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September 2nd, 2008

September- October 2008
Call me Chairman

To say that the Chinese hosts of our CTDA trade mission this summer were gracious and attentive would be a huge understatement. If you saw the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics you know what kind of a show the Chinese can put on. The pageantry of the CTDA Trade Mission to China was on a different scale but no less grand. I lost track of how many times, as president of CTDA, I was called on to give a speech, sometimes with five minutes warning. What I did begin to enjoy was the way they introduced me as “Chairman, Rob Henry.”

In September 2007 I had the privilege of representing CTDA at the first US China Trade Mission. As CTDA president this year, I certainly had fun officiating at June’s CTDA China trip, the “Second US China Trade Mission.” I’m now tempted to declare myself “Chairman for Life of the US China Trade Mission.”

Seriously, the Chinese organizers of these events seem very excited about having more of these gatherings. With the completion of the huge, new China Ceramic Industry Headquarters, conferences of American tile distributors in China can move to a whole new level. I truly believe that we have been a part of a historic event in the ceramic tile industry.

2008 Management Conference

No sooner do we finish with one industry effort, like CTDA’s trade mission to China, than we throw ourselves into another—the 2008 CTDA Management Conference, November 5-8 at the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. I sincerely hope you are making plans to join us for this important industry event.

Those of you who have attended Management Conferences in the past know there is no comparable opportunity for networking and industry education. The 2008 educational program has been especially designed to help you meet your business and professional needs in today’s marketplace.

Although the educational program alone warrants your attendance, I also encourage you to consider the personal and business advantages you gain from the informal networking opportunities presented by the Management Conference. Although I am never disappointed by CTDA educational programs, I find I always learn just as much by meeting informally with industry peers.

See you in November!

Rob Henry

CTDA President

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