As part of the NTCA Awards Night during the Coverings Show in Las Vegas, Nev., last week, Dirk Sullivan of Hawthorne Tile, Portland, Ore., received the prestigious NTCA Tile Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Dal-Tile Corp.
As a respected Five Star NTCA Contractor and NTCA state director, Sullivan has supported the association at every imaginable level, including two terms on the Board of Directors, as well as a longstanding role on the NTCA Technical, Membership, and Training and Education Committees. He also pioneered the effort to get approval of the first-of-its-kind, state-approved, joint apprenticeship program utilizing the online NTCA University.
These accomplishments, among many others, were cited when he was presented the award by NTCA President Martin Brookes.
“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this prestigious award,” said Sullivan. “There is a direct correlation between my success as a tile contractor and my involvement in the NTCA. Getting involved as a member of the NTCA is for the betterment of your own business. We volunteer our time to network, which is incredibly important. When you take time to get involved, awesome stuff rubs off from other people. I’m not just a tile guy in Oregon anymore; I run a business that now people across the country know. There’s credibility to what we do here. I’m proud of the work I’ve done with the NTCA, growing membership in the Pacific Northwest. Through the NTCA, I’ve also been able to mentor other young business members, which has been very important.”
Founded in 2000, Hawthorne Tile is the Pacific Northwest’s only NTCA Five-Star Contractor.
NTCA, recognized as the largest and most respected tile contractor associations in the world, is a leading authority in the development of tile industry standards and methods.