The view from the Hyatt Regency in Maui set the tone for the week.

The Noble Company's Daryl Ball presented a troubleshooting seminar.
The powers-that-be behind the 92nd annual gathering of the Tile Contractors’ Association of America put a decidedly tropical spin on the event. To the delight of attendees, the four-day convention was held at the Hyatt Regency in Maui, Hawaii, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2000.

Laser Products Industries' Dan Louis demonstrates the latest innovations in leveling devices.
The well-attended convention, featuring Dal-Tile, Custom Building Products, Mapei, and other powerhouses in the tile industry, provided plenty of time for visitors to explore their surroundings, but made sure that the business of the day was taken care of as well.

The first morning, following a state-of-the-industry address by Bob Daniels of the Tile Council of America, The Noble Company’s Daryl Ball gave a troubleshooting seminar on preventing problems during installation. That evening, TCAA President John Sekora presided over the convention’s dinner dance, where the annual “Project of the Year” awards were presented.

The next day, visitors found a variety of round-table discussions, ranging from “Dollars and Sense through Strategic Planning and Problem Solving” to “Keeping the Good Ones,” a segment devoted to employee retention, available for them to attend. Throughout the convention, sponsors and other exhibitors held court in the hotel’s conference room, displaying their most popular lines and the latest in product developments.

In and around the convention programs, attendees could and did experience a variety of tour and interactive experiences, including submarine rides, golf, evening sails on a catamaran, and a number of other island activities.

The 2001 convention of the TCAA is scheduled for Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Baltimore, Md.