JACKSON, MS -- Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the NTCA Ring of Honor Award.
The NTCA Ring of Honor Award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes NTCA contractors and associate members whose efforts have helped grow the association and assisted in achieving its objectives. Recipients are chosen by NTCA executive officers.
Martin Brookes, president of Heritage Marble & Tile Inc. and second vice president of the NTCA board of directors, said Bettiga was chosen because of his dedication to the tile industry and the tile installation trade. “Bart has demonstrated both leadership and friendship that has advanced the NTCA into a world-class trade association,” said Brookes. “His relentless energy and passion for the tile and stone trade is remarkable and he is a true asset to the industry.”
Bettiga has been NTCA’s executive director since 2002 and also serves as publisher of its publication, TileLetter. Having more than 30 years of experience in the tile and stone industry, he is also a well-known speaker and author on the distribution and installation of ceramic tile and natural stone. During his tenure at the NTCA, the association has gained over 1,000 members.
“He [Bettiga] has grown the NTCA to an incredible size, most importantly in value to the membership,” said John Cox, president of Cox Tile, Inc. and NTCA board advisor. “Joe Tarver took the NTCA to one level and Bart has certainly taken it to heights well beyond anyone’s expectations.”
Jim Olson, assistant executive director of the NTCA, emphasized how Bettiga’s leadership style and forward-thinking have been integral to the growth of the association over the last 16 years. “Bart has led the NTCA with ideas that bring value to our members and grow the association,” said Olson. “He is constantly thinking of ideas and ways to give back to the contractors who make this industry so great.”
Bettiga will be the first active NTCA executive director to receive the honor in the award’s 14-year history. In 2007, the award was bestowed upon past NTCA executive director emeritus Joe Tarver. Tarver was executive director from 1972 to 2002 and the creator of NTCA Reference Manual and the NTCA workshops. Other past recipients include John Cox of Cox Tile, Scott Carothers of CTEF, Don Scott and Robert "Bob" Robertson of David Allen Company, and Harold Turk of Dal-Tile.
“His inclusion in the Ring of Honor is an award showing that his peers have recognized how hard he has worked and there is nothing more honorable and prideful than what this award represents,” said Cox.
Bettiga will receive the award on October 30, 2018, during the Industry Awards Gala at Total Solution Plus in Grapevine, TX.