Let’s be honest, 2010, with all its hills and valleys, is not one of the years I would think of as phenomenal. Yet, with each year New Year is a new beginning - a wiping of the proverbial slate and starting anew. This is where our hopes, dreams and faith in our related industries come together.

In my opinion, the one positive that resonated throughout 2010 was our ability to put differences and competitiveness aside to help each other succeed - as a whole. That, to me at least, has to be one of the most significant outcomes of 2010.

The recently held Total Solutions Plus in Naples, FL, was organized by three of our industry’s associations (CTDA, NTCA, TCNA). The feedback from attendees and exhibitors alike was overwhelmingly positive, and as a result, plans for the 2011 Total Solutions Plus in Arizona are well underway.

Yet another example of putting our respective industry first is our Moving On project where tile business owners, who found a way to shake off the economic doldrums to see their businesses survive, shared their success stories. You can read the submissions here.

On a related note, TILE Magazine introduces its Subfloor Troubleshooting Guide for Tile Installations where common problems are addressed with manufacturer-specific solutions. Your feedback on this project is valuable. I invite you to share your opinion with me at nalbandiana@bnpmedia.com for any guide-improving suggestions.

Further, I would like to thank our esteemed and well-respected columnists, contributors and associations for their outstanding work in 2010. We look forward to having them bring you the most up-to-date information available for all facets of the tile industry.

Lastly, in our ongoing quest to keeping you well informed, TILE Magazine will be providing live, from-the-show-floor updates from several shows this year, most notably Surfaces, Cevisama, Expo Revestir and Coverings, for starters. To access these updates, follow TILE on our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Finally, I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year. Quoting an Irish toast: “In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.”