NTCA Presents Best Practices, Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Awards

Joe Kerber and Jim Olson, NTCA Assistant Executive Director
Joe Kerber of Kerber Tile, Marble & Stone of Shakopee, Minnesota received the first of two Best Practice Awards for his instrumental role in developing and having the Barrier Free Shower Method accepted by the Methods & Standards Committee at Coverings 2014. Pictured are Joe Kerber (left) and Jim Olson, NTCA Assistant Executive Director.

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractors association, recognized industry leaders at its Third Annual Awards Ceremony during Coverings 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Over 200 guests were present to see the association present its Best Practice Awards and Five Star Contractor Grand Prize awards for outstanding installations in both Commercial and Residential projects.

An independent panel of judges evaluated submissions, based on execution & installation, original usage and overall design & purpose. Special recognition was given to those projects exemplifying stunning tile and stone.

Joe Kerber of Kerber Tile, Marble & Stone of Shakopee, Minnesota received the first of two Best Practice Awards for his instrumental role in developing and having the Barrier Free Shower Method accepted by the Methods & Standards Committee at Coverings 2014. This method was approved for inclusion in the 2015 TCNA Handbook. A member of the NTCA since 2003, Kerber has served as a State Director and now as a Regional Director. He also flourishes as a voting member on the NTCA Technical Committee and Methods & Standard Committee.

Steve Slutzah, of Westside Tile & Stone in Canoga Park, Californiawas presented with the NTCA’s Second Best Practice award. His strong belief in the importance of NTCA Contractors has been the driving force for increased membership in the State of California. A member since 2007 as a Distributor and soon thereafter as a State Director, Slutzah and his company have sponsored numerous NTCA Workshops and signed up over 25 new members, even going as far as to pay for their first year membership.

NTCA’s Five Star Prize awards were presented for both Commercial and Residential Tile Installations. The Five Star winners received $2,500 each in prize money, sponsored by Daltile Corporation. Many submissions were received and judged via the following criteria: Scope (size of project), Complexity (challenges), Technical Soundness (resolution of challenges) and Design & Presentation (Overall appearance, layout and artistic value).

Welch Tile & Marble of Kent City, Michigan was the recipient of the Five-Star Grand Prize for Commercial Tile Installation. The firm’s installation of 45,000 sf of floor tile, 1,500 sf of Ledge Stone and 6,500 sf of Wall Tile at the Ferris State University, Rankin Student Center, was a glowing example of the company’s technical expertise when confronted by a multitude of challenges.  A major task from the start, this renovation project’s obstacles included weather, time constraints, multiple product lines and the advancing age of the existing building.

Collins Tile and Stone of Aldie, Virginia was the recipient of the Five-Star Grand Prize for Residential Tile Installation. The firm’s project “Modern Tranquility,” started off with a complete demolition of the Master Bathroom including elimination of two picture windows. The most innate challenge of this project was the construction of a steam shower. The project included a decorative mural inset comprised of hand-made, fused glass mosaic. Collins Tile and Stone adhered to every industry standard… not only enhancing the beauty of the bathroom, but ensuring longevity of the tile work.

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