INDIAN WELLS, CA – The second day of Total Solutions Plus (TSP) got off to an early start with a customer appreciation breakfast held by Laticrete. Sean Boyle, director of marketing and project management, presented an economic forecast. “Looking at 2023, it seems like it is going to be flat based on the information we have so far,” he said. Boyle cited energy is a concern, but the unemployment rate is a bright spot since there is a labor shortage. 

During a morning breakout session, Jennifer Farrell, owner of Jennifer Farrell Designs, and Randy Fleming, a National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) trainer, discussed design and installation considerations for outdoor living spaces. Farrell used examples of a show house. Calibu Vineyard, which she recently designed. “The outdoors, especially in southern California, are as important as the indoor spaces,” said Farrell. “The biggest things that I see as a challenge for everyone from designers to manufacturers to installers to the consumer, is how to connect the outdoor spaces with the interior. A lot of times these spaces are treated as a separate universe, but they are not. They are connected to something else.”

Martin Howard, executive vice president of operations of the David Allen Company in Raleigh, NC, is this year’s recipient of the NTCA prestigious Ring of Honor, which was presented during lunch. Howard is a past president of the NTCA and previously honored as its Tile Person of the Year in 2017.  He is a voting member of the American National Standards Institute A108 Committee and the NTCA Technical Committee.

Among other breakout sessions on Tuesday, November 8th were “Bridging the Gaps in a Multi-Generational Workforce,” “Recruitment Strategies to Reduce Labor Shortage” and “Joint Industry Panel Discussion: Issues Affecting Supplier and Contractor Relationships.” 

TSP 2022 concluded with a closing themed party/dinner – Tile-Chella – where attendees had the chance to spend one last time together and enjoy the night.

Look for more in-depth show highlights on TILE’s website in the coming weeks.