JACKSON, MI -- The NTCA has hired Luis Bautista, owner of Master Tilesetter, LLC in Arlington, TX, as its newest workshop trainer/presenter. Bautista, originally from Honduras, is a native Spanish speaker and will present nine NTCA Tile & Stone Workshops in 2017 to Spanish-speaking attendees.
Bautista has owned NTCA-member, Master Tilesetter (www.mastertilesetter.com), for 20 years, specializing in beautiful, luxurious and custom bathrooms and kitchens. "Our mission is to go the extra mile to provide a detailed quality service, customized for client satisfaction," he said.
Bautista also works in the mission fields in Spanish-speaking countries and will make several trips to Honduras and Guatemala with his wife Susan in 2017.
The NTCA committed to bringing on a Spanish-language presenter to attract attendees who may not be fluent in English to workshop events. This initiative was galvanized when NTCA took part in the Installation Summit in Dallas over the summer, and the lack of installers was explored.
"At this summit, one key area identified to help the growth of flooring installers was the Spanish community," said Jim Olson, NTCA assistant executive director. "As a response, the NTCA translated the Trowel & Error video and the NTCA Reference Manual into Spanish. In 2017, the NTCA will offer Spanish Workshops for the first time."
NTCA Tile & Stone Workshops provide free opportunities for attendees to stay informed of the latest techniques, developments and systems for tile and stone installations. They include information on the changes in the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation, live demonstrations and an open forum with plenty of time to network at each event.
In addition, Luis will present in Spanish during the Coverings conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from April 4 to 7, 2017. Here is the program at press time: