The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announcing the schedule for the 2008 Total Solutions Business and Technical Conference, which will be held at the fabulous Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the Potomac River on September 18-20, 2008 with board and committee meetings being held September 16-17, 2008.

Total Solutions will include high-profile technical and business speakers from the industry with hands-on demonstrations that will encourage participation. Keynote speaker Ed Rigsbee, Certified Speaking Professional, will speak to attendees on the value of NTCA in the tile industry. In addition to this high-profile speaker, Total Solutions’ schedule of events is packed with even more presentations from award-winning speakers.

Business Sessions: Patti Fasan (Sponsored by Tile of Spain)  Selling Ceramic Tile against competitive products Ken Simonson: Chief Economist, Associate General Contractors of America:  The State of the Construction Industry Svend Hovmand: Crossville -Total Quality Management and how it can positively impact your business J. Matthew Godwin, CPA-Fails Management Institute-Planning For the Future in Your Business

Technical Sessions: Large Format Glass Tile Installations: Scott Fleming-Oceanside GlassTile A Glimpse into the 2009 TCA Handbook-Tile Council of North American The Growing Importance of Movement Joint Placement and Consideration Installing Ceramic Tile Over Questionable Substrates-Gerald Sloan-NTCA

NTCA will repeat its tradition of tabletop displays on Thursday, September 18, 2008, from 5–9 p.m. with high-end prizes, such as iPhones, iPods and gaming systems, to be given out every 30 minutes to attendees present at the tabletop reception.  On Friday, September 19, 2008, from 7-10 p.m. NTCA will hold its annual Awards Banquet to recognize the 2008 NTCA Tile Person of the Year, two NTCA Ring of Honor inductees and other distinguished industry professionals. 

For more information, please contact NTCA membership director Bob Brown at, via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit