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Coverings Announces Post-Show Attendance, Resources from Coverings Connected

April 30, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, today released post-show attendance numbers and digital resources from Coverings Connected, which took place April 20-23. The online digital experience was the first of its kind and provided nearly 4,000 industry professionals with four days of valuable educational webinars and online networking opportunities. 

Attendees of Coverings Connected consisted of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, contractors, installers, distributors, fabricators, retailers, and others spanning the global tile and stone industry. 

Coverings Connected was created to provide opportunities for insight regarding significant tile and stone products, technical information, trends, exhibitor announcements, and other learning opportunities in a streamlined digital experience for those who had planned to attend the canceled Coverings 2020 show. 

“The success of the first Coverings Connected is a true testament to the many dedicated professionals within the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the event management company for Coverings. “The online experience furthered Coverings’ ongoing mission to grow the vibrant tile and stone industry and provide top-of-the-line learning opportunities.” 

Coverings show organizers prepared a wide range of Coverings Connected live learning opportunities and on-demand education for all segments of the tile and stone industry. Those who tuned in to the entirely digital experience listened to and learned from nearly a dozen highly engaging webinars instructed by notable thought-leaders and leading industry organizations. CEUs were available for specific sessions. Live chats and podcast interviews with industry leaders were well received by attendees. In addition, the popular demonstration stage experience was recreated online as well as trends tours provided through videos and webinars.

Most of the Coverings Connected content and handouts will be made available on-demand and can be accessed through the Coverings website. 

Attendees of Coverings Connected, and those who were not able to attend, can engage with 900+ exhibitors through organized online Exhibitor Galleries and the New Product Showcase

For more information about Coverings Connected, visit coverings.com.

CERAMICS OF ITALY ANNOUNCES 2020 TILE COMPETITION WINNERS AND FIRST EVER PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Commercial Winner

(New York, NY – April 2020) Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. After reviewing a record number of outstanding projects from all across North America, the international jury of design experts selected four winners and three honorable mentions. The chosen projects demonstrate creative use of Italian ceramic tile, representing all three built project categories – commercial, residential and institutional – and one student category. For the first time this year, the competition also featured a People’s Choice Award. Following a two-week period of public online voting, the honor was given to a multi-family housing project that garnered an overwhelming total of 396 public votes.

This year’s project submissions revealed an elevated degree of innovation and design, with inventive tile applications like countertops, custom furnishings, exterior façades, and bespoke feature walls. Joining the ranks of esteemed past winners like Gensler, Snøhetta, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and more, the 2020 Tile Competition winners were revealed during a virtual press conference hosted by Coverings on April 20, 2020 The winners will also be honored during an awards ceremony in Bologna, Italy at Cersaie – the world’s premier exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – taking place in the fall. In addition to this 5-day, CEU-accredited trip, built project winners will also receive a check for $2,000. The contractor and distributor teams involved with each winning project will be awarded an additional $1,000.

COMMERCIAL WINNER

Commercial Winner Garden City Shopping Center, Manitoba, Canada

Firm: Ruscio Studio
Project: Garden City Shopping Centre
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Tile Manufacturers: Alfalux; Casalgrande Padana
Distributor: Italbec
Contractor: Fabris & Watts

The Garden City Shopping Centre in Manitoba, Canada had not been renovated since 1989, so in 2017 Ruscio Studio was tasked with developing a sleek, contemporary new design that would stand the test of time. Through the use of floral upholstery, Canadian oak wood, and colorful lounge areas, the designers created a modern space that plays into the “garden” theme. Stone-look floor tiles byAlfalux Ceramiche were installed in various colorways and configurations throughout the mall, serving as a way to visually separate and connect different spaces. A uniform installation in the main aisles creates the appearance of wider corridors, while a patterned installation in the center court represents the convergence of shoppers as they flow from one aisle to the other. Finally, black Casalgrande Padana tiles were selected for the bathroom floors. Ruscio Studio was very careful to choose timeless, durable floor tiles that could withstand the next 20 years of heavy pedestrian traffic.

COMMERCIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: Design Continuum, Inc.
Project: Hotel Bennett
Location: Charleston, SC, United States
Tile Manufacturers: Ceramiche Caesar; Ceramiche Coem; Emilceramica; Florim; Marca Corona; Ceramiche Refin
Distributor: Ceramic Technics
Contractor: NTCA Five-Star Contractor, David Allen Company

Commercial Honorable Mention, Hotel Bennett, Charleston, S.C., installed by NTCA Five-Star Contractor David Allen Company

Adapted from the old Charleston County Library, Hotel Bennett is now a 175,000 square foot luxury hotel with 179 guest rooms and suites. The architects at Design Continuum, Inc. were challenged with designing a European-style space, imbuing it with historic charm inspired by several different time periods. To that effect, era-appropriate Italian tile is featured extensively throughout the building and amenities, each installation demonstrating superior craftsmanship and thoughtful design. Ceramiche Caesar tiles cover the rooftop pool deck and terraces, and floral Ceramiche Coem tiles decorate the floors of a French patisserie. Wood-effect tiles from Emilceramica andRefin Ceramicheadd warmth in the rooftop bar area, while stone-look Florimtiles are used throughout the public areas. Finally, a herringbone installation with marble-effect tiles from Marca Corona brings European glamor to the guest bathrooms and spa retail floor.

RESIDENTIAL WINNER

Firm: Bolivar Arquitectos
Project: M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herradura
Location: Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Tile Manufacturers: Florim; Provenza

Residential Winner, M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herraduraemodies, Monterrey, Mexico

Nestled in a picturesque valley in Monterrey, Mexico,M+B Residence Club de Golf la Herraduraembodies luxury to the max. The design by Bolivar Arquitectos is sleek and minimal, but clever contours and unexpected material choices make this single-family home extraordinary. The façade, which is clad in almost 13,000 square feet of quartzite-effect porcelain tiles from Provenza, has a jagged silhouette that mimics the topography of the surrounding mountains. Matching tiles are also carried through to the backyard terrace and pool area, and a mosaic version adorns the walls of an ellipse-shaped guest bathroom. In keeping with the muted, monochromatic color palette, the architect used gray marble and stone-effect tiles by Florim to cover the floors and walls throughout the interior spaces.

RESIDENTIAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: STUDIOSC
Project: 426 Tompkins Ave
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Tile Manufacturers: Fioranese; Ceramiche Refin
Distributor: Highstyle Stone and Tile
Contractor: ABF Tile Installation

Residential Honorable Mention, 426 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn NY

STUDIOSC designed this multi-family residential building for a transforming neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. 426 Tompkins Ave is elegant and modern, distinguished by a vaulted entrance, double-height ceilings, and a bold choice of tile. The terrazzo-effect floor tiles by Fioranese serve as a visual focal point in the lobby and provide a sense of human scale to counteract the vertical space, which spans three stories. Paired with coordinated gray tiles from the same collection, the Fioranese tiles continue throughout the floors and walls of the lounge area, hallways, and recreation spaces for a stylish and cohesive design. In the apartment bathrooms, a fossil-inspired collection from Ceramiche Refin decorates the walls, floors, and shower ceilings.

INSTITUTIONAL WINNER

Firm: Perkins and Will
Project: NYC Healthcare Clinic
Location: New York, NY, United States
Tile Manufacturers: Laminam; Saime Ceramiche
Distributor: Nemo Tile; Stone Source
Contractor: Wilkstone

Institutional Winner, NYC Healthcare Clinic

This NYC Healthcare Clinic is an active outpatient facility located in a 25-story commercial building in Midtown Manhattan. Natural daylight permeates the public spaces, and views to the outside provide simple and efficient wayfinding in this bustling medical center. Through the use of Italian tile and smart architectural details, Perkins and Will designed a space that was unique to the neighborhood yet visually consistent with the client’s vast network of care centers. Gray, stone-effect tiles from Saime Ceramiche were specified for the lobby flooring, providing a hygienic, high-performance solution that is guaranteed to last a lifetime of heavy use. A striking feature wall installation, inspired by the local urban landscape, showcases large-format Laminam tiles in the recessed light niches.

INSTITUTIONAL HONORABLE MENTION

Firm: uoai architects
Project: Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station | Archive 513
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Tile Manufacturer: Lea Ceramiche
Distributor: Ciot
Contractor: Thin Tile Canada

Institutional Honorable Mention, Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station, Toronto, Canada

Situated one level beneath Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station | Archive 513 is a key component in the revitalization of Canada’s largest city square. This subterranean facility provides 200 secure bicycle parking spaces, which are separated from the adjoining car parking garage by a panel of metal mesh. Challenged with creating a unique way to display archival materials from the 1958 New City Hall International Design Competition, uoai architects worked with Lea Ceramiche to produce 22 custom-printed, large-format ceramic slabs. These yellow, 3.5mm-thick tiles cover the walls inside the station’s two-story central vestibule, featuring excerpts from the 1958 competition brief and high-definition images of the original design proposals submitted by 513 international entrants. Using over 60 linear feet of digitally-printed ceramic, this project explores the intersections between contemporary urban infrastructure and a pivotal moment in Toronto’s modernist architectural history.

STUDENT WINNER

Entrants: Carolina Cardona, Gabriela Mesquita, Rachael Cowan, Mariapia Sierra
University: Florida International University (FIU)
Declared Major: Interior Architecture
Project: …sensuum spa
Tiles Used: Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme; Abitare la Ceramica; Rondine; Ceramiche Coem; Italgraniti

Student Winner…sensuum spa, Virgin Voyages cruise line

Conceived as an exclusive amenity on the Virgin Voyages cruise line, …sensuum spa is a holistic approach to wellness through an experience of the senses. It offers a pause in the midst of constant frenzy, represented through the use of curvilinear forms, natural materials and a serene color palette. FIU students Carolina Cardona, Gabriela Mesquita, Rachael Cowan and Mariapia Sierra imagined a thoughtful placement of Italian tile throughout the rooms, creating a restorative atmosphere for the guests. A rich onyx-look tile from Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme adorns the walls in the hammam and couples treatment rooms, complemented by a beige stone-effect tile by Ceramiche Coem. Rondine tiles line the pool, while 3D wall tiles from Italgraniti add textural interest. A stone-look tile by Abitare la Ceramica provides general flooring.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Firm: Vida Design
Project: The Rodney
Location: Portland, OR, United States
Tile Manufacturer: Appiani
Distributor: Statements Tile
Contractor: Floor Solutions

People’s Choice Winner, The Rodney, Portland, Oregon

Upon entering The Rodney, a high-end multi-family high-rise in Portland’s Pearl District, residents are greeted by a custom Appiani mosaic on the lobby floor. Working closely with their Statements Tile representative, the team at Vida Design was able to create their own mosaic that reflects Portland’s rich heritage and future growth. The one-of-a-kind installation is durable and slip resistant, creating a powerful visual impact that brings edge to a classy interior space.

Coverings Connected – Day 3 Schedule

Visit our webinar page to access recordings of sessions that took place earlier in the week.

Today we are featuring the following opportunities:

Live Webinars

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Application and Specification of Tile for Outdoor Use

Martin Brookes, President, Heritage Marble & Tile and Woody Sanders, President, DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Acting on the NTCA Culture Survey – Leadership in the Face of COVID-19

Wally Adamchik, President, Firestarter Speaking and Consulting


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Don’t Let Water Be the Boss: Wet Area Tile Installation

Mark Heinlein, Technical Director, National Tile Contractors Association


On-Demand Content

Coverings Connected on-demand content provides resources specific to the tile & stone industry as well as general business and marketing information.

You can choose sessions most pertinent to your current challenges including: Global Tile Trends, Large Format Tile and Stone Installations, Tips and Apps for Productivity, How to Use the TCNA Handbook, Installation Trends Tour, Influencing the Influencers and so much more. Don’t miss out on all of the complimentary content to help you build your business.

Engage Interviews

Join Irene Williams as she chats with leaders from across the tile industry.

Digital Demo Stage

One of the most popular features at Coverings, we’ve converted the Live Installation Demonstration Stage into a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to videos and product demonstrations.

Coverings Connected – Day 3 Schedule

Today we are featuring the following opportunities:

Live Webinars
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Economics 20/20
Elliot Eisenberg, PhD, Chief Economist, GraphsandLaughs, LLC

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Trend Hacks: How to Spot Trends that Will Impact Your Business
James Dion, President and Owner, Dionco, Inc.

On-Demand Content

Coverings Connected on-demand content provides resources specific to the tile & stone industry as well as general business and marketing information.

You can choose sessions most pertinent to your current challenges including: Global Tile Trends, Large Format Tile and Stone Installations, Tips and Apps for Productivity, How to Use the TCNA Handbook, Installation Trends Tour, Influencing the Influencers and so much more. Don’t miss out on all of the complimentary content to help you build your business.

Engage Interviews

Join Irene Williams as she chats with leaders from across the tile industry.

Digital Demo Stage

One of the most popular features at Coverings, we’ve converted the Live Installation Demonstration Stage into a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to videos and product demonstrations.

TCNA Laboratory Expands Testing and Research in Response to Global Health Concerns

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(Anderson, SC)– Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) Product Performance Testing Laboratory has a long history of microbiological testing and research on ceramic tiles and other floor and wall coverings, including ground-breaking research on photocatalytic antimicrobial surfaces and the antimicrobial effects of various metal oxides in glazes.

Due to increased testing inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the TCNA lab is expanding its microbiology-based services to meet the industry’s growing and ever-changing needs for relevant, up-to-date product testing and analysis.   New services include antiviral testing to determine the survival rates/duration of viruses on different surface materials and the efficacy of common household cleaners to disinfect these surfaces. TCNA will also be joining the ASTM task force for developing surrogates for the SARS-CoV-2 virus for testing purposes.  

“The broad expertise of our lab, combined with our joint-use collaboration with Clemson University, means we can address a wide range of testing needs, including the design of custom testing,” said Katelyn Simpson, TCNA’s Director of Laboratory Services.  

The TCNA Product Performance Testing Laboratory is the only laboratory in the U.S. specializing in microbiological testing of floor, wall, and countertop surfaces, whether ceramic, stone, plastic-based, or other hard material. The state-of-the-art lab is uniquely positioned to provide this research on materials used in public and residential spaces in the hope that such research may be helpful to protect individuals against contracting and/or spreading viruses from contaminated interior surfaces.  

“We embrace this opportunity to evaluate innovative solutions and proprietary technologies in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Jyothi Rangineni, TCNA Senior Research Scientist and microbiology expert. “Long after a vaccine for COVID-19 is created, we anticipate heightened health concerns will continue to be the new normal, and TCNA is poised to continue supporting better practices for healthy and safe living.”

Coverings Connected – Day 2 Schedule

Today we are featuring the following opportunities: 
Live Webinars
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Knowing Your Rights: Preparing for a Safety Inspection 
Mark Meriaux, Accreditation and Technical Manager, Natural Stone Institute and Jonathan Mitnick, Partner, CCS Stone, Inc. 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Growing Countertop Sales During COVID-19
 GK Naquin, NSI, President, Stone Interiors and Geoffrey Gran, Owner, The Countertop Factory Midwest and Frank Sciarrino, Chief Operating Officer/Managing Partner, Quote Countertops 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Leadership: The Right and Wrong of It (Young Professionals Only) 
Dr. Ashley Prisant, SHRM-CP, President, Square Peg Solutions 

On-Demand Content
Choose from the Top Tile Trends to How To Be Productive to Influencing the Influencers and everything in between

Engage Interviews
Join Irene Williams as she chats with leaders from across the tile industry. 

Digital Demo Stage
One of the most popular features at Coverings, we’ve converted the Live Installation Demonstration Stage into a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to videos and product demonstrations.

Coverings Announces Installation & Design Award Winners for 2020

April 20, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, today announced the 18 projects receiving the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards for 2020. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects.

“We were truly impressed with all of the project submissions we received for this year’s CID Awards program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the event management company for Coverings. “However, there were 18 projects that superbly demonstrated the versatility of tile and stone. Coverings is honored to award and recognize their creative and sophisticated applications of tile and stone, each of which showcases the latest industry advances and trends.”  

A panel of editors and industry leaders evaluated the project submissions. The submissions were based on tile and stone execution, original usage and overall design and purpose. Special recognition was given to those projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications.

Projects were awarded using eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation, Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation, and Commercial Stone Design. The CID Awards are sponsored by TileLetter, Tile Magazine and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine.

2020 CID Award winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

2020 CID Award Winners: Design

Commercial Stone Design:

Redefining the Classic Brownstone
Materials Marketing
Chicago, Ill. 

Commercial Tile Design, Hospitality:

Mercado Little Spain
Juli Capella
New York, N.Y.

Commercial Tile Design:

Valley Plaza
Architecture Design Collaborative
Bakersfield, Calif. 

Residential Stone Design, Small:

Lux Modern Master Suite
Angela Todd Studios
Hood River, Ore. 

Residential Stone Design, Large:

One Man’s Home is Another Man’s Castle
Materials Marketing
Madison, Va.

Residential Tile Design, Large:

Ocean Reef
Armina Interiors
Ocean Reef Club, Fla. 

Residential Tile Design, Small:

New York Inspired Bathroom
Details Tile and Remodeling
McKinney, Texas

Residential Tile & Stone Design:

Bespoke Renovation
Empire Kitchen & Bath
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2020 CID Award Winners: Installation

Commercial Stone Installation:

Christ Cathedral
Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.
Garden Grove, Calif. 

Commercial Tile Installation:

Hotel Bennett
David Allen Company
Charleston, S.C. 

Hotel Bennett David Allen Company Charleston, S.C.

Residential Stone Installation:

Corte Madera Pool Grotto Heritage Marble & Tile Inc. Corte Madera, Calif.

Portland White House 
Columbia River Tile & Stone Inc.
Portland, Ore. 

Residential Tile Installation:

Corte Madera Pool Grotto
Heritage Marble & Tile Inc.
Corte Madera, Calif. 

2020 CID Award Special Recognitions

Innovation in Tile:

12×12 Porcelain Tile as Roof Tile
Ironstone Strong, Ltd.
Sunset, S.C. 

International:

Museo de las Colecciones Naturales
COR Asociados
Alicante, Spain

Artistic:

Hand-Cut Kachemak Bay Steam Shower Tierra Tile Homer, Alaska

Hand-Cut Kachemak Bay Steam Shower
Tierra Tile
Homer, Alaska

Artistic:

RiverHouse – Bring the Outside In
KatiaTiles
Point Pleasant, Pa. 

Artistic:

Six Beautiful Butterflies
Custom Mosaic Creations, Inc.
Silverton, Ore. 

Artisan Installation:

Hand Cut Octopus Mosaic
Tierra Tile
Homer, Alaska

Each 2020 CID Award winner received $2,000. The honorees will be celebrated with an awards ceremony at Coverings 2021 and have their projects displayed via a specially designed flipbook and video at coverings.com

The CID Awards judging panel included Chris Abbate, Novità Communications; Eric Astrachan, Tile Council of North America; Scott Carothers, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation; Kristin Coleman, Novità Communications; John Cox, Cox Tile; Kelly Doyle, Frank Advertising; Dean Horowitz, commARCH; Kathy Meyer, Tile Council of North America; Jennifer Quail, i+D; Jennifer Richinelli, BNP Media/Stone World; James Woelfel, Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile Co.; and Dacia Woodworth, Natural Stone Institute.

Coverings Connected Schedule – Day 1

Coverings Connected Schedule

Today we are featuring the following opportunities:

Live Webinars

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Innovation: The Key to Success Through Color and Design

Leatrice Eiseman, CSA, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute and The Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Full Spectrum Ceramics: Industry Solutions & Best Practices 2020

Ryan Fasan, Technical Consultant/Creative Development, Tile of Spain/Centanni Tile and Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, LEED-AP, Director of Industry Development, International Masonry Institute

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Digital Branding Live Chat

Dahlia El Gazzar, Dahlia+

On-Demand Content

Choose from the Top Tile Trends to How To Be Productive to Influencing the Influencers and everything in between.

Engage Interviews

Join Irene Williams as she chats with leaders from across the tile industry and beyond.

Digital Demo Stage

One of the most popular features at Coverings, we’ve converted the Live Installation Demonstration Stage into a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to videos and product demonstrations.

Welcome to Coverings Connected!

Coverings Connected logo

If 2020 had gone according to plan, we would all be meeting today in New Orleans today at Coverings 2020. Alas, COVID-19 changed all that, but that doesn’t mean the innovation and information offered at the in-person show is lost. A lot of features are being presented via “Coverings Connected” — a virtual trade show developed by the Taffy Event Strategies, Coverings’ management company.

Visit coverings.com, where you can explore exhibitors, take advantage of learning opportunities – some with AIA and IDCEC CEUs — view Engage Interviews with industry leaders moderated by Irene Williams, see exhibitor  videos  and trend information.

Coverings Rock Stars 2019

The CID Award winners and Coverings Rock Stars will be celebrated all week long at coverings.com. On Tuesday, there is a special session for Coverings Rock Stars and young professionals, plus a Zoom networking happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

The ever-popular Demo Stage is now a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to –videos and product demonstrations to keep you up to date on materials and techniques. And there’s a connect feature that will put you in touch with others who are “attending” Coverings Connect and help you do business virtually.

And stay in touch with your peeps by sharing your experiences on social media with the hashtag #CoveringsConnected.

This morning — as you’re reading this story and exploring coverings.com — media is attending three hours of press conferences from Tile of Spain, Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America, Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and National Tile Association. You’ll discover findings of those events on these digital pages as the week unfolds.

Wally Adamchik, President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting.

Thursday is Contractor Day, with special features for contractors and installers. One of those is the webinar listed under Learning Opportunities from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. by Wally Adamchik, President of FireStarer Speaking and Consulting. He’ll explore the findings of the NTCA Culture Survey, and discuss leadership in the face of COVID-19.

If you are looking for new products, head to coverings.com and search the Online Product Gallery/New Product Showcase. And I want to bring your attention to Lamosa (which you can also find here), which has taken virtual trade shows to a high level by providing a virtual booth. Load the page and you’ll be gently guided throughout the booth where new products are displayed with information icons that bring you to panels with detailed photos and specs about each product. There’s a diagram of the booth with red dots – click on the dots and you’ll be taken immediately to that “room” where you can view products at your own pace. Kudos to Lamosa for using technology to best effect to communicate its products to a worldwide audience.

Tour through Lamosa’s virtual booth at Coverings Connected.

This is a brave new world, and we at TileLetter are exploring it right along with you. Keep checking back here and on TileLetter on Facebook for ongoing news of the show as it unfolds this week.

Coverings Honors Emerging Professionals with 2020 Rock Star Awards

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April 16, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – The Coverings Rock Star program recognizes emerging leaders in the tile and stone industry by awarding the best and brightest young talent.  Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, today announced the 14 winners of the prestigious 2020 Rock Star Awards.

The program commemorates its sixth year in 2020 and furthers Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by distinguishing talented young leaders as well as fostering networking and educational opportunities.

“Coverings is honored to welcome this exceptional group of emerging leaders into the Rock Star program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the event management firm for Coverings. “We look forward to seeing continued advancement and evolution for each of these young professionals as well as the impactful contributions they will continue to bring to the tile and stone industry.”

A committee of tile and stone industry leaders carefully evaluated nominations to select the 14 outstanding inductees for the sixth assemblage of Coverings Rock Stars. The 2020 Rock Star honorees represent a wide array of industry professions and include the following: 

Designer (1): 

  • Brennan Broome, Designer, EoA Group, Miami, Fla.

Distributor (1): 

  • Kristin Scholemer, Owner, Calia Stone, Chicago, Ill.

Fabricator (1): 

  • Michaela Steinbach, General Manager, Mario & Son, Liberty Lake, Wash.

Installer (5): 

  • Illisha Harris, Owner, Lead Designer and Installer, Coastal Custom Tile and Design, Swansboro, N.C.
  • Janice Hill, Project Manager, DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, Inc., Marietta, Ga.
  • Ulas Maris, Stone and Tile Installer, Maris Tile Pro, East Moriches, N.Y.
  • Joseph Mattice, Owner and Installer, On the Level, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Trey Toca, President, Toca Flooring, Metairie, La.

Manufacturer (2): 

  • Arturo Duarte, USA Commercial Manager, CREST, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Brittany Storm, Sustainability Manager, MAPEI, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Other (PR Firm) (1): 

  • Kristin Coleman, Vice President, Novità Communications, New York, N.Y.

Other (Technology) (1): 

  • Raj Katta, Technology/Functionality Specialist, Stone Grid, LLC, Windermere, Fla.

Retailer (1): 

  • Jimmy Bellew, Owner, Bellew Tile, Sandwich, Mass.

Trade Association (1): 

  • Ryan Marino, Standards, Development and Research Manager, Tile Council of North America, Anderson, S.C.

Each 2020 Rock Star Award winner received a gift card and will be recognized during Coverings Connected. Featured programming geared toward young professionals will include a webinar session entitled, “Leadership: The Right and Wrong of It,” by Dr. Ashley Prisant, SHRM-CP, Tuesday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. This will be followed by a Zoom Networking “Happy Hour” at 4:30 p.m. 

The honorees will also be celebrated with a luncheon at Coverings 2021 and a year-long professional feature profile at coverings.com

To learn more about the Coverings 2020 Rock Stars, please visit coverings.com/coverings-rock-stars.

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