James Woelfel is a third generation tile contractor who runs Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile Company in Mesa, Arizona. Artcraft is an NTCA Five-Star Contractor and a national award-winning company, which employs Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Advanced Certifications in Tile installation (ACT) certified installers.
In addition to the daily operations at Artcraft, James is a tireless advocate for strengthening industry standards and methods. As President of the NTCA, his vision for the association includes
creating an international footprint and continuing the
development of improved industry-wide installation standards.
He becomes President of the NTCA following 8 years as Chairman
of the NTCA Technical Committee, joining a short list of people who have served in both positions at the same time.
As Technical Committee Chairman, James works with
representatives from all sectors of the tile industry, leading the committee to meld cutting edge technologies with proven trade techniques to continually update the NTCA Reference Manual.
The manual, in its cause-cure-and-prevention format, helps to
avert installation problems and identify causes for installation
James represents the NTCA on the Tile Council of North
America (TCNA) Handbook Committee, and serves on the
ANSI ASC 108 Committee, making Artcraft Granite, Marble
and Tile Company one of two contractors worldwide to sit
on all three committees. James is also a member of the
Committee for the Development of Thin Porcelain Tile
Installation in the United States and was Chairman of the
subcommittee that established the large module tile substrate preparation module for the ACT certification.
In November 2011 James was honored with the prestigious
“NTCA Tile Person of the Year” award for his service to the tile
and stone industry and his work in helping to create the TCNA
stone tile installation methods.
James is a forensic tile consultant for J.G. Woelfel & Associates (www.jgwoelfel.com). His expertise is sought in providing
installation inspections, pre-construction specifications,
job oversight, forensic investigations and expert testimony.
He is ma
rried to his beautiful wife, Chris. They have one son,
Preston. James has also been known to enjoy a round of
golf now and then.
Click here for a list of all of the NTCA past Presidents.
Click here for the monthly 2015 letter from the President found in the current issue of TileLetter.