Full Biography

    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 the
    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 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: donato@ctasc.com              Ph: 866-669-1550   International:
Donato Pompo
Creating opportunities for the
floor covering industry
Donato: 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

, 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
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
Read Donato's interview with Susan Negley upon joining the