For this edition, we sat down with Christopher Walker, vice president of the northeast region for David Allen Company, Inc. Walker, who currently serves as the first vice president of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), was named the NTCA Tile Person of the Year in 2017 and will assume the role of president in 2019. He serves as chairman of both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A-108 Committee and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for International Standards Organization (ISO) T-189. Walker also sits on the board of directors for Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Virginia and has been a voting member of the TCNA Handbook and NTCA Reference Manual for many years.
Walker: I took a part-time job that became a career. I have often referred to it as my accidental profession. I’m not sure someone wakes up one day and decides that tile is their life’s ambition unless they are born into it through a family business. I left school in the Midwest for what was supposed to be a semester or two to work and travel in New York City area. It took a few years, but I eventually decided to head back to school in Westchester, NY. Once enrolled, I set my schedule up to go to school full-time and work part-time as a laborer with a tile company in NYC. It did not take long for that to become a full-time career in tile, and since then, it is all I have ever done.