Coverings 2017 Appreciation Days

Created to facilitate enhanced learning and networking opportunities on the Coverings show floor, Coverings segment-focused Appreciation Days feature a tailored guided tour of the show floor, lunch, education sessions, happy hour and more.

Schedule

Appreciation Lounge

Located in booth 3958, this area on the show floor will be dedicated to our various segments on their Appreciation Day (see above schedule). It’s a great spot to network, relax and meet with colleagues during the show.

Contractor Lounge

Located in booth 4437, the Contractor Lounge will be open for badged contractors to network and relax on Wednesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 6th. Be sure to stop by for the free happy hours at 3:00 pm.

Builder & Remodeler Day: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The Builder & Remodeler Appreciation Day Tour will be held on the show floor at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon and roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge (booth 3958).

Join the Builder and Remodeler Appreciation Day tour of the exhibit floor as we showcase the latest in tile, stone and installation materials from around the world. An interactive experience, the group will be polled to select destinations of interest. See and touch the newest products and possibly catch a glimpse of what will be the next big thing. After the tour, join us for lunch and a roundtable discussion in the Appreciation Lounge. (Builder/Remodelers must be registered for the tour to receive free lunch.) Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Free sessions for Builders & Remodelers on this day include:

Tile Trends: Moving Forward

New Directions for Gauged (formerly Thin) Porcelain Tile

Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices

Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends

Installation Training for Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs

Architect & Designer Day: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

The Architect & Designer Day Trends Tour will be held on the show floor at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon and roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge (booth 3958).

Join Coverings’ Industry Ambassador, Alena Capra, as she leads you on a tour of the exhibit floor at 11:00 am showcasing the latest trends in tile and stone from around the world. What’s the latest in large format and thin tiles? What are the hot colors and textures? On the tour, you will see and touch the newest products and possibly catch a glimpse of what will be the next big thing.

After the tour, join Alena for lunch and a roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge. Architects and Designers must be registered for the tour to receive free lunch. Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Free sessions for architects and designers on this day include:

  • Contract Magazine Presents: A Fireside Chat with John Czarnecki and Todd Avery-Lenahan
  • Tile Shower Installation Systems – Design Trends and Techniques
  • Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions Presented by Architectural Record
  • Raise Your Profile: The Ins and Outs of Being a Brand Ambassador

Join other Architects and Designers for happy hour in the Appreciation Lounge at 4:00 pm.

Contractor Days: Wednesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The Contractor Appreciation Days Tours will be held Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am on the show floor followed by a luncheon at 12:15 pm in the Contractor Lounge (booth 4437).

Join the Contractor and Installer Day Tour of the exhibit floor as we showcase the latest in machinery, installation materials and tools. After the tour, join us for lunch and a roundtable discussion in the Contractor Lounge. Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Win great prizes and network with fellow contractors at the free happy hours in the contractor lounge on Wednesday and Thursday at 3:00 pm.

Free sessions for Contractors and Installers on these days include:

  • Top 5 reasons Why Tile Installations Fail
  • Introduction to Tile Industry Standards and How to Use Them to Your Advantage
  • Industry Update on Gauged Porcelain Tile (formerly Large Format)
  • Small Business Healthcare Strategies
  • Membranes: When, Where, Why and What

Fabricator Day: Friday, April 7th, 2017

The Fabricator Appreciation Day Tour will be held on the show floor at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon and roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge (booth 3958).

Join us for the guided fabricator tour, New and Innovative Products from the Marketplace, led by Tony Malisani, owner of Malisani, inc. and GK Naquin, President of Stone Interiors. The stone industry is always changing and a company’s success can be based on their understanding of new and innovative products. During this interactive tour, visit vendors on the show floor and learn what new products are available to the industry. Come away with a plan to implement new products that could grow your business.  Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online. 

After the tour, join us for lunch at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge for the fabricator discussion: Building a Kicka$$ Culture and Watch Your Profits Soar. Network with other fabricators and discuss building a team that creates a culture of success. Learn how to outline your company’s mission and communicate that mission so everyone at your organization is on the same page. Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Free sessions for Fabricators on this day include:

  • Capillary Passive Drainage to Avoid Efflorescence and Failures on Exterior Balcony, Porch and Patio Tile and Stone Installations
  • Women in Stone Speed Mentoring & Leadership Workshop
  • Don’t Get Caught Doing What Worked Yesterday When Customers Are Obsessed With What They Want Tomorrow

Check out the Coverings website to learn about all the sessions and activities taking place and to register – coverings.com.

NTCA to Sponsor NASCAR Simulator Experience at Coverings 2017

The National Tile Contractor’s Association will be celebrating its 70th anniversary as a leading trade association in 2017. With over 1300 members and counting, our growing association is committed to increasing marketing and promotion efforts in both regional and national events. As an owner in Coverings, the leading tile and stone show taking place April 4th – 7th, the NTCA is very proud to announce it has agreed to become a major sponsor in the new NASCAR simulator experience program taking place in the exhibit hall near the NTCA booth.

The NASCAR simulator experience will include timed racing opportunities for attendees and contests for the best laps. Pit crew ambassadors will be on hand to help promote the event and time the racers, so that as many people as possible can enjoy the experience of a simulated race. The NTCA is seeking four additional sponsors to help promote the event at the show. These sponsors’ logos will be placed on the NASCAR vehicle. Sponsors will also receive tickets to hand out to their customers at their booth for an opportunity to drive the car. Pit crew ambassadors will also wear NASCAR shirts with the sponsor logos on them, creating a fun and unique marketing experience for the NTCA and our partners.

Exhibitors interested in joining the NTCA to sponsor the NASCAR experience at Coverings 2017 should contact Jim Olson at [email protected].

Installation Design Showcase – Tiny House Edition

Coverings, the largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America, presents the not-to-be missed 2017 Installation Design Showcase – Tiny House Edition. The showcase features three tiny houses on the Coverings 2017 show floor. NTCA Five Star Contractors and leading designers will partner together and collaborate to showcase the synergy between beautiful design and exceptional installation. Each tiny house will highlight a different design aesthetic and feature tile and stone in a live installation. Daily happy hours invite show attendees to stop by every day to see the progression of each tiny house and talk with the installers and designers as the three tiny homes come to life.

The Tiny Houses

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Lauren Figureoa, The Georgia Pear Interiors

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Dan Welch, Welch Tile & Marble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tiny House 2 will be modeled in the Palm Springs fashion with designer Kim Lewis of Austin, Texas (www.kimlewisdesigns.com) and installation by Visalia Ceramic Tile from Visalia, Calif (www.visaliaceramictile.com). Tile supplied by Ceramics of Italy and setting materials by MAPEI.
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Kim Lewis, Kim Lewis Designs

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Sam Bruce, Visalia Ceramic Tile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tiny House 3 is entitled “The Vetruvian – An Imitation of Nature” and was designed by Nikki Vega of bluetreehome, a tiny house company of Orlando, Florida (www.bluetreedesign.co). Installation will be completed by J & R Tile, Inc. from San Antonio, Texas (www.jandrtile.com). Tile supplied by CROSSVILLE and setting materials by ARDEX.
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Nikki Vega, Blue Tree Designs

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Erin Albrecht, J&R Tile, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation Design Showcase: Deconstructed

Also not to be missed is Installation Design Showcase: Deconstructed, a one-hour, interactive session, offering a tour of the three tiny houses. Meet with the leading designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors who have collaborated on the IDS – Tiny Home Edition and learn what it takes to pull together these annual vignettes in just five days. The tour will explore the reasoning for each type of tile selected, the thought process behind the designs, and the exceptional installation techniques.

IDS Deconstructed will be held Thursday, April 6 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm with a reception following the session. All attendees welcome.

Coverings CID Awards entry deadline extended to Monday, January 23

 The Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Projects are judged on design and installation excellence, giving special recognition to unusual, creative and innovative uses of stone and tile.
Farley Residence, Grand Prize Stone Winner 2016,
Designed by Carson Guest, Inc.
Installed by Marmi Natural Stone
To show off your outstanding work and give you the recognition you deserve by featuring your work at Coverings, including a display on the new 2017 CID digital video wall, you must submit your entry for free to be a part of it! Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2015 – December 2016). Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged!
Lincoln Park Steps, Grand Prize Tile Winner 2016
Designed by Aileen Barr
Installed by Doty Tile and Snyder Tile

PRIZE:

  • $2,500 plus a one-night hotel stay in Orlando will be awarded to the installer and designer of both residential and commercial tile and stone projects

​In addition, winners will be:

  • Invited to attend the coveted VIP Press Dinner
  • Invited to participate in a conference session where projects will be discussed
  • Featured on the new CID digital video wall and on meter boards at Coverings

ENTER BY MONDAY, JANUARY 23:Have your work recognized at the premier international tile and stone event! There is no cost to submit projects, but in order to win a CID Award you must be present at Coverings 2017 in Orlando, Florida to accept your award. Visit Coverings CID Awards submissions for more information and to enter.

COVERINGS 2017 INTRODUCES NEW OFFERINGS TO THE SHOW EXPERIENCE

coverings17_black-r(ARLINGTON, VA—December 19, 2016) Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, has announced plans to enhance the 2017 show experience with a variety of new activations and experiences. The new elements—which include guided audio tours, a NASCAR Racing Experience, and a reinvigorated social media lounge—seek to enhance the show by allowing attendees opportunities to further interact, explore, and engage. Coverings will be held April 4-7, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

“We are building on the show’s strengths and adding new aspects that make the show an incredible experience for today’s industry professionals,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies. “Beyond the immense show floor and robust conference program, these special components further make Coverings a draw for thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, fabricators, installers, retailers, and distributors.”

Show attendees will have the opportunity to receive a guided audio tour via the official Coverings mobile application. The pre-recorded tour provides attendees with insights into booths and pavilions, extending a thorough introduction to the show floor. With each tour operated through one’s mobile phone, attendees have the ability to move the tour at their own pace, or break up the tour across several days.

Also revving up the show floor: a NASCAR Racing Experience providing attendees the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a NASCAR driver. Racers with the fastest simulator times each day will win two tickets to the NASCAR events of their choice.

What’s more, the social media lounge is getting refreshed as Coverings Connect. The space allows attendees to relax, charge personal devices, and network. Coverings Connect will present a series of educational seminars, called “Byte” sessions that have a digital focus. Additionally, from 4-5:30 p.m. every afternoon, a bar will be located in Coverings Connect, offering a happy hour for attendees to enjoy a beverage and make new connections.

To learn more about Coverings events and experiences, visit www.coverings.com/experience.

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow

Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2017

Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings

Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow

YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367

Google +: google.com/+Coverings
Blog: coverings.com/blog

About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 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 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, 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 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

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Coverings 2017 Calls for Rock Star Nominations

Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, is seeking nominations for its 2017 group of “Coverings Rock Stars,” an award that recognizes the best up-and-coming young professionals in the tile and stone industry. Selected by a committee of industry leaders, each outstanding individual will be awarded based on his or her impact on the tile and stone industry along with previous industry recognition.

“Now in its third year, this program highlights the industry’s greatest young leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, and game-changers,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “This next generation of professionals is laying the groundwork for the future of the industry, and we’re looking forward to celebrating their talents and achievements at Coverings.”

Rock Star nominees must be 35 or younger, and currently employed by or as an architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor, installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer in the tile and stone industry. Nominators must also be active and experienced in the tile and stone industry.

Award winners will receive a one-night hotel stay in Orlando to attend Coverings, will be featured in online and onsite promotions and will be honored, along with their nominators, at an awards breakfast at Coverings.

To nominate a qualified individual, complete a submission form at coverings.com/RockStars. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Coverings 2017 Seeks Tile and Stone Projects for 2017 Installation and Design Awards

coveringsCoverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, has opened its Call for Entries for the 2017 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. Available to architects, designers, installers, and contractors, the CID Awards honor outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial environments.

New to this year’s awards program: Winners will be invited to discuss their project as part of the show’s conference program. Projects will also be displayed on a video wall and on signage throughout the exhibition floor, showcasing the work to the thousands of attendees. Prize-winning project teams, including each installer and designer, will receive $2,500 and a one-night stay in Orlando.

“There is nothing quite like seeing how the mastery of design and installation can come together to create truly astounding applications of tile and stone—the CID Awards put the spotlight on these projects and the talented teams behind each beautiful space,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “Furthermore, the awards illustrate the enduring and infinite design styles achieved by today’s tile and stone products.”

An independent panel of judges will evaluate entries based on excellence in execution and installation; inspiring and original use of tile or stone; and overall design and purpose of the project. Projects will be assessed on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and outstanding use of materials. Emphasis will be placed on projects featuring an original or unusual use of materials, incorporating innovative technology, or combining aesthetics with function in an interesting way. Winning categories will include Residential and Commercial, and based on the submissions received, may extend to International, Artistic Use of Tile/Stone, Institutional, Community Project and more.

Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2015—December 2016). Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged, and there is no fee to enter. Entrants should submit through Coverings’ online portal before the deadline of January 6, 2017.

The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design.

 


 

About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 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 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2017
Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings
Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow
YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367
Google +: google.com/+Coverings
Blog: coverings.com/blog

Registration for Coverings 2017 is Now Open!

coverings(ARLINGTON, VA — September 21, 2016) Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, has opened the online registration for its 2017 show. Returning to Orlando, Florida, from April 4-7, Coverings sets the stage for thousands of new tile and stone introductions, conference programs, and several show floor features—all for free. Attendees can register, as well as reserve hotel rooms, through www.coverings.com/register.

The show is estimated to bring together 1,100 exhibitors representing over 40 countries across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space, in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

“There are many benefits to selecting tile for a project because of its outstanding value proposition — tile adapts to any decor and enhances the aesthetic of a project. It has a low environmental impact, is durable, easy to maintain, and does not contain harmful chemicals,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “The place to be to learn all about tile,  as well as see the newest market introductions, is Coverings.”

Benefits to early registration include advance notice and access to events and conference sessions, contests, promotions, and insider opportunities that will quickly meet capacity. Coverings also arranges discounted hotel and travel packages through a variety of hotel partners.

To learn more about conferences, programs, exhibitors, and special events planned for Coverings 2017, visit coverings.com.

Crossville-Sponsored Project by Healing Environments Wins a Top Category Honor in ASID Illinois’ 2016 Design Excellence Awards

healing-environments-team-asid-winSpa Lobby from Coverings Installation Design Showcase Earns 1st Place for “Contract Project by Small Firm”

Chicago, Ill./Crossville, Tenn. – The chic “Spa Lobby” vignette designed by Healing Environments and sponsored by Crossville for the 2016 Coverings Expo Installation Design Showcase won first place in the “Contract Project by a Small Firm” category at the 2016 ASID Illinois Design Excellence Awards. Healing Environments founders Susan and Tarik El-Naggar, pictured at right, accepted the award at a gala event held at Chez in Chicago.

The unique project featured a range of Crossville tile collections incorporated into Healing Environment’s biophilic design. Every element was specified to create a soothing, modern space that would promote “healing to the mind, body, and spirit,” according to Susan El-Naggar, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate, and principal interior designer for Healing Environments.

“We were very excited to work with Crossville, since it’s the first manufacturer to earn Green Squared certification for all its U.S.-made collections—the recognized sustainability standard in the industry,” states El-Naggar.

coverings_78374-20-16The annual Coverings Expo Installation Design Showcase is a real-time installation event in which crews of experienced installers converge to bring artfully designed vignettes into reality, all while show attendees stroll by to watch the work unfold. For the Crossville-sponsored spa lobby, Trostrud Mosaic & Tile served as the installation company. The Trostrud team worked with a range of products including Laminam by Crossville porcelain tile panels to bring the winning vignette to life on site at the trade show held at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Deadline for Submissions to Coverings 2017 is September 6th!

CoveringsInterested in presenting at Coverings 2017? Coverings is the leading provider of education to the tile and stone industry in North America. We welcome your ideas for providing in-depth, cutting-edge information in highly interactive environments focusing on problem solving and tools to increase attendee ROI.

We invite you to submit one or more educational, non-proprietary proposals for consideration by our conference committee. All submitters are asked to include planned audience-engagement strategies as part of their session description and learning objectives.

Proposals will be reviewed based on:

  • Overall quality of the session topic including title, description and learning objectives
  • Proposed audience engagement strategies and interactivity of the proposed session format
  • Diversity and uniqueness of the presentation and how it enhances the overall quality of the program
  • Practical application of the topic

Submit your proposal by September 6 at 5:00pm PDT to be considered as a presenter for Coverings 2017. Click here to get started!

Coverings strives to provide high-quality networking and educational opportunities all for free to registered Coverings attendees and exhibitors. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs through IDCEC.

Have a great idea for a conference session at Coverings 2017 but don’t want to speak? The Coverings Conference Committee wants to know what topics are of most importance to our attendees and exhibitors. So, if you have a hot topic or idea, let us know! Email your session idea to [email protected] by September 6 at 5:00pm PDT.

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