JACKSON, MS -- The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world's largest tile contractor association, elected new members of its executive leadership at its annual meeting, held during Total Solutions Plus in Dallas, TX, at the end of October. Members voted 10 new members into its executive board and committee.

“Our 2019 leaders are starting their terms at an exciting time in NTCA history,” said NTCA executive director, Bart Bettiga. “We are increasing our international presence, looking at ways to tackle the qualified labor shortage, and starting to offer new business benefits to our members. I look forward to working with this leadership and am confident it will support the staff and me as we look to grow NTCA in exciting new ways.”

Among the elected are Martin Howard as chairman of the board, Christopher Walker as president, Martin Brooks as 1st vice president and Sam Bruce as 2nd vice president.

Howard oversees the tile, stone and pre-construction divisions, including all branch operations, of David Allen Company. He has more than 37 years of experience in the construction industry. Howard previously served as NTCA president and is a member of its Technical, Standards and Methods, Training and Education, and Finance Committees. Additionally, he represents the NTCA on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook Committee.

Walker is the current vice president of David Allen Company. With more than 30 years in the industry, Walker has been associated with the successful completion of millions of square feet of residential and commercial projects. He is also the chairman of ANSI A-108 and US TAG ISO T-189 Committees, and is a voting member of the NTCA Reference Manual and the TCNA Handbook Committees.

Brookes, founder of Heritage Marble & Tile, Inc., has been active in the masonry and tile industry since 1978. He is a recognized industry consultant and hold seats on the NTCA Methods and Standards Committee and the ANSI A108 Committee. Brookes is also a member of and inspector for the Institute of Inspections Certification Restoration.

Bruce is the president and operations manager of Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. and has more than 20 years of industry experience. Bruce previously served as an NTCA regional director.

Additional members of NTCA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors who will take office Jan. 1, 2019 are:

  • James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Co. -- Board Advisor
  • Nyle Wadford, Neuse Tile Service, Inc. -- Board Advisor
  • John Cox, Cox Tile, Inc. -- Board Advisor
  • Roger Leasure, Northern California Tile and Stone -- Region 11 Director
  • Josh Castelli, Christian Brothers Flooring -- Region 12 Director
  • Mike Vail, Florida Tile -- Distributor Representative