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ATI Announces Winners of “The Winning Formula” Contest

Posted on 11 December 2017 by cradmin

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ATI has announced Devon Kumar as the grand prize winner of its third annual “The Winning Formula” contest. The contest invited architects, designers, project managers, specification managers, contractors and installers to “Show Their Winning Formula” by submitting photos of their MirroFlex, NuMetal, Fusion, or LumiSplash installations. This year a cruise trip to the Western Caribbean was awarded to the first place winner.

The contest was judged by two independent industry experts Mr. Robert M. Laschever and Mr. Bradshaw Orrell. Projects were judged based on three criteria: the ATI product chosen, creativity and quality of the finished installation.

Honorable mentions include Aparna Bonda, Desai Mayur, Paul Wenger, Susan Boswell, Steve Price and Amy Swanson.

You may also be interested in this article NKBA Announces Winners of Annual Student Design Competition.


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Coverings 2017 Announces Lineup of Appreciation Days

Posted on 06 March 2017 by cradmin

coverings-2017Coverings released the schedule of segment-focused Appreciation Days that provide enhanced learning and networking opportunities for builders, remodelers, architects, designers, contractors and fabricators. While programming for all groups will be held throughout the duration of Coverings, Appreciation Days are designed to feature tailored guided tours of the show floor, lunch, focused education sessions and more. Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 in Orlando, at the Orange County Convention Center.

Dates and programming highlights for the 2017 Appreciation Days are as follows:

Tuesday, April 4: Builder & Remodeler Day will kick off with a conference session at 8 a.m. entitled “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” led by Eric Astrachan, executive director of Tile Council of North America. At 11 a.m. the Builder & Remodeler tour of the exhibit floor, hosted by personalities Dean and Derek, will commence. Participants will see the latest in tile, stone and installation materials from around the world. After the tour, Dean and Derek will lead the roundtable discussion during lunch “Bringing the Indoors Out and Show Floor Trends” in the Appreciation Lounge.

Wednesday, April 5: Architect & Designer Day will feature several notable sessions including “Contract Magazine Presents: A Fireside Chat with John Czarnecki and Todd-Avery Lenahan” “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions,” and “Raise Your Profile: The Ins and Outs of Being a Brand Ambassador.” The first will feature Contract magazine’s editor in chief, John Czarnecki and industry leader Todd-Avery Lenahan in an intimate conversation about the business and power of design. The second session, presented by Architectural Record, will feature the magazine’s senior editor, Joann Gonchar, as well as architectural and urban designer, Ramiro Diaz, LEED AP. The third will feature three panelists discussing how they represent brands through publicity, social media and live events. Participants include founder and creative director of Kim Lewis Designs, Kim Lewis, blogger from Cozy Stylish Chic, Jeanne Chung and Blogger and NKBA Spokesperson, Patricia Davis Brown. Starting at 11 a.m., architects and designers will be invited to participate in the trends tour, led by Coverings’ Industry Ambassador, Alena Capra. Immediately following, at 12:15 p.m., attendees can join Alena for a roundtable discussion and lunch in the Appreciation Lounge.

Wednesday, April 5-Thursday, April 6: Contractor Days will span two days at the show. With many key sessions including “Introduction to Tile Industry Standards and How to Use Them to Your Advantage” and “How to Become a Certified Tile Installer.” Coverings has added four new contractor/installer session tracks: Contractor Advanced Business Topics; Contractor Beginner-Intermediate Topics; Thin-Tile Mini-Track; and En Español for Spanish-speaking attendees. The Contractor tour will take place on both Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the Contractor Lounge. Happy hours with fun giveaways will be offered in the afternoon.

Friday April 7: Fabricator Day will commence with the session “Don’t Get Caught Doing What Worked Yesterday When Customers are Obsessed With What They Want Tomorrow” featuring James Dion, president and owner of Dionco Inc. This session will focus on what the new consumer’s expectations are and how to exceed them. The Fabricator Tour will begin at 11 a.m., highlighting new and innovative products from the marketplace. At noon, immediately following the tour, will be the Fabricator Luncheon and Roundtable discussion on building a culture and diversifying a business.

Learn more about the 2017 Appreciation Days, as well as the comprehensive conference program by clicking here.

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MIA CEU Programs Adds New Course for Architects

Posted on 28 November 2012 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is proud to announce that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has approved “Natural Stone Tile: An Overview” as a CEU course available to MIA members who are part of the MIA’s CEU Program. The MIA CEU Program helps participating MIA members connect with architects and design professionals by certifying them as approved providers of CEU courses. The MIA works to register these courses with the AIA and IDCEC (a consortium of interior design associations). “Natural Stone Tile: An Overview” is the 12thsuch course to be recognized.

“Natural Stone Tile: An Overview” is a one hour course that familiarizes design professionals with the resources available for installation methods and specifying standards for natural stone tile. The course reviews the characteristics of natural stone in order to explain how it may affect your project. The learning objectives are as follows:

  • Understand the basic stone types and methods of formation
  • Gain an understanding of the key aspects of Stone Tile Specification as introduced in the 2011-12 TCNA Handbook, ANSI  A 108/A118, and the MIA Dimension Stone Design Manual 7.2
  • Understand how the intricacies of Stone Tile Installation can impact your project
  • Learn key differences between the installation of Stone Tile and Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

Six months in development, the new course was developed by the MIA’s Stone Tile Presentation Committee.  The committee utilized feedback from a Coverings presentation on this topic conducted by Josh Levinson, Artistic Tile, and expanded the scope of the presentation to fit a CEU format.  Several industry leaders were involved on the project which included collaboration with TCNA (Tile Council of North America) to acquire images of methods discussed in the presentation. The new powerpoint presentation also includes a hand-out specific to the presentation content.

Committee member Vincent Moiso had this to say about the program, “For me this presentation is an essential addition to the Marble-Institute’s CEU program. It takes the Stone Design I and II presentations to the next level. It provides insight to proper stone tile installation methods and really promotes setting the proper customer expectations.”

Committee Chair Josh Levinson added, “In order to meet the expectations of the end user, this new CEU strives to educate the market on the nuances of installing natural stone tiles, and differentiate it’s application from man made products, at a time when these differences have been brought to the forefront by the inclusion of stone tile installation methods in the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation.”

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