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Women in Flooring: Dana Teague- Balancing roles leads to success

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15

By Jenna Lippin

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 2.32.09 PMSurfaces—combined with StonExpo|Marmomacc Americas and Tile Expo to comprise The International Surface Event (TISE)—has made some major strides since its inception in 1989, most notably in recent years as the industry has picked up from the Great Recession. That being said, the expansion of TISE would not be possible without its leadership team, which includes Dana Teague, vice president, design group, Informa Exhibitions US.

Teague said she has had more fun over the past year than she has in her entire professional career, which includes 20-plus years in trade shows. “Yes, I’m busier, but the work and the challenges are professionally and personally fulfilling. Informa is a large international company—with 6,500 employees in over 20 countries operating more than 150 exhibitions—but it is agile and puts a strong emphasis on people and culture.”

Formerly Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Informa acquired the organization in late 2014. According to Teague, one of the most significant positives coming out of this change of hands is going from being owned by private equity to being publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange. “With that comes a different mindset when it comes to growth,” she noted. “Another advantage is the instant global reach we now have. We have gone from being a mostly domestic show organizer to a global show organizer.”

For Surfaces, Teague has a team of 12, led by Amie Gilmore, show director. This past year Dwell on Design designjunction and the Sample Sale were added to Teague’s portfolio with a team of eight. “These teams are cohesive, hard working and love to have fun,” Teague said. “It makes the time spent in the office energizing and enjoyable.”

She credits the more recent steps of her impressive journey to mentors at Hanley Wood/ Informa, including Galen Poss, former president of Hanley Wood; Michael Green, former executive vice president; and Rick McConnell, president, Informa U.S. Construction & Real Estate. She started with Hanley Wood in 2000 managing the International Autobody Congress & Exposition. Five years later she moved on to Surfaces and StonExpo. “I started at the collision repair show,” she recalled. “It wasn’t an ideal fit, but it was great. You have to learn the products and immerse yourself in the industry. Moving to Surfaces and StonExpo in 2005 was a whole new learning experience.”

In the time since Teague started at the show, the industry—along with the entire country—endured a draining downturn. But the bounce back and consistent growth of the flooring business in recent years since has kept things at Surfaces upbeat. “Trade shows mirror what’s going on in the industry,” she explained. “As the industry has grown 2%, 3%, 4% every year that’s what the show has done as well. We launched the co-location of Surfaces and StonExpo in 2011 as they were both struggling. It was one of those actions you take to make sure both events stay successful. There was crossover with attendees; it seemed like a very natural fit.”

Wearing different hats

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In the midst of developing her career and working toward the prominent position she holds today, Teague had to balance her professional responsibilities with being a mother to her son and daughter. While this seems like the norm today, it is no easy feat. “Work-life balance for a working mother isn’t always easy, and being a single working mother makes life a little more hectic. Then add in a career where you are on the road a fair amount of time—life can become extremely complicated. Luckily, I had a great support system of family and friends around me. Without them I’m not sure I could have continued at such a hectic pace.”

Despite her busy schedule in her roles as both mother and business professional, Teague has always stayed focused by prioritizing and keeping work and fun in a reasonable balance. “You make it work. There are so many working mothers today. For a lot of us, we work because we want to work. I quite honestly don’t know what I would have done with myself [if I didn’t work], even when my kids were small. I have gotten great satisfaction from raising my children, but I have also gotten great satisfaction from my career. We look for satisfaction in all areas of our lives. I think my children were better off with me working. I was more whole, so I could pass onto them my work ethic and the fact I was a happier individual.”

During her time spent in leadership roles, Teague learned when it does or doesn’t matter that she is often the lone female amongst male colleagues. More often than not she feels her gender hasn’t presented any issues. “I can’t say that I’ve really faced many challenges simply due to my gender. Any challenges I’ve faced were most likely due to my own insecurities and lack of confidence as a woman. Some women in business think they need to act like a man. Women tend to be more nurturing and emotional by nature and that’s OK. Be yourself and have confidence in who you are.”

The challenges that have come up for Teague in terms of being a woman were in some countries where she has travelled for international events. “As business becomes more global, there can be roadblocks for women in certain cultures. You may not always be able to overcome the challenges but an understanding and acceptance of the differences is the best way to deal with them. You have to prove yourself to gain respect.”

Teague is most proud of her ability to adapt to different situations and unexpected changes over the years. She worked through several acquisitions while with Hanley Wood and managed events for various industries. “Regardless of what has come my way, I’ve been able to easily adapt and succeed. Today I can say I have such great people that I work for and with. They have been key in my success and my ability to just work hard and do my job. I remain energized about things.”

For ambitious women seeking to capture a position like Teague’s, she suggests believing in oneself. With hard work and confidence—and without a fear of failure—any goal can be achieved. “There is a saying, ‘Behind every successful woman is herself.’ Don’t depend on others; you are in charge of your own success and destiny. Take failures as learning experiences and move forward.”

For working mothers like herself, she implores them not to feel guilty. “Your kids will turn out just fine despite the hours you spend away from them. You just have to make the time you spend with them count. Turn off your phone and computer. Be fully present with your family; minimize the multitasking. Your kids grow up fast.”

What’s next?

Teague’s goals for Informa continue to focus on innovation to help keep shows fresh and exciting. She plans to slow down with her team to “examine each aspect of the shows to determine what is working, what isn’t and what may need to be tweaked.”

Acquisitions may be in the works as well. “We are continually looking for new events to acquire or partner with, both domestically and internationally,” she said.

Growth is something recognizable for Teague and TISE colleagues. Preliminary numbers for this year’s event are up across the board, including housing at 23% ahead of this time last year with a 9% larger show floor. “It’s a year of celebration,” Teague said. “The industry is doing well, and the show is doing well.”

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TISE East recognizes sponsors, endorsers

TISEeast2014-HORIZONTAL-2000x488Dallas –Hanley Wood Exhibitions announced an extensive list of sponsors and endorsers who are working with show management to make the October launch of The International Surface Event East (TISE East) a big success.  TISE East, comprised of three tradeshows, SURFACES I StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas I TileExpo, will be held Oct. 19-22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The official sponsors are the World Floor Covering Association, Marble Institute of America, Building Stone Institute, National Stone Council and its affiliate members: American Monument Association, Canadian Stone Association, Elberton Granite Association, Indiana Limestone Institute, National Building Granite Quarries Association and Northwest Granite Manufacturers Association.

Endorsers include Marmomacc, Allied Stone Industries, Vitoria Stone Fair, Stone Fabricator’s Alliance, Ceramic Tile Institute of America, Certified Floorcovering Installers, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, The Experience, Floor Covering Industry Foundation, International Concrete Repair Institute, International Standards & Training Alliance, National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors, National Wood Flooring Association and Tile Partners for Humanity.

“We are thrilled to have such an esteemed group of partners working with us to provide the flooring, stone and tile industries with an East Coast event,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “Each one of them enhances the event in a multitude of ways that provides added-value to both exhibitors and attendees.”

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Ten people who are making a difference

May 12/19, 2014; Volume 27/Number 27

The growth and success of any industry is strongly incumbent upon the leadership of the people within it. Their contributions may often fly under the radar or be taken for granted. The floor covering industry is no exception. There are countless people who are directly or indirectly working to increase retailer profitability and/or professionalism, whether it be through product development, training or internal processes.

In this issue, FCNews highlights some of the people who are making a difference in the flooring industry today. While some names you may not recognize, they’re stars in the eyes of many people. This is by no means a Top 10 list; next year we will look to feature 10 more individuals who deserve recognition for their efforts. Also, the order in which these people appear should in no way be construed as a ranking. We do not consider any one of these people more significant than the next. Rather, it is simply a grouping of people from various sectors of the industry who are making a positive impact on the industry.

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.21.22 AMLisa Buice, corporate diversity manager, Shaw Industries

When Shaw Industries launched its diversity initiative in 2005, the company embarked on an educational journey with action plans to help fully integrate the program in all account management activities. Lisa Buice, corporate diversity manager at Shaw, joined the team in 2009 and started the true “action phase” with an established diversity council, according to Paul Richard, vice president, human resources.

“Since Lisa has come in we’ve really put a stronger emphasis on having local diversity councils,” Richard explained. “We’ve done a lot of education and training to help emphasize the need for diversity as a local activity. Lisa’s early focus was achieving this goal through the corporate diversity council.”

In 2011, Buice led the first corporate-wide forum for diversity champions and the local diversity councils. “It was one day of sharing best practices for different facilities,” Richard said. “A milestone event.”

While diversity has a general definition of integrating people of all races, religions, gender, etc., Shaw also sees diversity as the process in which associates at all levels of the company work together.

“The diversity council itself is a cross-functional team of business leaders throughout the company,” said Steve Sieracki, vice president of residential sales for Shaw Floors, who formerly served as the corporate diversity council chair. “Part of their duty is to take the diversity initiative and spread it throughout the organization. It’s one thing to have a meeting to talk about diversity and inclusion, but it’s another thing to leave the meeting and go spread it throughout the organization. That’s really what Lisa is driving. She’s giving the guidance, the leadership and the direction in providing the platform for everyone to learn.”

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.31.07 AMTom Jennings, vice president, member services, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)

When it comes to people making a difference in the flooring industry, Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), said few deserve that distinction more than Tom Jennings. “Tom is one of the true trainers in the industry. Sam Allman was one. Tom is another. Tom has a unique blend of experience and the ability to convey that experience to others to make their lives easier.”

Even though Jennings is a retailer at heart—he owned one of the first Carpet One stores and was literally born into the industry decades ago—Humphrey said he is as passionate about installation as he is retailing. In his WFCA position, he works closely with CFI in helping train the next generation of installers.

“He loves the installation side of the business,” Humphrey said. “He is one of those people who does not see a classification of people—white collar, blue collar; it doesn’t matter to him. He can speak to all of them.”

Humphrey is not the only flooring professional enamored of Jennings and his accomplishments. Harold Chapman, president and CEO of Bonitz Inc., Greenville, S.C., said Jennings has “done everything in the form of training to sales, installation, customer service, customer relations and marketing, even store planning and layout. He has always been willing to share his experiences and expertise.”

Janice Clifton, president and owner of Abbey Carpets Unlimited, Napa, Calif., said Jennings “has been a huge motivating factor in trying to get the ANSI standards done for carpet installation for the last five years. He has a passion to see better installation in our industry.”

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.31.45 AMMike Zoellner, vice president, marketing services, Mohawk Industries

Mohawk University is currently celebrating 20 years of retail training leadership in the flooring industry. During that span, it has consistently ranked as one of the best training programs in any industry, ranking 5th overall in Training magazine’s most recent Top 125.

Over two decades, Mohawk University has made a name for itself by partnering with

industry leaders to provide retailers with the best and most innovative training available. There is one flooring industry veteran who has dedicated his career to the development and success of Mohawk’s retailer support programs—Mike Zoellner.

A Mohawk associate for over 30 years, Zoellner, vice president of marketing services, has a keen understanding of the demands and evolving business climate of today’s flooring retailer. “We take the time to listen to our retail customers’ needs and make adjustments to our training,” Zoellner said. “For example, we are aware that sometimes it is difficult for retailers to physically leave their stores to attend courses, so we now offer live and on-demand online training options.”

Zoellner said Mohawk has also focused new course content on digital marketing, lead generation and management, “which is the new frontier for flooring retailers.”

David Duncan, senior vice president of marketing and sales operations, said Mohawk is “incredibly fortunate” to have Zoellner leading its marketing services efforts. “In addition to his contributions to the success of Mohawk U, Mike and his team are consistently focused on bringing the most value to our retailer base. He is a strong leader, mentor and friend.”

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.37.27 AMBruce Zwicker, president and CEO, Haines

When the floor covering industry was mired in the deepest recession since the Great Depression, Haines CEO Bruce Zwicker could have taken the cautious route and steered the industry’s largest distributor to safe harbor.

Instead, he challenged the organization to continue to execute on its long-range strategy to grow and expand far beyond what others believed plausible.

Because of Zwicker’s leadership, Haines not only survived the 40% industry drop that capsized many companies, it increased its business through acquisitions, investments in inventory and services, managing costs, and expanding into new territories like Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

“There’s no question that what Bruce has done within the last eight years as CEO is pretty astounding,” said Scott Roy, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “The recent CMH acquisition was a game-changer and should provide significant benefits to customers, suppliers and employees.”

According to those close to the chief executive, Zwicker lives by a simple rule that follows a clear strategy: doing the right things will result in peace of mind, good relationships with all constituents and an effective workforce.

“Bruce’s passion for growth and expansion at Haines is arguably the clearest definition of his entrepreneurial spirit,” Roy said.

Zwicker has created a culture at Haines that has resulted in high morale and low turnover. “In our last survey, 90% of our employees described Haines as a great place to work,” Roy added.

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.38.07 AMEd Duncan, senior vice president, marketing and new business development, Mannington Residential

A company veteran of more than 26 years, Ed Duncan is responsible for integrating and overseeing marketing and product line management for all residential product categories at Mannington. Ten years ago, Duncan pushed the company to get into LVT, and “it has been a major part of our success ever since,” said Kim Holm, president, residential business.

In recent years Duncan has been instrumental in launching Mannington’s newest product line, luxury vinyl sheet (LVS). “We wondered why there weren’t the negative feelings toward LVT as there was to sheet,” Holm recalled. “Ed came up with a couple concepts, both of which focused on LVT’s look.”

Mannington then invested in state-of-the-art printing, texturing and finishing technology to create more realistic visuals. And because “sheet vinyl” has a bit of a negative connotation, Holm noted, the company renamed it “LVS.”

The other half of Duncan’s program, according to Holm, was a selling system that was a step up to a good/better/best system, a staple in the carpet category but not in vinyl.

During Duncan’s time with Mannington, he’s also helped launch NatureForm sheet vinyl, and has led the company’s charge into laminate, which started as an import partnership with Witex. “Ed led our launch into another revolutionary look for laminate with the Historic collection,” Holm said. “With it, we became the first mill to offer rustic looks in the hardwood and laminate categories.”

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.38.31 AMAl Collison, founder and president, MP Global Products

Al Collison founded Midwest Padding in 1997. In order to better suit its expanding diversity of product offerings, the company later underwent a name change to MP Global Products. Under Collison’s leadership, MP Global has been an innovator in the production of specialty padding for cushioning, insulating and acoustical applications.

Besides its traditional underlayment products—including the well-known QuietWalk—the company also offers a radiant heating line, as well as an imported vinyl flooring collection, as it continues to innovate and diversify its product offerings.

In 2000, Collison was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the University of Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship. In addition, the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) has twice honored MP Global with its Associate Member Company of the Year award.

In March of 2005, MP Global’s manufacturing facility in Norfolk, Neb., burned to the ground. Within a week, Collison relocated several key members of his manufacturing team to a sister plant. The strategic alliance with another manufacturer allowed MP Global to barely skip a beat and, in under seven months, a new plant was built and operational adjacent to the spot of the former factory.

“From the start, Al has believed what is good for the flooring industry is good for America,” said Jack Boesch, MP Global’s director of marketing. “Not only is MP Global manufacturing fiber acoustic underlayment in America, but the manufacturing process Al developed includes using post-industrial/pre-consumer fibers diverted from landfill. Al has set a high environmental standard for MP Global’s underlayment products, and his leadership exemplifies the highest standards in American entrepreneurship.”

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.38.57 AMDana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood

With more than 20 years in trade show management—the last 14 at Hanley Wood—Dana Teague has been instrumental in the growth and development of both the company itself and the shows it runs and organizes. In illustration, she helped Surfaces | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas become the second largest revenue-product property in its division and the 54th-ranked trade show in the country, according to Trade Show News magazine.

After being promoted to vice president of Hanley Wood just over a year ago, Teague in her new role has helped reposition Surfaces, now called The International Surface Event to represent the integration of TileExpo, Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. The 2014 edition showed a 7% increase in attendance from 2013 with more than 700 companies exhibiting at the show. In addition, 80% of exhibitors re-signed at the event for the 2015 show, which will be held during Design and Construction Week, co-dated with the International Builders’ Show (IBS), the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the Las Vegas Market. This will allow industry professionals from all sides of the consumer housing spectrum to meet, interact and collaborate in one place for the first time ever.

“Dana is working directly with the NAHB and KBIS groups on Design and Construction week,” said Amie Gilmore, director of The International Surface Event at Hanley Wood. “Her leadership of the team really helped influence and implement our plans for last January’s show and next year’s event. She gives us the tools we need so we can carry out plans and different ideas.”

The International Surface Event continues to increase its value to attendees each year. The education program is among the strongest in the industry, and show floor enhancements such as the social media lounge and dedicated spaces for product demonstrations have been a big hit.

Teague also helped develop the upcoming International Surface Event East, launched to help expose retailers and members of the A&D community on the East Coast to the mega show. “She and I haven been working closely together for some time on planning the East show,” Gilmore said. “As a forward thinker and someone who is very strategic and knowledgeable, the city choice [Miami] and the timing can be attributed to her.”

 Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.39.21 AMPiet Dossche, president and CEO, USFloors

An innovative leader with a passion for flooring, Piet Dossche is a true go-getter in the flooring industry. With USFloors, he pioneered bamboo flooring in the U.S., exposing it to dealers and consumers nationwide. The company was an early adopter of oil-finished hardwood floors in the U.S.

Dossche is committed to the philosophy of providing unique and sustainable floors (the “U” and “S” in USFloors) that provide innovative flooring solutions to both dealers and consumers. Not content manufacturing cork and bamboo only, he established the only U.S. manufacturing facility for cork, bamboo and oil-finished hardwood at a time when most manufacturers were closing facilities or moving production offshore.

On the sustainability front, USFloors is one of Georgia’s largest solar power suppliers with two rooftop photovoltaic arrays rated at over 1⁄2 megawatt. The company also received the patent for Corboo flooring that infuses seams of cork into strand woven bamboo, creating the signature product marking USFloors’ commitment to unique and sustainable flooring products.

In his latest—and perhaps most innovative—initiative, Dossche developed the patent-pending COREtec Plus product line which created a new category of LVT—engineered luxury vinyl floors—that is currently being widely embraced by dealers nationwide.

A true visionary for the industry, Dossche saw the opportunity for retailers to make additional profit margins with COREtec Plus as an added value product, followed through successfully, and established the multi-product manufacturer as a major player in the industry.

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.39.57 AMPeter Spielman, president, Zamma Corp.

Over the past 10 years, Zamma has become the largest producer of floor transitions in North America. If you’re not familiar with the company, it’s because Zamma manufactures moldings for companies like Shaw, Mannington, Metroflor, Earthwerks and Home Depot with several more in the pipeline, according to president Peter Spielman, whose vision is driving the company.

Moldings are an important part of a retailer’s business because they represent an additional profit center with nice margins. And while Zamma offers wood and laminate moldings, it is currently rewriting the book on LVT moldings.

“As LVT evolves, moldings are going to become a big part of it, and Peter is bringing LVT moldings to the [forefront],” said Kim Holm, Mannington’s president of residential business. “He may not be the only one, but he’s doing it in the biggest way that is going to continue to fuel the growth of LVT.”

Consumers were once forced to use metal, black or gray moldings as transitions with their LVT floors, but now retailers have the ability to offer a better solution: moldings that exactly match LVT.

“If a manufacturer has 100 colors, we will have 100 LVT moldings to match each one,” Spielman said. “We run decorative vinyl profiles exactly as you run it on your LVT.”

This is the result of Zamma’s isobaric press, which allows the company to take the exact décor layer that’s printed for the LVT, then firmly fuse it with a commercial grade top layer, thereby using the same top layer and decorative layer as the floor. “We have not embraced digital printing technology that use UV inks,” Spielman said. “We believe when you use hot melt glue to coat the paper, you are putting sand and glue together. You may pass the Tabor test but you don’t have a very good product. We figured out a better way to build a mousetrap.”

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.40.02 AMKeith Spano, president, Flooring America

Since he became president of Flooring America in 2011, Keith Spano has created a “go for it” attitude amongst the group, leading the way in marketing and valuable investments. Spano’s experience from years in the flooring industry ranges from sales and marketing to product management and supplier relations, thanks to previous positions that include director of national accounts for franchises at Beaulieu and executive vice president of marketing and merchandising for Abbey Carpet.

Spano’s “partner in crime,” Frank Chiera, vice president of marketing for Flooring America, fondly remembers when the pair first met. “I could tell from that dinner—which lasted four hours—that he was not like anyone else in the floor covering business. He has a way of making you believe in his vision.”

His open-minded attitude has helped facilitate the reinvention of Flooring America’s marketing efforts, helping put a face behind the brand. Membership has increased significantly—and quickly—in recent years, in part because of Spano’s new methods in recruiting members, which takes the process to a personal level. According to Chiera, Spano has also brought in the “right team, people who can get things done and share his vision.

“It was a leap of faith for [Spano] to say, ‘Let’s reposition the brand, let’s change everything, let’s invest in digital marketing and social media,’ when everyone else in the industry was doubting that path,” Chiera continued. “He has the ability to recognize where things are going. It really sets him apart.”

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Surfaces organizers expect strong show for 2015

2015-TISE_Vertial_CYANDallas — Surfaces organizers say initial interest by exhibitors in the 2015  International Surface Event in Las Vegas is running strong.

Design & Construction Week will feature Surfaces along with three other major industry shows, each serving a different segment of the residential and commercial building and design market, over six days.

Organizers say the unprecedented event will showcase the largest collection of building and design products and services ever assembled at one time.

Design & Construction Week participants include TISE, the International Builder Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Show (KBS) and Las Vegas Market.

A partial list of confirmed exhibitors participating in Surfaces 2015 includes All Tile Inc., Bedrosians, Blick Industries, Custom Building Products, Daltile, Dream Weaver, Gran Quartz, Helios Carpets, Herregan Distributors, IVC, Mannington Mills, Mapei Corporation, Mohawk (regional show), QEP, Quickstep, Regent Stone Products, Royalty Carpet Mills and Tarkett.

“It’s clear that the floor covering, stone and tile industries recognize this unique opportunity to connect with a brand new audience,” said Amie Gilmore, show director for The International Surface Event. “A significant number of companies are expanding their booths and space on Level 2 is almost sold out. Our team is currently in discussions with a number of other major industry players who are close to coming on board. We continue to have new exhibitors added to the show daily.”

Hanley Wood Exhibitions said it has been ramping up efforts to ensure exhibitors participating in The International Surface Event will benefit from crossover attendance. 
“With a 7% increase in attendance over the previous year, a renewed optimism across all product categories was evident on the show floor this past January,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions.

Exhibitor Pavilions featured at the January event will showcase a large number of companies brand new to the show. Pavilions include Artisan Avenue, Building Stone Institute, Cleaning & Restoration Pavilion, Marmomacc Pavilion, North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), Stone Pavilion, Tool Alley and Wools of New Zealand.
The 2015 event will also feature a revamped Education Program that provides attendees with more interactive learning and networking opportunities including an Emerging Professionals happy hour, walk and talk tours of the show floor and a Social Learning Lab hosted by social media experts designed to give retailers the knowledge they need to implement a social media strategy that produces results.

Also, additional certification programs will be offered in 2015. Associations offering certifications include the Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL), NALFA and NWFA. Details of these certifications along with the full educational schedule will be announced soon.

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Hanley Wood releases results of Surfaces recycling initiative

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.29.42 AMDallas — Hanley Wood Exhibitions announced the results of its recycling initiative at The International Surface Event (TISE), held Jan. 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Seventy-five participating exhibitors donated over 100,000 pounds of gently used floor covering, stone and tile product to charitable partners, coordinated by the Mountain Re-Source Center and its subsidiary Tile Partners for Humanity.

In addition, the joint initiative which included support from Freeman Companies, United Services and Mandalay Bay Convention Center, successfully recycled 540,000 pounds of commodity material. Officials from Mandalay Bay Convention Center provided a comprehensive post-show report confirming that as a result of the effort, 80% of the total waste generated from the show was recycled.  Recycled materials included cardboard, carpet, carpet pads, concrete, metal, aluminum, paper, plastics, wood crates and pallets. 

“As a leading organizer of trade shows in the U.S., we are very proud to lead this initiative,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “The social responsibility that many of our exhibiting companies and partners are displaying will make a positive impact that is immeasurable. We feel a responsibility to bring light to the many ways recycling efforts can be implemented in business models year-round.”

The International Surface Event features over 700 exhibitors in five exhibit halls, encompassing a total 350,000 sq.ft of space. TISE is considered to be a large event by trade show industry standards, based on the number of exhibitors, attendees and total amount of space.  Additional Hanley Wood shows participating in recycling initiatives through a partnership with the Mountain Re-Source Center include DeckExpo, JLC Live NE, JLC Live NW and the Remodeling Show. The TISE initiative is the largest and most comprehensive effort due in part to the significant size of the show.

Hanley Wood provided a complimentary booth on the show floor to Mountain Re-Source Center to enable representatives to solicit exhibitor donations, answer questions and assist with donor logistics before, during and after the three-day event. The full circle effort involved Hanley Wood’s vendor partners led by Freeman Companies, who provided the necessary equipment and resources to remove donated product from the show floor, as well as the manpower needed to strategically pack and load the trailers. United Services provided material transport and cleaning services and Mandalay Bay Convention Center spearheaded the massive effort to sort and recycle the remaining waste materials left on site.

Product donations filled six 53-foot trailers to capacity and one large flatbed stacked high with rolls of carpet. Donations from the show have more than doubled since the program was launched in 2012. The difficulty of recycling carpet results in large quantities ending up in U.S. landfills each year, making the sizable amount of donated carpet even more impactful. The gently used product was delivered to two charitable organizations—Habitat for Humanity (Las Vegas chapter) and River Valley Community Outreach Center (Gridley, Calif.), who plan to utilize the materials to support community improvement efforts currently underway.    

Exhibiting companies of all sizes from the floorcovering, stone and tile industries actively participated in the Hanley Wood recycling initiative.  Major contributors included:

  • Beaulieu America
  • Bedrosians
  • Best Buy Flooring Source
  • IVC US Inc.
  • Mannington Mills
  • Phenix
  • QuickStep
  • Stanton Carpet
  • Tarkett
  • Urban Floor
  • US Floors

In addition to receiving a tax-deductible donation, exhibitors received the benefit of knowing their product would be put to good use after the show.

“Without the strong partnership we’ve built with Hanley Wood, Freeman and the ever-growing list of donating exhibitors over the past several years, this initiative wouldn’t be possible,” said Herb Miller, executive director of Mountain Re-Source Center. “The donations collected support our non-profit partners who work in impoverished communities around the country. This massive effort will enable families in need to build better lives.”

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12 top companies take home prestigious 'Best of Show' awards

SurfacesDallas — The International Surface Event recognized 12 leading companies with the prestigious “Best of Show” awards held Jan. 27-30 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Participating exhibitors competed for the top honor in eight categories: Booth Design (1200 sq.ft. or less/1201 sq.ft. or more), Booth Design (400 sq.ft. or less/401 sq.ft. or more), Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability, Technology and Best New Product.

“The Best of Show awards recognizes companies that are at the forefront of introducing new products, tools and technologies and demonstrate cutting-edge designs that continue to enhance the industry,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions.  “The companies that received awards at TISE 2014 were very deserving of this industry recognition.” 

Best of Surfaces

The Best of Surfaces awards were presented in the following categories: Booth Design (1200 sq. ft. or less/1201 sq.ft. or more) Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability and Technology.  A panel of judges comprised of industry experts were tasked with reviewing more than 50 submissions and selecting one winner in each category.

The winners for Best of SURFACES 2014 were:

  • Booth Design (1200 sq.ft. or less) – Horizon Floors
  • Booth Design (1201 sq.ft. or more) – Mannington 
  • Innovation – Armstrong for Architectural Remnants
  • Style & Design – US Floors for CoreTEC Plus
  • Sustainability – Mohawk for Everstrand Soft Appeal
  • Technology – Schluter Systems for Ditra-Heat

“We are pleased to recognize the products that reflect best-in-class illustrations of design, innovation, technology, sustainability and booth design on the Surfaces show floor,” said Steven Feldman, publisher of Floor Covering News and sponsor of the Best of Surfaces awards. “Now in its third year, this competition has become the benchmark by which new products and booth designs are judged.  I’d like to personally thank all the industry experts who participated in the Best of Surfaces judging, both in the preliminary round and on-site at the event.”

Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

The Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas awards were presented in four categories: Booth Design (400 sq.ft. or less), Booth Design (401 sq.ft. or more), Innovation and Technology.

The winners for Best of StonExpo were:

  • Booth Design (400 sq. ft. or less) – Omni Cubed
  • Booth Design (401 sq. ft. or more) – Miles Supply Co.
  • Innovation – MStone Stone & Tile for Historical Floors
  • Technology – Omni Cubed for the Pro-Dolly HD2

 “We are honored to sponsor the Best of StonExpo / Marmomacc Americas awards to recognize companies for outstanding innovation,” said Alex Bachrach, publisher of Stone World magazine.  “There was a lot of enthusiasm from the judges on the number of contenders in each category.  The competition was tough as there were many deserving companies at this year’s show.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our 2014 ‘Best of Show’ awards,” Teague said. “We look forward to continued growth of this program as these awards add abundant value to the show and exhibitors’ experience.”

Best of New Product Marketplace

Thousands of new product introductions and technologies are unveiled for the first time each January at TISE. Attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite new product featured in the New Product Marketplace by texting their votes from the show floor. The companies receiving the most votes for Best New Product SURFACES and Best New Product StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas were:

Best New Product of SURFACES 2014:  900XT Pro Tile Saw by Q.E.P. Co., Inc.

The 900XT Pro Tile Saw features a powerful 2.25 HP, 15 amp motor that easily cuts through ceramic tile, porcelain and stone. This saw has a large cutting capacity to perform rip cuts on 24 inch tiles, diagonal cuts on 18 inch tiles, as well as having the ability to cut large tile or pavers up to 3-3/4″ inch thick.

Best New Product of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014:  The Leatherhead by Blick Industries

The Leatherhead allows fabricators to use a CNC router, CNC bridge saw or manual machine to brush, hone or surface polish stone. It comes with Frankfurt shoes and a unique set of snail lock adaptors that allow utilization of four, five or six inch snail locking brushes and parts.

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Teague named vice president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions

Dallas — Hanley Wood Exhibitions is proud to announce the promotion of Dana Teague to vice president. The former group director of Surfaces | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas will continue to have full P&L responsibilities for the two shows and will focus on launch opportunities, integrated initiatives and international development in the flooring sector.

Teague has been integral in developing innovative strategies to retain and attract key flooring manufacturers and grow increasingly successful events. Surfaces | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is the second largest revenue-product property in the division and is ranked 60th on TSNN’s 2012 Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows List. The combined shows span 341,419 net square feet of exhibit space and grew 4.1% in exhibit sales in 2013.

Teague has more than 20 years in the industry and has been with Hanley Wood for 13 years. She earned her CEM designation in 2012 and was recently named to Expo’s 2013 list of ExpoElite.