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TCAA's 2018 Cesery Award Recipient: John Cousins 

TCAA was pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Carl V. Cesery Award would be John Cousins of Dal-Tile.  Cousins is senior vice president of SSCs and Field Sales for Dal-Tile, the largest manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile and natural stone products used in residential and commercial design and construction across North America. Cousins was recognized at a Gala Industry Dinner on October 30, 2018 as part of the 2018 Total Solutions Plus conference in Grapevine, Texas.  

Throughout his nearly 40-year sales career at Dal-Tile, Cousins has held leadership roles focused on ensuring that the company fulfills its commitment to provide exceptional service to customers, which has contributed to the most significant sales revenue growth in the tile industry leader’s 71-year history.  In addition to leading the sales efforts of the largest network of company-owned sales service centers within the industry, he also has oversight for Dal-Tile’s sales to independent dealers as well as sales of allied installation products.

Cousins is a long time active member of the Tile Contractors Association of America and has served on several TCAA committees dedicated to delivering value to the organization’s membership. He was a primary driver and advocate to increase collaboration between the TCAA, the National Tile Contractors Association and other major tile industry professional associations in order to further nurture the growth and success of the tile industry. And he was an early supporter of efforts to bring qualified contractor language into the TCNA Handbook. 

He is extremely grateful to his wife Kris and two daughters for their support throughout his career and for the great friendships he has sustained with colleagues throughout the industry.

The Carl V. Cesery Award was established in 1963 as a way to honor those who, like the award’s namesake, have served the tile industry with distinction.  The award, a five-inch bronze medallion, was created by legendary American sculptor Gilroy Roberts whose other notable work includes creation of the Kennedy half dollar. The first Cesery Award was presented in 1964 to William North, president of American Olean.  This year marks the 49th time the Cesery Award has been presented to a distinguished leader in the ceramic tile and stone industry.

TCAA congratulates John Cousins on receiving the prestigious Carl V. Cesery Award and thanks him for his service to the industry and our association. 

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