Jackson, Miss. -- Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the NTCA Ring of Honor Award.

The NTCA Ring of Honor Award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes NTCA contractors and associate members whose efforts have helped grow the association and assisted in achieving its objectives. Recipients are chosen by NTCA executive officers.

Martin Brookes, president of Heritage Marble and Tile and second vice president of the NTCA board of directors, said Bettiga was chosen because of his dedication to the tile industry and the tile installation trade. “Bart has demonstrated both leadership and friendship that has advanced the NTCA into a world-class trade association,” Brookes said. “His relentless energy and passion for the tile and stone trade is remarkable and he is a true asset to the industry.”

Bettiga has been NTCA’s executive director since 2002 and also serves as publisher of its publication, TileLetter. Having over 30 years of experience in the tile and stone industry, he is also a well-known speaker and author on the distribution and installation of ceramic tile and natural stone. During his tenure at the NTCA, the association has gained over 1,000 members.

Bettiga will be the first active NTCA executive director to receive the honor in the award’s 14-year history. In 2007, the award was bestowed upon past NTCA executive director emeritus Joe Tarver. Tarver was executive director from 1972-2002 and the creator of NTCA Reference Manual and the NTCA workshops. Other past recipients include John Cox of Cox Tile, Scott Carothers of CTEF, Don Scott and Robert "Bob" Robertson of David Allen, and Harold Turk of Dal-Tile.

Bettiga will receive the award on Oct. 30 during the Industry Awards Gala at Total Solution Plus in Grapevine, Texas.

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