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TISE continues call for nominations for Best of 2015 awards program

TISE-+-DC-Partner-Logo_VerticalDallas—The International Surface Event (TISE) has announced the call for nominations for the Best of 2015 awards program, sponsored by Floor Covering News, Stone World and TILE Magazine.

Participation in the Best of program, which encompasses Surfaces, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo, is free for companies exhibiting at TISE 2015. Submissions may include a product, program, service, business practice or booth design that was introduced after TISE 2014 or is making its debut at TISE 2015. A company may submit only one product in a single category, but may submit the same product across multiple categories.

The Best of awards for each show will be evaluated and determined by a panel of judges chosen by the official publication sponsors. The winning companies will be announced and awarded in the winners’ booths on January 22. Awards will be presented by representatives from the sponsoring publications and TISE show management. Winners will also be featured in a post-show press release, featured on the show’s social media channels and highlighted on TISEwest.com.

“The Best of awards program has grown in popularity and prestige over the last couple of years,” commented Amie Gilmore, show director for The International Surface Event. “This program adds abundant value to the show and to the exhibitors’ experience. If you’re an exhibitor at TISE 2015, you’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity.”

If you are an exhibitor and would like to nominate your company for an award, click here. The deadline for submission is Dec. 5, 2014.

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TISE East offers diverse education with new format

TISEeast2014-VERTICAL-1000x706-3DallasHanley Wood Exhibitions is gearing up for the launch of The International Surface Event East (TISE East) with a renewed focus on providing exclusive educational offerings and networking opportunities designed for floor covering, stone and tile industry professionals. TISE East, which encompasses three shows, SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo, will be held Oct. 19-22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. The education program has been developed with an emphasis on new “active-learning” formats, proven to be most effective and engaging for adult learners. Over the course of four days, attendees will have the chance to experience over 50 top-notch educational sessions, engage in live demos, discover new products and trends during Show Floor Walk & Talks, attend off-site tours, gain industry-recognized certifications and share insight with colleagues during a variety of networking events held each day.

The education program will be offered Sunday, Oct. 19 through Wednesday, Oct. 22 and includes sessions targeted to specific audience segments—architect, builder, designer, emerging professional, care/maintenance/restoration, retailer/dealer, fabricator, installer and distributor. A large number of sessions qualify for continuing education credits through AIA, AIBD, IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IIDA) and IICRC.

Most sessions are offered before the exhibit hall opens to allow both exhibitors and attendees the chance to take advantage of education. Attendees who wish to continue the discussion and follow-up with a session speaker, will be able to sign-up for “Office Hours” for one-on-one coaching and mentoring with presenters. “We have an impressive line-up of presenters who have enthusiastically embraced the idea of interacting on a more personal level with attendees,” said Michele Nebel Peake, conference manager for TISE East. “We are excited to offer this value-add that will undoubtedly enhance the overall experience for participants.”

Highlights of education offered at TISE East include:

Live demos

Up-close and personal demonstrations on the show floor will allow attendees to interact directly with industry peers, ask questions, understand actual processes and learn new techniques. Complimentary on-floor education and demos can be found in the LIVE Demos area, The CAGE, Cleaning & Restoration Pavilionand the Social Learning Lab, whereattendees are encouraged to “BYOD” – Bring Your Own Device.

Walk & Talk Sessions

Walk & Talk Sessions incorporate tours of the show floor, utilizing the exhibit hall as an extended classroom environment. Attendees gain perspective from industry peers and share ideas with one another in small groups. The Walk & Talk Sessions will feature three different areas of focus: Equipment & Tooling, Luxury Trendspotting Floor Covering and In Our Green Shoes: An Eco-Agenda.

Workshops

Inspire Your Customers with Fashion-Led Visual Merchandising

Monday, Oct. 20, PART 1: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; PART 2: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Cost: $99

Phil Pond and Victoria Redshaw, with U.K trend forecasting firm Scarlet Opus, present this unique, two-part, hands-on workshop that explores the connection between interior trends, consumers and merchandising—and how to capitalize on all three to increase sales. Presented with three specific interior trends for spring/summer 2015 relevant to both hard and soft flooring, as well as wall surfaces, participants will gain an understanding of visual merchandising trends and how to incorporate them into store design and displays. After critiquing examples of window displays, participants will have the opportunity to put their new knowledge to practical use, dividing into small groups and creating live window displays on the show floor. Sponsored by Floor Focus and Floor Daily.

Stone Fabricators Alliance MegaWorkshop: Maximizing Margins

Monday, Oct. 20, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free, RSVP required

Calling all fabricators! This four-hour workshop focuses on how to maximize margins and increase profits, straight from experienced business owners. Topics include branding, production efficiency, business planning, the buying experience, diversifying, and profit.

The Experience Retailer Symposium- Get It Right!

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $109, On-site $129

Presented by Larry Cooper, Textile Consultants and Lewis G. Migliore, LGM and Associates, this retailer symposium will cover a lot of ground for “getting it right” – from reviewing new products including wood, LVT and carpet (polyester and soft fibers) to working with your company to develop client selling skills. Larry and Lew will also review the new inspector standards and work to cut through the made up stuff in inspections. Finally, they will cover hiring your own inspector to “get it right”. The program will also include case studies and hands- on demonstrations. Sponsored by iCleaning Specialist.

Off-site tour

A&D Hospitality Tour: South Beach Sublime

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Cost: $100, On-site $125 (includes lunch)

Led by Modern Luxury Interiors’ Editor-In-Chief, Drew Limsky attendees will get a behind-the-design tour of two of the hippest properties on Collins Avenue. Designed by creative icon Philippe Starck, SLS Hotel South Beach imparts a “dream world” theme, blending Latin, Asian, contemporary and art deco influences with captivating precision. The James Royal Palm Hotel, designed by Lauren Rottet, is a modern tribute to the original Royal Palm Hotel history. A redesigned 1930s Art Deco property with a retro feel, the design kept intact many signature elements including the compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, the green glass reception desk and the porthole windows in the lobby lounge. Attendees will enjoy lunch at one of South Beach’s hottest spots – the Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm. Sponsored by Floor Focus and Floor Daily.

Networking lunch

140 Under 40 Networking Luncheon

Monday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, On-site $30 I Package: $85, On-site: $95

We’ve gathered some of the industry’s most influential insiders to share their perspectives on what it takes to be successful in today’s competitive environment. A rare chance to interact with titans of the floor covering, stone and tile industries exclusively for emerging professionals under 40 years of age.

Certifications

ICRI Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Certification Program

Educational session
Monday, Oc. 20, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $200

Written examination
Monday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $260
Attendees must register for the Educational Session in order to register for the Written Examination.

Performance examination
Monday, Oct. 20, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $440

One-hour performance examinations are available to qualified applicants during the following time period. Attendees must register for the Educational Session and the Written Examination in order to be eligible to register for the Performance Examination.

The purpose of this certification program is to help improve the performance of concrete slab moisture testing to result in more consistent, accurate and reliable results that will help flooring manufacturers, architects, engineers and contractors make better decisions as to when a concrete floor is ready for a floor covering installation.

Marble Institute of America Sponsored Education

Women in Stone Connection Conference*

Sunday, Oct. 19, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $99 (MIA Member), $149 (Non-Member)

The most important part of business, no matter what sector of the industry you are in, is connecting with people. This conference will discuss the process of building relationships with customers, colleagues, and co-workers. Each item on the agenda will focus on the opportunities and challenges women in the stone industry face in the workplace. *For registration for this session only, visit marble-institute.com.

Stone Industry Town Hall Meeting

Monday, Oct.20, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free, RSVP required

Panelists: Dan Rea, Coldspring Granite; James Hieb, Marble Institute of America; Tobias Morrison, Metrostudy; Tony Malisani, Malisani Inc.

Attendees will have the opportunity to let their voice be heard and learn first-hand how industry leaders and peers are addressing matters ranging from government regulation, competing product challenges and forecasting market growth.

Sustainable Natural Stone – An Introduction to NSC 373

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free, RSVP required

Joshua Levinson with Artistic Tile Wholesale presents an informative session on NSC 373, the Natural Stone Council’s Standard for the Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone, recently introduced to the market. Attendees will gain an understanding of the sustainable production and benefits of natural stone and how to differentiate and apply these practices.

Navigating an Onsite Safety Consultation to Meet OSHA Requirements

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free, RSVP required

Panelists: Jonathan Mitnick, CCS Stone, Inc.; Jim Nikolopoulos, Walker Zanger; David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc.

Moderated by GK Naquin with Stone Interiors, this lively panel discussion will explore the benefits of inviting OSHA into your facility from companies that took the challenge and succeeded. Attendees will walk away with a practical plan of how to adequately prepare for this important inspection.

Special events

Launch Party By-The-Pool

Oc. 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $75, On-site $100

Attendees are invited to experience the Miami Beach nightlife at its best as we celebrate the launch of TISE East at this after-hours all industry event. Enjoy drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and networking on the grounds of the iconic Delano South Beach hotel. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold goes back to the industry to equally benefit the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Fund and the Natural Stone Council Sustainability Initiatives.

Exhibits

Sales remain strong for the first inaugural event and space is filling up fast. Show Management is projecting the exhibit hall will feature over 50,000 square feet of floor covering, stone and tile manufacturers and suppliers. A partial list of participating manufacturers include Bedrosians, Blick Industries, BMC Flooring, Breton SpA, Carpet Express, Inc., Dream Weaver, GranQuartz, International Wholesale Tile, Kane Carpet, Weavemasters, Lackmond Products Inc., Machine Tech Enterprises, MAPEI, Miracle Sealants Co., Northwood Industrial Machine, Park Industries, Regent Stone Products, Inc., Stanton Carpet, Max Woods USA and USG.

Registration 

Education sessions require pre-registration. A complete schedule of the TISE East education program is available by visiting TISEeast.com. Early Registration rates have been extended through September 5.

Housing

To take advantage of discounted hotel rates at TISE East, which include complimentary shuttle service to and from the show, visit www.tphousing.com/tise.

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The International Surface Event gears up for East Coast event

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“Our partners have been requesting a fall show for several years and with the economic recovery clearly underway, we are confident TISE East will attract a brand new audience which will translate into new business for exhibitors,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions.  “The industry has become accustomed to manufacturers introducing new products at the January show.  TISE East will give buyers the chance to evaluate which new products are performing and allow them to adjust their inventories and merchandising strategy accordingly.”

The TISE East sales team reports strong interest from exhibitors for all three shows.  A partial list of participating major manufacturers confirmed include Bedrosians, Blick Industries, BMC Flooring, Breton SpA, Carpet Express, Inc., Dream Weaver, GranQuartz, International Wholesale Tile, Kane Carpet, Weavemasters, Lackmond Products Inc., Machine Tech Enterprises, MAPEI, Miracle Sealants Co., Northwood Industrial Machine, Park Industries, Regent Stone Products, Inc., Stanton Carpet, The Max Windsor Group and USG.

The TISE East Advisory Council, comprised of industry veterans representing every facet of the flooring, stone and tile industry, met with Show Management in February to offer insight on industry trends, hot topics and provide feedback on a new education program format, show hours, networking events and other show features.

In response to increasing demand for continuing education and industry certifications, show hours have been adjusted to allow both exhibitors and attendees the opportunity to take advantage of a newly revamped education program which provides for more interactive learning.   TISE East exhibit hours are 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct.22.  Education will be offered from 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm on Sunday, Oct.19, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 8:00 am – 11:00 am on Wednesday, Oct.22.

The revamped education program includes over 50 educational sessions targeted to specific audience segments – architect, builder, designer, retailer/dealer, fabricator, installer, distributor and care/maintenance/restoration.  A large number of sessions will qualify for credits with AIA, AIBD, IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IIDA) and IICRC.  Education program highlights include the 140 Under 40 Emerging Professionals Luncheon, a round-table networking event featuring some of the industry’s most influential insiders, an Interior Trends & Merchandising Workshop, which will give participants the hands-on opportunity to create window displays live on the show floor and an Architect & Designer Hospitality Tour, showcasing the innovative use of building and design product at two luxury award-winning Miami Beach hotels.

Walk & Talk Sessions incorporating tours of the show floor will utilize the exhibit hall as a classroom, allowing attendees to gain perspective from industry experts with three different areas of emphasis – Equipment & Tooling, Luxury Trendspotting Floorcovering and In Our Green Shoes: An Eco-Agenda.

“Our goal since we began working with our partners, sponsors and endorsers on planning TISE East has been to create a unique trade show experience that allows attendees to take full advantage of educational offerings, certifications and networking in addition to the exhibits,” Teague explained.  “We will continue to invest in offering top-notch educational programming as our research indicates ongoing education is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage for both buyers and sellers.”

Complimentary on-floor education and demos can be found in The CAGE, Cleaning & Restoration Pavilion, Tool Alley and the Social Learning Lab, where attendees are encouraged to “BYOD” – Bring Your Own Device to learn everything you need to know about social media.  Other show features include Artisan Avenue, Marmomacc Pavilion, Product Marketplace, Stone Pavilion and StoneLIVE Stadium.

In addition, the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) will be offering installers Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Technician Certification, the Stone Fabricators Alliance will present “Maximizing Margins,” a workshop focused on hard-hitting strategies to increase profits straight from experienced business owners and The Experience will conduct a Retailer Symposium: “Get it Right! – New Products, Troubleshooting Problems Onsite, Selling Skills and Hiring Your Own Inspector.”

Complimentary education sessions offered by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) include “Stone Industry Town Hall Meeting: Let Your Voice Be Heard, Sustainable Natural Stone – An Introduction to NSC 373” and “Navigating an Onsite Safety Consultation to Meet OSHA Requirements.”  MIA will also be hosting Women in Stone Connection Conference on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

In case you thought Miami was going to be all work and no play, a Progressive Happy Hour event will take place Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on the show floor.  And hat’s a new show launch without a party to celebrate?  Exhibitors and attendees are invited to the TISE East Launch Party by-the-Pool, Monday, Oct.20 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Guests will enjoy complimentary beer and wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and networking by the pool at the iconic Delano hotel, a not-to-be missed event showcasing the best of Miami Beach nightlife.  Tickets are $50/early registration, $75/regular and $100/onsite.

Education sessions require pre-registration.  A complete schedule of the TISE East education program will be available mid-July.  For more information on The International Surface Event East, visit www.TISEeast.com.

To take advantage of discounted hotel rates at TISE East which include complimentary shuttle service to and from the show, visit www.tphousing.com/theintlsurfaceevent.com.

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Time running out to enter Best of Surfaces competition

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 11.31.12 AMHicksville, N.Y.—Time is quickly running out for manufacturers to enter the 2014 Best of Surfaces competition. The deadline is Dec. 27, and there is no cost to enter. Now in its third year, the competition, cosponsored by Floor Covering News and Hanley Wood, owners and operators of the International Surface Event, has quickly become a benchmark for product and program excellence. The 2014 International Surface Event, which includes Surfaces, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and the debut of TileExpo, is the floor covering industry’s premier trade show. It is slated for Jan. 28-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Continue reading Time running out to enter Best of Surfaces competition

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Surfaces early registration ends Friday

SurfacesDallas—Show management of Surfaces, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo said that the discounted early registration deadline for all three shows is Friday, Nov. 29. Early registration pricing is $15 for both Exhibits Only and Exhibits with Education packages.

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Hanley Wood launches mobile app for Int’l Surface Event

Nov. 18/25 2013; Volume 27/number 15

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The new app from Hanley Wood will help attendees navigate The International Surface Event.

Dallas—Hanley Wood has launched a new mobile app for The International Surface Event 2014. The free app is available now for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry users and is sponsored by FCA Network. Continue reading Hanley Wood launches mobile app for Int’l Surface Event

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Early registration begins for Surface Event

HanleyWood_Events_LogoDallas — The International Surface Event 2014 (formerly known as Surfaces) attendee registration is officially open, organizers said.

Surfaces, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo will be held Jan. 27 to 30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  Continue reading Early registration begins for Surface Event

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Hanley Wood set to launch International Surface Event East

Tile Expo added to Vegas, Miami Shows

Sept. 16/23 2013; Volume 27/number 11

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 10.56.52 AMHicksville, N.Y.—Hanley Wood Exhibitions has announced the creation of two events designed to bring the flooring and surfaces industries together. The International Surface Event East, a new trade show designed to bring the impact of Surfaces to the East Coast, will debut in October 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. The show is a complementary addition to The International Surface Event, which is slated for Jan. 27 to 30, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Additionally, TileExpo, a show focused on the tile industry, will launch in conjunction with Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas (formerly S2). Continue reading Hanley Wood set to launch International Surface Event East

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IWF to partner with StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 3.37.37 PMDallas—StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) are forming a strategic partnership with IWF as an official endorser of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014, which is co-located with Surfaces. An IWF woodworking-specific education program will be available to StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas attendees, which will include design, business management, business development and material processing for the cabinetry and countertop sector as it relates to the kitchen and bath. More information regarding the program will be announced in the coming weeks. Continue reading IWF to partner with StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

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IWF to endorse StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014

IWF2014 LogoDallas—StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) have announced they are forming a strategic partnership. IWF will be an official endorser of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014, which is co-located with Surfaces. An IWF woodworking-specific education program will be available to StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas attendees. The new education program will include design, business management, business development and material processing for the cabinetry and countertop sector as it relates to the kitchen and bath. More information regarding the IWF education program will be announced in the coming weeks. Continue reading IWF to endorse StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014