FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2020
(Anderson, SC)— The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announces Ryan Marino, TCNA’s Standards Development and Research Manager, has been named a Coverings 2020 Rock Star recipient. Coverings Rock Stars — an Emerging Leaders Program — honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry.
Mr. Marino has been engaged in ceramic tile industry research and standards development for nine years. He served three consecutive terms as Chairman of the ASTM C21 Committee on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products, manages the TCNA Tile Technical Committee, and is actively involved in the ISO TC189 and ANSI A108 Committees. Additionally, Mr. Marino speaks regularly at industry events, contributes to industry publications, and is a key stakeholder and participant in countless other industry standardization initiatives.
“Ryan has spearheaded several standards development initiatives that have had a direct, positive, and major impact on the ceramic tile industry, in addition to benefiting consumers,” stated Bill Griese, TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives. “Developing new standards and achieving major revisions requires vision, innovation, ethics, and a focus on the needs of the consensus body. Ryan brings all these skills together, as well as technical excellence and a profound consensus-building ability.”
“We are extremely proud of Ryan and all that he has accomplished for the tile industry and TCNA,” added Eric Astrachan, TCNA’s Executive Director. “Throughout his career, Ryan’s leadership and strengths in project management, research, and innovation have made him an invaluable asset to tile industry standardization initiatives.”
TCNA congratulates Ryan on this important and well-deserved industry award.
About Coverings: Coverings is the largest and most-significant ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and exposition in the United States and North America. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.
The exposition and conference serve as a valuable and complimentary continuing education resource for all segments of the industry, with more than 50 educational opportunities throughout the show. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders, real estate developers, as well as journalists, reporters, and bloggers who cover the tile and stone industry.
About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)
TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.
The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.