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ISFA Presents Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium Prior to IWF

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ISFA Presents Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium Prior to IWF

Posted on 09 May 2018 by cradmin

This year the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) will once again team up with IWF Atlanta to present The Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium. The full day educational event will take place on August 21, the day before the opening of the show.

Geared toward business owners and key management, the symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and focus on countertop and surfacing needs within the woodworking industry. Speakers and topics of the event will each address a strategy for improving the bottom line.

Speakers include: John Broer, of In2Great, “Using the Predictive Index to Manage Labor Issues”; Jessica McNaughton, Of Caragreen, “Innovative & Sustainable Surfaces: What You Need to Know”; Mari Ivan & Brian Smith of L.E. Smith, “Outsourcing Countertop Fabrication: When to Keep It in House and When to Call an Expert”; Chris Pappenfort of Menders, “Commercial Solid Surface Fabrication: Challenges & Solutions”; and Piergiorgio Mazzetta of Laminam, “Surfaces Translated.”

Registration cost for the symposium includes coffee and pastries, lunch and a full pass to the IWF exhibit hall for the show.

Following the symposium, attendees and any interested fabricators are invited to attend a Pre-IWF ISFA networking event hosted by Cosentino. Those interested in attending the networking event will gather near the Atlanta Congress Center where Cosentino will provide transportation to its Atlanta Cosentino Center. Along with a tour of the facility, cocktails and appetizers will be provided. There is no cost to attend the networking event.

For more information about the symposium visit www.iwfatlanta.com/Education/CTP.

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

Posted on 18 August 2016 by cradmin

There is still time to register for the full-day Countertop Symposium on Tuesday, August 23, at IWF. The event is put on by ISFA and sponsored by SolidSurface.com, and takes place the day before the show floor opens for IWF. The seminar is designed to provide a wealth of information to both established countertop fabricators and those exploring their options in the countertop industry.

Industry experts will share information and insights to help you learn about the products and business of the decorative surfacing industry.

Topics will include:

• Solid Surface Thermoforming
• Profiting from Diversification of your Countertop Shop
• Solid Surface Casework: Why it Makes Sense
• Countertop Industry Outlook: A Forecast of Factors Affecting the Industry
• Q & A opportunities with a distinguished panel of industry experts
The presenters include the owners of successful surfacing companies and others who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session covers both residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on solid surface, quartz surfacing, stone, laminate and a variety of other countertop options.

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ISFA Once Again Teaming Up with IWF for Countertops Symposium

Posted on 27 July 2012 by cradmin

On Tuesday, August 21, The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) together with the International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair (IWF), will hold a full-day, in-depth countertop symposium titled “Exploring Countertop Options: Turning Opportunity into Profit.” The event takes place in conjunction with IWF at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The program is designed to provide a wealth of information to established countertop fabricators as well as cabinetmakers and casework providers who are exploring best practices for resourcing within the countertop market. Put on by ISFA, the presenters include the owners of successful countertop and architectural millwork companies who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session will cover residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on a variety of countertop materials. It includes discussions on materials, machinery, outsourcing vs. in-house fabrication and countertop trends.

Speakers include:

  • Russ Berry, President: Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies & ISFA
  • Mike Nolan, Director of Education: ISFA
  • Dave Paxton, Vice President: Paxton Countertops
  • Kevin Cole, Communications Director: ISFA

“This will be a great opportunity to gather intelligence on the countertop market as well get access to some of the greatest minds in the countertop industry today,” said ISFA President Russ Berry. “Anyone currently working in the realm of countertops or anyone considering it would really find this symposium of major benefit.”

In addition to ISFA and IWF, the event is also sponsored by Laser Products Industries, which specializes in digital templating in the countertop industry, Specialtytools.com, a provider of tools and supplies to fabricators of solid surface, plastic laminate, wood and stone, and SolidSurface.com, an online source for solid surface sheet goods.

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