I recently returned from Total Solutions Plus (TSP), which was held in Savannah, GA. The annual conference — organized collaboratively by the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the Tile Contractors’ Association (TCNA) and the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) — continues to grow each year. This edition attracted more than 600 industry members, and the energy was felt among the crowd.
Ron Schwartz of J. Colavin & Son, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA, who is 2015 President and Chairman of the Board of the TCAA, greeted attendees on the first morning of the event and expressed his delight that 2015 was an excellent recovery year. He said that company owners made adjustments to their businesses in order to survive. In my opinion, that is an important statement. People need to realize that if they remain complacent, they run the risk of losing business. Especially in the tough economic times that hit several years ago, it was critical for people to do what it took to set themselves apart from their competition.