Scott Carothers, CTEF executive director, discusses the the benefits of obtaining certification. For more information about the certification program, visit

That was the general consensus about business for those we spoke with at the recent Total Solutions in Naples, FL. More over, very pleased to absolutely ecstatic was the reaction to the new Total Solutions format bringing the professional tile community together by combining the NTCA, CTDA and TCNA for the first time with co-located conferences. The synergism of content and networking opportunities between all levels of the industry created a positive energy that uplifted spirits to levels we haven’t seen for years.

Like a New Year’s Celebration
According to 2010 U.S. Department of Commerce figures as reported by TCNA (see report on page 10), tile consumption posted double-digit growth in the first half of this year after four years of decline. Buoyed by the improving business climate and optimism for continuing growth, although modest by most predictions, there was an unmistakably positive vibe at Total Solutions.

We may not yet be all the way through the tunnel, but it was as though everyone at the gathering was rejoicing in the recovery’s bright white light, at least in the spirit of fellowship triggered by this industry-first event. Culminating with a beach party reception and dinner, the evening’s festive crowd erupted into a party reminiscent of a New Year’s celebration. The dance floor was still packed with revelers long after the official ending time and those remaining were persuaded to leave only by the draw of an impromptu sing-a-long session at the piano, lead by Florida Tile’s pianist and singer extraordinaire: Massimo Barbari. If the success of this first Total Solutions is any indication, the 2011 event in Phoenix will grow by the hundreds!

Moving On
If you are among the many that have made the necessary changes in your business (and in life) and decided to put the negativity and bad news in the rear-view mirror, then we invite you to visit BNP Media’s “Moving On”websitewhere you can read about others within our industry who have faced the challenges of the changing business landscape, and what they have done to succeed by capitalizing on the opportunities at hand.

Similar to Clayhaus CeramicsandBonTon Designswho have shared their experiences, we invite you to share your success stories here as well, and to “Move On” with us as we turn the page to a bright new day and focus on the positive.

Your Gold Book Guide to the Tile Industry
Here in your hands is the annualTILE Gold Book– the tile industry’s Tile Products Resource and Buying Guide. Whether you are sourcing from the print Gold Book Buyers Guide oronline, you’ll find a comprehensive listing of products, manufacturers, distributors, shows and associations, plus so much more to help you find what you need.

Supporting you with information you need to succeed is what we do best. Stay tuned toTILEand together we’ll survive and thrive. Best to you and your business in the New Year!