The Tile Council of America (TCA) presented Robert Kleinhans with the Tile Man of the Year award during the opening ceremony of Coverings 2001 in New Orleans.

Kleinhans began his career at TCA as a lab technician and was later promoted to installation engineer. Subsequently, he became marketing manager and public relations director for TCA, and later served as the organization’s technical services manager. Kleinhans retired from his position as TCA executive director in 1995.