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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 Presents 4 Keynote Sessions, Numerous Others

Posted on 27 February 2014 by cradmin

For Coverings 2014, the 25th anniversary of the show, the organizers have put together four keynote sessions. Three of the sessions will be held on the first day of the show, which runs from April 29 to May 2, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The fourth keynote session will be on the second day of the show. Registration for the show is free (click here to register).

The keynote line-up is as follows: April 29, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., is “Breaking Through Barriers by Putting People First” presented by Sheldon Yellen of Belfor; April 29, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., is “Hot Issues in Tile Standards and Design” presented by Eric Astrachan, TCNA; April 29, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., is “Natural Stone & Green Design” presented by Robert Bacon of Daltile ; and April 30, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., is “Rottet Style with Stone and Tile” presented by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio (read more about the keynote presentations here).

Additionally, the show has seven featured sessions: “Stone Trends 2014” by Vincent Marazita of Marazita & Associates; “A Leading Question: Why Can’t I Generate Leads from the Internet?” by Marty Gould of Focalize Consulting; “State of the Design Industry” by Rander Fiser of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); “New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Color/Design Trends” by Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute; “Maximizing your Retail Space for Stronger Sales and Customer Engagement” by Nicole Reyhle or RetailMinded; “Prospering in Turbuletn Times: Strategies for Success” by Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender of Kizer & Bender Speaking; and “Designing for the Post-carbon Economy: It’s Zero or Nothing” by Eric Dorey Freed of organicARCHTECT (read more about the featured sessions here).

With more than 80 sessions in all, the educational offerings this year are abundant (see the complete conference agenda here).

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