ACT Certification has been given to the first eight professional installers. Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers – ACT– addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance: Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes. A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.
The eight professional installers passed all four certifications under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States. Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the online written test that comprises 25% of the certification score.
The eight installers with this special honor are:
Brent Monroe – Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Company: Mesa, Arizona
Tyler Nequist – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan
Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California Dan Welch – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan Gavin Collier – Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co.: Palos Heights, Illinois
Bill Dumas – Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer: Livermore, California
Eric Manzaroli – Artisan Tile, Inc.: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Terrance Trame – Trendell Consulting, LLC: Clayton, Michigan
Partners in the development initiative are: Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors; and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies. Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.
For more information on this developing program visit our new website at www.tilecertifications.com.
The 2014 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards, honoring the best achievements in outstanding design and installation of tile and stone, is now open for entries. Open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers and installers, the CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical know-how in the use of tile and stone in residential, commercial, international and sustainable projects. Sponsored by TileLetterand TADAmagazines, winning projects will be honored during Coverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary from April 29—May 2, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
New to the 2014 CID Awards is the addition of a Sustainability category for recognition of tile and stone projects that place a premium on innovative, sustainable design. This new category replaces the PROJECT: Green program that recognized these projects in years prior. Additionally, a new online portal simplifies the process of entering projects for consideration in the 2014 CID Awards.
“One of the highlights of Coverings is celebrating and honoring unique projects that exhibit the highest levels of creativity, craftsmanship and outstanding use of materials,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “We anticipate even more outstanding projects than ever before, especially with the new program updates we’ve implemented.”
An independent panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on execution and installation, original usage, and overall design and purpose, with special recognition given to those projects exemplifying stunning tile and stone. The Grand Prize winners of the Residential and Commercial categories will each receive $2,000 and a one night’s hotel stay in Las Vegas. Additional cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Winners must be present at the CID Awards Reception & Ceremony at April 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. If winners are unable to attend, the project will be disqualified with a new winner awarded (note: does not apply to international projects).
Five of the largest organizations representing tile contractors, installers and manufacturers are pleased to announce that eight industry professionals are the first to successfully pass the ACT certification program.
Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers— ACT—addresses four technically-challenging installation areas of current importance: Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes. A specific certification demonstrates the installer’s skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.
The eight professional installers not only passed all four certifications, they did so under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States. Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the on-line written test that comprises twenty-five percent of the certification score.
The eight installers with this special honor are:
Brent Monroe – Artcraft Granite Marble &Tile Company: Mesa, Arizona
Tyler Nequist – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan
Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California
Dan Welch – Welch Marble &Tile: Kent City, Michigan
Keith Tavshanjian – KT Marble & Tile: Oceanside, California, one of the first eight ACT Certified Installers
Partners in the development initiative are: Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA), representing IUBAC signatory tile contractors; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); International Masonry Institute (IMI), which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors, and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies. Tile Council of North America (TCNA) manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.
For more information on this developing program visit our new website at www.tilecertifications.com
Online registration for Coverings 2014, the largest international tile and stone exposition and conference, that returns to Las Vegas from April 29—May 2, 2014 opens today. Coverings 2014 marks the return of the super show and conference to the West coast, this time in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show is anticipated to offer more than 900 exhibitors representing more than 35 countries, in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities – all at no cost.
Early registration provides attendees with advance notice and access to conference events and sessions, contests and promotions, as well as discount travel and hotel packages arranged by Coverings through a large variety of hotel partners including: Bally’s Casino Resort, Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center, Flamingo Hotel, Harrah’s Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hotel (LVH), Las Vegas Marriott Hotel Convention Center, Paris Las Vegas, Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott Convention Center and Springhill Suites Convention Center.
“As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Coverings, we’re exceptionally proud to be the only show that can offer the breadth and depth of tile and stone exhibitors from around the globe, coupled with a truly significant educational offering for every segment of the tile and stone industry,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “What’s more, we pride ourselves on holding an event that is at no cost to our attendees including: the exhibit floor, all of the valuable CEU conferences sessions, workshops and demonstrations, featured speakers and many of our networking events. Coverings provides a wealth of information and the business-building resources companies need to be successful when it comes to the tile and stone industry. It’s a truly amazing value that all architects, designers, tile and stone retailers and showrooms, wholesalers, installers and contractors, and builders and developers, have continued to take advantage of for the past 25 years.”
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In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 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 70 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 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.
Coverings 2013, The Ultimate Tile + Stone Experience, attracted an increased number of architects, designers and specifiers this year when the four-day event was held in Atlanta for the first time, April 29-May 2. The audience segment grew by three percent, drawn by the opportunity to see the latest innovations by more than 900 exhibitors from 50 countries, and attend more than 70 free education sessions, many of which offered free CEUs.
Overall Coverings 2013 drew over 22,000 attendees, on par with last year’s show.There was something for everyone from Distributor VIP programs, Contractor Days, on-site Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) and the new Stone Zone for fabricators. All the buzz was shared at Coverings Central, the show’s social media hub.
Visitors took in continuing advances in thin tiles, large format tiles and tiles that mimic other materials such as wood with increasing fidelity.
“Coverings has engaged with the robust community of architect and designers in the Southeast for the past 12 months and we are pleased that they took advantage of all the show has to offer,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director. “We know our exhibitors appreciate the added opportunity of reaching the growing specifier audience. At the same time, all our audience segments enjoyed robust programming and educational opportunities.
One of the many ways Coverings built support among the local design community was by sponsoring for the first time a special Best Use of Tile or Stone category in the ASID Georgia Chapter annual design competition. The Gold Award went to Jo Rabaut, ASID, and Georgia Rappole, Allied ASID, Rabaut Design Associates, for their work on the
Porcelanosa Atlanta, GA showroom. Kris Kirchner, ASID, Lisa Hatch, ASID, and Lauren Higgins, ASID, of K2J, Inc. claimed the Silver Award for the Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, GA. Rabaut and Rappole also took the Bronze Award for their Rothbloom Residence master bath in Atlanta.
“Our ASID chapter greatly appreciated Coverings’ support of our design contest. The special category drew attention to the rich and varied design possibilities of tile and stone. We, of course, went to the Coverings show and it was fantastic. So many amazing new products to see,” said Janie K. Hirsch, ASID, J. Hirsch Interior Design, Johns Creek, GA.
At the show itself, the daily activity at the Installation Design Showcase was of particular interest to the design community as well as installers. The Showcase matched four outstanding Atlanta-based design firms with four of the nation’s finest installation teams. Design talents Michael Neiswander and Margaret Nysewander of Atlanta’s ASD Inc., conjured a spectacular bar—“a conceptual art piece, really” says Nysewander. It featured all-red tiles from different Ceramics of Italy manufacturers, applied in a faceted manner by Joel Phinney, Senior Project Manager of Rimrock Design, the Lake City, FL-based installer.
Hospitality-design veterans Foreman Rogers and Allison Isaacs of Atlanta’s tvsdesign evoked the grand feeling of a large hotel lobby on a small scale specifying Plane 5-foot by 10-foot engineered porcelain ceramic wall panels from StonePeak Ceramics as well as glass and mirror tiles, all installed by Rod Owen of C.C. Owen Tile Company, Inc., in Jonesboro, GA.
For an in-patient room in a women’s birthing center, Mary Porter along with Craig Anderchak—both of Atlanta’s VeenendaalCave Healthcare, set a serene, relaxed mood with Italian wall tile that resembled light-color fabric and a wood-look floor. Installer Chad Love of David Allen Company in Birmingham, AL, welcomed the opportunity to work with Strata Mat, a new coupling membrane by LATICRETE.
Mark Williams of Atlanta’s Mark Williams Design Associates designed a masculine 1920s Gatsby master bath modernized with Deco undertones, using Noble Company products, TOTO fixtures and Crossville tile. Installer Buck Collins of Collins Tile and Stone in Aldie, VA, appreciated working with Crossville’s Laminan very thin wall tile.
Attendee Jennifer Wood, ASID, RID, LEED GA, and President of the ASID California Central/Nevada Chapter, took advantage of the opportunity to see just how important the ongoing designer/installer partnership is to a successful project. “It was exciting to see real-time grassroots designing in accordance to team building,” she said.
Coverings 2013 offered excitement for every audience segment. Participants in the VIP Distributor Program brought customer groups to the show including builder/contractors as well as specifiers. Traditions in Tile, Robert F. Henry Tile Company, and Crossville Tile & Stone were among the distributors who hosted personalized tour groups at Coverings.
For installers, this year’s show offered qualified attendees the opportunity for the first time to take the test for the new Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers. One of the most popular features at Coverings were the Live Installation Demonstrations offering an up-close look at how top contracting pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations.
As the premier event for tile and stone contractors, Coverings 2013 offered free education, live demos, networking opportunities and the return of Contractor Days that offered tours of the show floor with lunch and happy hour as well as access to the Contractor Lounge.
The new Stone Zone offered stone fabricators the opportunity to experience the latest in equipment, tools, accessories and supplies. In the Stone Zone, the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) presented ongoing demonstrations and educational “how-to” topics for fabricators and installers on everything from seam polishing to honing and antiquing.
With so much going on at the show, Coverings Central was a vibrant interactive area offering Tweetups, new Quick Fire sessions on how to best use social media, plus complimentary sessions on creating harmony between tile and stone, and other elements such as fixtures, paint and appliances. Coverings Central was also the perfect place to take in the PROJECT: Green display of outstanding environmentally respectful projects.
As the largest international exposition dedicated to tile and stone, the 900-plus exhibitors offered an unrivaled view of the most current industry trends including thin tile, large-format tile, and antibacterial and self-cleaning ceramics, among others. Further advances in high-definition digital inkjet printing resulted in tiles that mimic stone, wood, fabric, leather, metal and other materials with amazing precision and realism.
Thanks to all the activity at the show, exhibitors reported their investments paid off. First-time exhibitor InnoDeck doubled its space for next year. Rodolfo Jacobsen, export manager for Portinari, noted, “It’s important for us to be at Coverings not only for the American market, but also because we have our clients here from the Caribbean, Central America and Canada.”
“Exhibiting at Coverings is the thing to do. Coverings is the only show we do,” said Robin Vojak, owner, CR Studio 4, Inc. “It’s a great opportunity to find new clients.”
Lindsey A. Waldrep, VP Marketing, Crossville, said her firm comes to Coverings not only to see distributors, but also to support TCNA, and to reach out to contractors. “We’re really big on training, education and demos and Coverings gives us the opportunity to do all those things,” she added.
Hector Narvaez, executive vice president, Marazzi USA, agreed that it’s important for his firm to be at Coverings to show new products and to partner with distributors.Aparici Tiles has been exhibiting at Coverings for 15 years, said Carlos Aparici, because the American market is very significant for his firm and the show is the ideal place to introduce new designs to dealers and distributors.
Coverings 2014 will be held in Las Vegas, April 29-May 2, 2014. Registration will open this fall.