CTDA Management Conference a “Swinging Success”
January 1st, 2007

January-February 2007

CTDA’s 2006 Management Conference convened November 8–12, 2006 at Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort and Spa with an action-packed agenda of speakers, presentations and association programs designed to deliver the educational and networking opportunities CTDA events are known for.

Highlights included the keynote presentation by Paul Laudicina, author of World Out of Balance, on the five factors or “drivers” which will shape tomorrow’s business environment.

Al Bates makes a point. A number of educational seminars, led by the industry experts, offered information and motivation.

Outgoing president Mark Carlson “passes the gavel” to incoming president Doug Miles.

Newest CTDA Hall of Fame Inductees

CTDA recognized two long-time members for their association and industry leadership by welcoming them into the CTDA Hall of Fame at the association’s 2006 Management Conference. Raph Marra, President, Classic Ceramic Tiles, Inc. and Henry M. Rothberg, Chairman Emeritus/Founder, Laticrete International, Inc. were both honored for their numerous contributions.

Previous recipients include: Fred Blackwood, Clarence Dowdy, Jack Vogel, Mike Miles, Manuel Magallanes, Svend Hovmand, Phil Stalcup, David Yarborough, Ted Clear, Jack Knies, Frank L. Garcia, Mary Yocum, Sam Widener, S. M. Van Kirk, Gail Schovan, and Bill Ives.

Members of the CTDA Hall of Fame are nominated by association members and selected by a vote of the Past Presidents and Board of Directors. Eligibility requirements for Hall of Fame members indicate these individuals must be or have been a member of CTDA; must attend or have attended CTDA events; must be or have been actively involved in CTDA; and must demonstrate or have demonstrated a leadership role within the industry that reflects the CTDA mission statement.

CTDA 2006 president Mark Carlson with Henry R. Rothberg, Hall of Fame inductee Henry M. Rothberg, and David Rothberg.

Former CTDA president and 2005 Hall of Fame inductee Gail Schovan introduces 2006 inductee Ralph Marra.

The dance floor was “the place to be” Saturday night.

Saturday night’s sockhop was attended by a number of 50’s characters, including “Elvis” and Marilyn.”

Ralph Marra looks right at home in his 50s garb.

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