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Coverings 2015 Features Appreciation Days

Posted on 13 March 2015 by cradmin

Coverings 2015 LogoCoverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, has announced the return of “Appreciation Days,” which will feature tailored programming for specific attendee segments, including architects, designers, fabricators, contractors, builders and remodelers. Comprised of guided tours of the show floor and focused education sessions, Appreciation Days will provide participants with opportunities to further their knowledge alongside fellow industry members during Coverings 2015, which will be held April 14 to 17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Participants of each Appreciation Day will have access to a designated lounge, providing a space dedicated to networking and relaxing during the show. Additionally, all registered participants of Coverings’ Appreciation Days will be offered complimentary lunches and numerous opportunities to network with other professionals during their respective day.

“Each attendee segment is important to Coverings, and their attendance is appreciated, so we are continually searching for ways to enhance their show experience,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “Appreciation Days not only allow us to celebrate the diverse range of Coverings’ attendees but also provide them with curated educational and networking opportunities.”

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

  • Builder & Remodeler Day,  April 14 – Features roundtable discussions in English and Spanish over lunch in the Appreciation Lounge, facilitated by the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (in Spanish) and the Florida Home Builders Association. The focus is on current trends in the builder and remodeler industry in the Southeast market. Guided tours of the show floor will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., starting and ending at the Appreciation Lounge.
  • Architect & Designer Day, April 15 – Begins with breakfast at 9:15 a.m. with Interior Design Magazine’s Hospitality Design Power Panel, moderated by Deputy Editor Edie Cohen. Lunch is provided during Joey Shimoda’s noon Keynote Session where he will present “The Sensuality of Surface,” sponsored by Contract Magazine. In addition, specifier attendees are encouraged to attend the Featured Session presented by American Society of Interior Designers Executive Vice President and CEO Randy Fiser, who will discuss “Designing Wellness.” In between the dynamic education programming, facilitated tours of the show floor will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., leaving from the Appreciation Lounge.
  • Contractor Days, April 15-16 – On these days, the National Tile Contractors Association will host roundtable discussions over lunch in the Contractor Lounge. Discussions will be divided into residential and commercial contracting interests and are open to all experience levels. The Contractor Days also feature eight, one-hour guided tours of the show floor and happy hours with prize giveaways in the lounge in the afternoon.
  • Fabricator Day, April 16 – Features several roundtables over lunch in the Appreciation Lounge on key topics, including, “CEU Immersion Class | Providing CEUs to Architects & Interior Designers Using MIA’s Turn-Key Program,” “How to Handle Wastewater in a Fabrication Setting” and “Perspectives in Benchmarking.” “Stone Zone Passports” will also be available at registration and in the Lounge for fabricators to use as a map and guide to exploring the dozens of exhibitors located in the machinery and allied products area of the Coverings show floor.

To learn more about conferences, programs, exhibitors and special events planned for Coverings 2015, visit coverings.com. Or register now for free!

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Coverings 2015 to Feature Conference Program with Industry Authorities

Posted on 10 February 2015 by cradmin

Coverings 2015 LogoCoverings 2015, the largest stone and tile exhibition in North America, returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., April 14 to 17, and the show is slated to feature a robust program of notable, respected speakers. More than 75 educational sessions begin one day before the show proper, on April 13, and they will cover a broad range of topics relevant to the stone and tile industry that are designed to give businesses an edge in today’s highly competitive marketplace.

All educational sessions at Coverings 2015 will be organized into tracks curated for each segment of attendees: fabricators, distributors, contractors, builders, designers, architects and retailers. In addition, a special segment will be provided for professionals wishing to learn about sustainability and green programs. However, sessions are free and open to all exhibitors and attendees, and selection is ultimately based on individual interest.

The conference component of Coverings ranks as one of the show’s most popular features, and it has been a vital element since being implemented in 1990. In addition to providing an excellent educational experience, attendees may benefit by earning valuable CEU credits.

Keynote Sessions

The lineup for the Coverings 2015 educational sessions is headlined by four keynote speakers:

Tuesday, April 14 – 8:00 a.m.
“Industry Update: Latest News on Tile Standards, Specification Issues, and Other Important Developments”
Presented by Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA)

Back by popular demand, the TCNA Executive Director will report on industry current events, including regulatory issues, consumption data, changes to standards and the TCNA Handbook. Mr. Astrachan will also discuss a host of other issues and controversies with a focus on how they affect segments of the tile industry. The broad-spectrum update will cover latest developments from the TCNA Lab, the latest on tile and green construction and various pitfalls and liabilities to avoid.

Wednesday, April 15 – 9:15 a.m.
“Interior Design Magazines Hospitality Design Power Panel”
Presented by Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design Magazine

The panel will showcase top designers from Interior Design’s Top 100 Hospitality Giants, who will discuss innovations, trends and developments in hospitality design, growth sectors, and how tile and stone comes into play. Panelists will offer their insight and tips on creating inviting and innovative spaces through case studies, projects and more.

Wednesday, April 15 – 12:00 p.m.
“The Sensuality of Surface”
Presented by Joey Shimoda, Chief Creative Officer of The Shimoda Design Group

The Shimoda Design Group has spent more than a decade crafting spaces that celebrate the sensuality of surface. The firm specializes in creating spaces that elevate each client’s brand vision and the innovative use of surfacing materials that set a tone to deliver a focused message about culture and design.

Thursday, April 16 – 8:00 a.m.
“One on One with Bart Bettiga”
Presented by Harris Rosen, President of Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Bart Bettiga of the National Tile Contractors Association and Coverings’ 2015 Chairman will sit down with Mr. Rosen for a one–on–one exclusive interview that will address the hospitality business, the design industry and his view of the future of design.

Featured Sessions

Coverings 2015 will also offer six Featured Sessions that provide additional vantage points from the stone and tile industry.

Tuesday, April 14, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
“Future Color/Design Trends: Innovation and Impact”
Featuring Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute

Eiseman will discuss how to stay on top of the latest color forecasts in a highly visual world in order to sell products or services, examine how traditional media such as print and TV commercials have become more inventive and sophisticated and how new technologies have introduced unexpected color stories. This session will also address what is driving these color trends and how they impact ones business to better know how to make critical color decisions.

Tuesday, April 14, 10:45–11:45 a.m.
“Secrets to Creating Remarkable Customer Experiences”
Featuring Sandy Smith of Sandy Smith Seminars

Smith’s presentation notes the decreased dependency of the customer on the seller for information due to the emergence of the Internet, identify the escalating expectation of today’s 24-hour customer and highlight best practices of organizations that consistently deliver remarkable customer experiences. 

Tuesday, April 14, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
“Stone Trends 2015”
Featuring Vince Marazita of Marazita & Associates

Marazita will provide an overall view of the market and market trends at this 17th Annual State of the Industry presentation on the dimensional stone marke
t in the U.S. This session covers information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year with examples of award–winning projects that have been recognized for their use of natural stone.

Wednesday, April 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
“Designing Wellness”
Featuring Randy Fiser, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Fiser will advise on how ASID and its members are improving lives through better design in response to the increased attention to wellness. With policy makers and the public focusing on health and wellbeing initiatives, interior designers have taken on a valuable role in this wellness movement.

Thursday, April 16, 9:15–10:15 a.m.
“Design Build Obligations: You May Not Know It, But You Own It”
Featuring Tommy A. Conner of Superior Tile and Stone

Conner will explore Design Build, a project delivery method that provides the owner with a single point of contact for design and construction. This session will provide awareness of the unique financial and liability risks associated with design build that are essential to avoiding unpleasant surprises.

Thursday, April 16, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
“10 Best Practices to Maximize Your Store Experience & Sales”
Featuring Nicole Leinbach Reyhle of Retail Minded

Reyhle will present the 10 best practices in today’s crowded marketplace to help retailers and designers increase their success. This session will review current market trends, in–the–know retail tips, and realistic ways to maximize time and sales. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a checklist to evaluate their own store best practices to grow beyond existing store goals. These 10 tips may be quick, but they are spot on and will offer effective support in surviving in today’s competitive marketplace.

Learn more about the Keynote Sessions, Featured Sessions and all of the conference programming by clicking here. Register to attend this year’s show for free at Coverings.com.


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Coverings 2015 to Return to Orlando

Posted on 28 August 2014 by cradmin

Coverings, the tile & stone exhibition, has announced it will return to Orlando, Fla., in 2015. The show will once again include an array of products, conference programming and many show floor features — all for free — April 14 to 17, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center. With more than a dozen successful shows in the Orlando area, next year is anticipated to be the largest show since 2009, with an overall increase in both square footage and number of exhibitors. In total, the 2015 show is projected to have 23,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors across 400,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space.

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