Friday, February 25, 2011
The NTCA, under the direction of our Assistant Executive Director Jim Olson, has developed a State Director Program to complement our Executive Officers and Board of Directors. The eventual goal is to have an active member of the Association represented in every state in the United States. We are already halfway to that goal. A press release on this important new initiative will be unveiled at Coverings, and we urge and challenge all of our members to join us. We realize that the answer to growing the NTCA is not just in growing our membership, which we have done every year for the past eight years despite the challenging economic conditions we face, but to grow and ever-increasing pool of active members. State Directors is a real answer to this challenge. We can have more than one State Director in a state as well, so if you see that there is someone in a different city in your home state, do not let that stop you. This is more about becoming involved in your Association. Contact Jim Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about this important program.
One of our most difficult challenges is to consistently offer refreshing and new educational programs in our Workshops, Seminars, Symposiums and Conference Programs. In 2011, we are conducting over 100 programs and seminars around the country, reaching thousands of industry professionals. We welcome ideas and topics that you think are important to offer. We are always developing new technical seminars, but recently people have asked us to begin to create business leadership programs for contractors. Another suggestion is to create seminars for architects and design professionals to walk them through the process of developing a quality tile and stone specification. We would truly appreciate your ideas on other programs that you feel this Association should develop.
The NTCA is has appointed a Business Development SubCommittee to work together to create a new section to the Reference Manual focusing on business assistance. We need your help. What templates, forms, or business aids would be helpful to you or would have been helpful when you were first starting out in business? Your comments will be reviewed by the SubCommittee and will really make a difference.
Monday, February 21, 2011
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