Dr. Giorgio Squinzi, MAPEI Group ceo, was recently named the 2010 recipient of the National Tile Contractors Association’s Joe A. Tarver Award. The award is named after Joe A. Tarver, who served as the NTCA’s exec. dir. from 1972 to 2002. It is presented for lifetime achievement for service to the tile industry.
Dr. Squinzi was born in Milan, Italy, in 1937 to a family with a small flooring and coatings business. He attended Universita degli Studi of Milan, where he obtained his degree in industrial chemistry. In 1970, he and his father Rodolfo expanded the family’s business with the establishment of Mapei s.n.c. In 1976, Dr. Squinzi became the general manager of Mapei S.p.A. in Italy. Just two years later, he took the company global with a plant in Laval, Quebec. Today, MAPEI has 18 manufacturing plants in the Americas (including 15 in North America), and 63 locations around the world.
The NTCA noted Dr. Squinzi has helped develop technologies that reduce dust in the workplace, prevent the growth of mold and bacteria in mortars and grouts, and utilize recycled materials. He has also been instrumental in strategic acquisition and positioning of plants to serve customers regionally.