The Distributors Team Offers Seminar on Inventory Management for Distributors
April 16th, 2014

This is an opportunity to get your arms around the largest cash asset in the organization.  During this 2 day session, you will be exposed to solid inventory management and operational strategies. This goes way beyond the purchasing and analyzing of inventory trends.  We drive the whole process back to net profit. From the decision to buy, to the segregation of customers you serve, everything affects the inventory asset. Our job is to open your eyes to the potential bottom line improvement. We guarantee that you will walk away with at least 30 ways to get a better return on your investment.  The class is limited to the first 40 participants, so enroll quickly.

For registration information, click here.

Save $150 if you register before March 28th!

CTDA Members Receive $50 Discount

Chicago, April 24-25, 2014

Save an additional $50 by using promotion code: CTDA

NEW CTDA Member Benefit! CTDA Small Groups
April 1st, 2014

CTDA is creating the opportunity for its members to gain even more value from their membership by establishing CTDA Small Groups. These groups will be open to CTDA Distributor members only and will consist of 5 – 10 member companies of similar size and marketing approach from different regions of the country.

Each group will meet up to 4 times per year with each meeting lasting no longer than four hours in length. Each meeting will consist of a general business issue discussion (i.e. sales compensation, budgeting process, purchasing processes etc.) and a specific business presentation. During these presentations two members will give 15 minute presentations about a particular challenge(s) that they are facing and will ask for feedback from the group on a possible solution.

Small Groups will be filled on a first come, first served basis. CTDA staff will help interested members find existing Small Groups to join or to create their own.

Click Here to download and complete the Small Groups Questionnaire.

Get involved in a CTDA Committee!
March 17th, 2014

CTDA Members have the opportunity to participate in one or more the CTDA Committees to network and build relationships within the industry and allow your voice to be heard.

To get involved with a CTDA Committee please click here

If you would like to find out more about a specific committee, as a CTDA member, you have the option of sitting in on the next meeting as an observer. Click here to observe a committee meeting of your choice!

The CTDA 2014 Spring Committee Meetings will be held via conference call the week of April 15-17. Please review the schedule below. Agendas will be available closer to the date of the meeting.

2014 Committee Meeting Schedule - All Conference calls are scheduled for Central Time

Committee Conference Call Date Conference Call Time
Education Committee Tuesday, April 15 11:00 AM
Certification Committee Tuesday, April 15 2:00 PM
Convention Planning Committee Wednesday, April 16 10:00 AM
Marketing Committee Wednesday, April 16 2:00 PM
Membership Committee Wednesday, April 16 3:30 PM
Technical Committee Thursday, April 17 11:30 AM
Social Media Committee Thursday, April 17 2:00 PM

Vote for Your CTDA Supplier of the Year!
March 12th, 2014

CTDA will again be honoring domestic and international supplier(s) who provide the most value to our distributor members and the ceramic tile and stone industry. The supplier(s) of the year will be announced at Coverings in Las Vegas.

Click Here to cast your ballot and recognize your most valuable supplier(s) by March 15th. This survey will only take 5 minutes of your time and you may complete the survey for multiple supplier nominees.

Coverings Education Session Spotlight
March 4th, 2014

Coverings 2014 Session Spotlight:  Maintaining and Protecting Your Online Reputation
Tuesday, April 29 | 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM | Las Vegas Convention Center

Speaker:  Lisbeth Calandrino, Fabulous Floors Magazine

The reputation of your business is no longer solely in your hands. Internet sites such as Angie’s List, as well as social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, can make or break a business’ reputation. Despite this, many businesses rarely monitor their online comments or try to influence what customers say about them. They seem unaware of the power of online referrals or negative comments. Businesses need to know where customers are posting comments and how to influence the messages about their business. Join this session to gain an understanding about today’s customers and how they influence new business for your company.

Don’t miss this session – register for Coverings 2014 today for free!

TEC® Expands Color Offerings of TecniColor™ Commercial Grade Grout
February 25th, 2014

TEC® announces the addition of seven new colors to its TecniColor™ Commercial Grade Grout line. The new colors will be available in November 2013. TecniColor™ grout delivers an easy-to-use formula for use in commercial and public spaces. Introduced in June 2013, the product’s increasing popularity among installers has already led to a demand for its expansion.

“Installers really like working with TecniColor™, and its popularity continues to grow,” says Grant Huffine, Senior Market Manager for H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc., the manufacturer of TEC® brand products. “When our customers asked for additional color options so that they could use this product more often, we answered with more colors that will help them achieve their clients’ visions.

With the new additions, TEC® offers TecniColor™ grout in 15 colors that deliver strong, color-consistent joints with no efflorescence. Its newest colors are: Sterling, Birch, Cornsilk, Light Pewter, Silhouette, Light Smoke and Espresso.

TEC® also offers these colors in its Power Grout® Ultimate Performance Grout line, and chose to add them to its TecniColor™ line because they match many of today’s commercial design trends. With its high-performance, easy-to-use formulation, TecniColor™ is particularly in demand for commercial installations.

Its high-performance features include resistance to many chemicals used in commercial applications, permanent stain resistance with no sealing and defense against mold and mildew to keep a “like new” appearance with simple, routine maintenance. The high-strength formula is crack and shrink resistant and is recommended for heavy commercial use in interior and exterior installations.

The performance benefits of TecniColor™ are augmented by its easy-to-install qualities. Its pre-mixed formula eliminates color inconsistencies due to variations in mixing methods or water sources. Unlike epoxy, it spreads smoothly to fill joints and cleans up easily from the tile surface using only water and a sponge.

The expanded color palette of TecniColor™ grout comes in 20-lb. pails consisting of one universal floor and wall formula for joints ranging from 1/16” to 1/2”.  In addition to its new colors, it continues to be offered in Bright White, Pearl, Antique White, Sandstone Beige, Light Buff, DeLorean Gray, Summer Wheat and Charcoal Gray.

For more information about TEC® products, visit

February 13th, 2014

Florim USA has introduced its Pietra Romana Collection to North America. Beautiful porcelain tile for both residential and commercial applications, with the “look” of natural travertine found in yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s Rome.

modern kitchen condo apartmentOffered in four stunning colors,  Avorio, Dark Grey, Noce and Silver, Pietra Romana may be selected in the following large format modular sizes: 18 x 36, 6 x 36, 12 x 24, 18 x 18 and 3 x12. The collection also includes bullnose pieces as well as 2 x 2 mosaics mounted on a 12 x 12 sheet.

The 6 x 36 tile is a highly contemporary size offering not just a classic look; but, because each unit is not overly long, only one person is needed to install it. Generally speaking, longer porcelain tile units require two contractors and thus, end up costing customers considerably more. And, each glazed porcelain Pietra Romana tile is produced using High Definition Graphic (HDG) Technology, a state-of-the art inkjet process creating a stone-look that is so realistic… it might just cause a geologist to reach for his magnifying glass! According to Stefano Rabaioli, Florim USA’s VP Sales and Marketing, “Pietra Romana had a great response at the shows. The U.S. market loves travertine. Whereas initially, this product appears to be mainly residential, its 18 x 36 size has raised much interest in customers focused on the commercial marketplace, as well. The large rectangular format is an ideal size for lobbies, retail stores and even for wall applications. The color palette enhances classic earth-tones typically used in residential design, as a result this tile is an ideal choice for those wanting to invest in a house and increase its value by selecting one of the longest-lasting, most durable, flooring options in the entire industry!”

In other news, Florim USA’s new Pier Collection is unique in many ways. In particular, it is offered in just one size: 6″ x 36.”  This size was chosen not only because it evoked the look of weathered hardwood planks seen in older docks and jetties. Because each unit is not extremely long, only one person is needed to install it. Generally speaking, longer porcelain wood-look planks require two contractors and end up costing customers considerably more.

End-users who select Pier will have a beautiful and durable floor which enhances any environment. It may be selected in four beautiful and natural colors:  Cocoa, Balboa, Navy and Santa Monica. To complement the weathered wood look plank, Pier Series also offers an attractive deco tile, which may be used for adding sophisticated accent pieces to the overall floor design, enriching the ambiance even more. Additionally, the firm has developed a 6″ x 12″  cove-base, to add the final touch to any project. Each glazed porcelain Pier tile is produced using High Definition Graphic (HDG) Technology, a state-of-the art inkjet process creating a wood-look that is so realistic… it could fool Mother Nature!

The Pier Collection conveys a sense of real wood with superior durability, allowing it to be installed in both Florim_Pier_Navyresidential and commercial applications. According to Stefano Rabaioli V.P. of Sales and Marketing, “Wood looks are definitely the fashion of the moment. Florim USA wanted to showcase the superior visual capabilities achieved by using High Definition Technology through this new collection, which was inspired by the most well-known, instantly recognizable American piers. This new series reminds me of a rustic wood look with weathered characteristics created by age, sun, and the sweet salt of the ocean. Frankly, the product ended up better than we could have ever anticipated!  It has a look suited for both classic and modern environments. We’re already receiving specification requests for Pier to be used in restaurants, hotels and retail stores.”


MAPEI Product App Streams Latest Information
January 29th, 2014

Deerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI has produced a free app for tablets and smart phones that is now available in the app stores for both Apple and Android applications. “This app will make it easier for flooring contractors and installers to access information about MAPEI products on the jobsite and in other mobile locations,” said Steven Day, Operational Marketing Manager for MAPEI Americas. “It can also be used by distributors in the warehouse when answering questions for customers. Plus, architects and designers can use the app when they want to quickly look up a MAPEI product for specification.”MAPEI-USA-APP_iPhone-1

With the MAPEI app, users can swiftly acquire product information they can explore and email to themselves or a colleague, including: Product listings by product line, Technical Data Sheets (TDSs), Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and Ancillary data (guides, brochures, bulletins, etc.)

With the locator tool on the main page of the app, contractors can easily locate distributor and retailer locations carrying the products that interest them. The MAPEI grout color palettes are also a feature of this new app, giving tile installation contractors the opportunity to discuss grout colors with their customers by just tapping the screen.

Corporate information is important, too; this data is also available on the MAPEI app. If a contractor needs a question answered, technical and customer support are available via direct email from the app.

“What we offer customers with our MAPEI app is a quick, easy, convenient way to stay in touch with the most up-to-date information on all available products,” Day said. “The information on the app is connected to our core database; whenever an update is made, it immediately appears on the MAPEI app. This is just one more proof that ‘When you work with MAPEI, you work with the best!’”


January 21st, 2014

We are excited to announce that free online registration for Coverings 2014 is open. The show is returning to Las Vegas this year in its 25th year and will run from April 29—May 2, 2014 in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  We are anticipating a group of more than 900 exhibitors representing more than 35 countries in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities, all at no cost.

Early registration will give you considerable benefits, including advance notice and access to conference events and sessions, contests and promotions. You will also be able take advantage of discount travel and hotel packages arranged by Coverings through a large variety of hotel partners including:  Bally’s Casino Resort, Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center, Flamingo Hotel, Harrah’s Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hotel (LVH), Las Vegas Marriott Hotel Convention Center, Paris Las Vegas, Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott Convention Center and Springhill Suites Convention Center.


You can reserve your hotel rooms and register for Coverings through the Coverings registration site,

“As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Coverings, we’re exceptionally proud to be the only show that can offer the breadth and depth of tile and stone exhibitors from around the globe, coupled with a truly significant educational offering for every segment of the tile and stone industry,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “What’s more, we pride ourselves on holding an event that is at no cost to our attendees. Coverings provides a wealth of information and the business-building resources companies need to be successful when it comes to the tile and stone industry. It’s a truly amazing value that all architects, designers, tile and stone retailers and showrooms, wholesalers, installers and contractors, and builders and developers, have continued to take advantage of for the past 25 years.”

January 13th, 2014

The new Crayola Recycled Mosaic Tile Collection includes a color palette that lends itself to creative swimming pool 20130311_Surfaces_485installations. The beautiful colors reflect those well-known, brilliant hues that characterize Crayola crayons, and formats are offered in traditional mosaic squares or in a unique “puzzle” glass tile combination. Many whimsical, fun color combinations are available including “Key Lime Pie” and “Puzzle,” both shown below.

Miami-based Surfaces, Inc., one of the nation’s premier producers and suppliers of glass tile in conjunction with Crayola, LLC, the Easton, Pa.- based brand known for its iconic art tools that inspire kids’ creative expression, which has 99% name recognition in U.S. consumer households, is the exclusive national licensee of the Crayola Glass Tile Collection.

“Crayola is a wonderful, well-respected American brand-name,” stated Albert Claramonte, President/Founder of Surfaces, Inc. “The entire American pool environment, both residential or commercial, should be one of beauty, relaxation and fun. What better way to achieve this than by insisting upon the most all-American name in color, offered in a glass mosaic tile which is today’s material of choice for cladding swimming pools?”


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