NTCA logoNTCA Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Coverings 2022 with
Special Awards, Contractor Tours, Live Demos

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) celebrated its 75th anniversary at Coverings 2022, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, held April 5 to 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to a special awards ceremony, NTCA hosted contractor tours, live demonstrations and educational sessions.

“NTCA has evolved from a regional southern association to an internationally-recognized authority on tile and stone,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of NTCA. “One thing that has remained constant is our commitment to the professional installation of tile and stone. We look forward to continuing our legacy as the voice of the tile contractor.”

Bart Bettiga at the NTCA Awards presentation

Bart Bettiga at the NTCA Awards presentation

On Thursday, April 7, NTCA Held its 75th Anniversary Reception. The event featured a special 75th anniversary video, and recognized the NTCA Tile Person of the Year, TCNA Tile Person of the Year, NTCA Tom Ade academic scholarships, NTCA Five Star Projects of the Year, and more.

NTCA will also hosted daily Contractor Tours at the Coverings show. Contractor Tours, which are led by NTCA’s assistant executive director Jim Olson, took attendees around the show floor to see the latest tools, equipment, and allied products for contractors, retailers, distributors, and specifiers.

As it does every year, NTCA hosted daily demonstrations at its booth in the North Hall, as well as the Installation Innovation Stage.

A few highlighted educational sessions the NTCA presented included:

  • Meeting Consumer Demand 
  • Successful Exterior Installations and Innovative Technology

Presenters were Dirk Sullivan, owner of Hawthorne Tile; John Cox, owner and president of Cox Tile; Woody Sanders, president of DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, Inc.; Dan Lambert, co-owner of Lambert Tile & Stone, Inc.; Erin Albrecht, owner of J&R Tile, Inc.; and Martin Brookes, president of Heritage Marble & Tile. Moderator: Bart Bettiga of NTCA

  • What Lies Beneath: How the Tile Community Saved the Day with Proper Preparation

Panelists: Jason McDonald, owner of Stoneman Custom Granite Works; and Amber Trucke, homeowner. Moderator: Bart Bettiga of NTCA.

  • Women’s Work: Emerging Opportunities on the Jobsite and in the Workplace

Panelists were Mollie Elkman, author of “The House That She Built;” Sarah B. Gregg, marketing manager of the Natural Stone Institute; Melissa Swan, CTI, co-owner of Tilevita; and Monica Gresser, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, principal architect at BRAZEN architecture. The moderator for this panel was Lesley Goddin, editorial director and senior writer of TileLetter, TileLetter ARTISAN and TileLetter.com

NTCA Roundtable Live

NTCA members and other industry professionals assembled for a unique, live networking event. Led by industry peers, the first part of the discussion focused on the artistic elements of installation, including guidelines for a successful installation using artistic elements. The second half of the session explored emerging trends in tile installation and took a closer look at porcelain countertops and vanities, and how to blend different elements within spaces.

For more information about the NTCA, visit www.tile-assn.com.