JACKSON, MS -- The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, elected new officers and board members for 2021 and 2022 at its annual meeting, which was held virtually on December 3, 2020.

Bart Bettiga, NTCA executive director, explained that the COVID-19 pandemic had caused the cancellation of the Coverings tradeshow, where the new roster would have been announced.

The new leadership consists of Chris Walker, chairman of the board; Martin Brooks, president; Sam Bruce, first vice president; and Rod Owen, second vice president.

Chris Walker, who had served as NTCA president from 2018 to 2020, continues to serve as the chairman of the ANS A108 Committee and was the NTCA Tile Person of the Year in 2018. Walker is vice president of the Northeast region for David Allen Company in Bristow, VA.

“I am proud of my 20-year association with NTCA,” Walker said. “NTCA is a 74-year-old organization with some really fine people. It is recognized as one of the finest trade associations of its kind.”

NTCA presidents move up through the chairs in two-year term increments, from second vice president to first vice president to president, and then serve two years as chairman of the board, and afterwards as advisory board members.

Former chairman, Martin Howard of David Allen Company in Raleigh, NC, will now become an advisor to the executive committee.

The new president, Martin Brookes, is a principal at Heritage Marble and Tile in Mill Valley, CA. Sam Bruce is president/operations director of Visalia Ceramic Tile in Visalia, CA. Rod Owen is president of C.C. Owen Tile Company in Jonesboro, GA.

“With the goal in mind to diversify NTCA, directors are chosen from large and small companies as well as from businesses from regions around the country,” explained Jim Olson, NTCA assistant executive director.

Outgoing directors include Robert Showers, Region 2; Paige Smith, Region 3; Michael Weaver, Region 4; Dirk Sullivan, Region 9; and Stan Platt, Region 10.

Incoming directors include Mike Corona of Corona Marble & Tile, Region 2; Matt Welner of Blue Ridge Tile & Stone, Region 3; Josh Hogeboom of Spectra Contract Flooring, Region 4; Trask Bergerson of Bergerson Tile, Region 9; and Elizabeth Lambert of Lambert Tile, Region 10.