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Coverings 2016 seeks submissions for CID Awards

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 5.04.55 PMAlexandria, Va.—Coverings, the largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America, is seeking the finest expertise in craftsmanship, creativity and innovative use of materials in tile and stone projects for its 2016 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards honor projects that showcase exceptionally creative designs and demonstrate technical mastery in the use of tile and stone in residential, commercial, international and sustainable projects.

The free submission process is open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals who embody excellence in design and installation skills. An independent panel of judges will evaluate entries based on excellence in execution and installation; inspiring and original use of tile or stone; and overall design and purpose of the project.

Coverings will honor all winning projects on April 18 at the opening night celebration. Grand prize winners will each receive $2,000 and a one-night hotel stay in Chicago. Additional cash prizes will be awarded.

Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged. To submit a project, visit

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Coverings 2016 registration opens

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Alexandria, Va.—Online registration for Coverings 2016, being held April 18–21 in Chicago, has opened. The show is estimated to bring together 1,100 exhibitors and showcase more than 75 specialized training and education sessions.

Early registration holds many benefits for attendees including advance access to events, conference sessions, contests, promotions and insider opportunities that will quickly meet maximum capacity.

Attendees can register for the show and reserve hotel accommodations via

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Coverings 2016 issues call for presentations

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Alexandria, Va.—Coverings, the largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America, is seeking conference speakers and professional development seminar leaders for its 2016 exhibition programming, to be held April 18-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Highlighted for its comprehensive speaking and educational programs, Coverings is calling for leading authorities to submit proposals for one or more of the following categories: architecture and interior design, building and remodeling, fabrication, installation, green building, health and safety, retail sales and distribution.

Proposals may be submitted at The deadline for submissions is Aug. 26.

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Coverings 2015 to feature 'Appreciation Days'

10543525_10152561965515699_5697974488423710955_oAlexandria, Va.—Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, has announced the return of its Appreciation Days, which will feature tailored programming for specific attendee segments, including architects, designers, fabricators, contractors, builders and remodelers. Comprised of guided tours of the show floor and focused education sessions, Appreciation Days will provide participants with opportunities to further their knowledge alongside fellow industry members during Coverings 2015, which will be held April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Participants of each Appreciation Day will have access to a designated lounge, providing a space dedicated to networking and relaxing during the show. Additionally, all registered participants of Coverings’ Appreciation Days will be offered complimentary lunches and numerous opportunities to network with other professionals during their respective day.

“Each attendee segment is important to Coverings and their attendance is appreciated, so we are continually searching for ways to enhance their show experience,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Appreciation Days not only allow us to celebrate the diverse range of Coverings’ attendees, but also provide them with curated educational and networking opportunities.”

Dates and programming highlights for the Appreciation Days are as follows:

  • Builder & Remodeler Day will take place April 14, and feature roundtable discussions in English and Spanish over lunch in the Appreciation Lounge, facilitated by the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (in Spanish) and the Florida Home Builders Association, focused on current trends in the builder and remodeler industry in the Southeast market. In addition, guided tours of the show floor will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., starting and ending at the Appreciation Lounge.
  • Architect & Designer Day is April 15 and begins with breakfast at 9:15 a.m. with Interior Design magazine’s Hospitality Design Power Panel, moderated by Deputy Editor Edie Cohen. Lunch is provided during Joey Shimoda’s noon Keynote Session where he will present “The Sensuality of Surface,” sponsored by Contract m In addition, specifier attendees are encouraged to attend the Featured Session presented by American Society of Interior Designers Executive Vice President and CEO Randy Fiser, who will discuss “Designing Wellness.” In between the dynamic education programming, facilitated tours of the show floor will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., leaving from the Appreciation Lounge.
  • Contractor Days will span two days, from April 15-16. On these days, the National Tile Contractors Association will host roundtable discussions over lunch in the Contractor Lounge. Discussions will be divided into residential and commercial contracting interests and are open to all experience levels. The Contractor Days also feature eight, one-hour guided tours of the show floor and happy hours with prize giveaways in the lounge in the afternoon.
  • Fabricator Day will take place on April 16, featuring several roundtables over lunch in the Appreciation Lounge on key topics, including, “CEU Immersion Class | Providing CEUs to Architects & Interior Designers Using MIA’s Turn-Key Program,” “How to Handle Wastewater in a Fabrication Setting,” and “Perspectives in Benchmarking.” “Stone Zone Passports” will also be available at registration and in the Lounge for fabricators to use as a map and guide to exploring the dozens of exhibitors located in the machinery and allied products area of the Coverings show floor.


To learn more about conferences, programs, exhibitors and special events planned for Coverings 2015, visit

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Coverings 2015 conference program features industry authorities

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 12.16.57 PMAlexandria, Va.—Coverings 2015, being held April 14–17 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center, will feature more than 75 educational sessions covering a broad range of relevant topics to the tile and stone industry through its robust program of notable and respected speakers.

The educational program will begin April 13. Sessions are divided into curated tracks for each segment of attendees including distributors, retailers, architects, designers, fabricators, contractors, builders/remodelers as well as those professionals seeking green education.

Among the lineup are four keynote speakers: Eric Astrachan, executive director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA); Edie Cohen, deputy editor of Interior Design magazine; Harris Rosen, president of Rosen Hotels & Resorts and Joey Shimoda, chief creative officer of The Shimoda Design Group. Each keynote session will serve a complimentary breakfast or lunch.

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Coverings appoints Capra as industry ambassador

Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena CapraAlexandria, Va.—Coverings 2015, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, has named Alena Capra its Industry Ambassador. In this newly created position, Capra will serve a critical role as a liaison to the local industries related to tile and stone as well as media. She will be sharing her tile and stone trend insights through media interviews and presentations at trade association events for builders, contractors, installers, distributors, as well as architects and designers, leading up to the show. Coverings 2015 will be held April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Capra brings more than 12 years of experience as a residential designer to the role, and is accredited through the National Kitchen and Bath Association as a Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bath Designer. Capra’s design expertise has been leveraged by various design shows around the country as a speaker and her work has been published in a several national and regional media outlets.

“Coverings has been an invaluable resource for me to learn about the latest tile and stone products, trends and practices—something that’s critical to my success as a designer,” Capra said. “I’m honored to work with such a prestigious industry event that is truly serving architects, designers, and other trade professionals, providing countless opportunities to understand the tile and stone landscape and ultimately boost their bottom line.”

Capra is intimately familiar with Coverings and its exhibitors, education and special programs as she was enlisted as a designer for the inaugural Installation Design Showcase at Coverings 2011. Since then she has continued to expand her role with the event.

“Alena is not only a talented designer, but she truly understands the value of Coverings,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “This new role is a highly anticipated addition for Coverings, and we’re thrilled to have her advocate the show to the regional community and be an expert resource for media on tile and stone trends.”

In addition to her professional presentations and media interviews, Capra will provide her expertise online, with posts for the Coverings blog and her social channels using #Coverings2015 on Twitter (@AlenaCapra), Instagram (@AlenaCapraDesign), as well as on Facebook and Pinterest. Coverings also will be highlighting Capra’s insights through its own social media channels.

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Let the games begin: FCNews' inaugural Fantasy Football League for a Cause

Let the games begin!

About a month ago, Floor Covering News announced the formation of its inaugural Fantasy Football League for a Cause. We opened it up to the industry, and we are happy to announce the 12 companies that will be participating and the causes for which they will be playing.


1. Floor Covering News      Floor Covering Industry Foundation

2. Surfaces                             Floor Covering Industry Foundation

3. Coverings                          Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

4. All Tile                               Autism Speaks

5. Marshall Carpet               Project Love

6. Professional Carpet Co.    Hire Heroes USA

7. Designers North Carpet   Abilities at The Viscardi Center

8. L Fishman & Sons           Autism Speaks

9. Dave Snedeker                  Kids Against Hunger

10. Tri-State Carpet              Windy City Habitat for Humanity

11. Smith Floor Coverings    Bowdon, Ga. High School Athletics

12. Floor Coverings of Winona        The Lupus Foundation of America

There will be $2,400 in the pool to begin, with $1,600 going to the winning cause and $800 to the runner-up. But, if you recall, we asked that our readers pledge their support to any respective team. You can play it two ways: 1. Pledge any amount you wish and if the team you back wins the league, send a check to that cause, or 2. pledge any amount and send the check regardless. We will post the standings each week as well as the collective amount that has been pledged. We only ask that you follow through on that pledge because FCNews will not be policing it.

But for now, here is a bit about the 10 causes that may benefit from this endeavor (there were two duplications):

Hire Heroes USA     Professional Carpet Co., Hackensack, N.J.

After U.S. troops return from combat, many find it difficult to get re-associated in society. Believe it or not, most employers, although proud of their country, would not hire a veteran due to the chance they may go back out on another tour. Several have to settle for a much lower-tier job, be forced to re-enlist or act out in ways that may be harmful to themselves and others. Hire Heroes USA is a team comprised of military veterans—many with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan—and business veterans. That mix of military and civilian experience has proven essential to effectively training veterans in the skills of self-marketing and then networking them into good jobs with quality companies.

Abilities at The Viscardi Center     Designers North Carpet, Albertson, N.Y.

Abilities at The Viscardi Center prepares adolescents and adults with all types of disabilities (cognitive, physical, learning, developmental) and levels of experience for entry or re-entry into the workforce by assisting them in securing pre-employment services as well as employment so they can enjoy independent living, full community participation and economic self-sufficiency. Its employment services include a comprehensive array of career assessments, job training, business skills development, job placement and follow-up programs and services based on individual needs and vocational interests.

The Lupus Foundation of America     Floor Coverings of Winona, Winona, Minn.

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education and advocacy, the foundation leads the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

Autism Speaks     All Tile     L Fishman & Son  

Since it was founded in February 2005, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to its concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.

Kids Against Hunger      Dave Snedeker, Nebraska Furniture Mart

The mission of Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. The organization’s approach to achieving its goal— the eradication of world hunger—includes the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the U.S. and Canada, and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries worldwide. Snedeker’s wife is director of the Lincoln, Neb., chapter.

Project Love        Marshall Carpet One and Rug Gallery, Maryland Heights, Ohio

Project Love Remember the Children Foundation is a character-building education and training organization. Through workshops, community events, leadership training and media programs, it empowers teens and adults to create a culture of kindness, caring and respect. Its mission is achieved through hands-on programming in middle and high schools in eight northeast Ohio counties and through video-based programming nationally. It provides intensive leadership training seminars for teens and other character education tools that help schools combat bullying, cheating and fighting.

 Bowdon High School Athletics         Smith Floor Coverings, Bowdon, Ga.  

Bowdon, Ga., is a small town that was thriving in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s because of Sewell’s Manufacturing, which employed between 600 and 700 people. But they lost a lot of their contracts in the mid-‘90s and the town has diminished as Sewell’s disappeared. The high school’s athletic department is always falling short when it comes to sending kids to camps and getting the proper jerseys and practice uniforms. And when they have out-of-town games it is always up to small businesses and donors to scrape up money to take care of the kids the way the town feels it should.

Windy City Habitat For Humanity         Tri-State Carpet, Elgin, Ill.

Windy City Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people from all walks of life to build simple, decent, affordable houses, and to strengthen families and neighborhoods. Windy City Habitat for Humanity will work toward eliminating poverty housing in the Chicago metropolitan area and seek to build better lives, stronger families and safer communities through partnerships with local groups and organizations.

Floor Covering Industry Foundation     Surfaces  Floor Covering News

The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) is dedicated to financially assisting those who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry and experience illnesses, severe disabilities or other hardships. The foundation ensures these philanthropic efforts are accomplished with compassion, confidentiality and preservation of dignity for the individuals concerned. Grants are awarded based on the need for expenses such as medical care, medications and other costs directly related to beneficiary care, as well as basic necessities.

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation     Coverings

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that offers training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sale and installation of ceramic tile. Classes are conducted on a year-round basis at the CTEF facility in Pendleton, S.C., in addition to numerous satellite programs throughout the U.S.


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Coverings seeking speakers, presentations

Coverings_Logo_COV15Alexandria, Va.—Coverings 2015, the largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America, is in search of conference speakers and professional development seminar leaders. Expected to be the largest show in five years, Coverings will be held April 14-17, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Known for its comprehensive speaking and education programs, Coverings seeks authorities in the categories of architecture and interior design, fabrication and installation, green building, retail sales and distribution, to submit proposals for one or more topics. Proposals from individuals as well as teams are accepted, and should be submitted at The deadline for submissions is Sept. 5.

“Education continues to be one of the most valuable aspects of Coverings, which is why we aim to bring together the most knowledgeable and distinguished industry experts to speak to our show attendees,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “In fact, the conference program at Coverings offers the broadest range of subject matter in the industry.”

All sessions are free to registered Coverings attendees and exhibitors. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2015 conference program will be revealed in Jan. 2015 at

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Coverings: Positivity abounds as show celebrates silver anniversary

May 12/19; Volume 27/Number 27

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 9.38.29 AMLas Vegas—Following a highly successful first-time visit to Atlanta last year, Coverings returned to Las Vegas as it celebrated its 25th anniversary April 29–May 2. With more than 900 exhibitors from all over the world showcasing their latest products, the sold out exhibit hall was supplemented by an overflow contingent of more than 75 exhibitors in an outdoor structure set up in front of Las Vegas Convention Center, giving Coverings its biggest show floor since 2008.

As the event drew to a close, show director Karin Fendrich, COO of National Trade Productions (NTP), the management company for Coverings, told FCNews the event was exceeding expectations. “I’m thrilled. This is always a difficult city to come into with this quantity of freight. As a matter of fact, in Atlanta we brought in 8½ tons of freight. This year we have almost 11 tons of product that companies are looking to display and dazzle people with. That says a lot.” Continue reading Coverings: Positivity abounds as show celebrates silver anniversary

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Tile, stone projects recognized in CID Awards

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 12.38.10 PMLas Vegas — Twelve tile and stone projects were recognized as part of the annual Coverings Installation & Design Awards, a program that honors outstanding design and installation of tile and stone in residential, commercial, sustainable and international projects.

The residential Grand Prize was awarded to Santa Monica, Calif.-based Robert Kerr architecture design for a beachfront home. In the commercial category, the Grand Prize was awarded to Camarata Masonry Systems and PGAL for their restoration in the five-story atrium of a historical courthouse.

In 2014, a new category emerged for the CID Awards, recognizing sustainable projects.  This year’s winning project was the Green House Building, an eight-story, single-phase office development in central Budapest.

Additionally, the CID Awards recognized nine other projects for exceptional work in tile and stone design and installation from around the world. Each project received a $1,000 cash prize.

Residential Tile Design

Project: Brooklyn House

Designer: JNK Interiors


Commercial Tile Design

Project: Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery, Ryerson University

Designer: Gow Hastings Architects


Commercial Stone Design

Project: Equinox Fitness Club, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Designer: Tribeca Stone


Residential Tile Installation

Project: Violin Swimming Pool

Installer: Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping


Residential Stone Installation

Project: Sunnyside Avenue Master Bath

Installer: Tarkus Tile Inc.


Commercial Tile Installation

Project: Frontier Elementary School, Edmond, Okla.

Installer: Bentley Flooring


Commercial Stone Installation

Project: Latter-Day Saints Temple, Calgary, Alberta

Installer: KEPCO+


International Design

Project: Remodeling Work on La Riera de la Salut

Designer: Pol Feminas


Community Project

Project: Hidden Garden Steps

Designers: Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher