Celebration - Past, Present & Future

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Date: November 24, 2003
To: All CTDA Members
From: Gail Schovan, President of CTDA
Subject: 20th Management Conference, a Memorable One

The 2003 CTDA Management Conference will go down as one of the most memorable conferences ever! On November 13-16, CTDA celebrated it's 20th conference at Marriott's Grand Hotel Golf Club and Spa in Point Clear, Alabama - site of the first event in 1984!

Attendees participated in top-notch educational seminars, covering topics from communications to the economic state of the country. Many commented that the speakers touched upon real issues that were prevalent in the industry, while others enjoyed learning new concepts that could be implemented back home. Not only did the speakers provide useful, relevant information, but they were entertaining as well.

There were also many positive remarks about the wonderful leisure events like the golf tournament, gardens tour and sailing tour. Spouses had the chance to take a leisurely tour of local Fairhope, home of many antique shops. Overall, Point Clear was a beautiful setting to get a way and take a break.

Launch of TileDealer Magazine

On Thursday evening, CTDA held a special reception to launch it's new industry publication called TileDealer Magazine, a new, bimonthly magazine aimed at ceramic tile distributor and dealer professionals. Attendees witnessed the unveiling of the first issue during this crowning event and were given complimentary issues of the magazine.

TileDealer's editorial content will consist of one-on-one interviews with industry leaders, never-before-offered management and training articles, product innovations, industry insights, industry calendar, classified section and much, much, more.

Needless to say, the magazine launch experienced rave reviews from all attendees.

Keynote Speaker Colonel Oliver North

The conference concluded on a patriotic note with keynote speaker Colonel Oliver North. Colonel North mesmerized the audience with riveting stories of his days in the military and his more recent adventures in Iraq reporting for Fox News. More importantly, he talked about the bright future our young American soldiers have to offer this great industry. It was truly an inspirational evening.

If you were unable to attend the conference, you can see pictures here: https://www.ctdahome.org/mc/photos/

CTDA would like to thank all the sponsors for making the conference a reality. Without your support each year, we would not have this wonderful event to offer our members and industry.

We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's conference, November 2004, in Cancun, Mexico!

Best Regards,

Gail Schovan
President, CTDA


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Marriott's Grand Hotel Gold Club & Spa  / Colonel Oliver North
Colonel Oliver North
CTDA Marriott's Grand Hotel Golf Club and Spa Colonel Oliver North