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TISE excites with new features, education sessions

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16

By Lindsay Baillie

 

Las Vegas—The International Surface Event (TISE) is ushering in a host of new features for 2018, starting with the event’s new Monday-to-Thursday format. In addition to the earlier start, attendees can expect to see the latest products paired with off-site tours, updated education sessions and presentations as well as a new Media Village.

The TISE team works each year toward developing an event that achieves for attendees:

  1. A momentous and profitable experience;
  2. Products, resources, knowledge and connections that will benefit their businesses; and
  3. The first solution for their businesses to launch their year.

As Michelle Swayze, senior marketing manager, Informa, explained, “As the event continues to grow to more than 450,000 square feet of exhibits, products and services—800 exhibiting brands; more than 200 new exhibitors; the return of Shaw to the event and so much more— the TISE team has become more creative in offering the content, resources and partnerships the industry needs in innovative yet concise ways.”

The Design & Installation Showcase Hub, The Dish
At the 2018 event attendees will notice an update to the Trends Hub and the Installation Showcase, which have now merged into one location called the Design & Installation Showcase Hub, The Dish. Presenting on three stages—the Design Stage, the Product Demonstration Stage and the Installation Stage—attendees can visit each daily for hourly content regarding what’s new and on trend for products, installation and design.

The Design Stage will be curated by Scarlet Opus, a world-renowned design firm, and Housetipster, an innovative tech design company, to present a 360 design space in which attendees can take virtual tours via large touchscreens and/or virtual reality goggles. The Product Demonstration Stage will feature exhibitor-led demonstrations on the newest products in the industry, while the Installation Stage will present detailed how-to and best practices demonstrations for all types of installation techniques.

Media Village
The Media Village will be home to resources such as magazines, industry partners and associations that have connections and information for attendees. Those at the show can come to this area to meet founders and guiding forces in the industry as well as pick up complimentary magazines and gain knowledge.

Ignite education program
The TISE Ignite program is offering 55 sessions in targeted tracks for designers, architects, fabricators, contractors, installers, homebuilders, retailers, distributors and more. Of the 100 presenters, 25 are new to the 2018 program. All are leaders in their respective fields.

The program also includes several sessions to change the way attendees interact and engage with the educators and their peers. These sessions include: “What Stone Is This? Learn How to be a Rock Sleuth,” “Women in Stone Interactive Career Advancement Workshop,” “Fabricators Forum: Networking, Learning, Sharing” and “Take a Break from Tradition – #CleanYourShowroom.”

The Ignite education program will also cover a host of topics in surface design in 2018 from aging in place, wellness and health design to safety factors and the “sexiness” of quartz and luxury.

Off-site tours
Attendees can sign up for a designer home tour to Ascaya—a premier custom luxury estate home site with a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Valley. They can also go on a natural stone tour to Las Vegas Rock (LVR) Quarry and attend a special quarry-producers workshop.

Networking opportunities
Attendees will be able to connect and socialize at various events such as Canada Night, Emerging Professionals Happy Hour, Interactive Career Advancement Workshop, the VIP Distributor Lounge and more.

Las Vegas Market shuttle
TISE is partnering with the Las Vegas Market, which will offer a breadth of product offerings and inspiration for interior designers and retailers as well as expand the buying and sourcing possibilities. Buyers will have continuous shuttle service between the two exhibits—the World Market Center Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center—on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees will also have access to both events’ floors for the duration of both shows.

 

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Shaw Education Labs showcase latest trends, environmental insights at Greenbuild

Shaw Greenbuild IMG_2421Boston—Shaw Industries Group partnered with the CDC, City and County of San Francisco, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Ecoworks Studio, GIGA, HDR and McDonough Innovation to bring fresh thinking and continuing education opportunities to Greenbuild attendees during the annual conference and expo held the week of Nov. 6 here.

“Greenbuild is focused on transforming the market and changing the way people all over the world experience buildings,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “It’s a forum that provides us with the opportunity to collaborate with customers and partners to provide insights and education as we all strive to have an even more positive impact in the world.”

At this year’s Greenbuild, Shaw provided five Education Lab sessions and hosted a session with renowned architect and visionary William McDonough in addition to being part of the Cradle to Cradle “Built Positive” day-long pre-session.

Shaw Education Lab sessions included:

  • Cradle to Cradle Products—Currency in the Circular Economy: Explored growing sustainability concepts in the built environment including circular economy, buildings as material banks, material passports, health, wellness and Cradle to Cradle design.
  • The Great Indoors—Creating Safe, Sustainable Environments: Showcased an innovative project undertaken with the city of San Francisco to create the great indoors told from the point of view of the city, an architect/designer and a manufacturer.
  • Designing for Human Health—Cradle to Cradle and WELL: Discussed how the built environment affects human health and how Cradle to Cradle product design can help meet the growing demand for health-conscious design.
  • Transparency—Tools & Tribulations: Delved into how to cut through the complexity of LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure & Optimization credits, reducing research time and associated costs, including tools developed to help simplify the complexity and facilitate the selection of products that help create beautiful, sustainable environments.
  • Special Session with William McDonough “A Walk in the Garden, An Essay of Clues & The Butterfly Effect”: A look at McDonough’s extensive work to do more good, including collaboration with Shaw Contract and Patcraft to design beautiful, sustainable products with safe ingredients that can be perpetually cycled and were manufactured with respect for humans and the environment.

These insightful presentations and related continuing education opportunities are available from Shaw throughout the year.

These efforts are in keeping with Shaw’s long-held commitment to education and training that are at the heart of the company’s focus on innovation. Shaw provides more than 1 million training hours to its associates each year and offers extensive customer education opportunities.

“Our success and customers’ success is inextricably linked,” Murray notes. “By constantly looking for what’s next and keeping a pulse on the perpetually shifts in the market, we are able to not only provide the best products and services to our customers but to help them advance their business goals as well.”

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Coverings 2017 taps industry leaders for conference programming

coverings-2017-ad-600-x-400-anim-2Arlington, Va.—Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in its 2017 conference program—where distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with attendees. The conference program will highlight pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers and Spanish-speaking attendees. New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. These sessions include: “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices,” “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends,” “Design: A Global Affair,” “Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective,” “Coastal Resilience–Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions,” “Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!” “What’s Trending in Hospitality?” “Design, Health and Wellness in the Workplace,” “What’s Next in Customer Engagement–More Than Ten Ideas Your Customers Will ‘Like’ and ‘Love’ You For” and a fireside chat with Todd-Avery Lenahan, founder of TAL-Studio.

For more information visit Coverings.com/conference.