Letter from the Publisher

On this screen sits a milestone in tile history as we bring you the premier issue of TILE Magazine. Everyone agrees that change is the one thing in business, as well as in life, that you can be certain of. TILE Magazine is here to keep you abreast of the constant changes that are always taking place in the world of tile.

TILE will be there for you, delivered when you need it, when you expect it, in a dramatic, colorful, informative and compelling format that exemplifies everything that is tile. You can depend on TILE Magazine to give you insight into new products, tile industry trends and troubleshooting technical installation-related information, as well as the news, developments and people that shape this business.

At TILE Magazine we share in your passion for tile. All of our research tells us that tile is a leading growth segment among surfacing materials, and for those involved in tile, it's easy to understand why. Tile captures the imagination and inspires creativity like no other product. Tile is timeless. However, tile is always changing and evolving as new technology and tile fashion design brings forth a myriad of new colors, textures, wear characteristics, shapes, and sizes virtually on a daily basis. At the same time, ongoing technical advancements in setting materials, tools and procedures require everyone professionally involved in tile to stay abreast of all the changes and challenges that impact the advancement of the tile trade.

Whether your business is responsible for the installation, specification, selection, sales, merchandising, or import and distribution, TILE Magazine is the one place you can turn to get the information you need to help you succeed. Watch for all of our upcoming 2004 issues in March, June, and September and in November, "The Annual Gold Book: Tile Industry Resource Guide."

For up-to-the-minute information impacting your tile-related business and to view all the TILE Magazine features, columns and articles (keyword searchable), visit our website at www.tilemagonline.com. And to share industry related experiences, pose questions and communicate with other tile industry professionals such as you, join the "virtual tile community" and log on to the Tilemagonline Bulletin Board. Learn more about BNP Media, the leading business-to-business trade magazine publisher in dimensional stone, floor covering, floor installation, floor maintenance, plumbing, environmental design and more than 50 other industries, at www.bnpmedia.com.

Most of all, TILE is your industry magazine. We invite your comments and suggestions. Email me at johnsonp@bnpmedia.com or editor John Moore at moorej@bnpmedia.com. We enthusiastically look forward to offering support in your information needs.