Over 200 guests were present to see the NTCA honor two exceptional individuals for their dedication and leadership in the tile industry. This year, the NTCA's 2014 Tile Person of the Year Award was presented to Jan Hohn of Hohn & Hohn of St. Paul, MN. Jan is only the third woman to receive this award during the six decades it has been presented.
For over 20 years, Jan has worked tirelessly as a one person, high-end residential tile and stone installation company. She has dedicated herself to the trade, serving as President of CASTA (Twin Cities Local Tile Contractors Association), NTCA Board Member, NTCA Technical and Methods and Standards Committee Member and most recently, as Chairperson of the NTCA's Training and Education Committee. Jan also became the first woman to become a Certified Tile Installer by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) in 2009. Jan's attention to detail, artisanship, knowledge and commitment to the industry have also earned her the prestigious NTCA Five Star Contractor certificate.
Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), received the prestigious Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award, offered to a leader in the tile and stone industry who dedicates his/her career to advancing our trade. Eric has made significant contributions to the industry including incorporating both Canada and Mexico into the Association, the development of the Green Squared program and the expansion of the TCNA Handbook and ANSI Standards. An example of his passion for creating unity is exemplified by the Tile Council becoming an even stronger partner in the NTCA, CTDA, TCAA, CTEF and the Tile Heritage Foundation. Eric is an integral part of Total Solutions Plus, which brings together all industry associations for their respective meetings, creating unique industry networking events and leadership conferences. Joe Tarver himself was in attendance to participate in Eric's recognition.