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ISFA To Put On ‘Knowledge Is Power’ Business Event

Posted on 11 April 2014 by cradmin

ISFA is introducing a new educational event it is calling “Knowledge is Power 2014″  that will be held May 14 and 15 in Pittsburgh. The event will feature presentations by and interaction with eight industry experts. Comprising a mix of presentations, Q&A and open discussions, the event is intended to focus on effectively managing fabrication businesses.

Speakers include: Russ Berry, president of A.S.S.T., who specializes in project planning and estimating; Aileen Davis, president of Stone Marketing Systems, who specializes in marketing and networking; Harry Hollander, president of Moraware, who specializes in data management; Jason Nottestad, sales manager for VT Industries, who specializes in manufacturing technologies; Jeff Schurman, consultant at Leading Causes, who specializes in leadership and organizational development; Michael Wood, manager at Education Management Corporation, who specializes in change dynamics; and Chuck Sawyer, executive director of ISFA, who specializes in financial management.

According to ISFA, it is targeting a level of around 20 participants – large enough to ensure plenty of interaction, yet small enough to allow for everyone to participate. Topics will include “Shop Operations,” “Digital Grab Bag,” “Filling That Funnel” and “Be a Leader in a Changing Industry,” with individual presentations from each of the experts, plus discussions of real issues and challenges faced by our participants.

The concept behind the event was to find an effective way to help today’s industry leaders manage their way through the maze of opportunities and obstacles facing them. The program is largely based off of successful ISFA offerings of the past, including its CEO Roundtables, Million Dollar Mentor Program and Business Boot Camp.

Additionally, each participant will be asked to answer questions about the goals, aspirations and challenges facing their companies in advance of the event. The answers and comments submitted will provide the basis for a dialog about what today’s leaders are facing that will be woven throughout the event topics covered.

“As all of us in the decorative surfacing industry are recovering from a tough period for our businesses, the opportunities for growth, efficiency, new markets, new products and new technologies are at our doorstep,” said Sawyer. “The new leaders in the surfacing industry need to be prepared to take advantage of these opportunities for growth and profitability. We believe the Knowledge is Power concept will be an outstanding tool to help the next generation build a more dynamic industry than ever before.”

More information is available by contacting [email protected].

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StonExpo Joined By 3rd Show, Expands To Twice Annually

Posted on 23 October 2013 by cradmin

Hanley Wood announced that a new, third show, will join with its combined StonExpo and Surfaces event in January, and that it is launching a second StonExpo show on the East Coast in October. The new third leg of the event, TileExpo, will be housed alongside of the two previous shows in a mega trade show event Hanley Wood is calling “The International Surface Event.” Additionally, the show will be held twice in 2014 (and presumably beyond) with the second instance October 19 to 22  in the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla., and monikered as “The International Surface Event East.”

“We are thrilled to launch these two events. TileExpo will be the perfect complement to SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas,” said Dana Teague, Vice President of Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “Launching The International Surface Event East diversifies our geographic and market segment reach, and creates new opportunities for our audiences to engage with the industry.”

According to a release by the company, TileExpo will have an array of  innovative, trend-setting and distinctive tile products. It will offer an education program that includes hands-on demonstrations and on-floor education.

Industry trade groups seemed to have favorable reaction to the second, eastern, event. “The International Surface Event East will fill a void that has been missing,” said Jim Hieb, executive vice president and CEO of The Marble Institute of America (MIA). “We are eager to see all of our members and industry colleagues in Miami Beach.”

Matt Lansing, executive director of the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) said, “The SFA is very pleased with Hanley Wood’s decision to launch The International Surface Event East. We believe in a Fall show that allows businesses to take advantage of annual fiscal tax opportunities, which are beneficial to suppliers and customers alike. We look forward to this expansion and are confident that this show will be appreciated and embraced by all involved.”

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ISFA Announces Stone/Quartz Fabrication Training Date

Posted on 21 May 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced that it will be holding a hands-on Stone/Quartz Total Fabrication Training class for those who wish to learn how to fabricate quartz surfacing, granite and other natural stone. The class, taught by Dr. Fred Hueston, a well known stone industry expert, will be held June 17 to 19 at the Alpha Tools training facility in Oakland, N.J.

Elements of the course include: Safety, product knowledge, basic productivity concepts, templating, seaming, cutouts, bowl-mounting processes, basic repairs, finishing, installation and support systems. More information is available here.

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Park Industries to Host Digital Expo

Posted on 20 May 2013 by cradmin

Park Industries is hosting a “Digital Stoneworking Expo” on June 7 at it’s facility in St. Cloud, Minn. The full-day event features a look at the company’s various machines, including the Pathfinder, Fusion, Titan, Focus and Fastback. This event is designed to give fabricators a look at a fully digital shop. There will also be demonstrations by other suppliers, including: Accustream, Alphacam, Laser Products, Moraware and Slabsmith.

More information on this event can be found at the company’s website.

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Countertop Fabricators: Sign up for Coverings Show Free

Posted on 06 February 2013 by cradmin

The Coverings show, an industry trade show focusing on stone and tile that is being held in Atlanta April 29 – May 2, 2013, is now offering free admission. Coverings is designed to offer something for everyone in the tile + stone industry. From live installation demonstrations and tours of the show floor, to networking opportunities in Coverings Central and an inspiring awards reception, this four-day event will be packed with things to see and experience.

To sign up to attend for free, countertop fabricators can click here.

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