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Coverings 2017 Hosts the Largest Stone and Machinery Display in North America

Posted on 20 March 2017 by cradmin

Coverings 17Join 25,000 tile and stone professionals at Coverings in Orlando, Fla. April 4-7, 2017 for live demonstrations, workshops, and free accredited education sessions. At Coverings, attendees will interact with experts in the field and have access to the latest equipment and technology.
No other event offers more products to see, machinery to evaluate, or opportunity to grow the bottom line than Coverings. Test drive the latest fabrication equipment, negotiate directly with suppliers, and evaluate and compare natural stone from all over the world for every type of project.

Free Must-Attend Educational Sessions for Fabricators Include:
• Silica Exposure and Employee Safety in the Tile and Stone Industry
• Connecting Actual Job Costs Back to Estimating
• Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices
• State of the Industry – Impact of the Natural Stone Promotional Campaign
• Don’t Get Caught Doing What Worked Yesterday When Customers Are Obsessed With What They Want Tomorrow
• Fabricator Forum
• Hiring and Retaining the Right People
Visit www.coverings.com/sessions to view over 65 free educational sessions in the full conference schedule.

Special Programs, Events & Show Features
Fabricator Appreciation Day – April 7
Fabricator day will be held on Friday, April 7th and is designed to facilitate enhanced learning and networking opportunities through a guided tour on the show floor, roundtable lunch and discussion in the Appreciation Lounge (booth 3958), fabricator-focused education sessions and more-all for FREE! Pre-registration is required. Sign up for free when registering online.

SFA CageSFA Cage Demos
By popular demand, The Stone Fabricators Alliance will once again be presenting “The Cage”. The Cage is a dynamic, wet fabrication area contained within the exhibition floor. Sponsors of the SFA will showcase new products that attendees can try, and members of the SFA will have ongoing “Mini-workshops” where fabricators can get hands-on demonstrations on various fabrication techniques like top polishing, mitering, etc. View the Cage Demo Schedule

NASCAR ExperienceNEW for Coverings 2017! NASCAR Simulator
New for 2017, attendees can enjoy a NASCAR Racing Experience right on the show floor at Coverings. With the NASCAR Racing Experience, attendees will have the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a NASCAR driver. Racers with the fastest simulator times each day will win two tickets to the NASCAR events of their choice. Learn more here.

Use promo code ECR27 when registering.

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Coverings ’17 Offers Free Educational Sessions for Fabricators

Posted on 08 February 2017 by cradmin

coverings-2017This year’s Coverings event is set to take place in Orlando on April 4-7. The World of Tile & Stone in Your Hands is the theme and Coverings has invited speakers who passionately care about their craft and are eager to share what they have learned from their own experiences. There will be a variety of free technical and practical education sessions created specifically for stone professionals.

Free Sessions for Fabricators Include:

Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices – Subjects such as changing industry standards and guidelines, improved testing capabilities, new products, technologies and techniques available will be discussed by a panel moderated by Eric Astachan of the Tile Council of North America.

Crossing the Bridge to Natural Stone Tile Installations – Chuck Muehlbauer, Technical Director of MIA+BSI, will discuss the similarities and differences between installing natural stone and ceramic tile.

Silica Exposure and Employee Safety in the Stone Industry – How the stone industry is addressing the OSHA silica rule change and what fabricators are doing now to reduce silica exposure for their employees. Speakers include: Jim Hieb, CEO of MIA+BSI; Mark Meriaux, Accreditation/Technical Manager of MIA+BSI; Jonathan Mitnick, Vice President of CCS Stone; and GK Naquin, President of Stone Interiors.

Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective – Vince Marazita, President/Owner of Stone Trends International will discuss the use of natural stone as a well-accepted building material.

State of the Industry – Impact of the Natural Stone Promotional Campaign – A panel moderated by Jim Hieb will discuss the how the campaign has received positive feedback.

Managing a Family Business – Tony Malisani, Owner of Malisanin Inc. will moderate a panel discussing the challenges and best practices of working in a family owned business.

Perspectives in Benchmarking – Duane Naquin, Owner of Stone Interiors will speak about the significance of understanding what metrics are important and how to measure your company.

Attracting More Designers to Your Showroom – How to Deliver CEU Courses – Sarah Gregg, CEU Administrator at MIA+BSI, and Rob Bacon, Stone Sales Specialist at Daltile will discuss how to expand your company’s reach to architects and interior designers.

Natural Stone Supplier-to-Buyer Manual: Creating International Standards for Importing and Exporting – The standards and guidelines of importing and exporting will be discussed by David Carnevale, President of Carnevale & Lohr.

Women in Stone Speed Mentoring & Leadership Workshop – Speakers at this workshop include: Kathy Spanier of Coldspring; Allyson Humphries of MS International; Kim Dunais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting; and Lucy Sorentini of Impact Consulting, LLC.

Fabricator Appreciation Day Tour: New and Innovative Products from the Marketplace (Pre-registration required) – An interactive tour with speakers Tony Malisani and GK Naquin.

Fabricator Appreciation Day Luncheon: Build a KickA$$ Culture and Watch Your Profits Soar (Pre-registration required) – During this keynote address, building a team that creates a culture of success will be discussed. Learn how to outline your company’s mission and communicate that mission so everyone at your organization is on the same page.

For more information about Coverings educational sessions click here.

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Coverings Seeks Tile & Stone Projects For 2017 Installation & Design Awards

Posted on 01 November 2016 by cradmin

coverings-17Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, has opened its Call for Entries for the 2017 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. Available to architects, designers, installers, and contractors, the CID Awards honor outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial environments.

New to this year’s awards program the winners will be invited to discuss their project as part of the show’s conference program. Projects will also be displayed on a video wall and on signage throughout the exhibition floor, showcasing the work to the thousands of attendees. Prize-winning project teams, including each installer and designer, will receive $2,500 and a one-night stay in Orlando.

“There is nothing quite like seeing how the mastery of design and installation can come together to create truly astounding applications of tile and stone—the CID Awards put the spotlight on these projects and the talented teams behind each beautiful space,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “Furthermore, the awards illustrate the enduring and infinite design styles achieved by today’s tile and stone products.”

An independent panel of judges will evaluate entries based on several criteria including: excellence in execution and installation; inspiring and original use of tile or stone; and overall design and purpose of the project. Projects will be assessed on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and outstanding use of materials. Emphasis will be placed on projects featuring an original or unusual use of materials, incorporating innovative technology, or combining aesthetics with function in an interesting way. Winning categories will include Residential and Commercial, and based on the submissions received, may extend to International, Artistic Use of Tile/Stone, Institutional, Community Project and more.

Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2015—December 2016). Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged, and there is no fee to enter. Entrants should submit through Coverings’ online portal before the deadline of January 6, 2017.

The CID Awards are sponsored by Tile Letter and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design.

You may also be interested in seeing other upcoming events on our Event Calendar.

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Coverings Seeks Submissions for 2017 Conference Presentations

Posted on 29 August 2016 by cradmin

coverings17Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, invited presenters and professional development leaders to submit proposals for the show’s 2017 programming.  Coverings 2017 will take place in Orlando, Fla., April 4 to 7 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Coverings calls for cutting-edge content which generates discussion and finds solutions in the categories of interior design and architecture, building and remodeling, distribution, fabrication, installation, retail sales, green practices and health and safety. Individuals and groups interested in helping the industry to grow and thrive are encouraged to submit proposals for one or more topics. Proposals can be submitted online. Deadline for submissions is September 6, 2016.

“Coverings offers and all-encompassing conference program dedicated to educating and engaging all levels of the industry,” said Michele Nebel Peake, VP, Conference  Development of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We focus on providing a variety of educational options and formats which creates an interactive learning experience, provides opportunities for discussion and helps our attendees to generate solutions which will allow them to succeed both professionally and personally.”

All sessions are free to registered Coverings exhibitors and attendees. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA, NKBA and USGBC continuing education and applies for CEUs for ASID/IIDA through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2017 conference program will be revealed in January 2017.

You may also be interested in seeing other upcoming events on our calendar.

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