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.

Coverings 2017 Seeks Submissions for Conference Presentations

Coverings(ARLINGTON, VA—August 12, 2016) Coverings (www.coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone show in North America, is inviting conference presenters and professional development leaders to submit proposals for the show’s 2017 programming. Returning to Orlando, FL, for 2017, Coverings will be held April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Praised for its educational programs, Coverings calls for cutting-edge content which generates discussion and finds solutions in the categories of interior design and architecture, building and remodeling, distribution, fabrication, installation, retail sales, green practices, and health and safety. Individuals and groups interested in helping the industry to grow and thrive are encouraged to submit proposals for one or more topics. Proposals can be submitted online here. The submission deadline is September 6, 2016.

“Coverings offers an all-encompassing conference program dedicated to educating and engaging all levels of the industry, “ said Michele Nebel Peake, VP, Conference Development of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We focus on providing a variety of educational options and formats which creates an interactive learning experience, provides opportunities for discussion, and helps our attendees to generate solutions which will allow them to succeed both professionally and personally.”

All sessions are FREE to registered Coverings exhibitors and attendees. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA, NKBA and USGBC continuing education and applies for CEUs for ASID/IIDA through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2017 conference program will be revealed in January 2017 on coverings.com/education.

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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.

Coverings Engages Taffy Event Strategies as Show Management

Coverings(ARLINGTON, VA—JULY 19, 2016) Coverings (www.coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone show in North America, has appointed Taffy Event Strategies, LLC (www.taffyeventstrategies.com) as its show management company. Taffy will be responsible for producing Coverings’ exhibition and conference program. Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Coverings is the premier international trade fair and expo dedicated exclusively to showcasing the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architects, designers, builders, and developers.

The show is co-sponsored by Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA), Tile of Spain/the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).

Taffy is a full-service trade show and management company focused on producing events that inspire audiences, create connections, and deliver results.

“We are delighted to team up with Coverings to help drive its goals and add value for the thousands of the show’s exhibitors and attendees,” said Jennifer Hoff, president at Taffy Event Strategies. “We are looking forward to supporting the industry showcase its truly remarkable tile and stone products, while also fostering business-building networking and education opportunities for today’s professionals.”

NTCA Tile Person of the Year: Steve Young

Steve Young, NTCA Tile Person of the Year

Steve Young, NTCA Tile Person of the Year

When thank you isn’t enough

A letter from Steve Young, NTCA Tile Person of the Year

Next to convincing my wife, Joanne, to marry me and the birth of our two children (third generation in the tile industry), being honored by NTCA as Tile Person of the Year is, without a doubt, one of the most meaningful events of my lifetime. I am truly honored and will never be able to properly express my appreciation.

Many years ago after an NTCA workshop, my good friend, Leigh Hightower, and I were brainstorming ways to solve all the industry’s problems. Leigh came up with the concept that we were a bridge between the old ways of installing tile (mud floors and walls) and the new ways (thin-set mortar and mastic). This was so important to understand both worlds, bring them together and educate the old generation as well as the new. Some of the early bridge builders included Tom Vaughn, Tom Cassutt, Eric Edelmeyer and others. NTCA provided the venue (tradeshows) and the vehicle (traveling workshops) to facilitate this. We would never have succeeded without the association recognizing and responding to those needs. The traveling workshop went all over the country, exposing contractors and distributors to many new products, systems and techniques.

Looking back to my first NTCA trade show in 1976, which included 60 exhibitors, and comparing that to Coverings this year is incredible. Historically, I believe there were five very significant and innovative products that changed the industry from the installation materials side. These product inventions set the stage for massive growth in the tile and stone industry. These are not in order of preference or influence.

  • The invention of latex-modified thin-set mortar.
  • Modified epoxy mortars that allowed you to install the new decorative floor tile from Italy directly to plywood subfloors.
  • Paul Dinkel and Ted Clear’s invention of WonderBoard. What a “game changer” that was!
  • LATICRETE’s liquid waterproofing.
  • Noble’s thin-set waterproofing and crack-isolation membrane.

All of these innovations changed the tile industry in profound ways. As these products entered the mainstream, the resulting economic impact for the tile contractor has been huge. NTCA has always been at the forefront of education and helped make this happen.

Now, in the twilight of my career, I look to the newest group of bridge builders: James Woelfel; Nyle Wadford; John Cox; Scott Carothers and others. It will rest with them to recruit and mentor a future group.

We shouldn’t forget our history as it’s a history to be proud of, with integrity, honesty and the free flow of information. It’s an amazing history of clean and safe products and absence of corruption. We can thank Joe Tarver and now Bart Bettiga for establishing clear lines of behavior and their outstanding leadership.

As I’ve stated before, when I first met Joe Tarver as the director of NTCA in 1976, he made me feel as if I were the most important person in the room. I know that becoming involved in NTCA has positively impacted my life and business success. Hopefully, my example will lead others to join and become involved. I also personally know many of the previous honorees and feel that my contribution pales in comparison to some; however I am honored to be part of that select group.

Kind Regards,
Steve Young

Coverings 2016: NTCA Awards Night Recognizes Industry Leaders at Fourth Annual Ceremony

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractors association, recognized industry leaders and those making a difference within the industry at its Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony during Coverings 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., amidst a crowd of over 200.

In addition to its NTCA Five Star Contractor Awards, NTCA Tile Person of the Year, and Joe Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award, several individuals were given special recognition honors. In addition, the first recipients of the Tom Ade Ceramic Tile Scholarship Award were announced.

NTCA Five Star Contractor Awards

The NTCA Five Star Contractor Grand Prize awards were presented for outstanding installations in both commercial and residential projects by these cream-of-the-crop contractors. In addition, this year’s Special Recognition Awards were presented for the Promotion of the Tile Trade, and Membership. The Five Star Contractor Grand Prize winners received $2,500 each in prize money, sponsored by Daltile Corporation. Over 20 submissions were received and judged via the following criteria: scope (size of project), complexity (challenges), technical soundness (resolution of challenges) and design and presentation (overall appearance, layout and artistic value).

Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Commercial Tile Installation: Grazzini Brothers & Company of Eagan, Minnesota won this prize for its installation of over 24,000 sq. ft. of exterior natural stone wall tile and interior porcelain floor and wall tile at the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory in Anchorage, Alaska. Challenges included working in cold temperatures, compounded by manufacturer’s specifications that the exterior installation could not be completed in temperatures below 40 degrees. And to keep crews safe, adjustments had to be made for wind when hoisting stone for exterior stone wall installation. Grazzini Brothers & Company had only 72 days to install the exterior stone work, so limited weekend work was necessary to complete this job on time.

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From left, Marazzi/Daltile’s Jeremy Sax, Greg Grazzini and Earl Anderson of Grazzini Brothers, and Jim Olson, NTCA.

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Grazzini Brothers & Company won the Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Installation for the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory in Anchorage, Alaska.

Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Residential Tile Installation: Cox Tile of San Antonio, Texas was honored for its “Brick and Stone Paradise” project, which featured a brick foundation, natural stone, and handmade artisan tiles throughout the interior of the home and exterior. Weeks of planning were needed to fine tune the details and designs of each area of the home. Old Chicago bricks were cut into 1/2” veneers and Turkish Travertine was set on a diagonal for stairs; the master bath shower featured a curved glass tile accent wall. Excellence and artistry combined for a stunning result.

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From left, Jeremy Sax, Marazzi/Daltile, John Cox, Cox Tile and NTCA’s Jim Olson

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Cox Tile won the Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Residential Tile Installation for “Brick and Stone Paradise” project.

Special Recognition Awards

The NTCA presented Special Recognition Awards to two individuals for their dedication to Promoting the Tile Trade, and to Membership.

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Since 2007, Owen (left of governor) has led the Tile Craftsman section of the program and on September 10, 2015 Atlanta Governor, Nathan Deal, signed a proclamation for Careers in Construction Week in Georgia.

Rod Owen of CC Owen Tile, Jonesboro, Ga. Owen is responsible for the promotion of the tile trade to the youth of Atlanta. Rod is an active member of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA). Each year, CEFGA hosts a “Careers in Construction Week” to educate students, parents and school counselors that skilled trades are legitimate careers. Since 2007, Owen has led the Tile Craftsman section of the program. On September 10, 2015 Atlanta governor, Nathan Deal, signed a proclamation for Careers in Construction Week in Georgia.

Brad Denny (l.) and NTCA’s Jim Olson.

Brad Denny (l.) and NTCA’s Jim Olson.

Bradford Denny of Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Joelton, Tenn. Denny is the moderator of the NTCA Members and the Regional and State Directors Facebook pages. More importantly, Denny introduced the NTCA to the “Tile Geeks” Facebook page, through which NTCA has increased membership by more than 30 new members. Brad has been a constant voice promoting NTCA in all forms of social media.

Tom Ade Ceramic Tile Scholarship Award

NTCA announced recipients of its first-ever NTCA “Tom Ade” Ceramic Tile Scholarship Award during the awards ceremony. Two students were selected out of 16 nominees.

The Scholarship was established by the NTCA to provide educational opportunities in college or trade for children or grandchildren of NTCA contractor members. It was respectfully named after Tom Ade, a former NTCA regional director and a previous recipient of NTCA’s Ring Of Honor and Tile Person of the Year Awards. Through his generosity and support of training and education, funds were earmarked to launch this scholarship. The association hopes to raise additional funds to offer multiple scholarships to deserving applicants in the future.

Jan Hohn, NTCA state director from St. Paul, Minnesota, and last year’s Tile Person of the Year recipient, presented this first $5,000 award to Connor Meehan, son of Tom and Lane Meehan of Cape Cod Tileworks in Harwich, Mass. The scholarship will be to Meehan’s college of choice. His father accepted the award on his behalf, since Connor was traveling outside the country.

Shown are Jan Hohn, chair of the NTCA Training and Education Committee (l. to r.), Tom Ade, Filling Tile & Marble and Tom Meehan.

Shown are Jan Hohn, chair of the NTCA Training and Education Committee (l. to r.), Tom Ade, Filling Tile & Marble and Tom Meehan.

A second $2,500 Tom Ade Ceramic Tile scholarship award was made to Brianne Martinho, daughter of Robert and Melanie Martinho, of Visalia Ceramic Tile, a Five Star Contractor. This scholarship was made possible by the NTCA and a generous donation by Daltile in honor of Jim Olson’s mom, June Lobitz, who passed away last year. Brianne will attend California Polytechnic State University.

From left: Tom Ade, Brianne Martinho, and NTCA assistant executive director, Jim Olson.

From left: Tom Ade, Brianne Martinho, and NTCA assistant executive director, Jim Olson.

Tile Person of the Year: Steve Young

Steve Young, NTCA Tile Person of the Year

Steve Young, NTCA Tile Person of the Year

This year, the NTCA’S Tile Person of the Year Award was presented to Steve Young of Steve Young & Associates, located in White Plains, Ga. An active and supporting member of the NTCA since 1976, Young strongly supported the association’s traveling workshop program in its early years, traveling around the country with Joe Tarver and other industry leaders educating contractors on installation techniques and new technology. (See an open letter from Young to NTCA members here!) Young is also one of only two of the original members serving on the NTCA Technical Committee, boasting a dedicated tenure of over 30 years.

Tim Curran (r.) receives the Joe A.Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award from NTCA executive director emeritus Joe Tarver.

Tim Curran (r.) receives the Joe A.Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award from NTCA executive director emeritus Joe Tarver.

Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award: Tim Curran

Tim Curran, co-president of the Curran Group, owners of Crossville Inc., of Crossville, Tenn., received the prestigious Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is offered to a leader in the tile and stone industry who dedicates his/her career to advancing the trade. The Curran Group, a family-owned business since 1918, has supported a legacy of leadership at Crossville for more than 30 years in the industry, fostering a reputation for quality and customer service. The leadership team at Crossville recognized the need for qualified installation, and was the first company to support the NTCA Five Star Contractor Program with a volume discount program and hosting Five Star Contractor summit meetings.

Coverings 2016: Installation Design Showcase

A professional display of synergy between design and installation

The Installation Design Showcase featured outstanding designs and superior craftsmanship, installed on the show floor by NTCA Five Star Contractors Trostrud Mosaic and Tile of Chicago, Grazzini Brothers from Eagan, Minn., Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co. of Mesa, Ariz., and Welch Tile & Marble from Kent City, Mich. The showcase paired area designers with the installation teams that brought design concepts to life.

“What I enjoy about [the Installation Design Showcase] is we are using fantastic designers and quality qualified labor,” said James Woelfel of Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co., one of the IDS installation teams. Woelfel, who is also president of NTCA, added, “Dan Welch is a Five Star Contractor; Brad Trostrud is Trowel of Excellence, which is the TCAA designation; we’re a Five Star Contractor and Grazzini Brothers are Five Star and Trowel of Excellence as well. So this is great design, together with great qualified labor. And this is what it produces. It actually produces art.”

A special AIA Chicago tour group who visited the Installation Design Showcase commented that it was one of the most professional displays of synergy between design and installation they have ever seen in the construction industry. Following are snapshots of the stunning temporary displays.

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Welch/FGM

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Dan Welch (l. to r.) with FGM Architect’s Raegan Porter, and Louise Kowalcyzk with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra and the Clubhouse Bar/Lounge that was built on the Coverings show floor.

 

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Not content to destroy the vignette immediately after constructing it for the show, Welch’s company built its vignette in a shipping container so it can be towed back to Grand Rapids for educational purposes.

 

 

 

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Tile was by Stonepeak, installation materials by TEC, lighting by Tech Lighting, fireplace by Modern Flames, furniture provided by Frank Cooney Company. The Home Depot sponsored the Installation Design Showcase.

 

Spa Lobby
Trostrud/Healing Environments

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This Spa Lobby was designed by Healing Environments – Susan and Tarik El-Naggar (2nd and 3rd from right) and installed by Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co., represented by Brad Trostrud and Mike Miller (c and rc).

 

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Crossville provided the tiles, with installation materials by MAPEI. The Home Depot sponsored the Installation Design Showcase, with additional products supplied by Baird’s Drapery Services, Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, Dimplex, Duralee, H2O Waterwalls, Inc., Ignite Glass Studios and Designers Linen Source.

 

Boutique Retail Space
Artcraft/Alena Capra

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Alena Capra of Alena Capra Designs conceived this Boutique Retail Space, and Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co., guided by James Woelfel, brought it to life.

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Italian tile manufacturers included Atlas Concorde, Ceramica Sant’Agostino, Tagina, with mosaics by Sicis. Sponsored by Ceramics of Italy and promoted by Confindustria Ceramica, MAPEI provided installation materials. The Installation Design Showcase was sponsored by The Home Depot.

 

Boutique Hotel Lobby
Grazzini/Architecture is Fun

This Boutique Hotel Lobby was designed by Sharon and Peter Exley of Architecture is Fun (2nd and 3rd from left) and installed by Grazzini Brothers Company.

This Boutique Hotel Lobby was designed by Sharon and Peter Exley of Architecture is Fun (2nd and 3rd from left) and installed by Grazzini Brothers Company.

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Sharon Exley explained that herringbone patterns date back to ancient Roman and Egyptian times and signify strength – a fitting symbol for the strength of the porcelain tile by Florim USA used in the vignette. LATICRETE provided the installation materials and the showcase was sponsored by The Home Depot.

Coverings 2016: 15% Attendance Surge Since Last Chicago Show

NTCA members volunteered to staff the NTCA booth and sign up members. Shown, l. to r. are: State Directors Don Hutcheson (Alaska), Hutcheson Tile & Stone; Karl Parker (New Mexico), All American Design & Construction; Dirk Sullivan (Oregon), Hawthorne Tile; and Justin Kyle (Delaware), Kyle’s Tile.

NTCA members volunteered to staff the NTCA booth and sign up members. Shown, l. to r. are: State Directors Don Hutcheson (Alaska), Hutcheson Tile & Stone; Karl Parker (New Mexico), All American Design & Construction; Dirk Sullivan (Oregon), Hawthorne Tile; and Justin Kyle (Delaware), Kyle’s Tile.

CHICAGO, Ill. – Coverings 2016 and the return to The Windy City was an upbeat, positive experience for all things tile this past April, when the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America was held at McCormick Center, here. The overall attendance for Coverings 2016 grew from its 2015 show, with a total of 25,352 attendees – and as a reflection of the growth of both the show and the rebound of the economy, attendance increased by 15% since the event was last held in Chicago in 2009.

While the most impressive attendance segment is held by distributors – which surged by 18% since the 2009 Chicago show – NTCA and the contractor segment had a fantastic show with events and opportunities for installers and contractors. Member volunteers helped sign up 25 new members at this Chicago venue, a new record for membership at a show.

The Live Installation Demonstration Stage was buzzing with product demos, many from NTCA members and trainers.

And contractor activities included Contractor Days, where one-hour guided tours introduced contractors to new products and companies on the show floor. Also part of Contractor Days was the lunchtime roundtable discussion about industry hot topics, conducted while contractors enjoyed a free catered lunch in the Contractor Lounge.

NTCA trainers (l. to r.) Mark Heinlein and Michael Whistler on the Live Installation Demonstration Stage, with an assist with NTCA Tennessee State Director Brad Denny, Nichols Tile & Terrazzo.

NTCA trainers (l. to r.) Mark Heinlein and Michael Whistler on the Live Installation Demonstration Stage, with an assist with NTCA Tennessee State Director Brad Denny, Nichols Tile & Terrazzo.

“2016 was my first year attending Coverings,” said Karl Parker, NM State Director for NTCA, from All American Design and Construction/Creative Kitchen and Bath Solutions, based in Albuquerque. “I was pretty overwhelmed the first day with the amount of people and company representatives in attendance. I quickly found myself networking with people and companies I have not had the opportunity to. I also took time to visit representatives of companies I have been doing business with for years. I look forward to attending next year.”

“Networking is the most important part of attending a conference like Coverings,” said Dirk Sullivan of NTCA member Hawthorne Tile in Portland, Ore. “Social media has brought us all closer together. Attending coverings solidifies these relationships and helps us to form bonds that strengthen our association in ways not before possible.

NTCA assistant director Jim Olson (r.) and Five Star Contractor Martin Brookes of Heritage Tile & Marble preside during a NTCA lunchtime roundtable. Each day of the show, contractors were treated to a catered lunch in the Contractors Lounge and participated in a lively discussion of issues and hot topics in the industry. TEC sponsored the pictured lunch; LATICRETE sponsored the lunchtime discussion the next day.

NTCA assistant director Jim Olson (r.) and Five Star Contractor Martin Brookes of Heritage Tile & Marble preside during a NTCA lunchtime roundtable. Each day of the show, contractors were treated to a catered lunch in the Contractors Lounge and participated in a lively discussion of issues and hot topics in the industry. TEC sponsored the pictured lunch; LATICRETE sponsored the lunchtime discussion the next day.

“This year, Coverings was more of a celebration than ever before,” Sullivan added. “A celebration of our trade, our bonds and partnerships with manufacturers, vendors, and each other. The friendships I have formed from my involvement in NTCA are some of the most important in my lifetime. It has become a family reunion. The importance of this can not be ignored or denied. I love my NTCA family.

This was the first Coverings for Justin Kyle, Kyle’s Tile, NTCA Delaware State Director. “I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” he said. Though he plotted his course in advance, he admitted, “Everything was a bit overwhelming at times. With one under my belt, I feel I can better plan and organize for my next one.”

Kyle is also a member of the Tile Geeks Facebook group, and he was asked about the group frequently. “It worked as a conversation starter that led to an easy transition into talking about the NTCA. “

Kyle also benefited from the networking opportunities. “In all, I personally attended social events hosted by Schluter, LATICRETE, Nuheat, Noble, and MAPEI,” he said. “I know there were others but a guy can only be so many places at once.”

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Tile Geeks is a Facebook group with 4,272 members where industry professionals can exchange ideas and information online.

Tile Geeks – the Facebook group that has grown to 4,272 members, had a strong showing at the show, and in fact had their own boulevard designation, at the crossroads with John Bridge Way, amongst the setting materials and tools suppliers.

Following are reports about the Coverings Installation Design Awards (CID), the Installation Design Showcase (IDS), and NTCA Awards night.

CID Awards & Opening Night Reception

On the first night of the show at McCormick Place, here, the CID Awards program honored not only design and installer winners of stunning projects, but also young emerging leaders and must-see booths at the show. Dave Madonia, group publisher at BNP Media, including Contemporary Stone & Tile Design as well as TileLetter publisher Bart Bettiga and editor Lesley Goddin presented the awards amidst a reception setting.

Rock Stars
The standing-room-only evening started with acknowledgement of best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry with the Coverings 2016 Rock Star Winners. TileLetter publisher Bart Bettiga announced the awards.

Brad Denny

Brad Denny

Bill Griese

Bill Griese

Brad Denny, project manager for Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Company and NTCA State Director for Tennessee – who is also extremely active in social media and in the Tile Geeks Facebook group – was honored along with Bill Griese, Director of Standards Development & Sustainability Initiatives for TCNA.

Other Rock Stars include:

  • Sean Cilona, Florida Tile
  • Andrea Contri, Confindustria Ceramica
  • Cameron DeMille, Easy Stone Care
  • Julian Hernandez, JR Design and Contractor
  • Jason Holman, The Source Stone
  • Joseph Procida, Procida Tile
  • Paul Reiss, Artaic
  • Kate Sterling, ADKO

Coverings Installation & Design Awards

Stone Winners:

BNP’s Madonia introduced the stone and sustainable winners. They included:

Special recognition: Scouting shots category – Red Rock Country Club Remodel. This project, by SKG Designs was submitted with amateur photography that the judges felt had great potential.
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Commercial Stone Design: Creative Edge Master Shop, St. Wenceslaus Church, Dickinson, N.D.
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Commercial Stone Installation: KEPCO+, Indianapolis Temple, Indianapolis, Ind.

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Residential Stone Design: S & R Development, Inc., St. John Master Bath and Living Room with Fireplace and Columns, Dallas, Texas.
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Residential Stone Installation: Ribaudo, Green Lake Residential Bathroom, West Bloomfield, Mich.
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International Stone Design: ifdesign, Wiggly House, Ponte Lambro, Italy
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Sustainable Winners

Sustainable Commercial Design: LHK Design, Fairfield Inn & Suites in Waterbury, Vt.
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Sustainable Residential Design: Intexture, Heijnen-Kavelaars Garden Residence, Houston, Texas.
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Tile Winners

TileLetter’s editor Lesley Goddin introduced the tile and grand prize winners. They included:

Commercial Tile Design: Clock-work, The Mixx, Overland Park, Kan.
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Commercial Tile Installation: Edward Flores Tile, Miguel’s, Abilene, Tex.
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Residential Tile Design: DKOR Interiors, Contemporary Waterfront Elegance Home Luxury Interior, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Residential Tile Installation: Ryan Hughes Design, Ultimate Outdoor Living Space, Tampa, Fla.
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International Tile Design: El Equipo Creativo, Blue Wave Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain
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Grand Prize Winners

Grand prize awards recognized both the designer and installers of the projects.

Grand Prize Tile: Architect: Aileen Barr; Installer: Snyder Tile & Doty Tile – Lincoln Park Tiled Stairway, San Francisco, Calif.
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Grand Prize Stone: Architect: Carson Guest Inc.; Installer: Marmi Natural Stone – Farley Residence, Duluth, Ga.
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Honorable Mentions

Fourteen Honorable Mention projects were also recognized during the reception. NTCA Members Trostrud Mosaic and Tile Co., and Lambert Tile & Stone were recognized for the Latham & Watkins project in Chicago; and Greystone Residence in Beaver Creek, Colo., respectively. For more information, visit www.coverings.com.

Best Booths

Best Booth winners captivated attendees with show-stopping displays and inspiring products. Winners were recognized for overall design, integration of product in booth, effective utilization of space, and creating a unique environment.

Madonia returned to the stage to present the Best Booth awards. They included Sicis, with an inspirational and stunning display of elaborate, detailed mosaics; Torrecid, which showcased its glaze, frit and technology products with a lifestyle-driven layout, and Antonlini Luigi that created a jewelry store concept with marble mannequins in a retail-like setting. Spanish producer Inalco created a residential experience with an expansive, welcoming user flow and Italian producer Ornamenta showcased its products through a unique jewel case concept, in which the booth opened and closed to create a fun, urban experience.

COVERINGS REPORTS GROWTH AT 2016 SHOW

(ALEXANDRIA, VA — MAY 20, 2016) The growth and energy at the 2016 Coverings show strengthened the show’s position as the leading international tile and stone exhibition in North America. More than 25,000 industry professionals attended the week-long expo, April 18-21, 2016. This figure is an increase in overall attendance from the 2015 show, and to industry insiders, affirms positive movement in the tile and stone market.

The 25,000-attendance count is a remarkable 15-percent increase from 2009, the last year Coverings was held in Chicago. This year’s most impressive attendance segment is held by distributors, which increased by a noteworthy 18-percent since 2009.

“The uptick in overall attendance from last year signals continued vitality and vigor in the tile and stone industry,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “There was an onsite energy that emanated from the show floor, and it is encouraging to have that excitement verified with these recap figures.”

Veteran Coverings exhibitors noted the excitement on the show floor as well as the ample opportunities for networking and education that took place during the show.

“This year we had great feedback from key customers that came to the show. It’s important for us to have these quality interactions with attendees,” said Sarah Eamigh, director of U.S. marketing for StonePeak Ceramics. “The feedback from the architecture and design crowd is always exciting; there was a great turnout from that segment due to the show’s location in Chicago this year.”

There was also plenty of buzz from the Ceramics of Italy pavilion, which impressed attendees with a new central booth design in addition to the bevy of tile products from manufacturers.

“The atmosphere at Coverings 2016 was fantastic – we saw an exciting turnout in attendees here in Chicago,” said Dave Bouchard, representative of Emil America. “Chicago is a great town for the show, drawing in the architecture and design crowd, as well as retailers and distributors. We feel confident with the sales relationships generated by being at the show.”

Natucer, a long-time Spanish exhibitor, found the show to be an imperative part of the company’s global business for sales and relationship building.

“We have been at Coverings since 1998 and have always found tremendous value in the show. The North American market is always one of our top priorities after the domestic market in Spain,” said Victor Gasque Balaguer, area manager for Natucer Ceramica.  “All of the programming and networking opportunities at the show are important in growing our relationships and increasing awareness of our products.”

There was no shortage of opportunities for attendees to build on their technical skills or to network with others, as Coverings offered an extensive conference program with more than 75 sessions and CEU courses.

Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.

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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 National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.

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