The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) invite everyone in the tile industry to attend the second annual Total Solutions Plus event, November 7-11, 2011 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, AZ.

Total Solutions Plus integrates each association’s meeting into a single, industry-wide event, providing educational sessions tailored to meet the needs of distributors, contractors and manufacturers, networking opportunities, and table top exhibits.

The 2011 Total Solutions Plus schedule includes a keynote presentation by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell. Lutrell is the author of “The Lone Survivor,” the “harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing,” show organizers noted. Also on the educational agenda are:
  • Opening keynoter Dr. Jay Lehr, futurist, economist, researcher and scientist
  • Donato Grosser, “The U.S. Economy and Changes in Ceramic Tile Distribution”
  • NTCA and MMSA, “The Evolution of Grout Technology”
  • David Parker, “It’s Not Up-Selling, It’s Selling Right”
  • Robin Grove, “Challenges Dealing with Customs on Import Issues”
  • TCNA’s Bill Griese with “Understanding Tile’s Role in Green Building”
  • Greg Mowat of Forensic Tile Consultants and Josh Levinson of Artistic Tile with “Exploring The Science of Natural Stone Tile Installations”
  • Shauna Causey, “Designing a Website That Will Market Your Business and Increase Sales”
  • CTDA Forum: Distributor’s Forum
  • Gerald Sloan and Michael Whistler with “Large Format Tile Installations and Demonstrations”
  • Josh Levinson, Nyle Wadford and James Woelfel present “Using Installation Standards in Sales and Installation of Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone”
  • Patti Fasan presents “Strategies to Improve Market Share over Competitive Alternates”
Commenting on the inaugural event in 2010, NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga had said, “Total Solutions Plus was a success because of the dedicated hard work from all three association staffs and selected officers. Additionally, knowing the entire industry will benefit from a combined leadership conference and networking event, our sponsors and tabletop suppliers showed overwhelming support despite today’s economic times.”

For more information on Total Solutions Plus and to register, visit here.