LEXINGTON, KY — Doug Hayes, director of commercial and business development for Florida Tile, has been inducted into the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) Hall of Fame. Announcement of his induction was made at the 2015 Total Solutions Plus convention at Georgia’s Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, which was held from October 24 to 27, 2015. The annual event is sponsored jointly by the CTDA, National Tile Contractors Association, Tile Council of North America and Tile Contractors’ Association of America.

“On behalf of our company, I congratulate Doug on this honor,” said Michael Franceschelli, chief executive office for Florida Tile. “However, I am most pleased for Doug, knowing the commitment he has made here and to the wider industry through his involvement with CTDA. This is well-deserved.”

According to the CTDA, the honor is given each year to recognize outstanding CTDA leaders: “Those people who did and are doing more than just belong to the association.”

Criteria include being or having been a CTDA member, participating in CTDA events, active involvement in the CTDA and demonstrated leadership within the industry that reflects the CTDA mission statement.

By entering the tile industry in 1982, Hayes became a third-generation veteran of the tile business. He has been involved with the CTDA for more than 20 years, prior to and during his association with Florida Tile, serving on the organization’s marketing and convention committees and now his fourth term as a member of its board of directors.

A profile presentation made prior to the award noted that Hayes’ nomination was founded on his passion for the industry and for the goals and initiatives of the CTDA and its members.    

Prior recipients include: Rick Baldini, Dave Milanowycz, Tom Kotel, Ed Metcalf, Ralph Marra, Henry M. Rothberg, Fred Blackwood, Clarence Dowdy, Jack Vogel, Mike Miles, Manuel Magallanes, Svend Hovmand, Phil Stalcup, David Yarborough, Ted Clear, Jack Knies, Frank L. Garcia, Mary Yocum, Sam Widener, S. M. Van Kirk, Gail Schovan, Bill Ives, Tom Graham, Vince Pompo, Mark Carlson, and Howard Pryor.

Tec exterior tile installation webinar recording available online

AURORA, IL — Sponsored by TEC and hosted by the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), TEC presented its “Strategies for Exterior Tile Installations” webinar in summer 2015 with the help of technical support manager, Tom Plaskota. A recording of the presentation is now available to the public.

The webinar broke a new record for NTCA registration, and more than 125 tile and flooring contractors tuned in to learn more about products and strategies for successful outdoor tile installations. The presentation stressed the importance of careful tile selection, substrate preparation, and mortar and grout selection. 

Plaskota used his 30 years of tile and flooring industry experience to cover all aspects of a well-executed exterior tile installation. The webinar resulted in an exciting and engaging dialogue amongst its viewers.

To keep the conversation going, a recording of the webinar has been made available at http://bit.ly/1RMajRB for those who were unable to attend. The Tec Exterior Tile Installation Guide can be found at: http://bit.ly/1KxKHSV.