Martin Brookes Named NTCA 2020 Tile Person of the Year
Flowood, MS, December 8, 2020-The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recently named Martin Brookes its 2020 Tile Person of the Year as well as the organization’s president for 2021 and 2022.
The announcements were made by Bart Bettiga, executive director of NTCA, at NTCA’s annual meeting, held virtually on December 3. The award is traditionally presented at the Coverings trade show, but that was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bettiga explained the Brookes was being recognized for ten years of work for NTCA behind the scenes, and that accepting the role as president is a commitment for another ten years of service. NTCA presidents move up through the chairs in two-year term increments, from second vice president to first vice president to president, and then serve two years as chairman of the board, and afterwards as advisory board members.
Brookes has built a resume of achievements and activities that represent commitment and passion for the tile and stone industry. His career began in England in 1978 when he attended the Chesterfield College of Technology, earning a City and Guilds of London Institute diploma in Masonry Construction. Brookes left the United Kingdom for San Francisco in 1994, where he started work for a masonry company as superintendent and, in 1997, obtained a California State License for Masonry (C29) and Tile (C54).
In 1996, Brookes became a principal at Heritage Marble & Tile, a premiere tile installation company with a focus on detail, in Mill Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brookes is committed to his installers’ training through continuing education and product manufacturer seminars.
Heritage employs Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installers (CTIs) with Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) crew members. The company is a current member of the National Tile Contractors Association Five-Star contractor group of elite tile installation contractors. Heritage Marble & Tile is known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for quality installations and being willing to take on the most challenging projects.
Brookes is a recognized industry consultant and currently sits on the NTCA Technical Committee as part of the Methods and Standards Committee, and serves on the ANSI A108 Committee. He is a member of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification as an Inspector for stone and ceramic tile.
Brookes served as regional director for NTCA from 2012 – 2015, as well as the National Tile Contractors Association Membership Committee Chairperson. He served as Stone Ceramic Inspector Chair for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification from 2011 – 2019.
See the video of Brookes accepting his award and chronicling his career at: https://youtu.be/kf9h746s8Tw