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MIA Hosts ‘Women in Stone’ Event

Posted on 22 May 2014 by cradmin

MIA women in stone event

The event sponsor Patrick Perus (Polycor, Inc) with members of the WIS Steering Committee: Allyson Humphries, Brie Pfannenbecker , Kathy Spanier, Kathleen Carle, Tiffany Aryeh and Kim Dumais.

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) hosted the first gathering of its new “Women in Stone” group during Coverings 2014. This networking reception was sponsored by Polycor, while the overall initiative is also being supported by Blick Industries, Hanley Wood, OHM International, Rock of Ages, Polycor and TexaStone Quarries. The purpose of the Women in Stone group is to retain and advance women who have chosen a career in the stone industry, as well as to recruit new women into the industry. It hopes to accomplish those goals by such methods as increasing the number of networking opportunities available to women; expanding on existing educational offerings; and creating opportunities to serve on key industry committees.

Co-chair Brie Pfannenbecker of Connecticut Stone Supplies, Inc. said, “The Women in Stone launch was a tremendous success! Out of all of the wonderful happenings at Coverings, the Women in Stone event is the one I have talked about the most since returning home.”

Coldspring’s Kathy Spanier discussed the long-term effects of this effort, saying, “This is an exciting initiative that has lots of positive energy and momentum to become a resource for women to broaden perspective (personal) through meaningful strategic connections at any level of their career so they can reach their full potential and accelerate or enhance their career growth.”

More than 60 women attended the event and another face-to-face Women in Stone event is set for StonExpo East in Miami on October 19, 2014.

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Coverings Presents 4 Keynote Sessions, Numerous Others

Posted on 27 February 2014 by cradmin

For Coverings 2014, the 25th anniversary of the show, the organizers have put together four keynote sessions. Three of the sessions will be held on the first day of the show, which runs from April 29 to May 2, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The fourth keynote session will be on the second day of the show. Registration for the show is free (click here to register).

The keynote line-up is as follows: April 29, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., is “Breaking Through Barriers by Putting People First” presented by Sheldon Yellen of Belfor; April 29, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., is “Hot Issues in Tile Standards and Design” presented by Eric Astrachan, TCNA; April 29, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., is “Natural Stone & Green Design” presented by Robert Bacon of Daltile ; and April 30, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., is “Rottet Style with Stone and Tile” presented by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio (read more about the keynote presentations here).

Additionally, the show has seven featured sessions: “Stone Trends 2014” by Vincent Marazita of Marazita & Associates; “A Leading Question: Why Can’t I Generate Leads from the Internet?” by Marty Gould of Focalize Consulting; “State of the Design Industry” by Rander Fiser of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); “New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Color/Design Trends” by Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute; “Maximizing your Retail Space for Stronger Sales and Customer Engagement” by Nicole Reyhle or RetailMinded; “Prospering in Turbuletn Times: Strategies for Success” by Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender of Kizer & Bender Speaking; and “Designing for the Post-carbon Economy: It’s Zero or Nothing” by Eric Dorey Freed of organicARCHTECT (read more about the featured sessions here).

With more than 80 sessions in all, the educational offerings this year are abundant (see the complete conference agenda here).

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Coverings 2014 Seeks Conference Speakers, Presenters

Posted on 26 August 2013 by cradmin

Coverings 2014, the international tile and stone exposition, has issued a “Call for Speakers and Presentations” in search of conference speakers and professional development seminar leaders. Approaching its 25th year, Coverings will be held April 29 to May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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.

“As we prepare for the show’s 25th Anniversary, we’re planning on bringing together the most knowledgeable and distinguished industry experts to Coverings,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “This is an aspect of the show that’s a significant draw — about half of show attendees attend at least one session. We’re excited to continue the success of this program with best-in-class speakers providing education on key, timely topics.”

Presentation and speaking proposals should be submitted at www.coverings.com/education. The deadline for proposals has been extended to September 9, 2013.

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