Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128NTCA NEWS 116 TileLetter | February 2017 full-time Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist and Social Media manager. Allison is energetic and professional, and is finishing her Master’s Degree in Marketing and Communications at Mississippi College. She possesses strong verbal and oral communications skills. In her previ- ous position, she was the Director of Public Relations for Hinds Community College and their six campuses. This is a significant upgrade to the NTCA staff. Allison will attend shows like Coverings to help NTCA increase its social media and social media pres- ence and hold press conferences. In addition, NTCA has come to an agreement to hire Amber Fox as the new Five Star Program director for the asso- ciation. Amber is the daughter of Five Star Contactor member John Wirtz in San Diego. Amber is offic- ing out of the San Diego area, and oversees the growth and development of this outstanding program. Amber has a highly respect- ed reputation as a passionate advocate of professional tile contracting. For the past several years, she has been an executive assistant to the president of a large electrical contracting firm, and she has added this experience to a strong knowledge of tile contract- ing. She works closely with the NTCA staff, as well as its Five Star Contractor members, to grow the NTCA program on all levels. Fuse Alliance partners with NTCA Fuse Alliance (www.fusealliance. com), a member-owned organization of profession- al, commer- cial flooring contractors, announced in early January that the organization has entered a partner- ship with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA). “The NTCA is proud to be selected as an approved trade association part- ner with the Fuse Alliance network as our association seeks contractors who are committed to providing quality installations and business best prac- tices,” said Bart Bettiga, NTCA execu- tive director. “Fuse members have a proven track record of success, and our trained and professional staff will be available to help them improve their knowledge and stay informed on new technology and standards in the tile industry. We are excited about this opportunity.” The partnership between both orga- nizations is a natural as Fuse Alliance members continue to grow the ceramic tile category in flooring. As the leading industry trade association focused on ceramic tile and natural stone, NTCA ( is prepared to sup- port the network’s professional floor- ing providers. As the demand for this flooring solution increases, the NTCA will provide Fuse Alliance members with technical and business consulting services centered on ceramic tile and natural stone including industry trends, standards and best practices. “As part of our overall business goals, we are continually focused on pro- viding our members with access to the very best business support through organizations such as the NTCA,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director of Fuse Alliance. “We are thrilled to be a Amber Fox