The Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) will host its 101st Annual Convention Sept. 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Highlights of the upcoming convention include:

Educational Programs

TCAA will present six hours of registered educational programming during convention. Programs include Life Cycle Cost Analysis and Green Tile, Marble & Terrazzo presented by the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and Learning Exchange, a two-hour, problem-based presentation by a panel of industry experts that explores a hypothetical case study project from design to substantial completion. Chicago-area architects and designers will join contractors and industry suppliers for this session.


Donald W. Schwartzwill receive theCarl V. Cesery Awardat a luncheon on September 27. This award recognizes individuals who have served the American tile trade with great distinction. Schwartz has been in the tile installation business since the age of 17 and learned the various aspects of the business from the ground up. In 1986 he became the sole owner of Selectile of California and remained there until his retirement in 2001. Under his leadership, Selectile won numerous awards from both the Ceramic Tile Institute and the Tile Contractors Association of America for its workmanship and beauty of tile installations throughout Southern California in both residential and commercial installations.

Trowel of Excellence

DTI of Illinois, Inc. of Aurora, ILandV.A.L. Floors, Inc of Carlstadt, NYwill be recognized as the most recent TCAA members to receive theTrowel of Excellence. They join 11 other TCAA member companies who have achieved this certification; Artisan Tile & Marble Co., of New Jersey, Inc.; Artisan Tile Inc.; Eugene G. Sackett Co, Inc.; G.M. Sloan Mosaic & Tile Co.; Lippert Tile Company; Port Morris Tile & Marble Corp.; Selectile of California, Inc.; Shores Tile Co., Inc.; Venice Terrazzo & Tile Co.; William Erath & Son, Inc.; and Williams Tile & Marble, Inc.

2009 Project of the Year Awards

Five companies will be recognized for outstanding achievement in tile installation projects. They are:

First Place Commercial
Premier Tile and Marble for The Oaks Mall, Thousands Oaks, CA

First Place Residential
Lippert Tile Company for the Reilly Residence, Cedar Lake, WI

Second Place Commercial
Fischer Tile & Marble for Lincoln City Hall, Lincoln, CA

Second Place Residential
Selectile of California for 21 Highwater, New Port Coast, CA

Technical Merit
Eugene G. Sackett Co., Inc. for Constellation Brands High Point, Victor, NY


The association will also recognize 2009 TCAA Architectural Scholarship recipient Aaron Swiger of Clemson University, and the 2009 TCAA Family Scholarship recipient, Tyler Castro, a freshman at Drake University.

For more information, contact TCAA's executive director Carole Damon at (816) 868-9300, or visit - TILE Magazine