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PRESIDENT'S LETTER
Moving into the future as an NTCA Member
NTCA President Martin Brookes
Martin Brookes
, NTCA President
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This past year has been a challenging time for our country and for everyone in our industry. As we celebrate the new year, our thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or who has struggled with and recovered from the virus. I am hopeful that we will rebound as a nation and build a stronger future for ourselves and our industry. This past year has raised the stakes for our industry like no other time in recent history. We have had to rapidly adjust our practices to create a safe working environment for our employees and clients. In addition to health and safety concerns, we have had to adjust to the current business climate. However, we have been fortunate in the construction industry to be deemed essential workers, which has kept the industry alive where others have not been as fortunate.
During these difficult times and beyond, our trade organization offers members services and products to help us manage our businesses and to become a part of a community dedicated to improving practices and standards in the industry. Serving as an NTCA Ambassador is one way to get actively involved with our association and further establish your credentials in the field. Since the start of the COVID epidemic in the United States, Ambassadors have been actively involved in virtual roundtable discussions, now known as NTCA Roundtables Live! These roundtable discussions cover a range of topics. Opportunities to further your knowledge and skills in the tile industry are available through our website (under the Education & Certification tab), and I encourage you to seek them out.
Another key opportunity to get involved with our association is at The International Surface Event. Normally, we would all be meeting at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the end of this month. But this year, due to the COVID pandemic, the show has been rescheduled to take place from June 15 through June 18. The opening day of the show offers many long-awaited, in-person educational opportunities. I am looking forward to attending the show in June, and to engaging in networking events with new and old friends.
I have been fortunate to serve as a volunteer for our trade association for the past 15 years. My volunteer work has enabled me to stay connected to my peers and reinforced my belief that I am part of an organization that is making a difference and is advancing our industry. This is one of the reasons why I joined the NTCA. I looked for something to enhance and better the business I was building, and it gave me a place to do that. I am thankful every day I took the time to make that phone call to inquire what our trade association could offer.
The check I write each year for my membership is money well spent. The training and education opportunities – even those I have enjoyed virtually – and group programs are beneficial to my business, and I hope to yours also. I ask that during these uncertain times you stay with us and understand what being part of NTCA really means, and the sense of community NTCA membership brings.
I wish you all a very prosperous 2021 and look forward to meeting you in person soon.
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