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Natural Stone University Offers Internship Resources for Stone Companies

Posted on 05 November 2021 by cradmin

A 15-week Internship Resource Bundle is now available in the Natural Stone University. These resources, developed by Women in Stone, are ideal for students pursuing a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or interior design. This set of tools will make it easier for stone companies to open their doors to students to help nurture an appreciation and preference for natural stone in their future projects. The turn-key templates allow assignments and learning outcomes to be documented throughout the program, benefitting both student and professor.

The Internship Resource Bundle includes a detailed syllabus and templates for assignments, including:
• Weekly Journals
• Online Learning through the Natural Stone University
• One-on-One Informational Interview
• Midterm Evaluation
• Work Samples
• Final Evaluation

Courses included in the bundle cover topics relevant to the stone industry, including geology, silicosis and accident prevention, stone testing and specifying, and design trends. This resource can also be used to onboard new employees or prequalify workers for jobs in the stone industry. To access this bundle, which is available free of charge to the industry, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/internship.

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

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2022 TISE Registration Open Press Release

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TISE Opens Registration for 2022 Event

Posted on 11 October 2021 by cradmin

The industry can now begin making plans for Las Vegas 2022 as The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo has opened registration for its next event, February 1-3, 2022, with education sessions January 31 – February 3, 2022. Whether traveling to Las Vegas for in-person networking and product sourcing or connecting to the event virtually at the hybrid TISE Live Virtual Event | Vegas Edition 2022, the industry will discover more exhibitors, the return of highly anticipated exhibitors, new education formats and programming, new show features and much more.

Industry professionals have two options to register for TISE 2022, with separate registration sites for either in-person or virtual hybrid registration at www.intlsurfaceevent.com/register. Las Vegas in-person attendees, as well as virtual participants who register before December 10, 2021, will secure the lowest registration prices and have access to exclusive content leading into the event, including but not limited to, the TISE Talks: Behind the Industry Podcast Series and discounts and show specials from exhibitors. The TISE Live Virtual Event | Vegas Edition will be running concurrently to the in-person event.

With a focus on the individual event brands, finding and sourcing products and seeking the targeted education is now easier than ever. SURFACES is now across Halls D, E, and F. TileExpo is presented in Halls C and D and StonExpo/Marmomac will be presented in Halls A and B. In addition, the previous CONVERGE education program is now reconfigured to be the TISE Education Program with specified interest tracks following show-specific branding themes of surfaces, stone and tile. Each track will go deeper into the interests of those segments of the industry including technical, marketing, business, trends and more.

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

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SOLA Group Inc. Hosts Free Webinar: Navigating COVID-19 Business Disruption

Posted on 20 March 2020 by cradmin

SOLA Group Inc., publisher of Kitchen & Bath Design News, Qualified Remodeler and Residential Design, will be offering a free webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET.

The complimentary webcast, courtesy of Qualified Remodeler, MarketSharp and Dave Yoho Associates, will deal with the impact of the Coronavirus. It was put together by conducting numerous interviews and gathering abundant research over the course of the last two weeks.

Along with Dave Yoho, there will be two “industry expert” speakers who have experienced past business disruptions and will share their recommendations about how you can continue to thrive in this current environment.

In a span of a few weeks, the Coronavirus has gone from being a slight concern throughout North America, to the most critical issue we have faced in nearly two decades. Small businesses are being impacted tremendously, as customers are beginning to resist our normal modes of operation.

This timely webinar will provide specific ideas on how to proceed with strategies that will keep your cash flowing in your business for now and pave the way for outgoing success in the future.

You may also be interested in this article: OSHA Revises National Emphasis Program to Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica

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Natural Stone Institute Announces 2019 Stone Industry Education Series

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Natural Stone Institute Announces 2019 Stone Industry Education Series

Posted on 11 January 2019 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute and Stone World magazine announced the schedule for the 2019 Stone Industry Education Series. Stone Summits will be held in ten cities across the United States.

The ten Stone Summits scheduled for 2019 will cover a wide variety of topics relevant to natural stone fabricators, including maximizing shop efficiency and profits, using metrics to measure success, understanding OSHA safety regulations, and creating a plan for finding and retaining top talent. 2019 Stone Summits will be facilitated by a team of experienced industry leaders including GK Naquin (Stone Interiors), Tony Malisani (Malisani, Inc.), Duane Naquin (Stone Interiors), and Eric Tryon (Premier Surfaces.)

Participants who register by February 1 will receive a 20 percent discount. For more information, please visit www.stoneindustryeducation.com.

2019 Stone Industry Education Series:
February 28
Texas Stone Summit: Analyzing Shop Performance
Arizona Tile
Dallas, TX

March 21
California Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms
Pacific Shore Stones
Modesto, CA

May 2
Utah Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms
Arizona Tile
Salt Lake City, UT

May 23
Connecticut Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management
Boston Granite Exchange
East Haven, CT

June 13
Ohio Stone Summit: Knowing Your Business
Cleveland, OH

July 11
Missouri Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management
Universal Granite & Marble
St. Louis, MO

July 25
Virginia Stone Summit: Knowing Your Business
Virginia Beach, VA

September 19
Michigan Stone Summit: Analyzing Shop Performance
Universal Granite & Marble
Detroit, MI

October 10
Florida Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management
Tampa, FL

November 7
Washington Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms
Seattle, WA

See our Calendar for more industry events.

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IWF 2018 Offers a Variety of Educational Opportunities

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IWF 2018 Offers a Variety of Educational Opportunities

Posted on 30 July 2018 by cradmin

The 2018 International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is scheduled to run August 22 through August 25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The IWF Education Conference offers a broad spectrum of industry related topics throughout the duration of IWF.  IWF 2018 will host 11 all-day symposiums focused on several industry related topics that will take place on August 21, which is the day before the show officially opens. Topics of this year’s symposiums include: Closets, CNC, Countertops & Architectural Surfaces, Digital Printing; Expanding Your Business to the U.S., Finishing; Powder Coating Wood, Quantum Lean – “Easier, Better Faster, Cheaper”, Techniques and Time-Savers for Engineered Surfacing Products, Wood Flooring and Woodworking Network Leadership Forum.

The Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium, presented by ISFA (International Surface Fabricators Association) is a full day educational event focused on the countertop and surfacing needs of the woodworking industry.  Speakers will present on a variety of topics ranging from Project Estimating and Bidding, to New Material and Tooling for Fabrication, to Logistics, and Labor Resourcing.  Each Speaker will provide interactive content, resources to take home and a Q&A session.

In addition, IWF will also be offering a wide variety of Education Sessions that will take place from Wednesday, August 22nd through Friday, August 24th during IWF 2018. Educations Sessions by Track include Business Management, Manufacturing & Design, Marketing & Business Development and New Business Sectors.

To help make planning your show experience easier IWF offers the My IWF Show Planner. You can use the free My IWF Show Planner tool to research and contact exhibitors before the show, browse virtual floor plans, organize personal events and browse conference sessions.

For further information, visit the IWF Atlanta website

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East Coast Builders Conference Opens Registration

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East Coast Builders Conference Opens Registration

Posted on 23 April 2018 by cradmin

The East Coast Builders Conference (ECBC), slated to take place at the Music City Center in Nashville June 14-15, 2018, is open for registration.

The 3rd annual ECBC Show will feature:

  • Largest conference program on the East Coast
  • National Accredited Courses
  • 200 Manufacturers & Services
  • 300 Booths
  • Keynote Speaker Edsel Charles, Founder & Chairman-MetroGraphics Research, Inc.
  • Free Land & Capital Forum; How To Do Business With Private Capital
  • VIP Meet The Builder Program

The building industry is seeing exponential growth in residential construction. Just in the past two years, the industry has seen more than a 20 percent increase in the residential housing market. ECBC gives builders the ideal opportunity stay educated on the latest product innovations and education.

The show is also offering attendees a free expo-only pass. Use promo code ECBC2018 at ECBCShow.com to register and receive the free pass.

You may also be interested in this article about a complimentary show floor pass to IWF.

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Learn Experience & Network at Coverings ’18

Posted on 23 March 2018 by cradmin

coverings 2018Coverings, the largest tile & stone exhibition in North America, is bringing its most impressive products, networking and conference programming to Atlanta, May 8-11. And, it’s all FREE!

As a fabricator, it’s imperative that you stay at the top of your game. From managing tight timelines and executing complicated installations, to understanding the newest trends in stone and operating the best fabrication equipment, you have a lot to juggle.

Coverings 2018 can assist you with all that and more. Register now for free and join more than 26,000 industry professionals and 1,100 global exhibitors at The Global Tile & Stone Experience.

Here is a sampling of the 45+ FREE conference sessions that need to be on your “must attend” list:

• Developing Our Workforce: Engaging the Next Generation for the Tile and Stone Industry
• Five Aggressive & Affordable Digital Strategies to Dominate Your Local Market
• Growth and Opportunities: Controlling Your Healthcare Costs over the Next Two Years
• Managing a Family Business
• Overstocked? Learn to Deal with It and Even Capitalize on It
• Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective
• Town Hall Meeting I: What General Contractors & Specifiers Are Saying about the Stone & Tile Industry?
• Why Choose Natural Stone
• Women In Stone – A Stone Project Model

View the full Education schedule here.

The show features and networking events at Coverings provide attendees with unique opportunities to learn, grow and connect. In addition to bringing back popular show features like the Stone Fabricators Alliance and the Stone Zone, here’s what’s new and interesting at Coverings 2018:

• Industry-wide Celebration at the College Football Hall of Fame
• Online New Product Showcase (app-only feature)
• The Installation Experience
• Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural
• Show Floor Happy Hours – extended on opening day to 6:30 pm

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Coverings 2018 Calls for Speakers

Posted on 22 August 2017 by cradmin

Coverings 2018Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, invites conference presenters and industry leaders to submit educational proposals for the show’s 2018 Conference Program. Returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2013, Coverings will be held May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Lauded for its dynamic and engaging educational programs, Coverings invites thought-leaders to share fresh and innovative content that focuses on the latest, need-to-know information relating to cross-segment collaboration and best practices; trends in products and design; innovative business and project case studies; installation techniques and evolving industry technologies; economic forecasting; engaging the millennial generation; health, safety and wellness; and more. Proposed programming should focus on how to help professionals grow their businesses and enhance the industry at large and must be submitted for review by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 8, 2017. Proposals can be submitted online.

“Coverings offers a comprehensive conference program dedicated to educating and engaging professionals at all stages of their careers across numerous professional segments of the tile & stone industry,” said Michele Nebel Peake, VP, Conference Development at Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We take pride in providing a broad range of educational options and formats which creates an interactive learning experience, generates discussion, and provides our attendees with tools and knowledge that encourage professional success.”

Access to all education is FREE to registered Coverings exhibitors and attendees. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs for ASID/IIDA through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2018 conference program will be revealed in January 2018.

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

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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 2016 ‘Fabricator Day’ to be held April 20, Offers Free Admission

Posted on 15 March 2016 by cradmin

Coverings-2016-logo-copyCoverings 2016, a premier trade show for the stone and tile industry, is once again having its “Fabricator Day” at the upcoming show. The show, which runs from April 18 to 21 at McCormick Place in Chicago and is free to all registrants, will have Fabricator Day on Wednesday, April 20. Fabricator Day is a day of the show that provides enhanced learning opportunities, a round table lunch, networking, a happy hour and more. And this is in addition to a huge display of the latest fabrication machinery, tools and slab materials.

Coverings offers dozens of free educations sessions specifically for stone professionals led by experienced and knowledgeable industry experts. Attendees can refine their skills with free technical and information-rich conference sessions such as:

  • ANSI Dynamic Coefficient of Friction Test for Natural Stone Surfaces
  • Attracting More Designers to Your Showroom – How to Deliver CEU Courses
  • Exterior Wall Cladding: Making the Transition from Interior to Exteriors
  • Featured Session: Stone Trends 2016
  • Natural Stone Characteristics: Protection, Maintenance & Restoration
  • Restoration and Maintenance Standards – 2016 Updates to The Dimension Stone Design Manual
  • State of the Stone Industry – Promotion, Safety and More
  • Supplier and Buyer Guide: Creating International Standards for Importing and Exporting
  • The Stone Zone, in which the Stone Fabricators Alliance will host demonstrations and educational “how-to” sessions specifically designed for fabricators. Check out products that were “born in the SFA” – designed by fabricators for fabricators.
  • And many more! View the full conference program for more details.

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