Coverings Awards Deadlines Extended; complimentary registration now open

 

You now have more time to submit your top projects from the past two years to the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in residential, institutional and commercial projects. Submit your projects before the new deadline of Friday, January 11.

Winners receive:

  • Projects displayed onsite at Coverings 2019
  • Up to $3,000 in prize money
  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the CID Awards Reception at Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in sponsored publications

Rock Star Nomination Deadline Also Extended

Realizing it’s a busy time of year, the deadline for Coverings 2019 Rock Star nominations has also been extended to Friday, January 11. The Coverings Rock Stars program honors and celebrates emerging leaders in the tile & stone industry and provides them with unique professional development opportunities. If you know of a talented young industry professional, nominate them today.

Coverings Rock Stars receive:

  • One-night hotel stay at Coverings 2019
  • Recognition during the Rock Star Awards during Coverings 2019
  • Coverage in press and social media
  • Feature on Coverings website for one year
  • Special Rock Star ribbon for Coverings badge

Complimentary Registration is Open

Whether you are a specifier, builder, remodeler, distributor, fabricator, installer, contractor or retailer, you will find everything you need to enhance your tile & stone expertise at Coverings 2019 in Orlando. Improve your bottom line by making deals directly with 1,100+ global exhibitors. Learn from panel discussions, live demonstrations, and case study presentations happening on and off the show floor. Take your business to the next level at Coverings 2019, April 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.

To enter a project, nominate a Rock Star or get more information about Coverings, visit http://www.coverings.com.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO ATTEND COVERINGS 2019 IN ORLANDO

 

 

 

 

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—October 2, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has opened registration for its 2019 show. Coverings highlights the latest in tile & stone products from around the world and provides insights into industry trends with a wide range of exhibits and education, while facilitating quality connections through onsite networking events. Returning to the Orlando, Florida market, Coverings 2019 will be held April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center and is open to all industry professionals at no cost. Prospective attendees can register now at coverings.com/register.

Coverings 2019 will include more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries and feature the latest in innovations, trends, and live demonstrations. Attendees will have the chance to attend free education sessions, many offering CEUs, with planned topics including: project case studies, economic forecasts, industry trends, labor shortages and solutions, installation demos and cross-segment collaboration.

Programming caters to all tile and stone professionals, with insights relevant to architects and designers, builders and remodelers, contractors & installers, fabricators, retailers, and distributors.

“Coverings is proud to provide free access to top industry experts and products from around the globe,” comments Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “As we continue our annual showcase of the latest in tile & stone materials, installation techniques and design trends, we’re excited to welcome industry professionals of all backgrounds with robust new programming and product introductions.”

Attendees who commit in advance will receive notice of key programs, access to conference information, promotions and other exclusive opportunities. As Orlando is traditionally one of the show’s most popular markets, early registrants are also encouraged to look into accommodations and are offered discounted hotel stays through Coverings hotel partners at https://www.coverings.com/hotels/. You can find discounted airfare and attractions at https://www.coverings.com/travel/.

To learn more about Coverings, please visit coverings.com.

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Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

COVERINGS CALLS FOR TOP PROJECTS & EMERGING LEADERS IN TILE & STONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ARLINGTON, VA—October 18, 2018) Coverings, the largest international tile &stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for both the 2019 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and 2019 Rock Stars Awards. Both programs honor the best and brightest within tile and stone, underscoring Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry.

“Coverings is proud to build awareness for — and foster relationships with — the best in the business by highlighting inspiring projects and young leaders,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The CID and Rock Stars Awards continue to showcase the incredible work and talent within the tile and stone industry.”

Coverings Installation and Design Awards

The CID Awards recognize outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals are eligible to submit through the Coverings online portal at https://www.coverings.com/cid-awards/ before 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday December 17, 2018. The 2019 submission categories include tile installation, tile design, stone installation and stone design for both residential and commercial projects. It’s free to enter, and multiple entries are encouraged.

Projects are evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials, and must have been completed within the past two years. A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, which showcases excellence in both design and installation. Eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019 and will have their work featured on display at the show.

The CID awards are sponsored by the following publications: TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine.

Rock Stars Awards

Now entering its fifth year, Coverings’ Rock Stars Awards has recognized dozens of emerging industry leaders and is now accepting submissions for 2019. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague within the industry. Eligible nominees must be 35 or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST Monday, December 17.

Rock Stars submission forms and full criteria can be found here. https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/

Rock Stars candidates are reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and selected honorees will be celebrated at the annual Coverings Rock Stars Awards Luncheon. Further accolades for 2019 Rock Stars include a free one-night hotel stay in Orlando, inclusion in Coverings press releases, a special Rock Star badge ribbon and a year-long feature on the Coverings website. 2018 Rock Star winners can be found here https://www.coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars/.

To learn more about either award program, please visit coverings.com.

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Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

Registration and housing for Coverings 2019 in Orlando is now open

 

 

 

 

 

Free registration for Coverings 2019 is now open. Connect with colleagues and discover the best in tile & stone in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center, April 9-12.

After completing your registration, you will automatically be prompted to book your hotel. To view the current Orlando options including show specific amenities, visit our Hotels page.

Coverings 2019 has partnered with select hotels in Orlando to offer room rates ranging from $99.00- $285.00/night (single/double occupancy, excluding taxes and fees). These are the lowest rates available guaranteed and only available to Coverings participants booking through our conference website.

To view the current Orlando options, visit our Hotels page.

Experient is the official housing provider for Coverings 2019. We have been made aware of other housing companies or travel agencies that may be aggressively pursuing you, or your company, to book guest rooms through their company at supposedly significant discounts. Please be vigilant if approached by any company or service other than Experient that implies or claims to be an official housing provider of Coverings 2019. Learn More

 

Landmark Ceramics shows Frontier20 novelties at Coverings 2018

Frontier20, offers a unique porcelain paver experience for outdoor application

Frontier20 M.P.D project porcelain pavers

Landmark Ceramics’ Frontier20 introduced the Multi Pattern Design (M.P.D.) project, designed to allow combinations of multiple size patterns and therefore develop creative and original outdoor design solutions. M.P.D. project is available in two different versions: M.P.D. Big & M.P.D. Small.

 

 

 

 

Frontier20 also adds to its wonderful line four new stone-look items. These colors are inspired by a mix of the finest and most contemporary natural limestones, making it a unique collection, ideal for designing in a free and versatile manner.

Frontier20 stone colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frontier20 expands its selection with new sizes ranging from 12″x12″ to 24″x48″. Among those, two new wood looks in the highly demanded plank format 16”x48” have been added to satisfy the demand of the most accurate and attentive designers.

Frontier20 offers new sizes

Modomo announces the winners of its Coverings 18 promotion.

The company celebrates a successful launch of Modomo Tiles at Coverings 18.

Coconut Creek, FL, June 7, 2018 – Modomo is proud to announce a successful launch of the brand, Modomo, and the winners of Modomo’s door prizes at Coverings 18.  A trip for two to Italy was the first prize of the drawing. Second and third prizes were awarded also.

John and Kelly Naramore of Triangle Tile won Modomo Tile’s Trip to Italy at Coverings 18.

John and Kelli Naramore of Triangle Tile of Raleigh, NC are the proud winners of the Trip to Italy furnished by Modomo Tiles.  John and Kelly said, “We are so excited to be going to Italy. We couldn’t be happier than doing business with Modomo Tiles!”

Runners up included:  Louis Rutigliano of Classic Tile & Marble of NY, winner of the 2nd prize—a smartphone—and Paul Merola of Merola Tile NY, winner of the 3rd prize—an UHD 55” LED TV.

Scott Alpert, Modomo’s Managing Partner, is very pleased with the great success Coverings 18 was for Modomo’s official launch.  Scott said, “From being in the tile industry for almost 37 years, I was very pleased with the exposure and business Modomo received as a result of the show.”

Modomo is a U.S.-based holding company, run by industry veterans, providing the finest Italian tile to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Partnering with one of the most successful Italian tile manufacturers, Modomo is committed to providing beautiful collections and superior sales and training support together with aggressive pricing models.

 

 

Installation Experience: contrasting the results of skilled and qualified labor

The Installation Experience debuted this year at Coverings. Conceived by the NTCA and CTEF and spearheaded by CTEF’s Scott Carothers, NTCA’s Mark Heinlein and brought to life by scores of hardworking volunteers, it sought to demonstrate the quality difference between work done by qualified labor such at Certified Tile Installers or those with Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers credentials, and unskilled labor.

The Hall of Failures showed the results of installations done by unskilled labor.

Another example of failed installation in the Hall of Failures.

Bad lippage can result when installers don’t follow methods and standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “experience” was a self-guided journey through identical installations in the Hall of Failures and the Hall of Excellence that demonstrated the industry-approved ways to execute an installation and the results of an unskilled install. The comparison was supported by photographs.

Beautiful results from qualified labor.

Another example of an expertly-done installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installers and Regional Evaluators on hand to answer questions about the CTI and ACT exams.

Regional Evaluators, NTCA State Ambassadors and other volunteers answered questions about CTI and ACT exams.

CTEF’s Scott Carothers (R) answers questions from visitors to the Installation Experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers also participated in an install-off  called the CTI Challenge where they competed in time and skill while installing identical vignettes.

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers faced off to install a vignette in the Construction Zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Experience concluded with the “At Home with Tile” theater where time-lapse video highlighting various construction stages immersed visitors with inspiring and educational projects, and visitors could view beautiful, functional room settings, with expertly installed tile.

Functional bathroom backsplash with Sideview glass from Crossville.

Cutaway view of a gauged porcelain tile panel install over existing brick.

Installation Experience Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designers, contractors collaborate on Installation Design Showcase Tiny House projects

The reprise of the Tiny House Installation Design Showcase for Coverings 18 featured three tiny houses that paired top designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors to develop and design the look and concept and bring it to life on the show floor.

The three tiny houses included:

Smart Modern Living – designed by Jeffrey Baker of Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs and installed by D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Clean lines and and open layout characterized the space. Estima Ceramica provided the tile and LATICRETE donated the setting materials and backerboards.

 

Jeffrey Baker (L) with Woody Sanders and Alena Capra at the Smart Modern Living tiny home.

 

The DW Sanders Tile & Stone crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxe Cottage – designed by Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installed by Visalia Ceramic Tile, the space is geared to the imagined needs of a young, retired couple seeking a luxurious mountainside getaway that features tile on walls, countertops, shelving and built furniture. Ceramics of Italy supplied tile, MAPEI donated setting materials and Schluter provided backerboards.

 

Visalia’s Sam Bruce with designer Brittney Ferren (C) and Alena Capra at the Luxe Cottage tiny home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Visalia Ceramic Tile crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CG Villa – is the signature contemporary tiny home designed by Rita Carson Guest, FASID, of Carson Guest. Installed by J&R Tile, the space features gauged porcelain tile panels to keep the weight — and the look of the space light and spacious. Crossville Inc., provided tile with installation materials from ARDEX and backer board from wedi.

Alena Capra with J&R Tile’s Erin Albrecht (C) and Rita Carson Guest at the CG Villa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, visit coverings.com/IDS.

 

NTCA Members Receive Prestigious Awards at Coverings 2018

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced the names of its members who were recent recipients of key industry awards at Coverings Installation and Design Awards (CID) Ceremony in Atlanta, GA.

The Coverings Rock Stars  – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. Since its conception, the program has recognized dozens of young leaders who have connected at Coverings through mentorship and networking opportunities. The program underscores Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities.

The three individuals recognized are strong supporters and members of the Association:

 

  • Triniti Vigil of J&R Tile, San Antonio, TX

 

      • Ceramic Tile Education Foundation – Certified Tile Installer Program Regional Evaluator
      • Bi-Lingual leader mentoring apprentices in J&R Tile’s Department of Labor approved program

 

  • Cameron Proctor of David Allen Company, Raleigh, NC

 

      • Project Manager for the David Allen Company at just age 34; recording over 2 million square feet of tile and stone projects
      • Both industry educator and student, continuously developing his and others’ technical expertise on a variety of products and projects

 

  • Jason McDaniel of Stoneman Construction LLC, Portland, OR

 

    • Nominated by a record 11 industry leaders for the Rock Star Award
    • Founder of Global Tile Posse Network; avid NTCA supporter and philanthropist with the Wounded Warrior Projects in Oregon

Four NTCA Members were among those selected as winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which honors exceptional design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of residential stone, residential tile, commercial stone and commercial tile.

A panel of judges consisting of ​editors, designers and industry professionals evaluated ​all ​submissions​.​

The NTCA congratulates the following members for being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments:

  • Camarata Masonry Systems of Houston, TX –Commercial Stone Installation winner
  • California Tile Installers of Cupertino, CA – Grand Prize winner for Commercial Tile Installation
  • Columbia River Tile & Stone of Portland, OR –Residential Stone Installation winner
  • Tile Design by (Nadine) Edelstein of Seattle, WA –Residential Tile Installation winner

“On behalf of the board members and staff of the NTCA, we applaud all of the award winners, both seasoned veterans​ and ​those ‘​up​-​and​-​coming,​’​” stated Bart Bettiga​, NTCA’s Executive Director. “As our Association moves forward with its efforts to educate and train for the future, these accomplishments solidify what wonderful career accomplishments can be attained.”

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

 

Tile Heritage Foundation holds handprint mural workshop at Coverings

THF’s Shiela Menzies (yellow apron) assists (L to R) Elena Grant, Taffy Event Strategies, Stephanie Samulski, TCNA, Dan Lambert, Lambert Tile & Stone, and Dirk Sullivan from Hawthorne Tile.

NTCA’s James and Chris Woelfel of Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile Co., craft their handprint tiles at the Global Monumental Handprint Tile Project at Coverings in May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a handprint tile at the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF) booth for the mural that will eventually be installed at the new TCNA headquarters was “the most fun thing I did at Coverings this year,” said NTCA Chairman of the Board James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite, Tile and Marble, Mesa, Ariz.

Woelfel was not alone. Two hundred people in total stopped by the hand-print making station at Coverings to imprint hands, feet, emblems, logos, names, slogans and other personal expressions in soft clay tiles sponsored by Peter Mullins of the Stone Zone, purchased at discount through Mudfire Studio and Gallery  in Decatur, Ga.

The industry came together to support the event. Sponsors included: Taffy Event Strategies; TCNA, The Freeman Company; Highwater Clays; James Hardie Building Products; Merola Tile;  Joseph Lungren Consulting; Katia Tiles; Interceramic USA; Artfind Tiles; and Mary Yocum. NTCA, CTEF, TCNA, CTDA Clay Squared, Ironrock, Doty Tile promoted the event as well as THF and its board.

The Global Monumental Hand Print Mural project at Coverings raised sponsor funds of  $4,500 pre-event and $800 during the event itself. An additional $1,500 was realized from people contributing $25 per person onsite.

THF’s Shiela Menzies (l.) with TileLetter editor Lesley Goddin at the handprint tile station during Coverings.

“It was great fun for so many people,” said Sheila Menzies of THF. “ We want more people to do this at their own place of business. There are guidelines, but  it can be done anywhere in the country. Tile Heritage is happy to act as a consultant to anyone wanting to organize an event. Sponsorship is ongoing as well!”

Tile industry members also volunteered to aid and assist those making handprint tiles during the workshop. They included:

Jan Hohn, Hohn & Hohn, Inc.; Katia McGuirk, Katia Tiles; Tricia Metzner, Made in Mosaic; Nadine Edelstein, Tile Design by Edelstein; Karin Motawi, Wizard Enterprize; Andru Eron,  New York Tile Makers; Brigid O’Connor, – Artfind Tile; Joe Taylo, Tile Heritage; Sheila Menzies , Tile Heritage; David Patrick, Alchemy Materials; Lisa Danneker, Theresa King, Todd Kukral, Carol Mueller and Abby Cocos, all of- Sonoma Tilemakers; Martha Coursey,  House on the Hill Studio; and Katie Rossi, Angie Stanley, Tara Syslo of Merola Tile. Woody Sanders of DWS Tile & Stone, picked up the handprint tiles and delivered them to Interceramic.

Coverings Ambassador Alena Capra making her handprint tile.

A sample handprint tile. Visit Tile Heritage Foundation to learn where you can make your own at local workshops this summer and fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other workshops will take place around the country. One was  just completed in Doylestown, Pa. during the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Festival, organized by tile maker Kathy Casper of Mt. Laurel, NJ. It added 52 tiles to the total. One will be held at Aileen Barr studio in San Francisco on June 16. THF is planning a summer hand print workshop in the Healdsburg, Calif., area and fall workshops are planned by both Clay Squared to Infinity in Minneapolis, and by Nadine Edelstein, with Artisan Tile Northwest tile collaborative in the Seattle area. Stay tuned for details.

For more information, dealers and manufacturers can visit http://www.tileheritage.org/pdfs/Hand-print-Participation-Station-details.pdf and individuals can get details at http://www.tileheritage.org/pdfs/Hand-print-tile-details.pdf.

 

 

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