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2020 Press Releases

Nov 16, 2020 - Dallas, TX
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Now more than ever The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo is dedicated to being the premiere floor covering, stone, and tile product distribution network for the industry. In an effort to provide new opportunities for our communities to connect and grow, TISE has implemented a “lift and shift” planning program which has a host of opportunities available to ensure all manufacturers, as well as industry buyers, have the maximum opportunity for product distribution, sourcing, networking, and learning. TISE is excited to announce it has expanded its product distribution network with some of these opportunities incorporating the Las Vegas landmark event (TISE Las Vegas), a new virtual experience (TISE Live Virtual Event), and an online broadcasting network (TISE TV). 
 
TISE LAS VEGAS | JUNE 16-18, 2021
The landmark TISE event, TISE Las Vegas, which normally occurs in January each year, will occur in June for 2021 offering buyers the opportunity to be face-to-face with their business associates and their industry friends. See the newest products, have in-person conversations, and enjoy a special buying experience. Plus, for the first time ever in TISE’s history, the event will be occurring in summer so visitors can take advantage of all of the fun seasonal and outdoor opportunities Las Vegas has to offer while at the event. Exciting new features are being developed for the Las Vegas event, so watch for updates at www.intlsurfaceevent.com

TISE LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT | January 26-28, 2021
Occurring this upcoming January over the original TISE event dates is the new TISE Live Virtual Event.This unique industry event will GO LIVE online with the future of floor covering, stone, and tile surfaces for 2021 offering attendees the opportunity to connect and preview products while enjoying creative, immersive online experiences. Join us for three packed days of product-focused live meetings, education, product pitch videos, and unique, fun content and activities, January 26-28, 2021. 
Presenting sponsor | Mannington Mills Registration sponsor | Phenix Flooring.

TISE TV | Airing episodes all year long
TISE has partnered with the Live Broadcast Network (LBN) to bring the industry a whole new floor covering, stone, and tile shopping and product sourcing experience: the TISE TV Broadcasting Network, streaming all original product programming on Facebook. Episodes will also be available through Google Tv, Youtube, and LInkedIn. Plus, after ariring, episodes are available on demand and sharable with customers. The first episodes from Mannington Mills and Kardean Designflooring are in production now and will be launching as weekly webisodes starting in December. Watch for the TV Guide coming online to preview air dates and follow us on Facebook to ensure you get the live feed updates when the episodes air. TISE TV is an opportunity to watch product introductions and connect with the presenting manufacturers live from anywhere in the world. 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021
There is so much to look forward to as the TISE team rolls out these product sourcing opportunities and new programs for the upcoming year. Manufacturers interested in participating in any of the above programs should contact the TISE team. Industry professionals should watch for updates and news on all of these programs, and maybe even a few more, in the coming months! Make sure to sign up for the event newsletters and follow the event on social media to stay abreast of industry and event news.

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Michelle Swayze, Senior Marketing Manager | The Design Group | Informa Exhibitions, The International Surface Event
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As we all continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo is committed to you, our industry partners! Please find enclosed a special message from the TISE Show Director... hear message >

The International Surface Event (TISE) 2020 was buzzing from the moment the exhibit hall opened. The event brought together three shows: SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomac, and TileExpo. Whether you were a regular exhibitor or a first-timer to the show, TISE delivered dazzling products, chances to make new connections, competitions, and a full slate of educational sessions.

Exhibitors’ spaces at the Mandalay Bay were packed with opportunities to demonstrate and show off their products. Small lounge areas offered intimate opportunities to learn from associations and brands. The WFCA booth offered Lounge and Learn sessions for attendees to hear about new initiatives, such as efforts to help improve the installation crisis. 

The Mohawk VIP party lit up the show floor with an exciting multi-stage social experience for attendees that offered incredible music, interspersed with opportunities for networking in the company's handsome space.

The new Tech Hub had a great launch at TISE 2020, and at next year’s show, the Tech Hub will be prominently placed on the main aisle of the show floor.

The quartet of interior vignettes created at the Style Hub at The DISH—a new three-stage show feature—offered showgoers a first look at the newest colors, textures, and surface trends for 2020 and beyond with materials featured by Shaw Floors, Anderson Tuftex, CoreTec, and Iris US. The vignettes were created by TV personality and interior designer Jennifer Farrell. Craig Conover from Bravo TV's Southern Charm provided pillows from his lifestyle brand, Sewing Down South, for the vignettes. Both celebs made numerous appearances at the Hub conversing with attendees.

To the delight of the crowd, The Natural Stone Institute’s Women in Stone group participated in the Amazing Race—an interactive journey through the Natural Stone Pavilion. Participants grouped into teams and encountered challenges, learned natural stone trivia, and networked. Vendors and exhibitors were ready with clues about resources and new products, and what makes them special in this evolving industry. Along their journey, the women also had to navigate a few roadblocks. It was a fun new way for participants to engage in education and networking. 

The National Installer of the Year Competition had its second stellar year and and proved to be an irresistible draw to attendees, who kept returning to the competition site to watch the competitors’ progress over the days of the event. The winners' ceremony on the show’s final day drew a great supportive crowd.

Recapping TISE 2020, show director Dana Hicks said: “The show floor was busy, busy, busy, all three days of the event. Everyone we spoke to, from the exhibitors and associations to the attendees, were all amazed at the amount of people, the quality of the connections, the products they were discovering, the education offerings—just an incredible event that brought the whole industry together once again!”

Overall attendance was up 3% over TISE 2019, and it was clear on the show floor and to all those in attendance that the industry was there in full force and eager to find the resources for the new year.

The sales office on the show floor was packed daily with exhibitors, and 80% of next year's space has been sold, with some returnees booking larger spaces. In addition, companies not currently exhibiting for TISE 2020 came to the sales office and inquired about booking for the following year ... a testament to the strength in attendance and the positive experience they gleaned from the show floor.

Please plan to join us at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for TISE 2021. Education sessions will take place from Jan. 25 to 28, and the exhibits will be open Jan. 26 to 28. We look forward to seeing you there.

Craig Conover, cast member of Bravo’s reality show Southern Charm, appeared at TISE 2020 spreading his self-deprecating charm and showcasing his pillow designs at the show’s Style Hub. 

Pillows with flamingo designs from the 6-foot-3 Southerner’s Sewing Down South lifestyle brand were featured in one of the four style pods, which were created by interior designer Jennifer Farrell to present interior trends.

Since the online launch of his brand in 2019, Conover has been throwing pillow parties at retail stores in the Mid-Atlantic to present his designs to the public. The designer says he was introduced to sewing in a home economics class he took at school in his home state of Delaware, and loved it. His brand includes not only pillows but totes, tee shirts and hats, and in 2020 he is considering expanding into kitchen soft goods.

Conover’s sewing prowess and pillow launch have been part of the continuing storyline on Southern Charm, where he has been both teased and encouraged by his castmates, and at one point he corralled them into helping him sew and stuff pillows for his line.

The National Installer of the Year Installation Competition (The Nationals) returned LIVE on the floor at TISE 2020. A panel of judges reviewed project submissions from around the country and selected the top three finalists in the categories Carpet, Stone/Tile, and Resilient to compete.

Competitors took a written exam, then were given a work order that they had to execute live in two 8-hour working days on the floor. The judging panel bestowed the awards on the show's final day.

Carrying away the top prize in their categories were John Fowler for Stone/Tile; Mike Adkins for Carpet; and Daniel Gonzales for Resilient flooring.

On his Facebook page post-win, Fowler, owner of John Fowler Designs of Fleming Island, FI, called the event lots of fun, commenting, "It's one thing to be watched by your client, but we had a minimum of 1,500 people come by to watch us." A bit nerve-wracking, maybe, but the attention obviously didn't faze Fowler or his fellow competitors. Adkins, owner of Adkins Flooring in Cordova, MD, who like both of his fellow winners, has 20 years' experience in installation, called the competition tough, and in a Facebook posting congratulated his competitors, writing that they did a great job. "I'm happy to be part of this industry," he said. Resilient flooring category winner Gonzales, a partner at Preferred Flooring MI in Grand Rapids, MI, also gave a shout-out to his fellow competitors and judges: "As you all know, the competition would not exist if not for those willing to put it all on the line and be judged and do the judging.

"The live event attracted a lot attention from showgoers, who returned time and again to the competition site to watch competitors showcase their skills and put their talents to the test.

The National Installers of the Year received a prize package, and now own well-deserved bragging rights in the industry and with their customers.

A panel of judges criss-crossed the show floor to pick three products as  “Best Of” from among the Top 10 nominees that had been voted on by the industry and attendees. Mohawk, Tyrolit and Iris U.S. won for SURFACES, StonExpo Marmomac, and TileExpo, respectively. The awards' official publication sponsors are Floor Trends, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, Stone World, Floor Covering Installer, and TILE Magazine. 

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.

For Surfaces, Provenza took the award for Technology; Mannington for Style & Design; Wickham for Small Booth Design; Daltile for Large Booth Design; and Raskin for Innovation.

For StonExpo Marmomac, both Mohawk and Coldspring took home awards for Sustainability; CZN Tech won for Technology; VM Kaldorf captured the award for Style & Design; while Park Industries won for Large Booth Design; and No Lift Install took the prize for Innovation.

Best of Event award winners for TileExpo were DryTile, winning for Sustainability; SawMaster, capturing the prize for Technology; Mediterranea, taking the award for Style & Design; and Bostik, winning for Innovation.

The Best Of Event Awards winners for each show (SURFACES, StonExpo Marmomac, and TileExpo) are determined by a panel of judges appointed by the official publication sponsors: Floor Covering News, Stone World, and TILE Magazine. The winners in the event categories Best Booth, Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability, and Technology were announced and awarded right on the show floor.

Attendees gathering for StonExpo/Marmomac at The International Surface Event this January will find that the Natural Stone Pavilion, which debuted on the floor at TISE 2020, has tripled in size, offering attendees far greater access to stone suppliers, all in one space.

Anchoring the Pavilion are booths for the Natural Stone Institute and the Natural Stone Council. “We are growing the presence of natural stone suppliers at the the show, and delighted to see this growth at StonExpo,” says NSI CEO Jim Hieb. “Last year we brought in 18 stone companies, and this year we have increased the size of the booth threefold. Fifty-plus folks are exhibiting. People coming know that they can source with their natural stone only suppliers,” he says.

While StonExpo/Marmomac has long been known as the place to come for stone, tooling, and equipment, there wasn’t a dedicated spot for only natural stone suppliers to exhibit together, Hieb says. That lack sparked the the idea to convert the current TISE stone pavilion on the floor to a natural stone focus where producers and quarriers could exhibit as well, he says. “This initiative is a great support program to the NSI’s Use Natural Stone Campaign.

"From all practical perspectives, the next largest stone show will be at TISE. We have set up a platform for [suppliers] to be successful,” Hieb says.

2019 Press Releases

Nov 19, 2019 - Dallas, TX 

The Future of Surfaces and Design Presented in the Style Hub at The DISH 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. Be on the watch for updates from Floor Trends Magazine, the Style Hub official publication sponsor, and TISE as we provide sneak previews into the design worlds before the event. 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.”  

*** JOIN US AT #TISE2020
Register now for The International Surface Event 2020 scheduled to be held January 28-30, 2020, education January 27-30, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exposition will feature the latest industry products, materials, equipment and services, including a wide variety of hardwood and laminate flooring, carpet, tools and equipment, natural stone and machinery, all types of tile, and much more. For additional information, visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com.  

*** 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. 

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Nov 07, 2019 - Calhoun, Ga. 

[Calhoun, Ga.] Mohawk announced its newly imagined 30,000-square-foot floor space at The International Surface Event (TISE) will feature innovative products, powerful storytelling and award-winning marketing programs designed to help retailers thrive in today’s increasingly competitive world of specialty retail. Visitors to the booth will experience product stories designed to capture a consumer’s interest and drive her into retail stores in search of the three most recognizable brands in the industry — Mohawk, Pergo and Karastan.

“There is no better place to be than Surfaces; it’s the industry’s premier show where we can connect with our retail partners and the flooring industry as a whole,” explained Paul De Cock, president of Mohawk Flooring North America. “Mohawk’s front and center presence communicates to our retailers that we are here to be the best business partner we can be with product solutions that the consumer needs and, more importantly, feels compelled to buy.”

Mohawk is kicking off TISE 2020 with a VIP Karastan Better Than Nature Intended event on Monday night before the show opening. The company’s leadership team will host Karastan retailers to celebrate the integration of hard surface into the 90-year-old Karastan brand. 

“The Karastan brand is broadening its horizon with two unique collections of premium hardwood and luxury vinyl tile — taking Karastan from a category brand to a flooring brand,” said Karen Mendelsohn, senior vice president of marketing. “We challenged our craftsmen to search the globe for the best materials and designs. Not only did they seek out the rare and beautiful, they also found inspiration at every turn — allowing us to develop differentiated products for our retail partners, targeting more discerning homeowners. These floors are truly better than nature intended.”

For the first time ever, Mohawk said it will be participating in Converge, TISE’s educational curriculum, by hosting a peer-to-peer panel that will include some of Mohawk’s Edge Council members. On Tuesday morning, these retailers will discuss popular industry topics and business challenges, as well as the creative solutions they are using to navigate them, the company said.

During the show, Mohawk said its space will be the hub where visitors can view a mix of new hard and soft surfaces.

Retail partners will be able to check out the latest SmartStrand lineup, which will include multiple new ColorMax styles and a new SmartStrand Silk merchandising system. According to the company, this new display features more than 40 of the best styles and is designed to attract the consumer and tell the complete product story — from astonishing softness to long-lasting durability.

As one of the world’s leading plastic bottle recyclers, Mohawk said is placing an emphasis on eco-friendly products. In total, Mohawk announced it has recycled more than 40 billion plastic bottles by repurposing them into fiber for carpet products such as EverStrand – which, on average, uses 63 reclaimed plastic bottles per square yard. 

A new RevWood Select and RevWood Plus wing display holds 60-plus styles of wood without compromise, making shopping simpler for consumers. Additionally, Mohawk announced it will help retail partners drive traffic to their stores for these products along with SolidTech and SolidTech Plus with new waterproof flooring digital campaigns. The company said these campaigns will enable retailers to easily translate the benefits of several waterproof options to best meet their customers’ lifestyles.

To support Edge partners carrying Pergo Extreme, Mohawk will be introducing new marketing tools for the Pergo “Go Life” campaign to demonstrate the product’s extreme durability. These enhancements, along with a refreshed consumer-targeted program on Pergo.com, will expand brand awareness and product interest, the company said. 

Along with its hard surface launch, Karastan will introduce new broadloom products, including wool and tailored loop collections.

Retail partners will also discover what’s new in Mohawk’s award-winning programs. Rather than making programs one size fits all, Mohawk said it continues to design them to be more dynamic and flexible to fit each retailer’s unique business needs. 

At the booth, retailers will experience how Omnify makes it easy for them to use digital to drive more feet through the door for Mohawk flooring. Retailers can also explore Mohawk’s new digital local advertising campaigns for Edge partners that are designed to help drive more traffic. Along with these digital solutions, retailers can learn how Five Star provides a Mohawk branded shopping experience that simplifies the showroom to accelerate a consumer’s decision to buy.

According to the company, Mohawk’s booth experience will culminate at the Retail Showroom, an ideal specialty retail store layout featuring all of the latest in merchandising and product displays, including the highly anticipated new rug display and kiosk. The display will feature 100 of the most popular rug styles and colors, while the digital kiosk will extend the offering and provide even more choices, the company added.

“Every hard surface needs a rug. As hard surface continues to take share from broadloom carpet, rugs are still a growing piece of the market that many specialty retailers aren’t participating in,” said Jeff Meadows, president of residential sales. “This program gives our Edge partners a low-cost, highly efficient and unique method for expanding their business into rugs and enjoying a new revenue stream.” 

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., Mohawk will host its annual One Mohawk Party in collaboration with the company’s sister brand, Daltile, to celebrate its customers and the industry. VIPs will join Mohawk leadership and Flooring North America employees for an exciting private event.

The International Surface Event is held Jan. 27 - Jan. 30, 2020. To register, sign up for Mohawk’s VIP registration by clicking here and using code 30109 to secure a free ticket. Plus, retailers who register with Mohawk can skip the line and pick up their badges at Mohawk’s exclusive VIP check-in area. Mohawk Edge partners can expect extra VIP treatment when they check in.

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Oct 31, 2019 - Dallas, TX | Las Vegas, NV 

Leading Design Trade Shows Cooperate to Facilitate Cross-Market Opportunities

Benefiting the retail and design community, Las Vegas Market and The International Surface Event announced today a partnership for the upcoming markets in January 2020. The collaborative effort provides buyers with free and continuous shuttle service between the two market’s exhibit venues – the World Market Center Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center – on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., as well as free access to both events. Qualified registrations are free, although attendees will be required to register separately for each show.

Las Vegas Market is a world-class experience that’s simple, efficient, and exciting for exhibitors, designers and buyers. Explore and source from over 4,300 complimentary resources in furniture, home décor & gift products on the Las Vegas Market state-of-the-art campus located in downtown Las Vegas, just a 15-minute ride away from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where The International Surface Event exhibition is being held. Register for Las Vegas Market 

“Las Vegas Market is delighted to partner with The International Surface Event and its three major floor coverings tradeshows to provide marketgoers with new shopping opportunities within related product categories,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “This collaboration will bring more visitors to Las Vegas Market and provide our tenants with new potential sources of business, new channels of retail distribution and new connections with buyers.”

Each January, industry from around the globe flocks to Las Vegas for market at The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, the largest North American floor covering, stone, and tile industry event. TISE is a discovery for the senses as thousands of surface material brands are presented in over 800 exhibit spaces offering their newest product launches, expanded product lines, equipment innovations, tools, and technology, the latest in installation techniques, and so much more | all across an expanse of over 1 million square feet of facility incorporating exhibits, show features, product showrooms, demonstrations, and educational opportunities. Register for The International Surface Event 

“TISE’s vision is to create a space where buyers and sellers gather to purchase products, gain design inspiration, and develop their businesses. The Las Vegas Market expands this opportunity for retailers and designers through this collaboration,” said Dana Hicks, Show Director, The International Surface Event. “TISE and LVM are two crucial events for retail and design industry professionals. This opportunity to extend their buying and sourcing possibilities concurrently in Las Vegas, while facilitating cross shopping by buyers in related home product categories, adds­­ convenience and saves valuable time. We look forward to hosting Las Vegas Market attendees at TISE 2020.” 

Winter 2020 Las Vegas Market runs Jan. 26 – 30, 2020, at World Market Center Las Vegas, and The International Surface Event runs January 27 - 30, 2020, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Additional information on the details of the partnership, shuttles, etc., visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/lasvegasmarket.

*** Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., presenting 4,300+ furniture, home décor and gift resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of furniture, home décor and gift lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

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Sep 09, 2019 - Dallas, TX 

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo welcomes Dana Hicks as the new Show Director for the event. After 19 years of service to the flooring, stone, and tile industry through events, promotions, sponsorships, and community involvement, TISE says goodbye to Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez as she transitions the event to Hicks. The change comes as Informa Markets’ need for seasoned, show-leading professionals increases due to growth in large-scale events to the company’s event portfolio. 

Hicks has a strong background in the events space with nearly 20+ years dedicated to the trade, previously serving for 10 years in hospitality and events with Marriott International, followed by 17 years in the tradeshow arena ending as the VP of Events for Informa Markets/Virgo where he led a top portfolio event in the food ingredient sector. His recent venture for the past two years was into the world of surface materials, working as a design consultant at Baker Bros in the Phoenix market, focusing on sales and fulfillment of all residential flooring - hardwood, LVP, laminate, tile, carpet and area rugs. Hicks’s background in events, degree in design, and connection and understanding of the flooring industry, made him the perfect choice to continue to steer the TISE event into the leading, industry-supporting event for the flooring, stone, and tile industry.

“I look forward to meeting the industry this year at TISE in January. I plan to work closely with Amie to understand the vision and needs of the space the event serves and am excited to affect positive change that will take the current success of TISE and grow upon it. I welcome input from the industry, so please feel free to reach out and connect with me,” says Dana Hicks, the new Show Director, The International Surface Event. 

TISE also wants to take a moment to thank Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez for her commitment and dedication to the industry. Amie has spent tens of thousands of hours over 19 years planning, working with the team, building networks and friendships, and working/serving industry professionals, all with the purpose of making sure the industry’s goals, needs, and expectations were met by TISE at the highest possible level of excellence. Those that would like to send Amie a message may reach her at [email protected] Amie has now transitioned to a large commercial cleaning and restoration event within the Informa Markets portfolio, allowing her knowledge and skills to be used to nurture and grow her new event beyond its successful current positioning.

“I would like to thank the industry for making me feel like family. It’s been an honor to serve the professionals, the manufacturers, and the associations and partners to this industry. I look forward to working with Hicks on the transition for the next six months, and to seeing everyone at TISE 2020 this year,” says Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez, CEM, former Show Director for The International Surface Event.

For additional information, interviews, and/or questions about this transition, please reach out to Michelle Swayze, TISE Senior Marketing Manager. 

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Aug 15, 2019 - Dallas, TX 

Attendees at StonExpo/Marmomac at The International Surface Event (TISE) in January 2020 will notice more natural stone on display than ever before. A new Natural Stone Pavilion will debut prominently in the middle of the show floor. The pavilion is strategically positioned near the Natural Stone Institute and the Natural Stone Council booths and adjacent to the Marmomac International Pavilion, which will also include several natural stone suppliers. 

“As the producer for The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StonExpo/ Marmomac | TileExpo, Informa is excited to support this new drive for natural stone at StonExpo” says Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez, Event Director. “While the show has always presented stones of all arrays internationally from more than 7 countries, this unique drive to support the Natural Stone Institute’s Use Natural Stone Campaign and support the Natural Stone Industry as a whole is a great venture. We are excited to see such strong attention and interest in the new Natural Stone Pavilion for 2020.”

Several new, as well as returning natural stone companies have already reserved space in the Natural Stone Pavilion for 2020 including Coldspring, Elberton Granite Association, Grassi Pietre, Green Mountain Soapstone, Indiana Limestone Institute, Northern Stone Supply, Polycor, Vermont Verde, and VM Kaldorf. Future announcements are coming on additional suppliers committing soon. 

Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb commented: “StonExpo is already known as a great venue for tooling and equipment. We encourage our members to be among the first to exhibit in this new Natural Stone Pavilion. I look forward to watching the visibility of genuine natural stone products increase during the next two years—and beyond.”

Attendees will experience natural stone in varying setups by exhibiting companies ranging from large booth displays to turnkey informational kiosks. Stone producers and suppliers interested in exhibiting should contact the event team quickly as space is filling up fast.  

For those suppliers who are unable to secure a booth for the 2020 show, you are encouraged to attend the show to take part in Natural Stone Institute events during the event, learn about the TISE attendees, and meet on-site with show organizers to pre-select booth space for the 2021 show.

Industry manufacturers and business professionals interested in more information about StonExpo and the new Natural Stone Pavilion, should contact the event team at (972) 536-6356 or via email at [email protected]

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Jun 25, 2019 - Dallas, TX | (México City, MX) 

Obra Blanca Expo (OB Expo), a new tradeshow of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), has joined with Informa, the world's largest exhibition organization, to bring StonExpo to México. OB Expo with StonExpo Mexico will take place October 15–17, 2019, at Expo Santa Fe, México City.

Started in 1987, StonExpo is an international exhibition of marble, granite, and other natural stones, along with the latest trends in stone design and fabrication machinery. StonExpo has been featured at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas since 2004 and this December will also be held in China at The International Surface Event in Shanghai. OB Expo 2019 will be the first time StonExpo is being presented in México. 

OB Expo specializes in interior and exterior finishes and materials used in the final stage of a new construction or remodel project, along with those unique items that allow an architect or designer to crown a project with final touches. OB Expo has been designed to provide a superior experience for the visitor. The exhibition is organized by thematic pavilions where three days of events will provide an international platform for architects, interior designers, contractors, distributors, investors, and real estate developers to come together to strengthen relationships, discover the latest trends and product innovations, and above all, to be inspired.

“This unique environment creates the perfect setting for StonExpo, one of the longest running and influential exhibitions in the world of marble and natural stone,” said Amie Gonzalez, Show Director of The International Surface Event. 

Industry manufacturers and business professionals interested in more information about StonExpo and the brand expansion into Mexico, should contact the event team at (972) 536-6431 or via email at [email protected] or visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/mexico

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Apr 15, 2019 - Dallas, TX 

The International Surface Event (TISE); SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, the largest North American floor covering, stone, and tile industry event, is in development on a surface and design trade event in Asia for late 2019. 

As THE premiere, global-reaching industry marketplace for buyers, specifiers, and influencers to purchase products, TISE aims to serve the global market for floor covering, stone, and tile. While the construction industry worldwide continues to grow, TISE is looking at various countries and opportunities to assist companies in gaining both access and understanding of the latest trends and innovations in this expanding market, while opening business opportunities to new markets.

 “We are now in discussion with Informa Markets Asia to develop new opportunities in the region. One of the countries we are considering is China. China has one of largest construction industries in the world. With rapid urbanization, a growing population, and government investment in infrastructure, China’s construction industry is expected to experience even bigger growth,” says Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez, CEM, Show Director, The International Surface Event, Informa Markets.

Industry manufacturers and business professionals interested in more information about TISE and the brand expansion into China, should contact the event team at (972) 536-6431 or via email at [email protected]

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April 29, 2019 - Dallas, TX 

Certified Flooring Installers Association partners with Informa/The International Surface Event (TISE) to host the 1st Annual Build My Future: Flooring Edition event in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The event was held on April 23, 2019 at the Plano Event Center and welcomed all high school students from multiple school districts giving them the opportunity to participate in this one of a kind event.

In January 2018, the Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) commissioned an independent research firm to conduct a multi-phase study to quantify the scope and severity of the lack of installation professionals on the flooring industry’s sustainability and growth. A Chicago-based research firm, The Blackstone Group Inc., was contracted to conduct the research, whose quantitative component focused on businesses that purchased workers’ services by engaging floor covering installers as direct employees and/or subcontractors in 2017. The study’s findings suggest, not only that the installation labor shortage is real, but that its financial impacts on the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers up the flooring supply chain impacts that include lost margins on products and labor, production inefficiencies, higher labor costs, and increased claims – are significantly greater than previously understood. According to the results of this research, over the next 10 years, to keep up with moderate growth within the flooring industry, approximately 180,000 installers must be recruited, trained and working in the industry. “CFI has been focused on the initiative of reaching the youth for the past 3 years. Not only to let them know that floor covering installation is a viable opportunity for them, but in most cases, it is also a very profitable one without the college debt”, explains Robert Varden, Vice President of CFI.

The purpose of the Build My Future: Flooring Edition event was to introduce and educate students to the flooring industry and bring awareness to the different roles, which can be career opportunities as a flooring installation professional. A position in the flooring industry would provide a future for them and their families.

Connecting with local high school students and inviting them to come and “test drive” a day on the job, as a flooring professional, is something which doesn’t exist in the flooring industry, nor in the construction industry. CFI was lucky enough to be involved with the original Build My Future program, which takes place in Springfield, MO each year. This event consists of the entire construction industry coming together to showcase a career day for local high school students. After participating in this event CFI was encouraged to have their own Build My Future: Flooring Edition event in their home town of Dallas, TX. CFI has an extremely knowledgeable team of dedicated instructors who showcased the ins and outs of what they do on a day-to-day basis, which made this event a lot more informative and fun. The Build My Future: Flooring Edition is nothing like the average job fair: CFI offered hands-on demos, competitions and prizes donated by our sponsors and supporters.

With an amazing turn out from local school districts, young male and female students participated, and were blown away by the interactive showcase. “This is the best field trip I have ever been on and lunch hasn’t even been served yet”, exclaimed one of the students. The students came in open-minded and left with a totally new perspective of the flooring positions within their areas, some even left with job applications from local retailers who were in attendance. CFI and Informa will be giving one lucky student, who attended the event, a fully paid 5-week introduction to our residential carpet course which can be taken during summer break.

With the support of sponsors and contributors the event was a success. Thank you to Mohawk Industries, Floors To Go Texas, Schluter Systems, Mapei, Dal-Tile, Congoleum, One Source Commercial Floors, Rasa Floors, DDF Commercial, Tools 4 Flooring, Traxx, Fuse Commercial Alliance, iQ Power Tools, Magnetic Building Solutions, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and the CFI trainers. Also, a special thank you to the original Build My Future event staff in Springfield, MO for offering their guidance and the drive to adopt our very own Build My Future: Flooring Edition.

Build My Future: Flooring Edition 2020 will be announced before the next school year. Interested in participating or volunteering? Contact CFI today at 816.231.4646.
Don’t forget to register for CFI’s 26th Annual Convention and Expo beginning on April 21st in San Antonio, TX. During the convention you’ll hear from top keynote speakers on current industry issues, get your hands on the latest flooring tools and products, connect with industry professionals, and participate in hands-on workshops. For more details on the convention, please visit www.cficonvention.com.

Get Involved with CFI by visiting www.cfiinstallers.org and www.cficonvention.com.

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Feb 27, 2019 - Dallas, TX  

Why do tens of thousands of industry professionals attend their annual market at The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac |TileExpo each year? Answer, for the incredible opportunity to source the newest, most innovative products in the industry, to negotiate deals with their business partners and vendors, to learn more on a multitude of industry subjects, and to network and see old friends, all under one roof. That is exactly what happened at TISE 2019 in Las Vegas this January at the Mandalay Bay as the event experienced another year of power-house industry attendance, exhibits, product displays, and education. Attendees came from 77 countries and from every corner of North America to buy, source, network, and discover what is new, needed, and up-and-coming for their businesses.

THE BRANDS
800 plus brands, 135 new to the exhibition floor, presented their products in over one million square feet of exhibits, product showrooms, features, and education. Each showroom space offered beautiful displays, unique demonstrations, and thousands of products and services for the industry to discover for their businesses. The exhibit hall experienced the return of Shaw Industries presenting their Anderson Tuftex, COREtec, and US Floors lines, a host of creative displays and events from the Mohawk Brands: Mohawk, Quick Step, Daltile, Marrazzi/American Olean, PERGO, IVC, and Godfrey Hirst, large sets from Mannington and Engineered Floors, as well as other flooring, stone and tile displays. To discover the best of the best from TISE 2019, view the Best of Awards. 

THE PRODUCTS
TISE exhibiting brands offer products from every aspect of residential and commercial sectors of the flooring, tile, and stone industry including hard goods, soft goods, equipment, tools, supplies and services, and so much more. This year’s market was a discovery for all the senses across the entire exhibit hall. A few key products directions noted by the trend spotting celebrity designers were the vast product displays for LVT products, as well as innovation in tile and stone products that offer more flexibility for design and installation. Watch this interview from House Tipster Industry with Jennifer Farrell featuring an exclusive bull nose, wood-look tile and other stunning items from Cerrad. 

THE DEMONSTRATIONS
The benefit of attending live markets is to experience the products first-hand and to meet directly with the key people who produce them. Exhibiting brands at TISE 2019 ensured the industry could experience their products directly in live demonstrations within their exhibit spaces, as well as, on the Product Demo Stage at The Design + Installation Showcase Hub (The DISH), right on the show floor. MAPEI Corporation and USG offered daily demonstrations each hour covering topics from shower and floor prep to installing floors in a flash. Participating product demonstration brands at The DISH were Custom Building Products, DriTac Flooring Products, Johns Manville, Merkrete/Parex, and DryTile North America. View the on-floor education schedule to discover more of the product introductions and interactions that occurred at TISE 2019.

THE INSPIRATION + DISCOVERY
Many industry veterans attend TISE knowing exactly what they are searching for. Others attend for the first time desiring to see everything the industry has to offer. Both groups leave the event having learned or seen something new and unexpected because the vast TISE market is a place of discovery and inspiration. Iconic brands launch new product lines while new companies move into the marketplace presenting exciting innovation for the industry. A new trend discovered at TISE 2019 pertained to innovation in the ease of installation for floors, walls, backsplashes. One new exhibitor, Cal-Flor Accessory Systems, featured their OMUR On the Wall, a unique and innovative wall mount system which allows mounting of click floors on the wall. In addition, emerging for the second year is an expansion in magnetic installation products as seen by Intelli-Force Magnetix and Magnetic Building Solutions, a magnetic backing and base underlayment that adheres wood, stone, and tile to nearly any commercial and residential surface. 

TREND SPOTTING + CELEBRITYDESIGNER APPEARANCES
Throughout the days of TISE 2019, the show floor had pop up events featuring such trend-spotting, celebrity designers as Chip Wade, Jennifer Farrell, Christopher Grubb, and Allison Eden - just to name a few. In addition, TISE hosted design influencers covering the floor for the greatest, hot new finds while Scarlet Opus presented design trends for 2019 and beyond at the Design Stage at The DISH. Each of these unique individuals offered their insights into trends they are seeing in the industry from color to patterns, material sizes, and more, all while highlighting their unique finds and perspectives at TISE 2019. “I absolutely love SURFACES,” says Allison Eden of Allison Eden Studios. “I’m like a nerd in a candy land. My favorite things that I saw were Laticrete’s translucent SpectraLOCK because I do a lot of backlit pieces, it’s a grout and you can add glitter. Also, DuChateau, who does THE most beautiful wood flooring, just gorgeous!” Allison Eden talks colors and trends and so much more with Christopher Grubb, view more.   

THE STORIES
Every surface tells a story, and at The International Surface Event, the stories were shared. Leading into the event, the industry provided their perspectives on success, their products, and their unique positioning in the industry in the #mySURFACEstory campaign. 

Once on-site, TISE presented SURFACES Live in conjunction with Floor Covering News, right from the show floor. The industry watched LIVE as exhibiting brands shared their product innovations, the ingenuity behind their products, and even live demonstrations on camera. Businesses can view the videos online, on Facebook, and may also share this content directly with their customers via their business’s social media pages. Participating SURFACES Live 2019 brands were American Biltrite, Anderson Tuftex, Congoleum Corp., COREtec/US Floors, Daltile, Dixie Home, DuChateau, Emser Tile, Engineered Floors, Forbo Flooring Systems, Hearthwood, HPS Schonox, Inhaus/Classen, I4F Patents & Technology, Mannington, Measure Square Corp., Mohawk, PERGO, Raskin Gorilla Floors, Southwind Carpet & Hard Surface, and Tarkett. 

THE AWARDS
TISE is the place for individuals and businesses to be highlighted as winners, leaders, and innovators. At TISE 2019, winners were awarded for the Best of Event programs, the Best of Product programs, the Stone World Fabricator of the Year, the Installer of the Year for carpet, stone/tile, and wood, the Natural Stone Institute Pinnacle Awards, the annual winners in the Natural Stone Institute Award Ceremony, the Floor Covering Weekly Dealer’s Choice Awards, and so many more. Click the links above to view the winners and more information on each program.

THE EVENTS
From the show floor to across Las Vegas, the industry created buzz at TISE with events from awards presentations to networking happy hours, annual meetings and sales meetings, to a VIP bash on the show floor by the Mohawk brands featuring the surprise appearance by The Band, Perry. Some brands took the opportunity to give back to the community while they were gathered at TISE such as Tarkett who pulled together its own Light the Night team during the Tarkett Residential sales meeting to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising $11,765 in less than a month to support the cause of battling the complex disease that is blood cancer.  

THE EDUCATION
TISE launched a brand-new education program called CONVERGE at this year’s event. Industry leaders covered the hard-hitting, on-point topics such as The 411 on 4:20: Medical Marijuana and the Work Place and What to Expect in Washington DC After the 2018 Elections, technically crucial topics such as Moisture Mitigation Roundtable and The Ways of Water: Critical Considerations for Shower Construction, and design-centric, forecasting sessions such as Color Vibes: A Journey Through Color and Trends and The Power of 5: The 5 Hottest Trends in Flooring & The 5 Types of People Buying Them. The program was led by experts from inside the industry with conversation by veterans, Jon Namba, Lisbeth Calandrino, and Katie Ford to name a few, as well as experts outside the industry such as Attorney Jeff King and social media specialist Shannon Vogel. Each influencer brought their own unique perspectives and vault of information to provide value to each CONVERGE attendee. Thought in it’s first year, TISE plans to grow, adjust, and improve the program ongoing to ensure it meets the education needs of the industry.

THE 2020 VIEW OF NEXT YEAR’S EVENT
There is so much to look forward to as the TISE team begins to plan out the next upcoming market for January 2020. Watch for updates and news coming to you in the months ahead. Make sure to sign up for the event newsletters and follow the event on social media to stay abreast of all the industry and event news. For more information on The International Surface Event, visit the website. 

Save the Date #TISE2020 
The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpoEXHIBITS 28-30 January 2020EDUCATION 27-30 January 2020Mandalay Bay Convention Center | Las Vegas USA  

THE TESTIMONIALS
TISE is sponsored by and partners with crucial industry associations who assist in the creation and development of the event. Their connection with the industry in their specific sectors allows for detailed analysis and development to ensure the event meets the needs of the whole industry. Hear what these partners have said about TISE 2019. 

“TISE/SURFACES was once again an amazing show. The hosted Buyer program was a big hit – providing the opportunity to speak to an entire group encouraged more questions and much greater interaction. Overall at TISE, it seemed more of the key decision makers were present this year, energy was high, and the feedback we received was very positive. The event reaffirmed why TISE/SURFACES is “The” flooring show for North America.” ~ Scott Humphrey, President/CEO, World Floor Covering Association 

“StonExpo is a great venue for stone professionals to see new products and emerging technology. It is our primary event to showcase education, awards, and network with our members. We love the event!” ~ Jim Hieb, CEO, Natural Stone Institute 

“TISE 2019 was a great success for the National Tile Contractors Association.  Our booth was busy all three days with tile and flooring contractors who were interested in our programs and services.  We continue to meet strong flooring and tile contractors at TISE who are striving to improve their businesses.   We are looking forward to a great 2020!”, Bart Bettiga, Executive Director, National Tile Contractors Association.

“Although Veronafiere has been a part of StonExpo/Marmomac, through the Marmomac Pavilion, for 14 years now, this was my first time attending TISE,” said Veronafiere Commercial Director Flavio Innocenzi.  “I was impressed by the vast offer of hard and soft surfaces on display, as well as related machinery and technologies.  Based on what I saw at the show, the outlook for the U.S. market is positive, especially for stone materials.” Zack Zehner, President of Mannington Residential, says “The show has been terrific, extremely busy, with great response to our new products and great momentum going into the year.”  

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Feb 22, 2019 - Dallas, TX 

Product Launches for the Floor Covering, Stone, & Tile Industry

Four days at The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac |TileExpo is just not enough time to see everything, that’s why TISE, in partnership with Floor Covering News Magazine, brought SURFACES Live to the event. Industry interviewer, Nicole Murray, and the TISE film crew criss-crossed the expansive exhibit hall to bring the viewers product introductions, first-hand demonstrations, and everything in between. The industry watched LIVE as exhibiting brands shared their product innovations, the ingenuity behind their products, and even live demonstrations on camera. Follow this story feed to discover all the amazing content from SURFACES Live at #TISE2019. Please note all videos were produced using 360 view technology allowing the viewer to immerse themselves in the full market experience. Use your mouse to move the video imagery in 360-degree views of the show floor while watching the videos. Businesses can view the videos online, on Facebook, view the TISE Blog story with Facebook plugins, and may also share this content directly with their customers via their business’s social media pages.

One of the big stories in resilient for 2019 was ProGen Rigid Core Vinyl by TARKETT, released in several new designs, embossed registered, and with painted bevels. But more so than the design story is the performance. Watch John Heckman, Senior Marketing Manager with Floor Residential and Paul Cleary with Tarkett Hospitality as they bounce a bowling ball in a LIVE demonstration to prove the strength and durability of their new product line. Who knew a bowling ball bounced? A product that sets itself apart from all of the other products in the retail stores is SONO, by INHAUS/CLASSEN. Don Cool, Regional Sales Manager, explains how SONO offers unique value points such as PVC free, water proof, and dimensional stability, not moving from minus 40 degrees to 150 degrees. Watch

In the sea of what can sometimes seem like sameness, RASKIN GORILLA FLOORS was excited to present their patented Brooklyn Reserve Williamsburg Collection. This line featured in large panels with 8 SKUs really shows off the impressive design. CEO, Michael Raskin, discusses a specific 6 x 36, registered embossed, mosaic wood pattern piece and explains that each piece has different types of graining that all follow the grain which enhances the unique look. Watch the video.

Drew Butler, Regional West Coast Sales Manager of AMERICAN BILTRITE walks you through their sample display of newly released products, patterns, and colors for their existing lines. New patterns were released in the Ultra Ceramic Collection. The Marble Jewel comes in three patterns and a variety of sizes and is actually able to be installed in a flush or grouted installation. Watch as other products are also released in the video.

 INNOVATIONS 4 FLOORING is an IT company that helps create innovation for flooring manufacturers and distributors with the goal of assisting them in selling more products. Watch as John Rietveldt, CEO of I4F, explains their newest technology taking over in the US Market, the One Piece Drop Lock System. This easy installation tech decreases installation time by 30-40% over traditional flooring. Watch the video. 

Allie Finkell, Executive Vice President, announces an amazing introduction through the HEARTHWOOD brand, Appalachian Spring, coming in at one of their top design price points, available in a sliced, white oak, and is 100% American made from 100% American raw materials. It is especially made to look like reclaimed floors that come from the old textile mills in the Carolinas. The visuals of this collection are one of the signatures of the American OEM company. Watch the video.

ENGINEERED FLOORS’ new backing system called Pure Back is super soft, has no latex, and is ultra-fresh with an anti-microbial backing. This innovative backing system enhances their new Striking Spectrum Collection 1, 2, and 3. The beautiful color combinations, the styling, the soft backing, and the affordable price point make this new collection a must for those retailers watching for their stores. Watch Mike Sanderson, Vice President of Marketing, show you more from their lines.
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SOUTHWIND CARPET & HARD SURFACES has a whole new look. Not only do they manufacture carpet, but they source hard surface products too. They introduced five new hard surface products at TISE 2019 with looks that are very unique to the market. Listen as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Richard Abramowicz, explains more about why these product lines can make retailers money.

With DIXIE FLOORING, it was not one specific product collection or launch that was most exciting for 2019, but the color story, the style, and the fashion in their Dixie Home, Masland and Fabrica lines. TM Nuckols, President of Dixie Flooring, explains how the Dixie Flooring differentiates their product lines in the marketplace. Watch the video.

 MEASURE SQUARE showed a field rep solution where estimators can go on-site, use a laser, measure out a room, then use the technology to capture those spaces, drag and drop their products into the room, and build an estimate. The best part about this solution is the reports where the estimator can produce a signed proposal on-site. Their tech solutions are good for both residential and commercial projects, explains James Wisdom, Vice President of Business Development. Watch the video.

MANNINGTON MILLS celebrated their 104th year of business as they continue to present their product lines at TISE 2019. Zack Zehner, President of Mannington Residential, says “the show has been terrific, extremely busy, with great response to our new products and great momentum going into the year.”  Dan Natkin, head of the Mannington Wood Business, takes you through their featured product lines. Watch video. 

COREtec Stone is a new product introduced by US FLOORS. This product looks like a ceramic tile; however, it eliminates a lot of the installation complications. COREtec Stone brings the real ceramic tile look, but in an installation that clicks together like the COREtec  lines of the last few years. It’s profile and construction floats over your existing floors, is available in over 40 SKUs, and is available in both high gloss and de-lustered looks.  Watch Piet Dossche, President of US Floors, talk more on COREtec product introductions. 

CONGOLEUM at TISE 2019 was all about Cleo Home, winner of the 2018 Best of SURFACES Sustainability Award. This product is all about the construction: patented, very eco-forward, domestically sourced and produced, and in combinations that mix things in entirely different ways than any other product in the market. The product starts with a solid core that is digitally printed on. “There really are no limits,”says Kurt Denman, Chief Marketing Officer. “With the digital imaging, you get such subtle nuances to the color that it creates a depth and richness that gives you visuals that you cannot find anywhere else.” Watch more.

Heading to the soft side of the MOHAWK booth, SURFACES Live talked with Jason Randolph, Senior Product Director. MOHAWK introduced their new SmartStrand ColorMax Collection, the latest innovation in the multi-color category – the hottest, fastest growing segment in the soft floor covering business today. ColorMax offers beautiful, balanced high definition color through the use of multiple yarns in the manufacturing process. Watch the video and discover more differences in their ColorMax demonstration.  

Brand new for 2019 is a whole new system from SCHONOX, HPS NORTH AMERICA, perfect for senior living, multi-family, or basically any situation where you have a wood substrate and need to make a complete system of subfloor and then finish your floor on top. HPS Schonox’s new system offers fire and sound rating and speed, doing the entire subfloor in a day. Listen to Doug Young, Executive Vice President, provide specifics to this colorful display while explaining this revolutionary new system. 

What is FLOTEX? Flotex Tile by FORBO FLOORING SYSTEMS is a hybrid between a soft textile product mixed with the functionality and the great cleanability of a resilient. It is available in a 10 x 40 plank which allows a floor covering retailer to install it easily. Great for bonus rooms, living rooms, high traffic areas and more. A great feature of this product is it’s cleanability. Watch Tim Donahue, Residential National Sales Manager, demonstrate the water proof and stain proof nature of this product.  

The ANDERSON TUFTEX’s booth was an experience for the flooring senses from an ombre color palette display of their new Wonderment Collection in Stargazer and Dreamscape to mixes of hard and soft good displays using the Unleashed Collection. Unleashed is all about the pets with Stain Master Pet Protect: stain resistant, fade resistant, and has a performance feature built into the fiber that repels pet hair. Watch Katie Ford, Director of Brand Strategy, talk more about the Anderson Tuftex mixture of hard and soft goods.

DUCHATEAU released 18 new products at TISE 2019. One of the new products, Golden Eye, has an extraordinary beautiful warm brown with a charred underlay. This product takes 17 hand steps to create the look and finish. These floors are more beautiful as they age because the wood is being naturally enhanced due to the tannins. Every single DuChateau floor is made to order for the customer. SURFACES went Live with Rick Wagner, Vice President of Sales, and Patrick Bewley, Vice President of Marketing sharing more, watch video. 

DALTILE saw an increase last year in the interest in dark interiors: dark furniture, dark paint, dark cabinets. These trends were the inspiration for their three new product lines, one of which was prominently featured in a sexy, cool display at TISE 2019: Geometric Fusion. Laura Grilli, Lead Product Designer, shares more on their product lines and other trends she is seeing in the industry. Watch the video. 

EMSER TILE, utilizing Italian manufacturing processes, was able to develop a high-definition, striking, high-dimension product line in a color variation of trending blue, black, and gray in their NOVA™ Italian Porcelain Collection. Although this was their featured collection, Bob Baldocchi, Chief Marketing Officer, explained that Emser Tile was releasing 40 new collections at TISE 2019. Watch more. 

Jason Sims, Brand Manager with Mohawk, talked about how excited Mohawk is about their brand expansion. Standing in their PERGO space, Jason explained how this showroom at TISE 2019 was ground zero for the launch of their Pergo Extreme Collection, the extension of the Pergo brand for the independent, specialty retailer channel.  The product is designed with deeper visuals, deeper protection, and deeper warranties – all coming together to be a game-changer for retail and for the growing LVT market. Watch for more of the positive attributes of this line. 

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2018 Press Releases

Dec 03, 2018 - Dallas, TX 

SHAW INDUSTRIES SPEAKS | US FLOORS & ANDERSON TUFTEX ON THE SHOW FLOOR 
For more than 50 years, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has been noted for its excellent standard of service and industry-leading portfolio of products. The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo is excited to announce the return of the Shaw Industries’ brands - Anderson Tuftex and US Floors/COREtec in Las Vegas next January. The industry should make plans to attend the exhibits, Wednesday through Friday, January 23-25, as well as the education program, Tuesday through Friday, January 22-25, to experience everything these innovative flooring brands are bringing to the event. Anderson Tuftex and COREtec are leading, trusted providers of carpet, rugs, hardwood, LVT, WPC and SPC, tile and stone. Register as a guest of Shaw Industries now! 

“SURFACES is a great opportunity for networking with suppliers, customers and designers.” Katie Ford, Director of Brand Strategy, Anderson Tuftex. “We were honored to participate last year, and we’re excited to return for a second year to reveal our 2019 introductions through an original, design-centric booth.” “From the very first event, USFloors has exhibited at SURFACES in a major way, and we are excited to showcase our latest innovations that will continue to surpass our valued retail partners’ expectations and enhance our industry-leading position,” said Kathy Young, Vice President of Marketing for USFloors and COREtec.

“We are pleased to have Shaw Industries’ brands presenting at the event,” Amie Gilmore, CEM, Show Director, The International Surface Event. “It is always our goal to provide the industry a marketplace for resourcing the high-caliber and desired selection of products they need for their businesses, and the presence of the Anderson Tuftex and Coretec brands, alongside the continued participation of USFloors definitely adds to the attendee experience.” ***  

SHAW BRANDS ON THE SHOW FLOOR
Covering 8,000 square feet of The International Surface Event show floor, Shaw will present Anderson Tuftex, space 2037, and USFloors, space 1737. As a best in class innovator, USFloors, is launching several new product collections at TISE.

“We are excited to unveil our latest hard surface innovations,” said Young. “Our composite and engineered flooring new introductions have been meticulously engineered as solutions to our industry’s most pressing needs and the consumer’s desire for waterproof products, the need for easier and quicker installations, the shortage of installers and more.” 

Curated collections from Anderson Tuftex provide a conceptual flooring design that enables a unified look throughout a home. Discover stunning hardwood, carpet, and rugs by Anderson Tuftex, which are intentionally crafted to seamlessly enhance the look and feel of a home. Anderson Tuftex will launch five new collections featuring coordinating carpet and hardwood at the upcoming TISE event in addition to displaying a new merchandising unit that includes a relaunch of its Stainmaster® PetProtectⓇ line. ***

SHAW CONVERGES WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS AS PANELIST IN CAUSE MARKETING SESSION
Known to help the communities in which they live and operate, part of Shaw Industries’ corporate vision is to create a better future. Tim Baucom, Shaw Industries’ executive vice president-residential division, will join the Floor Covering Industry Foundation and a distinguished group of industry leaders for a panel discussion on cause marketing, entitled Finding The Pot of Gold: The Greater Good. This session will reveal how doing good can impact the bottom line and how corporate initiatives are a win-win for the customer, the company, and the community. >> read more 

The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) gets families back on their feet when battling catastrophic injuries, severe disabilities, or other life-altering medical crises. Founded in 1981 by industry leaders, the 501(c)3 charitable non-profit helps industry workers by providing direct grants for housing, utilities, medical care, and other basic needs. FCIF’s caring approach allows those in need to seek help with dignity and confidence. >> Donate during TISE online registration 

*** JOIN US AT #TISE2019 // REGISTER NOW
Save the date for The International Surface Event 2019: SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo scheduled to be held January 23-25, 2019, education January 22-25, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exposition will feature the latest industry products, materials, equipment and services, including a wide variety of hardwood and laminate flooring, carpet, tools and equipment, natural stone and machinery, all types of tile, and much more. For additional information, visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com.>> Register for a complimentary exhibits badge now courtesy of Shaw***

About Shaw Industries
Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is more than a flooring company – we are 22,000 people united in our vision of creating a better future for our customers, for our people, for our community and for our company. We provide carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, laminate, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. We meet diverse customer needs through an expansive portfolio of brands, including: Anderson Tuftex, COREtec, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, USFloors and more.Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with nearly $6 billion in annual revenue and representation throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information about our company brands, operations and community involvement, or to join our industry-leading team, visit www.shawinc.com. 

Sep 19, 2018 - Dallas, TX 

The industry has asked and The International Surface Event (TISE):  SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo has answered, as the return of the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition (The Nationals), Wednesday through Friday, January 23-25 in Las Vegas, is announced at TISE 2019. Installers across all aspects of the floor covering, stone, and tile industry are encouraged to submit their installation projects into The Nationals now! 

“At CFI, we are deeply connected to the pulse of the installer community. Since 2003 when the installation competition went away, we have received inquiries every year about the desire for this incredible contest to return. It is an amazing opportunity for installers to highlight their knowledge, their training, and the amazing projects they work on all year behind the scenes,” says Robert Varden, Executive Director, International Certified Flooring Installers Association "CFI". “I am thrilled that TISE has partnered with CFI to make this program return, and we are looking forward to reviewing all the submissions.”

A panel of judges will be reviewing project submissions from around the country and selecting the top 3 finalists in each installation category to compete LIVE in The Nationals competition at TISE. There are three installation categories including carpet, stone/tile, and wood. Submissions close October 15. Finalists will be selected by November 15.  >> installers, submit your entry now 

 “With the focus on the importance of installation in the industry, we knew this was the perfect timing to bring back the competition. We are honored to highlight the hard working community of installers at The International Surface Event,” says Amie Gilmore, CEM, Director of TISE, “and can’t wait for the exciting LIVE challenge on the show floor. It is our goal that this promotion both showcase the incredible work happening in the industry now while also bringing national exposure to the need for more trained professionals in this career segment.”  The industry is invited to watch the nine selected finalists LIVE right on the show floor as they show off their talent and skills in a set of product installation challenges, each in their own pre-constructed pod. The winner of the LIVE installation contest in Las Vegas will be crowned The National Installer of the Year, receive a prize package, and own incredible bragging rights in the industry and to their customers. >> get your passes to TISE 2019 now Industry manufacturers interested in sponsoring the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition should complete the TISE marketing activation request form to be contacted by the TISE team. Thank you to our current sponsors, the International Certified Flooring Installers Association "CFI" and ProInstaller Magazine.

*** JOIN US AT #TISE2019
Save the date for The International Surface Event 2019 scheduled to be held January 23-25, 2019, education January 22-25, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exposition will feature the latest industry products, materials, equipment and services, including a wide variety of hardwood and laminate flooring, carpet, tools and equipment, natural stone and machinery, all types of tile, and much more. For additional information, visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com.

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Sep 17, 2018 - Dallas, TX 

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo has exciting news updates for the industry coming to this year’s event. Plan to join your industry peers Wednesday through Friday, January 23-25, education program Tuesday through Friday, January 22-25 in Las Vegas. Architecture, design, retail, dealer, remodeling, building, installer, fabricator stories all start at the surface; Find your surface story at #TISE2019. >> Register Now

Comprised of three world-class tradeshows: SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo events, The International Surface Event (TISE) is the largest North American floor covering, stone, and tile industry event and is THE premier, global reaching industry marketplace for buyers, specifiers, and influencers to purchase products, gain design and trend inspiration, and develop their business strategies. TISE has proudly served the industry for over 30 years, reinvented annually each January with carefully sourced exhibiting brands, crafted content and networking events, and developed show features that are next generation innovative and meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry. As the first event of the year, TISE is perfectly positioned to offer product launch introductions, critical first of the year buying opportunities, and annual networking meetings. >> Watch the promo video  

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
TISE 2019 is sizing up to be another incredible event. The exhibit floor is wall-to-wall packed with over 800 brands and thousands of products, while the event spans nearly a million square feet of exhibits, education, product showrooms, show features, and more! The industry is making plans now to gather to network, source, and purchase products and services. Registration is now open. 

BRAND NEW EDUCATION PROGRAM: CONVERGE
Replacing the previous conference programming, the new CONVERGE education program at The International Surface Event will offer the industry a whole new way to gain training, knowledge, and information. With flexible scheduling allowing for the busy trade show atmosphere, persona interest groups (CREATIVES | SUITS | HAMMER & NAILS) for immersive, targeted discussions, and the freedom to pass freely between session topics to gain exactly the knowledge needed, CONVERGE is about to take the industry by storm. >> read more 

RETURN OF THE NATIONAL INSTALLATION COMPETITION
The industry has asked and we have answered, as we announce the return of the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition (The Nationals) to occur LIVE on the floor at TISE 2019. Installers across all aspects of the floor covering, stone, and tile industry are encouraged to submit their installation projects into The Nationals! A panel of judges will be reviewing project submissions from around the country and selecting the top 3 finalists to compete LIVE in an installation competition at TISE. The winner of the LIVE installation contest in Las Vegas will be crowned The National Installer of the Year, receive a prize package, and own incredible bragging rights in the industry and to their customers. There are three installation categories including carpet, stone/tile, and wood. Submissions close October 15. Finalists will be selected by November 15. LIVE contest will occur at TISE 2019. >> submit your entry now NEWS

UPDATES ON VEGAS HOTELS IN THE TISE OFFICIAL HOTEL PROGRAM
Did you know that many of the Official Hotels of TISE have undergone amazing hotel renovations? We thought we would share some of the highlights to assist you in your Official Hotel selections this year. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has opened the REVIV IV Wellness Spa, a global wellness provider of signature IV therapies. Just a short interior walk away from the Mandalay Bay, The Luxor redesign touched 1,700 hotel rooms in its East and West towers. The new hotel rooms are inspired by the unique geometric form for of the Luxor and the color scheme includes hazy amethyst, deep smoky green, charcoal, and fawn - inspired from the desert which surrounds the casino and actual pyramids. Adding a modern twist to the medieval flair for which Excalibur Hotel & Casino is known, the hotel has remodeled 1,995 guest rooms and suites in its newly renamed Royal Tower. Vibrant accents and splashes of color match the energy and atmosphere of Excalibur. The upgraded accommodations feature a completely smoke-free experience, new carpeting and bedding, modern furnishings and 40-inch flat-screen TVs. >> See all official hotels and book your hotel in the official hotel block now.

#mySURFACEstory
We want to get to know you through the #mySURFACEstory campaign. Simply download and print the #mySURFACEstory hashtag sheet, take a photo of you or your team in your SURFACE environment (that's your fabrication shop, retail store, your installation project, designer room, etc.), and post on social media using #mySURFACEstory and #TISE2019. We'll be choosing the best photos to receive prizes from the event. View #mySURFACEstory sheet options >> PS. There are also prizes for the best colored #mySURFACEstory hashtag sheet. Post your colored hashtag sheet separately to be considered.

*** JOIN US AT #TISE2019
Save the date for The International Surface Event 2019 scheduled to be held January 23-25, 2019, education January 22-25, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exposition will feature the latest industry products, materials, equipment and services, including a wide variety of hardwood and laminate flooring, carpet, tools and equipment, natural stone and machinery, all types of tile, and much more. For additional information, visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com.

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Jun 01, 2018 - Columbia, MD 

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, an Informa Global Exhibitions event, and VIBE, an a2z company, are collaborating to bring a multi-day-long event for VIP buyers and sellers from the floor covering, stone, and tile industry in a deluxe hosted environment at TISE 2019.

a2z, Inc., the leading provider of solutions and services to the events industry, announces the launch of The International Surface Event VIBE @ TISE Program (VIBE @ TISE) at The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo in January 2019. The VIBE @ TISE Program is a unique networking event which will enable pre-qualified buyers and suppliers to connect with, meet, and do business with each other in an exclusive, fabulously managed setting. 

“We are very excited to partner with The International Surface Event and introduce the VIBE @ TISE Program,” said Bill McGlade, Sr. Director of Emerging Business, a2z. Inc. “This program allows the International Surface Event to offer additional ROI and value to their show audience as well as add a whole new experience to the excitement already present at The International Surface Event. These qualified and highly matched meetings will ensure suppliers are showcasing the newest and innovative products to allow the buyers to make purchasing decisions while at the event.” The VIBE @ TISE, a hosted experiential program, bridges the gap between buyers and suppliers by providing meaningful business engagements through 1-on-1 appointments and experiences to foster trust and deepen business relations.

“SURFACES is definitely one of the highlights of our year. We introduce all of our new products at the show. We truly appreciate the support The International Surface Event team provides our business, and the VIBE @ TISE Program is another example of dedication they have to the exhibitors.  With this program, they are bringing in specialty, high-end buyers for us to market and network to.” says Jay Kopelson, VP of Corporate Accounts at Mannington Mills
Powered by a2z, VIBE provides a 360-degree turnkey program which enables leading organizations to connect leading buyers with suppliers, and generate new and viable business relationships in their space.

“The International Surface Event team is excited to present VIBE @ TISE. TISE is known to be a beautiful design show and a buyer’s and seller’s marketplace for the floor covering, stone, and tile industry. This added layer of new, key executive buyers from all corners of the country and the development of an even deeper element of networking and purchasing will surely broaden the overall TISE experience for exhibitors and attendees.” Says Amie Gilmore, CEM, Director, Informa Exhibitions Design Group, The International Surface Event

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bill McGlade at 443.393.7200 or email at [email protected] 

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2017 Press Releases

Dec 19, 2017 - Dallas, Texas 

LAS VEGAS, December 19, 2017:  Las Vegas Market and The International Surface Event announce a new partnership for the upcoming 2018 shows created to benefit the retail and design community.   

TISE is comprised of three premier tradeshows — SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomac, and TileExpo — and is a leading industry marketplace for floor covering, stone, and tile industry professionals. During the parallel days of the Las Vegas Market, The International Surface Event will offer a four-day preview of the newest products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, industry suppliers and numerous education and networking opportunities. The collaborative effort provides buyers with free and continuous shuttle service between the two exhibit venues markets – the World Market Center Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center – on Tuesday, January 30, and Wednesday, January 31, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, as well as free access to both events event floors good for the entire span of both events. Qualified registrations are free, although attendees will be required to register separately for each show. 

“Las Vegas Market is pleased to collaborate with The International Surface Event and its three major floor coverings trade shows – SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomac and TileExpo – to provide visitors to both events with new shopping opportunities within related merchandise categories,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “Cooperation between our two events will afford retailers and interior designers with access to Las Vegas Market’s 4,000+ furniture, gift and home décor resources, as well as some 800 top floor covering brands exhibiting at TISE. Additionally, this partnership will bring more visitors to Las Vegas Market, providing our tenants with new potential sources of business, new channels of retail distribution and new connections with buyers. As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is committed to providing our customers with value-added services that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the market experience.” 

The partnership between Las Vegas Market and TISE will facilitate cross shopping by buyers in related home product categories and run concurrently in Las Vegas. The Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market runs January 28 to February 1, 2018, at World Market Center Las Vegas, and The International Surface Event runs January 29 to February 1, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

“The International Surface Event is pleased to offer a partnership with the Las Vegas Winter Market,” said Amie Gilmore, Show Director, The International Surface Event. “This partnership will offer the widest breath of product offerings and inspiration for the interior designers and retailers. We understand that time is valuable to every business professional, and offering this opportunity to expand the buying and sourcing possibilities concurrently between the events in Las Vegas will optimize the experiences and benefit both event’s attendees. We look forward to hosting Las Vegas Market attendees at TISE 2018.” 

Each organization will cross-promote the partnership to its attendees, including interior designers, as well as retailers who sell or specify flooring, stone, countertops, surface materials, and home furnishings.  

Las Vegas Market – January 28 to February 1, 2018 (Sunday-Thursday)World Market Center, Las Vegas,  lasvegasmarket.com 

Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market runs Sunday, January 28 to Thursday, February 1, 2018. For more information, visit lasvegasmarket.com 

Permanent Showrooms & Casual Temporaries (Sunday-Thursday):
Sunday - Wednesday, January 28 - January 31, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (C13 closes at 2:00 pm) 

Gift and Home Décor Temporaries at The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market (Sunday-Wednesday):
Sunday, January 28, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, January 29, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Monday, January 29, Cash & Carry Shopping Spree, Pavilion 2, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, January 30, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 31, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday, February 1, Closed 

B2 Home Furnishings Temporaries
Sunday - Wednesday, January 28 - January 31, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 1, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 

The International Surface Event—January 29 to February 1, 2018 (Monday-Thursday)
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
intlsurfaceevent.com 

About International Market Centers, L.P.Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 12.2 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor, and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com. About Informa, Global ExhibitionsThe International Surface Event is owned and managed by Informa Exhibitions. Informa operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information Economy. It is one of the world’s leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events businesses with more than 6,500 employees in over 100 offices across 25 countries. The Dallas Exhibitions team produces a portfolio of 17 trade shows in various sectors of the construction and real estate industry. To learn more, visit informaexhibitions.com 

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Sep 01, 2017 - Dallas, Texas 

Attendee online registration is now open for The International Surface Event(TISE): SURFACES I StonExpo/Marmomac I TileExpo. As the first event of the year, TISE is THE industry marketplace for flooring, stone, and tile industry professionals to source products, equipment and services needed for their businesses. TISE offers 800 brands, hundreds of new exhibitors, never-before-seen exhibitor product launches, live demos, feature areas, such as the all new Design & Installation Showcase Hub: The DISH, plus a unique set of specialty experiences and events. Held annually in Las Vegas, TISE brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to Find Your Competitive Edge. The International Surface Event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center will be THE biggest (market) place to be Tuesday, January 30 through Thursday, February 1, education starting on Monday, January 29. For hours, tickets, and additional event information, visit intlsurfaceevent.com. 

THE EVENT SPACE ABOUNDS WITH OPPORTUNITY
With just a few short months to go, the TISE exhibit hall is busting at the seams with opportunity as the event floor is overflowing with new exhibitors and products, setting the stage for the 2018 exhibit hall to be the biggest and most engaging event space yet. Products and services are represented from just about all corners of the globe from upwards of 800 exhibiting brands spanning more than 445,000 square feet. SURFACES will feature the latest floorcovering products, tools, trends, services, and technologies. Covering hardwood to laminate, LVT, soft goods and rugs, and so much more, attendees can shop the floor to find their product lines for 2018. A few exhibitors to note this year in the SURFACES event are the return of the Mohawk brands, Couristan, Mannington, Armstrong - the list goes on and on. Featuring specialty stone and machinery areas with exhibitions of stone and stone supplies from 7 countries, plus stone tools, equipment, services and demonstrations from leading manufacturers and associations, StonExpo/Marmomac is THE stone event for stone industry professionals. Noted exhibitors for 2018 are MS International, Northwood Industrial Machines, Park Industries, Intermac America, Baca Systems, and a whole suite of other impressive stone companies. Leading tile manufacturers and suppliers will be on display in TileExpo offering attendees products from artisan to ceramic, decorative to glass and beyond. Attendees can meet with representatives from Emser Tile, Dal-Tile, Marazzi, American Olean, Eleganza Tile, Crossville, Bedrosians, perusing beautiful displays of tile products from these and a whole suite of other tile companies and manufacturers. For a complete list of 2018 exhibitors, visit intlsurfaceevent.com, search by exhibitor name or product category.   

TREND SEEKERS ALERT
Finding trends at TISE 2018 is easy. See and hear directly about designer-selected, trend-setting products during feature presentations at the design stage in the all new Design & Installation Showcase Hub: The DISH, sponsored by Floor Focus / Floor Daily. Plus, take advantage of design, retail, and architecture sessions in the IGNITE Education program. Plus, attendees wanting guided trends information curated from keyed-in industry designers are in luck. Returning for its second year, The Trends Breakfast: Trends in Flooring, will bring the top product picks for 2018 right to you. Hear the designer’s thoughts on the trend setting aspects of the products, technical product information directly from the product manufacturers, ask direct product questions and inquiries - all while enjoying light bites and beverages, from the comfort of your seat. This is a luxury experience with limited space so register now.   

EXPERT LEARNING, ON & OFF THE FLOOR
On the floor, attendees can participate and experience stone cutting displays, all types of surface material installations and techniques, all while working directly with experts who can answer specific questions to solve and offer business solutions. Show features such as the The CAGE, Tool Alley, the multi-stage areas in the all new Design & Installation Showcase Hub: The DISH, as well as in-booth exhibitor demonstrations are just a few of these offerings at TISE 2018. Off the floor is a suite of education in the IGNITE Education Program and bonus education opportunities from key association and industry partners. The IGNITE Education Program is constructed in partnership with a high-profile, targeted industry group to produce 55 sessions of the most engaging, hot topic and inspiring information, all instructor led by over 100 experts in their fields. Defined into easy to search career tracks, the IGNITE program is a must-attend for any industry professional. See online a full listing of the IGNITE, Certifications and Bonus Education offerings at TISE 2018. With over 25 million monthly visitors, Houzz offers homeowners inspiration, advice, and connections to pros who can turn their dreams into reality. As a leading platform for home remodeling and design, Houzz will bring their unique industry perspectives and curated information into multiple education opportunities at TISE in their Kitchen & Bath Trends: Four Years of Houzz Consumer Insights and The Sales & Marketing Success Funnel: How to Attract, Close & Retain Business. Attendees can also learn- from-the-learned in Case Study, Center Circle/Core Conversation, and specialty sessions designed to express and inspire: Single Slab Effect and Leveling Natural Stone an Interactive Career Advancement Workshop presented by Women in Stone, and the Quarry Producers Workshop. 

EXPERIENCES FOR THE DESIGN, RETAIL AND ARCHITECTURE COMMUNITY
TISE has developed specialty experiences guaranteed to knock the socks off any designer, architect, or retailer attending the 2018 event. The Retailer Package is a specialty experience hand-crafted just for retailers. This event, with opportunities spanning across the three days of TISE, is an all-access pass to everything retail. The package includes an exhibit hall pass, plus the full IGNITE education program, the Trends Breakfast inclusive of coffee and light bites, and discounted pricing to attend the Designer Off-site Tour. Limited space available in some events, first-come, first-served in packages. Designer Day, sponsored by Houzz and Floor Focus/Floor Daily, is a day tailored to offer designers an engaging event experience. Designers can plan on a full-day of inspiration, Wednesday, January 31, filled with captivating products, tours, and education. The package includes an exhibit pass, a Wednesday day pass to the IGNITE Education Program, and the Designer Off-site Tour. This is a must-attend experience for interior designers looking to get the scoop on upcoming trends and the newest products available for their clients! Planned by TISE’s extraordinary StonExpo/Marmomac’ event partners from Italy, Veronafiere, in partnership with TISE and the MIA+BSI, the Designing With Natural Stone Program is an exclusive opportunity for qualified architects and designers to learn advanced techniques in the use of marble, granite, and other stone materials. The program is a unique combination of engaging in-class learning (offering continuing education credits), a guided architectural tour visiting the Las Vegas Rock (LVR) Quarry, and a guided tour of the TISE 2018 show floor. This comprehensive approach enables designers to better understand stone’s full life-cycle -- including how marble is quarried, cut, processed, finished, selected for specific jobs and installed, all using the latest technologies and products. Attendees interested in taking part in the Designing with Natural Stone Program should register online as soon as possible as space will fill up quickly.  

SAVE TIME, BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE
Those interested in attending The International Surface Event can purchase tickets before the event by registering online, saving time and money. Tickets will also be sold on-site at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center the four days of the event. Exhibits Registration includes unlimited access to the Exhibit Hall and on floor education. Also included is access to the bonus education options, if listed as free. Advance prices start at $30 for members and $55 for non-members. Industry professionals will want to attend TISE beginning on Monday, January 29 to take full advantage of the IGNITE Education Program. Exhibits + IGNITE Education registration includes all days of the IGNITE Education Program, plus unlimited access to the exhibit hall and on floor education. Also included is access to the Bonus Education options, if listed as free. Advance prices start at $75 for members and $125 for nonmembers. VIP Package options are also available for Exhibit and Exhibits + IGNITE Education Program registrants. The packages include unlimited access to the exhibit hall including an exclusive half hour advance entry to the hall, VIP credentials, all on floor demos and education, shuttle bus pass, access to the VIP lounge, and a swag bag. Also included is access to the bonus education options, if listed as free. Advance prices start at $110 for members and $165 for non-members, pricing varies based on package selection. Additional package options are available for students, Home Tours, Special Events, and additional add-on items. For complete pricing options, visit the registration pageof the TISE event site.  INQUIRIESThe International Surface Event, InformaAll media inquiries should be directed to The International Surface Event Marketing team at Informa:Informa | Michelle Swayze, [email protected], 972.536.6449Photography, interview information, pre-press packets and event information are available upon request. 

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About The International Surface Event

The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo has served nearly 30 years as an industry marketplace for businesses to come together, seek products and services, build relationships and develop their businesses. The TISE vision is to create spaces where buyers and sellers gather to purchase products, gain design inspiration, and develop their businesses. We make this possible by carefully sourcing exhibiting brands, crafting content and events, and developing show features that match the needs of the industry. As the first event of the year, TISE is perfectly positioned to offer product launches, critical first of the year buying opportunities, and annual meetings. As the design team for Informa Global Exhibitions, the world’s largest tradeshow event organizer, the TISE team strives to grow memorable event brands that engage with the industry verticals the event supports. We exist to create experiences were passion and purpose come together.

 About Informa Markets:

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a
dozen global verticals, including Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology and Infrastructure. As the world's leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.