The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is opening the doors of the 2008 Total Solutions Business and Technical Conference to the architect and design community with continuing education credits for all A&D attendees. The event is set for Sept. 18-20 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the Potomac River.

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are invited to the event which includes several A&D breakout sessions, including a presentation by Patti Fasan from Tile of Spain.

“One of our main missions as an association is to help the architectural, design and building industries gain a better understanding of the uses and benefits of tile and stone,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA. “By educating these professionals about our trade, we play a key role in improving the quality of the design and specification of our products, resulting in successful and long-lasting installations."

Registration is free and the A&D community is invited to attend the annual Table Top Event, which will feature more than 40 displays and various door prizes awarded every hour. Cocktails and hors d’oeurves will be available.

For more information, please contact NTCA membership director Bob Brown at, via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit