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Resilience and hope for the future
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Martin G Brookes, NTCA President
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Waiting to board my plane to return home from The International Surface Event (TISE) held on January 31-February 2, 2022 in Las Vegas gave me the opportunity to reflect on the importance of this event to the tile industry. I was amazed and encouraged by the energy and excitement exhibited by the event attendees who were eager to learn about new products and methods and to engage again with their peers. Due the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a challenging couple of years, not only for our industry but in the personal lives of our colleagues, friends, and families. However, I am hopeful that our resilience will keep us moving forward. Most contractors I spoke with have an abundance of work. Manufacturing is doing well apart from the supply chain issues that are affecting almost every industry. These are all favorable signs as we move toward to our more productive months ahead.
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During our inaugural NTCA Ambassadors reception, I was able to present with Jim Olson and was gratified to see so many dedicated individuals in the audience who go out of their way to promote and foster the growth of our association. I was happy to see two of my friends – Sal DiBlasi and Steve Slutzah – receive the first NTCA Ambassador of the Year Awards for their hard work in promoting NTCA. Another important observation to note is the growth of the representation of women among our NTCA membership. These individuals are changing the face of NTCA and bringing unique perspectives that will strengthen our association. Their leadership and insight are a breath of fresh air and I can only hope this encourages more women in our industry to join the NTCA as members and to seek out leadership roles within our organization.
The future is starting to look better and as we open back up again, we should continue to support business within our industry as well as those outside our industry who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has made me acutely aware of the important people and resources that are critical to our industry and more grateful about the things I once took for granted. I am hopeful people will judge my business and yours in the same way and understand how fragile an ecosystem we all are part of – but depend on – to make our business and personal life rewarding.
I would like to share with our membership that the NTCA is celebrating its 75th anniversary at Coverings on April 5-April 8 back in Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate this momentous event.