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LATICRETE NORTH AMERCIA ANNOUNCES THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADER

BETHANY, CT -- Laticrete, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has embarked on a transformation to allow its next generation of leaders to step up. Ed Metcalf, who has been with the company for more than 35 years and has served as president of Laticrete North America since 2005, will step down and assume the role of special advisor on July 1. Ron Nash, currently senior vice president of sales & marketing North America, will succeed Metcalf as president of Laticrete North America. Metcalf will work with Nash to ensure a smooth transition and will leave the company by the end of 2021 for a new chapter of his personal and professional life.

“Ron epitomizes the best of Laticrete’s continuous focus on development and grooming of the next generation of leaders within our own corporate family,” said Patrick Millot, CEO of Laticrete. "His energy, loyalty to our customers and passion for growth have and will continue to serve our company well. When Ed leaves us later this year, we will miss his leadership but are equally excited about what lies ahead for him as he embarks on a new chapter of his life.”

“We are so grateful to Ed for his outstanding career with Laticrete and for developing Ron as a great successor,” said David Rothberg, chairman. “He will always be a member of our family. Ed’s remarkable tenure, as well as Ron’s growth within the company over the past two decades, demonstrate that successfully planning and implementing a long-term succession plan is at the core of who we are as a family owned company.”

Edward D. Metcalf started as a Laticrete technical representative in southern California in 1985 and joined the corporate office as regional sales manager in 1993. Nash joined Laticrete in October 2004 as regional sales manager in Utah. He moved up through the corporation, ultimately being named senior vice president of sales & marketing, North America, in 2019.

“Just as we place great importance on developing innovative products using the latest technology, we make it a priority to develop home-grown talent that knows our company, our customers and our industry,” said Rothberg.


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Ron Nash (right) will succeed Ed Metcalf (left) as the president of Laticrete North America.

TISE SET TO MOVE FORWARD THIS JUNE

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Excitement has been building in anticipation of an in-person event in Las Vegas for The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo. The show is taking place June 16 to 18, 2021 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, with registration opening in the next two weeks. Attendees wanting to be notified immediately when registration opens should complete the “notify me” form.

The International Surface Event, organized by Informa Markets, is taking a customer-focused approach to its return to the in-person event, surveying past attendees via a third-party provider to ensure the decision to hold TISE is a community-driven one. Of those who responded, 89% were likely to attend in June and 98% viewed the decision as favorable to the industry.

“TISE knows doing business in the flooring, stone and tile industry requires experiencing the products first-hand and building relationships in a face-to-face environment,” said Dana Hicks, TISE show director. “We are confident in our ability to execute a safe event under Informa AllSecure.”

Governor Steve Sisolak’s address on March 12th conveyed Las Vegas’ updated reopening plan. Informa Markets has worked with the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on a thorough health and safety plan, largely based on the framework of Informa AllSecure, a set of rigorous health and safety measures to prioritize guest safety at trade events, including mandatory face masks and temperature checks for all participants. Through this plan, TISE has set specific operational protocols and communication strategies surrounding the event.

“Not only are tradeshows vital for the markets they serve, but the economic impact of holding The International Surface Event is tremendous for Las Vegas,” explained Kevin Thornton, vice president of operations at Informa Markets. “Conventions bring an estimated $11 billion annually to Las Vegas, and those like The International Surface Event create thousands of jobs supporting local hotels, restaurants, retailers and entertainment, among others.”


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BILL GRIESE BEGINS TERM AS ASTM INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE CHAIR

CLEMSON, SC -- Tile Council of North America (TCNA) recently announced Bill Griese, director of TCNA’s standards development and sustainability initiatives, has been elected as finance and audit committee chair of the ASTM International board of directors. Griese has served on the board since 2018.

“We are extremely proud of Bill and all that he has accomplished for ASTM and TCNA,” said Eric Astrachan, TCNA’s executive director. “Throughout his career, Bill’s leadership and strengths in standards research and development have made him an invaluable asset to tile industry and standards communities.”

Griese, who regularly conducts seminars and contributes articles to industry publications, is a LEED-accredited (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) professional. An ASTM International member since 2007, Griese serves as chair of the ceramic tile subcommittee (C21.06) and is a member of the committees on sustainability (E60) and manufactured masonry units (C15). He previously served three consecutive terms as chair of the ceramic whitewares and related products committee (C21). Griese has also been chair of the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations.

Griese received the J.A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award and Award of Merit for his contributions to ASTM International. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ceramic and materials engineering from Clemson University.


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Bill Griese, ASTM international finance and audit committee chair