Total Solutions Plus 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016


Table Tops 




Sports & Leisure


All leisure activities have a minimum participation requirement and are subject to cancellation. Registrations for the Golf Tournament and Tours are due no later than September 23rd. Individuals canceling within 72 hours of a tour will not be refunded, and on-site registration will be on a space-available basis only.


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The seventh annual Total Solutions Plus Golf Tournament will be held at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. It is Southern California's premier golf destination. Among its many accolades, the Indian Wells Golf Resort holds the distinction of being in Golfweek’s Top 20 "Best Courses You Can Play" in California.


Date: Sunday, October 23



Canyon Hike with Lunch
Explore the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indian Canyons with panoramic views and diverse landscapes.
Canyon Bikes with Lunch 
Riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza. Riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza on this gentle downhill tour that cuts through the heart of the San Andreas Fault on a scenic country road as it descends from just outside Joshua Tree National Park to grape country near Mecca.
Aerial Tram with Lunch
Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.
Art and Air with Lunch
Learn the intricate weaving of the Valley's robust museums and gallery scene!
We start the day at the Palm Springs Art Museum covering great local artist as well as the seasonal exhibit. Then we will move on to the Air Museum where you can enjoy seeing aircrafts spanning decades of American history.

Jeep Adventure San Andreas Fault Line with Lunch
This awe-inspiring journey in classic off-road jeeps takes guests deep into the heart of the San Andreas Fault. Participants will get to witness the tremendous forces of nature that have created amazing steep walled canyons and some of the most twisted and tormented landscapes on earth.



El Paso Tasting Tour


Welcome to the "Rodeo Drive" of the Desert! Today we visit the fabulous El Paseo Shopping District for a deliciously fun experience. We’ll take a fun three-hour walking and tasting tour of the district. Visiting five to six eateries along the way, we’ll definitely include enough tantalizing array that adds up to a wonderful lunch. Guests learn about each location, what makes them unique, and how they fit into the culinary tapestry of Palm Desert. The delightful epicurean treats are just one of the savory ingredients on this excursion. Guest also get a healthy serving of history, a cup of culture, and a dollop of famous-resident name dropping. Now that is a scrumptious day of fun!




A Productive And Fun Weekend in California with Total Solutions Plus!

Last week, the 7th Annual Total Solutions Plus all-industry conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa near Palm Springs, Calif., chalked up another huge success, with record attendance figures and industry support. Over 650people attended the event, which was sponsored by NTCA as well as the Ceramic Tile Distributors Assocation (CTDA), Tile Council of North America (TCNA), and Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA).


The event began with a two and a half days of association, board, and industry committee meetings on Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, and Sunday October 23, followed by a golf tournament, various tours and an opening reception Sunday evening. Eighty-six exhibitors took part in the tabletop exhibit and reception on Monday night, giving attendees a chance to see new products, learn about new services and interact with manufacturers and suppliers in an intimate setting.


“If you're not a member of the NTCA this has -- or would have --  given you the excitement of what the greatest tile association in the world is all about,” said Joe Kerber of Kerber Tile, Marble & Stone, Inc., Shakopee, Minn., NTCA Region 7 director. “Find and talk to a NTCA State Ambassador about all the advantages that you will acquire by being a member. You can find them on the NTCA website at Also check out the CTI certification at NTCA and CTEF. If you're that good -- show us.” 

Total Solutions Plus 2017 will take place November 4-7 at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park hotel, Washington, D.C.

NTCA Holds Executive Elections at Total Solutions Plus

NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga at the 2016 Annual Meeting

Topping off the long TSP weekend, NTCA elected new members of the executive board and several new regional directors at its annual meeting.

Martin Howard of David Allen Company was elected President. Chris Walker, also of David Allen Company, was named 1st Vice President. Martin Brookes of Heritage Tile and Marble was elected 2nd Vice President. Outgoing President James Woelfel was elected Chairman of the Board, and Dan Welch was named Executive Committee advisor.

The newly elected Regional Directors include Robert Showers (Region 2), Paige Smith (Region 3), Mike Weaver (Region 4), Dirk Sullivan (Region 9), Stan Platt (Region 10), and Sam Bruce (Region 12).

Congratulations to the incoming executives and regional directors! We look forward to continuing NTCA's growth and progress as Voice of the Contractor with your help.



NTCA Steals the Show at R|D|J Baltimore

NTCA had a massively successful outing at Remodeling Show | DeckExpo | JLC LIVE (R|D|J) 2016 in Baltimore, MD on October 6-7, 2016. This annual show is a trade-only residential construction event for remodelers, deck builders, and other industry professionals. It features not only an educational conference for both business and job site training, but also a full exhibit hall and networking events.

For both days, NTCA’s Mark Heinlein and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF)’s Scott Carothers presented a wide array of installation techniques and answered questions in a live stage demonstration. The two-day project consisted of fully installing two tile floors, from substrate up to grout and finishing, based on industry standards, best practice installation techniques, and manufacturer instructions.

The live stage demonstration was a key attraction of the show, with a packed crowd for both days. Many contractors attended every session of the two-day demo and even lingered to ask questions during breaks. Heinlein and Carothers spent most of their spare time informing their audience about the importance of industry standards, manufacturer instructions, and best practices. Impressed with the level of information available and the potential to improve their networking and professional skills, several attendees became NTCA members!

Read the full report on the NTCA website!


Some other activities



                                                      TEAM VITIS

Coverings 2017 Installation and Design Awards
Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, has opened its Call for Entries for the 2017 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. Available to architects, designers, installers, and contractors, the CID Awards honor outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial environments.

New to this year’s awards program: Winners will be invited to discuss their project as part of the show’s conference program. Projects will also be displayed on a video wall and on signage throughout the exhibition floor, showcasing the work to the thousands of attendees. Prize-winning project teams, including each installer and designer, will receive $2,500 and a one-night stay in Orlando.

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