 20” from this Spanish factory.


  • District – very cool concept, loved the brick size with the mica.
  • Factory – simple clean concrete.


  • Simple flat concrete for those still in the market.
  • Fusion – a directional fabric look that is simple but nice for those that do not have it already.

Tagina: Contract – I love the Foresta colors.

Del Conca 

  • There are cool motorcycles and bicycles in the booth — which they are known for having crowd- pleasing props. Continua is on the way, and they are previewing some lines in multiple sizes and textures, very nice.
  • Pandora – very clean line coming in spring 2017.


  • Fashion Wood and Trend – cool concrete and wood look.
  • Majolica – very nice wall to go with the color palette.

Imola:  Genius – well it’s just genius  — very nice. A mix of three different stones with a nice wall line.

Emil:  Piase – another concrete, but with a nice veining


Hall 15

Gamma Due – Ornamenta

I love what this company has done with its identity, from being the world’s leader in third-fire decos (still is in my opinion) and created Ornamenta.

  • 80’s – contemporary extruded product unique.
  • Oplus – 3.5 mm with a different take on designs.
  • Raw – awesome wood that is definitely different from the rest.
  • Gone – this is a winner with three colors and twelve patterns, very competitive pricing for this look.

Artistica Due:  An Italian producer that is very competitive, and great looks.

Roca: Fabric – it looks like an aggressive texture, but smooth to the touch. A Spanish factory.

Bouquet by Tres Estilos: Nice wall looks by this traditional third-fire Spanish producer.

Realonda Ceramics:  3D decos from this Spanish company are nice, I know not a volume item for U.S., but a nice to have.


Hall 14

Fiordo: Tracks – a nice take on Limestone

Kerlite:  The “wonderwall” is just too cool !

Sintesi: Digital Tweed — very cool.

Panaria:  Trilogy is very nice.

Margres:  Tool and Edge both hit the mark for our market from this Portuguese factory, part of the Panariagroup.

Cinca:  Nice wall sizes and colors from this Portuguese factory.

Azuliber: Spanish factory

  • Nistos –  nice look in a traditional stone size 16”x 24”.
  • Arcon – three colors in the loved 12”x 24” and 20” x 40”
  • Fossil – another nice look in a 12” x 24” and 20” x 40”.

Metropol: Paint wood is a nice mix of colors from this Spanish factory.

Pamesa: Brickwall has a nice range. A Spanish producer

For more information, visit Joseph Lundgren Consulting, email: [email protected]; phone 214-641-7773;  web: www.JosephLundgrenConsulting.com


Del Conca Group looks to the future with high technology and an historic investment plan of 120 million euro in 5 years

San Clemente, Italy – September 19, 2016  — The Del Conca Group continues to grow, always tackling fresh new challenges. The path the Group took on several years ago now features an historic investment plan, unique in the sector considering their size.

“What can most contribute to success and growth within the framework of global competition, is the culture of innovation,” Enzo Donald Mularoni, the founder of the Del Conca Group, has always underscored. “Within this framework, technology plays a key role.”

The doubling of the production capacity at the U.S. facility of Del Conca USA has been nearing completion just these past few months, with an investment of $30 million, in addition to the $50 million investment for construction, which was completed in 2014.


Pastorelli project

In addition, in the first quarter of 2016, the related Pastorelli SpA completed studies on a layout for its own facility in Savignano sul Panaro.

The first stage of the Pastorelli project is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2017, with an investment of 20 million Euro, and it consists of building a traditional production line, but with two presses of extremely high tonnage, a kiln such that it can increase output by about 2 million sqm per year, grinding and handling systems for the production on a large scale of the large formats currently manufactured at the Ceramica del Conca facility in San Clemente, Italy.

“The second stage”, explained Paolo Mularoni, the new president of Ceramica Faetano, the parent company of the Del Conca Group, “was originally scheduled for 2017/2019 with an investment of additional 15 million Euro and an additional production increase of 3 million sqm per year, and has gained considerable momentum. Indeed, today we’re announcing that the second stage has been brought forward and will be put in place at the same time as the first stage, thus bringing the investment into Pastorelli to 35 million Euro.”

The second stage of this project consists of building a continuous press system, Continua Plus, designed to produce large slabs and large planks (reference measurement: 240 cm in length), highly requested by the market and professionals in the sector. Continua Plus transforms a continuous bed of atomized powder into ceramic material ready for drying and firing, using a super‐compactor that can apply a pressure equivalent to 450 kg/cm2. The result is a slab of porcelain stoneware of considerable size available in a variety of thicknesses. The advantages are enormous.

This pioneering technology used by very few companies around the world will enable the Del Conca Group to massively expand their range, and to offer their customers cutting‐edge products at a global level.

“It’s not just our call to look at the future,” said Paolo Mularoni. “Today it is a must because we’re working in an increasingly complex market, and we have to tackle issues related to ever-increasing globalization, strong local and international competition, increasingly complex forms of distribution, new types of customers who are more and more informed and demanding. Current investments enable us to aspire to an increase in turnover of about 30‐40% within a period of 3 to 5 years.”


New collections at Cersaie;

racing icons at booth

At Cersaie 2016 all the new collections will be presented, including those created with the new systems. Also in attendance will be Fausto Gresini and the Gresini Racing Team for the Moto 3 category (riders Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio), for which Ceramica del Conca is the main sponsor, and for the Moto 2 category (rider Sam Lowes), for which they are the official sponsor. Paolo Beltramo, a true icon for Italian motorcycle fans, will be there entertaining guests. This reporter has been treating us for years with behind-the‐scenes tales of life in the paddocks, and has always brought  thrills along with his friend and colleague Guido Meda.



Total Solutions Plus Announces Keynote Speakers

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Total Solutions Plus is brought to you by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the National Tile Contractors Association, the Tile Council of North America, and the Tile Contractors’ Association of America. This all-industry conference is taking place October 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, near Palm Springs, Calif. The purpose of Total Solutions Plus is to annually bring the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other. Distributors, manufacturers, contractors and more will come together to listen to motivational, relevant speakers, participate in education sessions taught by the best of the best in the industry, network with decision makers and enjoy all Indian Wells has to offer. Visit http://www.ctdahome.org/tsp/2016/ for details and to register.

Joe Calloway, Minds Wide Open

 For more than 30 years, globally-recognized branding and performance expert, Joe Calloway has been a reliable resource for business leaders and entrepreneurs, helping to make good companies great and great companies extraordinary. With a client list that reads like a “Who’s Who” in business, he is trusted by a range of organizations—from small business groups to Coca Cola, IBM and Cadillac—for his astute insight into current business and market trends.

Acknowledged by audiences and industry experts as animated, effective and engaging, Calloway’s unconventional approach to public speaking is applauded for actively involving audiences in interactive keynotes and workshops that challenge assumptions and create new ways of thinking. He is also the author of several ground-breaking business books, including New York Times best-seller, Becoming a Category of One: How Extraordinary Companies Transcend Commodity. Calloway’s new book Magnetic: The Art of Attracting Business was released in November 2015.

Joe Calloway’s engaging and interactive presentations are packed with practical, easy-to-implement ideas and techniques, as well as valuable insight on how to attain and maintain a high performance mindset. Regardless of the size of the company or industry, Calloway demonstrates how to apply the same ways of thinking that enable companies like Apple, Zappos, and Southwest Airlines to constantly innovate, drive momentum and sustain extraordinary success.

Ken Simonson, Construction Outlook: Breaking the Ceiling or Falling through the Floor?
 Kenneth D. Simonson has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading national construction trade association, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and The Data DIGest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter.

Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. Before joining AGC, he was senior economic adviser in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Earlier, he was vice president and chief economist for the American Trucking Associations. He also worked with the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and an economic consulting firm.

Ken was the 2012-13 president of the National Association for Business Economics and is active in several other organizations for business economists and researchers. He is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982, and is a board member of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, an MA from Northwestern University, and he has taken advanced graduate courses at the Université de Paris, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

David Okerlund, Obtaining Altitude by Attitude

David Okerlund, a passionate, award-winning, speaker incorporates years of experience as a hospital administrator, national sales manager, newspaper columnist, and communications coach into his messages.  With his mastery of emotional intelligence and situational empathy, he touches audiences in a way that they will never forget.

  • David has given over 2,500 speeches to over 1,000,000 people without one disappointed client.
  • Twice he finished in the final three of the World Championship of Public Speaking, a contest of over 20,000 individuals from over thirty countries.
  • He taught speech and debate at Oxford University in England and was asked to debate Patrick Buchanan at the prestigious Oxford University Debate Club.
  • He was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Speakers in 1984.
  • He helped design a class in Persuasion and Ethics for university graduate students in Minnesota.
  • David Okerlund has been described by Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and others as the “best personal speech coach in the United States.”

Please click here to read more about the speakers and other breakouts during TSP!

Click here to Register for TSP today!

Daltile opens doors to remodeled showrooms in Las Vegas and Denver

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Daltile has officially opened the doors on remodeled showrooms in the Denver and Las Vegas markets. Both locations celebrated with grand opening events last week. A slab yard attached to a traditional gallery setting at both locations provides a single-source resource for local architecture and design communities.

Multifunctional workspaces, tile libraries, hospitality areas and conference rooms were remodeled with design professionals and clientele in mind.

“We wanted to create inviting spaces that inspire our customers,” said Corinthia Runge, manager of gallery and showroom operations for Daltile. “Our new locations were designed by designers, for designers, making it easy to imagine what is possible in any space.”

Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, the 5,800 square-foot tile and stone gallery, visitors are welcomed into the space by a floor-to-ceiling desert cactus mosaic mural that reflects the central Las Vegas location. Exploring the space, products are artfully displayed on floors, walls and partitions.

20160718-DT-VegasGallery0440 20160718-DT-VegasGallery0467 Dal Las VEGAS restroom_35A0107 Dal LAS VEGAS_35A0148 Daltile Las VEGAS_35A0066A loose tile library provides customers with full-size samples to help match and coordinate styles for their projects, and an LCD touch screen lets customers virtually flip through the digital catalog, view inspiration gallery images and build out designs with the tile and stone visualizer tool. The space is accented with a custom chandelier made with tile pieces, bringing further inspiration for guests.

The hospitality area features a stunning diamond-matched Aqua Marine Granite backsplash and bright white Morning Frost ONE Quartz countertops. A more intimate space for designers or architects to consult with clients is provided in the modern conference room showcasing a striking slab tabletop.

Connected to the open, bright showroom is an expansive slab yard housing hundreds of slabs for selection from exotics, to granite and quartz. This offering allows designers to utilize the space as a multi-faceted hub for tile and stone specification from floor to ceiling.

The Las Vegas Tile & Stone Gallery, located at 3345 W. Sunset Road, Suite G, hosted a vintage Las Vegas themed grand opening event on Aug. 3, 2016, to celebrate the new space.



In Denver, the 4,700 square-foot tile and stone showroom, features an entry area with a large stone slab desk with waterfall accent that provides a focal point for visitors to begin their journey through the space. An accompanying fireplace vignette featuring four book-matched slabs warmly welcomes visitors and showcases the striking stone slab offerings.

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An adjacent slab-yard and neighboring Mohawk carpet showroom creates a holistic experience conveniently located in the heart of Denver.

The Daltile Denver Showroom, located at 852 S. Jason St., Unit 8, hosted a “Colorado Local” themed grand opening event on Aug. 4, 2016 to celebrate the showroom remodel.

For more information about the breadth and depth of Daltile product and retail offerings, visit Daltile.com.

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