Benchmarking for Success

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Certified Ceramic Tile Salesperson

CTDA Trade Mission to China

CTDA 2008 Management Conference

What Keeps You Up At Night?

   

Benchmarking for Success
Benchmarking for Success: Hanging Tough in Tough Times is an article from Al Bates in response to the 2008 Profit Survey.

The recently completed 2008 CTDA PROFIT Report provides the most comprehensive set of benchmarks available for financial performance in the industry. The report suggests that the industry was not immune to the economic challenges that emerged during the last half of the year. However, some firms continued to prosper despite sales and margin pressures. The differences between the typical firm and a high-profit one are significant for both planning and control purposes. They need to be well understood by every manager in the firm.

To read the complete article click here.
Note: The article appears on the CTDA Member's Only website and you will need your user login information to be accessed. To access your login information click here.

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Sign Up Today for a CTDA Webinar!
CTDA is launching monthly webinars in 2008. The webinars will be 1 to 1 1/2 hour educational seminars done via audio and web conference simultaneously. The webinars will be held on the 3rd Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m. CDT. The cost is only $99 for members, per computer (i.e. many people may participate from one computer at a time) and $150 for non-members, per computer.

The next webinar is scheduled for June 20th at 10:00 a.m. It will be given by the newest CTDA board member, Eric Pucilowski. Eric is the Regional Sales Manager for Laticrete International. He originally came into the tile industry as an installer and through college he worked with several different contractors. This is currently his fourth year at Laticrete International. He is also a CTDA Certified Ceramic Tile Salesperson (CCTS).

Webinar Agenda:
1. Current Sales Trends and Data
2. Advantages of Large Format Tiles
3. Installation Challenges/Solutions for Large Format Tiles
4. Keys to Selling Large Format Tiles Successfully
5. Question & Answer

Click here to download a registration form for this Webinar. Click here to register online. Click here to view the developing schedule of monthly webinars.

Please contact CTDA Staff with suggestions on future topics, or if you or someone from your company would like to present a CTDA webinar.

Please Note: In order to register online you will need your user name and password. If you have troubles obtaining this information please contact CTDA Staff at (630)545-9415.

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Certified Ceramic Tile Salesperson
CTDA's Certified Ceramic Tile Salesperson program is quickly becoming a must have Certification for all individuals in the Ceramic Tile industry, with currently over 160 certified! Don't pass up this opportunity to put your employees ahead of the competition!

The next CTDA hosted testing will be at the 2008 Management Conference in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, November 5th.

Sign up now by clicking here.

Not able to make it to the Management Conference this year? Follow Century Tile's lead and schedule a Private Testing!

Century Tile has just scheduled ANOTHER private testing date to be held June 26th in Lombard, IL. We look forward to seeing the results.

To learn more about the CCTS program click here.

To apply now for your private testing click here.

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CTDA Trade Mission to China
The 2008 CTDA Trade Mission to China is getting ready to take off! Over 50 individuals from 28 different companies will be meeting in China between June 18 - 29th to
be the honored guests for the grand opening of the new China Ceramics Industry Headquarters in Fo Shan, China.

This facility, five times bigger than the original China Ceramics City, will house amazing tile showrooms and warehousing operations. They will see ceramic tile and stone factories and visit with the leaders of some of the world’s largest ceramic companies.

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CTDA 2008 Management Conference
The 2008 Management Conference will be held at the: Wyndham Rio Mar Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Wednesday November 5, 2008 - Saturday November 8, 2008.

Register online now by clicking here. To view the schedule or download a registration form click here.

Website Coming Soon!

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What Keeps You Up At Night?
CTDA is here to help you with the issues that keep you up at night. Please participate in the following very short survey to help CTDA staff help you! The survey will no longer be available after Tuesday, July 1st.

Click here to participate or go to http://www.createsurvey.com/c/69502-4UxiDP/.