Donato Pompo,  Ceramic Tile and
Stone Consultants, specializes in
ceramic tile and stone consulting in
North America. We are a professional
company of expert consultants
comprised of accomplished ceramic tile
and stone installers, construction scientists, and other industry
specialists located throughout North America.

CTaSC provides Forensic Failure Investigations (Expert Witness) and
Inspections, Quality Control Services for Product and Installation
Methods, Training Programs (Sales and Installation), Market
Research and Outsourcing Services, and Business Planning
Consulting to the Ceramic Tile and Stone Industry.  

After working as an importer and distributor for 17 years, Donato
went back to school to earn an MBA degree with an emphasis in both
Marketing and Finance at the University of Phoenix. During the 17
years as a distributor Donato worked his way up to an Executive VP
position in the family business, Southwestern Ceramic Tile and
Marble Co. in San Diego, CA. There he ran the operations and sales
divisions of the large ceramic tile and stone distribution company.

Following that experience, Donato joined Laticrete International, a
global manufacturer of installation systems for ceramic tile and stone,
and worked for Laticrete for over 7 years as a sales manager.
Donato had extensive experience at Laticrete conducting
presentations for sales, marketing, and training. In addition, Donato
was significantly involved in investigating and resolving job problems.

Donato is certified as a Ceramic Tile Consultant (CTC) and is the past
chairman of the CTIOA Technical Committee, and he is a member of
ANSI and TCA standards committees. Donato is a Council-certified
Microbial Remediator (CMR), Donato is an architectural CSI member
and is
certified as a Construction Document Technologist (CDT).
Donato is a member of the
Forensic Consultants Association (FCA).
Donato is a past board member of the Ceramic Tile Distributor
Association CTDA; a primary contributing writer and researcher for
the Catalina Stone Industry Report, and is a frequent author and
speaker for the ceramic tile and stone industries.

Donato is an active member of ANSI A108,
APSP Association of Pool &
SPA Professionals, CSI (Construction Specifications Institute)
member, ASTM C18 Dimension Stone committee, CTDA (
Ceramic Tile
Distributors Association) member and Chairman of the CTDA
Education Committee, CTIOA (
Ceramic Tile Institute of America)
member and is the past Chairman of the CTIOA Technical Committee,
FCA Forensic Consultants Association member, FEWA
Forensic Expert
Witness Association, IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code member, IAQA
Indoor Air Quality Association) member, ISO TC189 committee, MIA
Marble Institute of America) member, NTCA (National Tile Contractors
Association) member and a member of the NTCA Technical
Committee, a NTCA Recognized Consultant, particpant in the TCNA
Tile Council of North America Handbook committee, Tile Heritage
Foundation member, and WSCTA (Western States Ceramic Tile
Association) member.

CTaSC is referred for inspections, investigations, expert witness
services, and other consulting services by
Tile Council of North
America (TCNA), Marble Institute of America (MIA), Ceramic Tile
Distributors Association (CTDA), and other industry organizations.  
CTaSC experts are ceramic tile experts, granite experts, marble
experts, limestone experts, slate experts, travertine experts,
sandstone experts and other types of stone experts.
Donato Pompo
Donato Pompo
    Donato Pompo has over 30 years of experience in the ceramic tile and natural stone industry which
    he offers to the clients of the Floor Covering Institute.  He is President of Ceramic Tile and Stone
    Consultants (CTaSC)  a consultancy comprised of accomplished ceramic tile and stone installers,
    construction scientists and other industry specialist located throughout the U.S. He has experience
    as an installer, as a tile distributor and importer, as a manufacturer of installation products for
    ceramic tile and stone, and for the last eight plus years as a forensic investigator, expert witness,
    quality control consultant and trainer. Donato is the past chairman and current member for the
    Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) Technical Committee, a member of the Marble Institute of
    America (MIA) and Building Stone Institute (BSI). He participates in the Tile Council of North America
    (TCNA) Committee, and sits on the ASTM C18 Stone Committee as well as the ANSI A 108 and ISO
    TC-189 Committees.  He is a member of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical
    Committee.   Donato is a Certified Microbial Remediator (CMR), a Certified Document Technologist
    (CDT) through the CSI architectural organization, and a Ceramic Tile Consultant through CTIOA.  He
    has a biochemistry education with MBA degree.

    Contact:              Ph: 866-669-1550   International: 619-669-2967                       
Link to: Curriculum Vitae and Publications

Link to Donato's Floor Covering Institute Blog Post

Or read an extract here....
Dontato: Early on in my career I started out as a
union installer, learning the nitty-gritty of how to
install tile. Looking back, this was very good
preparation for what was to come next in my life. I
joined my family’s business in San Diego, working
my way up to executive vice president of a
successful importing, distributing and retail ceramic
tile and stone business. I worked closely with
    architects, installers and general contractors, educating them
    about our products and assisting them to design installation
    systems. Eventually my interest in the latter led me to my next
    career move.

    I continued to provide architects, builders, dealers and
    installers with technical consultation, but this time I was
    working with Laticrete, a leading international manufacturer of
    installation products and systems for ceramic tile and stone.
    Here I wrote installation specifications, developed and
    implemented training programs, managed a large sales force,
    developed and implemented marketing plans and promotions,
    and investigated and resolved many installation failures. We
    were one of the first companies to target and work with floor
    covering distributors and dealers to help them learn and sell
    ceramic tile.  My tenure with this multinational corporation
    lasted seven years.

    The idea of establishing my own business had always been
    brewing in my mind; this last rung of the career ladder cinched
    it for me. I decided to pursue my goal to create a company
    where I would be able to channel all the knowledge and
    education I had gained over the years about ceramic tile,
    stone, installation systems, and business in general. I knew
    there was a need for consultancy in the industry since I had
    witnessed firsthand the enormous cry for help during earlier
    years of my work experience with all types of companies and
    individuals who were frustrated and desperate with job
    problems, and marketing and business challenges. It was then
    that Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants was born!

    Today my business is divided into three main categories: the
    consulting on job installation failures and the services related
    to avoiding those failures, education/training, and business
    and marketing planning services.  Learning what causes
    failures and how to avoid them is the focus of the forensic part
    of the business.  The training arm of the company is called the
    University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS). I have always
    believed that education and training is key to being successful
    in business.  Helping your employees to grow will grow sales
    and profit.  I developed a series of instructive cartoons in the
    late 80's called TileWise to help educate members of the
    industry.  You can view them on our website.  UofCTS is a LMS
    web-based campus using the same technology that higher
    learning institutions use where self-paced courses and web
    conferencing is offered.  Our topics are geared towards
    installation methods and standards, product information, sales
    techniques, and business training, which are relevant to the
    ceramic tile and stone industry.

    My commitment to the ceramic tile and stone industry and the
    floor covering industry in general is unwavering. I sincerely
    believe that information and education is a must in this age
    where the customer expects and oftentimes insists on being
    informed. Research, education, and planning are the key
    operatives for avoiding problems and driving success with an
    intelligent decision making process, which I hope to continue
    to help perpetuate within our industry.