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NTCA Announces 2021 Awards Recipients

Posted on 09 August 2021 by cradmin4

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) honored numerous members and scholarship winners during a special in-person awards ceremony at the Coverings trade show.

Brad Denny, Vice President of Nichols Tile and Terrazzo of Joelton, Tennessee, was honored as the NTCA Tile Person of the Year. Denny was cited for his work on the ANSI A108 subcommittee and the NTCA Apprenticeship Program, as well as being a mentor to younger members of the association and a positive influencer on social media. 

NTCA presented a Special Recognition Award to Lee and Jane Callewaert of Dragonfly Tile and Stone in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Joshua Nordstrom of Tierra Tile in Homer, Alaska.  The three collaborated with NTCA on a special virtual artisanship project that streamed live from Dragonfly Tile to attendees in the Coverings Lounge.

Leo Reynaga (Residential) of Visalia Tile and Stone of Visalia, California, and Ferid Hasic (Commercial) of Grazzini Brothers of Minneapolis, Minnesota, were honored as the Second Annual NTCA Craftspersons of the Year. The award was announced in 2020, but both craftsmen were honored for installation excellence at the 2021 show. 

Three deserving students were named as the 2021 NTCA Tom Ade Ceramic Tile Scholarship recipients and each received a $5,000 scholarship. Jacob Fox, Christopher Walker and Amanda Mourelatos, were honored for outstanding academic and community achievement in with these awards.

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Coverings Announces 2021 Installation & Design Award Winners

Posted on 13 July 2021 by cradmin4

Coverings, the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America, announced the 25 projects receiving the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards for 2021. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects.

“The number of submissions we received for this year’s CID Awards is a true testament to the resiliency and strength of the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the show management company for Coverings. “The 2021 CID Award winners’ projects further establish the adaptability and beauty of tile and stone. Coverings is honored to award and recognize the CID Award winners’ creative and sophisticated applications, each of which showcases the latest industry advancements and trends.”

The submissions were based on tile and stone execution, original usage and overall design and purpose. Special recognition was given to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications. A panel of editors and industry leaders evaluated the project submissions. Projects were awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation,
Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation and Commercial Stone Design. Projects receiving special recognition were awarded using six categorical destinations: Mosaic, International, Restoration, Community Project, Artistic Installation and Artistic Use of Tile.

2021 CID Award winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

2021 CID Award Winners: Design

Commercial Stone Design

  • Stereoscope Coffee by Wick Architecture and Design Inc. in collaboration with Land Design Studio

Commercial Tile Design – Community Spaces

  • Ecco on Orange by Forum Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.

Commercial Tile Design – Whole Project

  • 83 Eagle Street by STUDIOSC

Residential Stone Design

  • Brooklyn Townhouse Renovation by MHLI

Residential Tile Design

  • Bradshaw European Country by Old World Stone Imports Flooring and Design

2021 CID Award Winners: Installation

Commercial Stone Installation

  • Legacy Union by Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (pictured)

Commercial Tile Installation

  • Lakeside Country Club by Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.

Residential Stone Installation

  • Villa Florence by Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.

Residential Tile Installation

  • Indoor Pool and Steam Room by Tarkus Tile

2021 CID Award Special Recognitions


Special Recognition – Mosaic (7)

  • Living Wholeheartedly by LMF Group
  • “City Tree” Mural by New York Tilemakers
  • Tualatin Lifeblood by JK Mosaic, LLC
  • Tree Stump Shower Seat by Unique Mosaics
  • Roots of Knowledge by Ro Biaggi Design Build
  • Walk in the Park by Custom Mosaic Creations, Inc.
  • Venice, Italy by Unique Mosaics

Special Recognition – International (4)

  • La Sastrería Restaurant by Masquespacio
  • La Roca Camper Store byTomás Alonso Studio
  • Glass Tesserae Panel by Oficina de Mosaicos
  • Mosque in Shali City by F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles – Granites S.A.

Special Recognition – Restoration (1)

  • By George at the Candler Hotel by The Beck Group

Special Recognition – Community Project (1)

  • San Pedro Creek Culture Park by J&R Tile, Inc.

Special Recognition – Artistic Installation (2)

  • ‘Ethyl and Steph’, Aqua Therapy Pool by Tierra Tile
  • In a Galaxy (Not) Far, Far Away by LATICRETE International, Inc.

Special Recognition – Artistic Use of Tile (1)

  • SEIU Building, Re-Making Mosaic Mural by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios Inc.

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Coverings Announces 2021 Rock Stars Winners

Posted on 07 July 2021 by cradmin4

Coveringsthe largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced the list of the Coverings 2021 Rock Stars Winners.

The Coverings Rock Stars program recognized 16 emerging leaders in the tile and stone industry. The program commemorates its seventh year in 2021, and it furthers Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.

A committee of tile and stone industry leaders thoroughly reviewed a bevy of nominations to select the 16 inductees for the seventh assemblage of Coverings Rock Stars. The 2021 Rock Star honorees include the following:

Designer Category (2):

  • Rebecca Oehlschlaeger, Designer & Special Projects Manager, Bellew Tile & Marble, Sandwich, Mass.
  • Raquel Raney, Designer, EoA Group, Miami, Fla. 

Distributor Category (3):

  • Bruna Da Silva, Purchasing Manager, StoneHardscapes LLC, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 
  • Blakely Dent, RID, Commercial Sales Specialist, Florida Tile, Lexington, Ky. 
  • Annie Llerena, Branch Manager, D&B Tile Distributors, Doral, Fla. 

Fabricator Category (1):

  • Steven Miranda, Production & Facilities Manager, NOVUS Building Services, Sterling, Va. 

Installer Category (3):

  • Ken Ballin, Owner, Skyro Floors, West Creek, N.J. 
  • Mikaela Fedor, Owner, Tile Titan LLC, Bath, Pa. 
  • Nick Struzik, Owner/Setter, Syndicate Tile and Stone, Burr Ridge, Ill.

Manufacturer Category (2):

  • Adam Abell, Senior Market Manager – Tile & Stone and Surface Prep Products, Bostik, Wauwatosa, Wis. 
  • Sarah Williams, Marketing Director, iQ Power Tools, Perris, Calif. 

Retailer Category (2):

  • Meagan Jensen, Co-Owner, Bella Pietra Design, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nicolas Valderrama, Sales Manager, Casa Linda Tile & Marble, Miami, Fla. 

Trade Associations Category (2):

  • Christopher Ellis, Tile, Marble, Terrazzo Field Representative, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1 WA/AK, Lacey, Wash. 
  • Amanda McMillan, Director of Member Experience, Rockheads Group USA, Beachwood, Ohio. 

Other Category (1):

  • Jennifer Diliberto Riquelme, Senior Development Chemist, MAPEI Corporation, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 

The 2021 Coverings Rock Stars will be recognized Wednesday, July 7, in the Coverings Lounge, booth 3919, at Coverings 2021. Featured programming created for young professionals will include an interactive session from Dahlia El Gazzar, founder of Dahlia+Agency. Past Rock Star winners will be involved in the session to speak about how their careers and personal growth have changed since winning the coveted award.

Coverings 2021 will host new onsite activities and learning sessions geared toward the show’s segmented audience. One of the newest and most interactive components of Coverings 2021 is the Coverings Lounge. This space is set to host the Artisans in Tile Program and Presentation, hosted by the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA). The Lounge will also host Engage Interviews with industry leaders, a mosaic project being developed by Luna Mosaic and the Society of American Mosaic Artist’s One Hundred Moments in Mosaic exhibit. Coverings will also offer industry professionals both a virtual experience and an in-person event during Coverings 2021. 

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Coverings Extends Deadline for 2021 Awards Submissions

Posted on 12 March 2021 by cradmin

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has announced Friday, March 26, 2021, as the new deadline to complete entry submissions for both the 2021 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards and 2021 Rock Star Awards. The deadline for both competitions was extended from an original, earlier date to correspond with the recent rescheduling of Coverings 2021, which will take place July 7-9, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The new deadline allows tile and stone industry members more time to nominate emerging professional leaders under the age of 35 as contenders for the Rock Star awards. It also provides a longer opportunity for designers and installers to submit their 2019 and 2020 tile and stone projects for consideration in the CID Awards competition. 

The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in residential and commercial projects. Submissions are open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other industry professionals who completed projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications between January 2019 and December 2020. There is no cost to enter, and entries should be submitted through the CID Awards portal by or before the updated deadline of March 26, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Multiple entries are encouraged. No submissions will be accepted after this date, and no extensions will be granted.

Submitted projects will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges and awarded based on excellence in execution, inspiring and original use, and overall purpose. CID Award winners will receive a complimentary one-night stay in Orlando, Florida to attend Coverings 2021, where their projects will be recognized in an awards ceremony.

The Coverings Rock Star Awards honor emerging leaders in the tile and stone industry. Eligible candidates must be 35 years of age or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, manufacturer, and/or trade association personnel. Nominations must be submitted by the March 26 deadline, using the Coverings 2021 Rock Star nomination form. No nominations will be accepted after the deadline, and no extensions will be granted.

Rock Star nominees will be reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and evaluated based on experience levels; professional certifications or affiliations; previous awards or accolades; prior speaking engagements at industry events; quantity of published works; impact in the tile and stone industry; and what sets them apart as emerging leaders in the industry. Selected Rock Stars will receive a complimentary one-night stay in Orlando, Florida to attend Coverings 2021, where they will be celebrated for their achievements within the tile and stone industry.

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Coverings Extends 2021 Award Submissions Deadline

Posted on 09 December 2020 by cradmin3

Given that Coverings 2021, the premier tile and stone trade event in North America, is now scheduled to take place July 7-9, the deadline to submit projects to the 2021 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards or to nominate a young emerging leader to the 2021 Coverings Rock Star program has been moved to Friday, March 26, 2021.

The 2021 CID Awards recognize and award projects featuring tile & stone that feature beautiful design and impeccable installation. As always, multiple entries are accepted and there is no cost to enter.

Winners in each category will receive industry recognition and accolades, features in various media outlets, and a complimentary one-night stay to attend Coverings 2021.

If you know of a young industry talent that has a bright future in the tile & stone industry, nominate them to be a Coverings Rock Star. They must be 35 years or younger and currently working in the industry.

Selected Rock Stars will receive industry accolades, a complimentary one-night stay to attend Coverings 2021, and unique professional development opportunities.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, March 26. No submissions will be accepted after this date and no extensions will be granted.

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Coverings 2021 Announces New Dates

Posted on 18 November 2020 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced Coverings 2021 will now take place July 7-9, 2021, in the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla.

Coverings made the decision to reschedule the event, which was originally planned for April 13-16, 2021, after feedback from the Coverings community included overwhelming, positive sentiment that rescheduling the event would yield the best possible platform for everyone involved and minimize risk to event participants.

“We are excited with the new date for Coverings 2021 as rescheduling reaffirms Coverings’ commitment to produce a safe, in-person event to unite the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies LLC, the event management firm for Coverings. “The show management team and Coverings’ owners are working diligently to have a safe and successful Coverings 2021 event, and we are available to answer questions.”

Coverings, its vendor partners, and the Orange County Convention Center are closely monitoring policy updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local government state, and federal mandates. For more information on Coverings’ safety measures, please visit Coverings’ COVID-19 webpage.

Registration to attend Coverings 2021 and reservations for official Coverings hotels will be open and available at coverings.com in mid-January 2021.

A comprehensive, onsite education program is being planned to further the business goals of Coverings 2021 attendees. Selected educational content and access to exhibitors will be available online for those who prefer to attend virtually.

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Coverings Calls for CID & Rock Star Submissions

Posted on 19 October 2020 by cradmin3

Coverings, the premier tile & stone trade event in North America, has announced that it’s now accepting submissions for two incredible programs. By Friday, December 18 enter your top projects to the 2021 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards or nominate a young emerging leader to the 2021 Coverings Rock Star program.

The 2021 CID Awards recognize and award projects featuring tile & stone that feature beautiful design and impeccable installation. As always, multiple entries are accepted and there is no cost to enter.

Winners in each category will receive industry recognition and accolades, features in various media outlets, and a complimentary one-night stay to attend Coverings 2021.

If you know of a young industry talent that has a bright future in the tile & stone industry, nominate them to be a Coverings Rock Star. They must be 35 years or younger and currently working in the industry.

Selected Rock Stars will receive industry accolades, a complimentary one-night stay to attend Coverings 2021, and unique professional development opportunities.

Even in uncertain times, one thing is for certain…you work hard, and you deserve to be recognized for it.

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Coverings Announces CID & Rock Star Award Winners

Posted on 01 May 2020 by cradmin3

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has announced the 18 projects receiving the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards for 2020. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects.

A panel of editors and industry leaders evaluated the project submissions. The submissions were based on tile and stone execution, original usage and overall design and purpose. Special recognition was given to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications.

Projects were awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation, Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation, and Commercial Stone Design. The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter, Tile Magazine and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine.

2020 CID Award winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

2020 CID Award Winners: Design

Commercial Stone Design:
Redefining the Classic Brownstone
Materials Marketing
Chicago, Ill.

Commercial Tile Design, Hospitality:
Mercado Little Spain
Juli Capella
New York, N.Y.

Commercial Tile Design:
Valley Plaza
Architecture Design Collaborative
Bakersfield, Calif.

Residential Stone Design, Small:
Lux Modern Master Suite
Angela Todd Studios
Hood River, Ore.

Residential Stone Design, Large:
One Man’s Home is Another Man’s Castle
Materials Marketing
Madison, Va.

Residential Tile Design, Large:
Ocean Reef
Armina Interiors
Ocean Reef Club, Fla.

Residential Tile Design, Small:
New York Inspired Bathroom
Details Tile and Remodeling
McKinney, Texas

Residential Tile & Stone Design:
Bespoke Renovation
Empire Kitchen & Bath
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2020 CID Award Winners: Installation
Commercial Stone Installation:
Christ Cathedral
Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.
Garden Grove, Calif.

Commercial Tile Installation:
Hotel Bennett
David Allen Company
Charleston, S.C.

Residential Stone Installation:
Portland White House
Columbia River Tile & Stone Inc.
Portland, Ore.

Residential Tile Installation:
Corte Madera Pool Grotto
Heritage Marble & Tile Inc.
Corte Madera, Calif.

2020 CID Award Special Recognitions

Innovation in Tile:
12×12 Porcelain Tile as Roof Tile
Ironstone Strong, Ltd.
Sunset, S.C.

International:
Museo de las Colecciones Naturales
COR Asociados
Alicante, Spain

Artistic:
Hand-Cut Kachemak Bay Steam Shower
Tierra Tile
Homer, Ark.

Artistic:
RiverHouse – Bring the Outside In
KatiaTiles
Point Pleasant, Pa.

Artistic:
Six Beautiful Butterflies
Custom Mosaic Creations, Inc.
Silverton, Ore.

Artisan Installation:
Hand Cut Octopus Mosaic
Tierra Tile
Homer, Ark.

Each 2020 CID Award winner received $2,000. The honorees will be celebrated with an awards ceremony at Coverings 2021 and have their projects displayed via a specially designed flipbook and video at coverings.com.

Additionally, Coverings announced the 14 winners of the 2020 Rock Star Awards. The Coverings Rock Star program recognizes emerging leaders in the tile and stone industry by awarding the best and brightest young talent.

The program commemorates its sixth year in 2020 and furthers Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by distinguishing talented young leaders as well as fostering networking and educational opportunities.

Designer (1):

  • Brennan Broome, Designer, EoA Group, Miami, Fla.

Distributor (1):

  • Kristin Scholemer, Owner, Calia Stone, Chicago, Ill.

Fabricator (1):

  • Michaela Steinbach, General Manager, Mario & Son, Liberty Lake, Wash.

Installer (5):

  • Illisha Harris, Owner, Lead Designer and Installer, Coastal Custom Tile and Design, Swansboro, N.C.
  • Janice Hill, Project Manager, DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, Inc., Marietta, Ga.
  • Ulas Maris, Stone and Tile Installer, Maris Tile Pro, East Moriches, N.Y.
  • Joseph Mattice, Owner and Installer, On the Level, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Trey Toca, President, Toca Flooring, Metairie, La.

Manufacturer (2):

  • Arturo Duarte, USA Commercial Manager, CREST, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Brittany Storm, Sustainability Manager, MAPEI, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Other (PR Firm) (1):

  • Kristin Coleman, Vice President, Novità Communications, New York, N.Y.

Other (Technology) (1):

  • Raj Katta, Technology/Functionality Specialist, Stone Grid, LLC, Windermere, Fla.

Retailer (1):

  • Jimmy Bellew, Owner, Bellew Tile, Sandwich, Mass.

Trade Association (1):

  • Ryan Marino, Standards, Development and Research Manager, Tile Council of North America, Anderson, S.C.

Each 2020 Rock Star Award winner received a gift card and was recognized during Coverings Connected.

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Coverings ’20 Goes Digital

Posted on 27 March 2020 by cradmin

Due to the cancellation of the Coverings 2020 show in New Orleans, organizers have introduced Coverings Connected.

Coverings’ mission is to educate and grow the vibrant tile & stone industry. As we all adapt to our changing reality and landscape, Coverings is committed to providing you with the best tile & stone content and access to exhibitor products and solutions through Coverings Connected.

Coverings organizers are excited to offer an online experience that will include:

  • A showcase of 900+ exhibitors
  • Selected educational sessions via webinars
  • The latest tile & stone trends
  • Podcast interviews
  • Live chats to provide you with resources on how to build your online brand
  • CID Award winning projects
  • The 2020 Coverings Rock Stars

and more…

Stay tuned for more information over the next few weeks, but make sure to save the date.

Coverings Connected – April 20-23

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Coverings Cancels Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Posted on 18 March 2020 by cradmin

Coverings has been monitoring the domestic and global developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic for several weeks. 

The health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees are very important to Coverings. Given the public health emergency we are currently facing, we believe the only prudent action at this time is for Coverings to cancel for 2020.

As you can imagine, this was a very difficult decision. Coverings has been providing connections, education, and a global marketplace for the tile and stone industry for more than 30 years. However, with the limitations to travel, the recommendations regarding mass gatherings, and concern for the health and safety of the Coverings community, we have decided cancelling is the only course of action.

Coverings asks for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty, as there are many complexities involved in this decision which we are working to resolve.

Coverings is, as always, committed to the education and promotion of the tile and stone industry. Although the public health concerns caused by this pandemic have impacted Coverings 2020, we look forward to engaging with the Coverings community moving forward to ensure a robust industry and show for 2021.

Please monitor Coverings website, social media channels and future press releases as we work toward a successful Coverings in April 2021.

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