Meet the people committed to providing you with the best ceramic tile education available in the Tile Industry.

We care intensely about tile being installed right the first time. We work closely with the entire Tile Industry so we can provide you with the right education and installation guidance - whether you're looking to become a Certified Tile Installer or searching to hire one for a residential or commercial tile installation project.

As ceramic tile and its installation components become more technologically advanced, the role of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation becomes more critical - whether at CTEF Headquarters in Pendleton, SC. or anywhere around the country where CTEF Evaluators at CTEF Corporate Sponsor locations support the mission of the CTEF organization.

We love what we do and welcome the opportunity to support your ceramic tile educational needs.

We also invite you to learn more about the training and certification programs that CTEF offers.


Scott Carothers

Director of Certification and Training

Scott is responsible for the creation of the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program, and is involved in the creation of the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program as well as providing training to others in the tile industry.

He has been involved in the ceramic tile industry for over 36 years and was the owner of a successful retail and installation firm prior to coming to CTEF. He has served as President of the NTCA, Chairman of the NTCA Technical Committee, been named the NTCA Tile Person of the Year in 2005, and the Ring of Honor recipient in 2013. He is a voting member of the ANSI and the TCNA Handbook committees.

>> See Why Scott Carothers Cares Intensely About Tile Installation Certification and Education

Cathey McAlister

Office Manager

Cathey McAlister has been with CTEF since 2008 and manages the Pendleton, SC, CTEF office location and training facility. Her careful and ongoing attention to training, registration, sponsorship and all of the other details associated with providing education and installer certification for professionals in the ceramic tile and stone industry, makes it possible for Scott and the entire team of CTI Evaluators to deliver on the CTEF mission. She attended Southern Wesleyan University. 

Happily married for 23 years, Cathey has two children: a 9 year old son and a 20 year old daughter who is majoring in biological science at Clemson University.

A native of Pendleton, Cathey enjoys spending time with her family at the lake every weekend and supporting the Clemson Tigers! 

Kevin Insalato

CTI Regional Evaluator Coordinator

Kevin Insalato is the CTI Coordinator of the Regional Evaluator Program, and works closely with Scott Carothers to make hands-on testing and evaluation available in more locations around the country.

In this role, Kevin coordinates the team of Regional Evaluators (REs) who handle the increasing demand for the hands-on testing of ceramic tile installers who want to become Certified Tile Installers. He organizes CTI tests with Host Sites, Sponsors and Candidates.  

In addition, Kevin represents the NTCA with the Gary Sinise RISE Foundation. He was a NTCA Board member, and serves on the Training & Education and Membership Committees.

Kevin is also founder, with his wife Renata, of California Flooring, LTD. Since 1993, the company has operated based on a 100% referral-based business model. The company's six employees are all CTIs and two are ACT certified. 

>> See Kevin Insalato Promotes Tile Installation Certification