Gobis Receives 2015 TCNA Tile Person of the Year Award
In recognition of his contributions and service in the North American tile industry, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) recently awarded Dave Gobis (left) its 2015 Tile Person of the Year Award. In presenting the award, TCNA executive director Eric Astrachan said that Gobis, who started out as a tile helper for his grandfather, has had an enormous influence on training and education, standards development, and inspection and consulting.
“He started in tile as early as he could haul a bucket,” said Astrachan. “Every time Dave and I would get together, I learned something new about tile and tile standards. Twenty plus years later that is still true.”
In cataloging Gobis’ many noteworthy achievements, Astrachan focused on Gobis’ nearly-decade-long post as executive director and technical director for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF). In this role, Gobis demonstrated his strong commitment to standards-based, non-proprietary training; much of the core curriculum he created is still in use today at CTEF for its various installation and inspection courses.
“My time at CTEF represents the pinnacle of my career,” said Gobis. “I feel very strongly about training, standards, and standards development. It is really important to have verifiable conformance and develop even, non-biased, and non-marketing-driven standards for our products.”
The TCNA Tile Person of the Year Award is given annually to an individual in recognition of his or her exceptional service to the North American tile industry, as determined by the TCNA executive committee of the board of directors.
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