James Woelfel, vice president of Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Co., of Mesa, AZ, was recently named the National Tile Contractors Association “Tile Person of the Year” for 2011. The award -- bestowed annually since 1958 -- honors a tile professional who is dedicated to supporting the mission of the NTCA. Woelfel, whose father Butch was the 1993 recipient, becomes the first son of a former Tile Person of the Year winner, to receive this recognition.

In addition to running the daily operations and estimating at Artcraft, Woelfel is a tireless advocate for strengthening industry standards and methods. He is chairman of the NTCA Technical Committee and serves as 2nd vice president of the association. Until recently, he also served as the chairman of the NTCA Standards and Methods Committee.

Additionally, Woelfel represents the NTCA on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook Committee, and serves on the ANSI ASC 108 Committee, making Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Co., one of two contractors worldwide to sit on all three committees.

Woelfel was recognized for this honor in front of family, friends and peers at the recently held Total Solutions Plus in Chandler, AZ. Presenting Woelfel with the honor was his friend and NTCA President, Nyle Wadford of Neuse Tile Service in Youngsville, NC.