TISE highlights

NTCA came out in force at The International Surface Expo in Las Vegas in January. Following are a few highlights of our time there. 

Many contractors wanted to learn and join NTCA at TISE. Here, NTCA member Chanel Carrizosa talks to prospective members at the NTCA booth, situated between the CTEF booth and the DISH stage.
TileLetter Editor Lesley Goddin gets her hands dirty playing in the mud, under Randy Fleming’s patient instruction!
NTCA knows how to have fun! Hats off to the NTCA crew, stopping at the hat shop at Mandalay Place for a photo shoot. With (l. to r.) Randy Fleming, Avia Haynes, Mark Heinlein, Lesley Goddin and Robb Roderick. 
NTCA offered a number of demos on the DISH stage, beside our booth. Here’s the critical wall lighting demo with Randy Fleming (l.) and Dan Hecox.
At the CTEF booth, Certified Tile Installer demos and modules were set up for inquiring contractors to learn more about. 
NTCA gave numerous presentations at the Converge conference program. Here NTCA Technical Director Mark Heinlein gives a preview of the new NTCA Workshop on creating centered and balanced tile layouts, according to industry standards.

BOSTIK WINS “BEST OF INNOVATION” AT TISE WEST 2020

Wauwatosa, WI, February 10, 2020    

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, was awarded the “Best Of” Innovation for its revolutionary new product, BAM, during The International Surface Event (TISE), January 28-30, 2020 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

TISE selected the “Best Of” Awards Program winners for 2020, and Bostik was chosen as winner in the Innovation Category. TISE, along with the awards program sponsors, host the “Best Of” Award programs to celebrate industry innovation and ingenuity, and exhibitors’ contributions to the floor covering industry. The “Best Of” Event Awards is an annual awards program for exhibiting companies whose product, program, service, business practice and/or booth design are considered to be “Best Of” in their class.

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Adam Abell, Bostik’s Market Manager for Tile & Stone Installation Systems, stated that his entire team was very excited to hear the news. “We all worked very hard to develop this technology, and this proves that our perseverance paid off.  As our industry advances, the need for speed and workability becomes more and more of a reality. Winning this innovation award proves that we are developing products that our industry demands.”

BAM™ is Bostik’s latest high-performance, fiber-reinforced tile mortar. Formulated with RapidCure™ Technology, BAM™ offers maximum performance for installations of large and heavy tile, glass tile, mosaics, quarry, porcelain, ceramic, most natural stone tiles, and even gauged porcelain tile / panels. 

Most notably, its RapidCure™ Technology allows for a consistent cure resulting in tile being ready for grouting in just 4 hours. Additionally, BAM™ delivers exceptional bond strength that exceeds ANSI 118.15 requirements.

“Our team has to stay on the front line of product and innovation from our indusry,” explains Erin Albrecht, Principal at J&R Tile, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. “We discovered BAM™ late in 2019 and have adapted this product to some of our more technically challenging projects that have required very high bond strength with gauged porcelain tile panels and glass tiles, and we have leveraged the technology in both residential and commercial projects as a result of its versatility. BAM™ has allowed us to turn work over faster and reduce the risks present on job sites due to compressed construction schedules and traffic from other trades.”

NAC introduces David deBear, new Director of Architectural and Commercial Sales at TISE


The International Surface Event was held last month at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. NAC Products attended and exhibited at the show which ran from Jan. 28 through 30.


The TISE exhibition is comprised of three world-class tradeshows: SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomac, and Tile Expo. With attendees from all over the world, TISE has become the industry marketplace for floorcovering, stone, and tile industry professionals, to engage with new products, hands-on demos and emerging trends, from key manufacturers and industry suppliers.

(L to R) Brian Petit, David deBear, and Dave Hanna, of NAC Products.

NAC introduced David deBear as the new Director of Architectural & Commercial sales while showcasing its membrane solutions for crack isolation, waterproofing and sound control, including Super SAM® 125, featuring the best sound numbers in the industry on a bare 6″ concrete slab.  

“Obviously there was a lot of excitement from NAC as we had the opportunity to introduce David as our new director,” said NAC President, Brian Petit. “We had numerous meetings throughout the week as we laid some groundwork and shared some of our goals and opportunities for the upcoming year. It was a good show for NAC.”  

Next up for NAC will be the Coverings 2020 tradeshow, April 20-23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. 

CTEF Focuses on CTI Evaluator Training and Finished Tile Work Education Sessions During TISE 2020

Pendleton, SC – During the International Surfaces Event (TISE) 2020 in Las Vegas, NV, the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry will focus on Finished Tile Work education sessions and Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Evaluator Training. CTEF will be sharing booth #4727 with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).

On Wednesday, January 29, Scott Carothers, Director of Certification and Training at CTEF will conduct a seminar entitled “Finished Tile Work – Do It Wrong or Do It Right: Lippage, Grout Joints, and Patterns”.  That afternoon, he will have a hands-on demonstration on the show floor to reinforce the same topic.

In its booth space, CTEF will construct three Certified Tile Installer (CTI) hands-on testing modules in progressive stages of completion for display. The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry.

More importantly, the organization will offer shadowing opportunities to new CTI Industry Evaluators in order to move them to the next level of expertise of test set-up, the evaluation process and scoring. Industry Evaluators offer CTEF the means to expand the CTI program to more locations around the country in response to more tile installation contractors wanting to become CTIs.

The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States. It offers property owners, both residential and commercial, peace-of-mind that their tile installer has the right skills and knowledge to complete a successful tile installation.

The CTI program includes two separate tests.

  • An online open-book exam taken at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows.
  • A hands-on evaluation conducted at regional locations across the United States.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

To learn more, visit CTEF at Booth #4727 during TISE 2020 or visit https://www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/home.html.

TISE Names Celebrity Designer as 2020 Design Visionary

 

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Jennifer Farrell

DALLAS, Nov. 18, 2019: The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo is debuting a dramatic new design show feature at the upcoming January event, The Style Hub at The DISH, and sought out a design visionary to develop this wildly imaginative space. TISE 2020 is proud to announce celebrity designer and television host Jennifer Farrell as the face of this exciting new event feature. Jennifer is a familiar face to audiences who have enjoyed her television shows and designs for over a decade. The industry has the chance to now experience surface materials through the wonder and dreamy stylings of Jennifer’s designs.

Attendees at TISE 2020 will be able to dive into four visionary design worlds, or style pods, at The Style Hub at The DISH. The four fully produced spaces are being artfully developed by Jennifer; each style pod exemplifying one of her jaw-dropping design themes. Working in conjunction with the designers at Anderson Tuftex, the exclusive surface material sponsor, the brand manager of Lamps Plus, the exclusive lighting sponsor, as well as a full line-up of other incredible furniture and accessories brands, the Style Hub at The DISH will inspire the industry to reimagine the future of surfaces and design. Floor Trends Magazine , is the Style Hub official publication sponsor. Teasers of themes, product inspiration, colors, textures, and more are releasing in December.

“Not only does Jennifer have an amazing eye for design and an impressive biography of work both on air and in her design firm portfolio, she also harnesses her craft to forecast design themes in a way that captivates the mind. She impressed the Informa team and the advisory council that serves the TISE event,” says Dana Hicks, Show Director, “and her initial presentations to the group were inspiring. We are looking forward to seeing her heightened and dramatic displays that will dive attendees into her design world visions. It was an easy decision for the TISE team to make Jennifer the face of this new feature.” For additional information, visit http://www.intlsurfaceevent.com.

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ABOUT JENNIFER FARRELL

Jennifer became nationally known hosting the long-running A&E home improvement series “Find & Design.” She currently hosts “Find Me a Vacation Home” and “Behind the Gates” for AWEtv, and “Holiday Dream Home” for FYI. She has co-starred on Emmy-nominated “Home Made Simple” for OWN, and also hosted A&E’s “Point, Click, Design” and “The Big Fix,” as well as the hit webisode series, “Cleaning & Organizing From Top to Bottom” and “The Two-Minute Home Makeover” on msn.com. Jennifer has been a regular contributor on Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated “Home & Family,” a real estate correspondent for Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends Weekend,” and a writer for Realtor.com with her real estate column “Get This Look.” Her most popular venture has been The Jennifer Farrell Collection, featuring hundreds of furniture and décor pieces at nearly 1400 stores nationwide. She is a spokesperson for Realtor.com and a Brand Ambassador for Lamps Plus.

Jennifer’s award-winning interior design firm, Jennifer Farrell Designs, was founded in 2001; her showcase house Diablo Ranch was featured on the 2018 Dwell on Design Home Tour, and she was the celebrity designer for the 2018 Dwell on Design Method Home. Her work has been seen in Dwell, Redbook, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, House & Garden, and Sunset.

Jennifer’s extensive television career includes “Merge” on Lifetime, Style Network’s “My Celebrity Home,” Fox Network’s “Renovate My Family,” and Fox Television’s “Design Intervention.” She has been featured on such shows as “Before and Afternoon Movies” for USA Network and “Playbook 360” for Spike, as well as “Room Crashers” and “Outer Spaces” for HGTV. Jennifer has made multiple guest appearances on “The View” as well as on dozens of talk shows from coast to coast. As a nationally recognized spokesperson, she’s teamed with high-profile brands such as Coca-Cola, CVS Earth Essentials, Tide, Glad, 3M, Aluminum Council, Big Lots, Belgard, Back To Life, and Oreck, and is a featured speaker at building industry and trade shows across the country.