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Donato Pompo has worked within the ceramic tile, stone and terrazzo industries for over 35 years, and is a leading forensic expert and expert witness in the ceramic tile, stone, terrazzo industries. He has been certified as a Ceramic Tile Consultant (CTC) through the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) since 1979 and is a past chairman of the CTIOA Technical Committee.

Donato is a member of the Industry standard committees ANSI, ASTM, ISO, and a participant on the TCNA Handbook Committees. He has been a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) since 1982 and has been certified as a Construction Document Technologist (CDT) since 2000. Donato has been a Council-certified Microbial Remediator (CMR) since 2007.

Donato started as an installer in the tile union, worked 17 years as an importer/distributor of ceramic tile and stone, he worked in the union as an installer and currently holds a California C54 contractor’s license #1043005, he is ITS Verified through UofCTS, he is a Certified Tile Specialist (CTS) and a Certified Stone Specialist (CSS) through UofCTS, and he worked over seven years for a manufacturer of installation products and systems for ceramic tile, glass tile, stone and terrazzo products. With a science education, an MBA, and over 35 years of tile and stone experience from installation to distribution to manufacturing, Donato is considered an expert investigator within the tile and stone industries.

Professional Experience

Ceramic Tile Installation Worked as a Union tile installer’s helper for a Union ceramic tile contractor in Los Angeles, CA in the late 1960’s. Continues to perform installations of tile and stone for personal projects.  Currently holds a C54 California Tile Contractor’s License #1043005. I am an ITS Verified Installer through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone.

17 Years as a Ceramic Tile and Stone Importer/Distributor Extensive experience consulting and assisting architects with their ceramic tile, glass tile, and stone selections and installation methods. Worked closely with ceramic tile and stone installers, as well as with general contractors, educating them and helping them design installation systems.

7 Years as a Manufacturer of Installation Systems Over seven years working with a manufacturer of installation products and systems for ceramic tile, glass tile, stone and terrazzo. Provided technical consultation to architects and installers. Wrote installation specifications. Developed and ran training programs, investigated and resolved many job failure claims.

35+ Years of Training Extensive experience with effective results in teaching installation methods for ceramic tile and stone to architects, installers, distributors, and manufacturers. Conducted presentations on technical information in order to prevent potential installation problems, and developed and provided training resources and programs.

Work History

2002 to present
President and Owner of Ceramic Tile And Stone Consultants, Jamul, CA

2002 to present
President and Owner of the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone, Jamul, CA

1995 to 2002
Regional Sales Manager, Western USA and Western Canada, Laticrete International, Bethany, CT

1994 to 1995
National Account Representative, 13 Western States, Laticrete International, Bethany, CT

1977 to 1994
Executive Vice President, Southwestern Ceramic Tile & Marble Co., San Diego, CA

Real Estate Agent, J & J Real Estate, Fort Leavenworth, KS

1971 to 1975
College with BioChemistry Major

1969 to 1971
U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Military Police and General’s Secretary


1996 to 1997
MBA with emphasis in Marketing (GPA 4.00)
University of Phoenix – San Diego, CA

1994 to 1996
MBA with emphasis in Finance (GPA 3.82)
University of Phoenix – San Diego

1992 to 1994
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing (GPA 3.79)
University of Phoenix – San Diego, CA

1974 to 1975
Biochemistry Major with Full Scholarship
University of California at San Diego, Revelle College – San Diego

1971 to 1974
Biochemistry Major (GPA 3.77)
Orange Coast College – Costa Mesa, CA

Special Qualifications

  • Certified Ceramic Tile Consultant (CTC), certified through the Ceramic Tile Institute of America since 1979
  • C54 Tile (Ceramic and Mosaic) California Contractor’s License #1043005. ITS Certification through UofCTS
  • Certified Tile Specialist (CTS), Certified Stone Specialist (CSS), and ITS Verified through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS)
  • Certified Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) through the Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
  • Certificate of Completion for Mold Remediation in Buildings
  • Certified Microbial Remediation Course Completion March 19-21, 2007
  • Council-Certified Microbial Remediator (CMR) June 19, 2007
  • National Tile Contractor Association (NTCA) Recognized Consultant
  • Real Estate License in Kansas
  • Private Pilot License and 82nd Airborne Paratrooper

Additional Professional Activities

ANSI A-108 and A137.1 American National Standards Institute; ASTM C18 Dimension Stone Committee; ASTM C21 Ceramic Tile Committee; ACI American Concrete Institute MSJC Committee; Building Stone Institute (BSI); Construction Specification Institute (CSI); Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA); Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA); Floor Covering Institute (FCI); Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA); Uniform Plumbing Code (IAPMO); Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA); ICC International Code Council; ISO TC189; Marble Institute of America (MIA); Materials & Methods Standards Association (MMSA); TMS 402-602 Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC); National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Recognized Consultant and committee member; TCNA Tile Council of North America Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, Stone Tile Installation committee member; Tile Heritage Foundation; Tile Terrazzo Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC).

Founder and Administrator of the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone.

Developed online training courses for the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) and for the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA).

Past Chairman and Member of CTIOA Ceramic Tile Institute of America Technical Committee.

Member and Past Board Member of CTDA Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and Club ’84 Ceramic Tile Action Group.

Past CTDA Education Committee Chairman and current member; CTDA Technical Committee member.

Committee Member or participant of ANSI American National Standards Institute ANSI A108 and A137.1 Committee, ASTM C-18 Dimension Stone Committee, MIA Technical Committee, ASTM C-21 Ceramic Tile Committee, Building Stone Institute (BSI) Technical Committee, ISO TC189 Committee, MSJC Masonry Standards Joint Committee, and National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Committee; Member TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, Stone Tile Installation committee.

Developed TileWise Educational Cartoons and Wrote Copy for Artist.

Member of ToastMasters 1990 to 1992.

Received The Construction Specifier Article of the Year Award for the article “Good Specs Mean Good Tile and Stone Installations” published in December 2011. Award presented September 14, 2012 at the Construct 2012 conference.

Attended International Code Council (ICC) Residential Inspection Training based on 2012 International Codes from November 18 through November 22, 2013. Course content included:

  • 2012 IRC Performing Residential Building Inspections
  • 2012 IRC Performing Residential Electrical Inspections
  • 2012 IRC Performing Residential Mechanical Inspections
  • 2012 IRC Performing Residential Plumbing Inspections