TISE WEST/Surfaces is a great success for NTCA
I just returned to the office after attending the TISE West/Surfaces show in Las Vegas. It was a quick four-day trip, where the NTCA held Executive, Board and Technical Committee meetings. We also hosted our first State Directors Reception.
The State Director position was past NTCA president John Cox’s idea. His thought was, “How do we develop the next generation of NTCA leaders?” The reception was a great success, with 25 State Directors at the reception. Each director was asked to stand up and tell about themselves. A new NTCA video showing the rich history and tradition of our 69-year-old association was shown. If you have a chance, please watch this excellent video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw-RGyJYWxk&feature=youtu.be or http://tinyurl.com/hhsyrcf. Knowing our history can help guide us into the future.
Past NTCA president Nyle Wadford and I spoke at a seminar about how to avoid installation failures, attracting a crowd of about 60 people. Nyle discussed the importance of proper movement joints, and I discussed other types of failures like improper layout, and lack of coverage.
Nyle and I agreed that you can stop installation issues with the following four steps:
1. Use the proper leveling, setting and grouting products as recommended.
2. Know the ceramic tile industry standards.
3. Use properly trained and qualified labor to install ceramic and stone tile.
4. Employ proper oversight.
At the show, the NTCA booth was a hit. It seemed like every time I walked by the booth, there were contractors signing up to be members. In fact the NTCA set a record for new members at this show: 15! Increasingly, contractors are seeing the value of NTCA membership.
In the Board meeting, we reviewed the past year. 2015 was a very successful year for the NTCA. Our membership is now around 1100, and we are projecting membership to reach 1200 by the end of 2016….WOW! We also discussed the upcoming NTCA Five Star Contractor business meeting being hosted by TEC Installation Products in Chicago in June. This will consist of a day and a half of business seminars. I implore NTCA tile contractors that are not Five Star Contractors to call or email NTCA’s Jim Olson at 612.788.4726/[email protected] to get your application and join, since more specifications are being written around Five Star Contractors – and the manufacturers’ rebates don’t hurt either.
In the NTCA Technical Committee meeting, new white papers dealing with wall wash lighting, linear drain installations, thin panel tile and nano coatings on porcelain tile were voted on and accepted into the NTCA Reference Manual. Noah Chitty from Crossville updated the committee on the progress of ANSI 108.19, the installation standard for thin porcelain tile. This installation standard is coming together and will be updated at Coverings during the ANSI meeting in Chicago.
Those of you who could not attend, I understand how busy our personal and professional lives can get. Try to make time for Coverings in April. If you can’t, make sure you come to Total Solutions Plus in Palm Springs in October. In response to recent contractor surveys that reflected the desire for business training, the NTCA is putting together educational seminars at TSP that are more business related and that relate to each other. As I heard more than once this week, “the seminars were better” and “we got our money’s worth.”
James Woelfel, President NTCA
480.829.9197, [email protected]
(Ed. note: read more about TISE West in TileLetter, April issue)