Presenting the award Joe Tarver Cornerstone Award for 2009 are (from left): Bart Bettiga, NTCA executive director; Dave Gobis; John Cox (NTCA president), Cox Tile & Marble; and TileLetter editor Lesley Goddin.

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recently presentedTILEcolumnist Dave Gobis with its Joe Tarver Cornerstone Award for 2009.

Gobis, a third-generation tile setter and the past executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), received the prestigious award during a special ceremony held at Coverings in Chicago.