Awards & Competitions

Best of TISE Awards

Best of TISE Event and Product Awards

TISE is proud of the exhibiting companies, their booth spaces, and their dedication to creating the finest products for the industry. To honor them, TISE hosts the "Best of TISE" event awards program highlighting those companies whose product, program, service, business practice and/or booth design are considered to be "best" in their class. The "Best of TISE" event awards for each show (SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo) are determined by a panel of judges chosen by the official publication sponsors. 

Sponsored by: StoneWorld, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, Floor Covering News & Tile Magazine. Winners are announced on-site in Las Vegas.

The Best of TISE Product Awards provides attendees the opportunity to browse the newest and most innovative products before the event and gain additional information from the manufacturers while at the event.

Sponsored by: StoneWorld, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, Floor Trends, Tile Magazine, and Floor Covering Installer. Winners are announced on-site in Las Vegas.

 National Installer of the Year Competition at The International Surface Event

National Installer of the Year Competition

The industry has asked and The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo has answered, as The National Installer of the Year Installation Competition (The Nationals) makes its return LIVE on the floor at TISE 2020.

A panel of judges will review project submissions from around the country and selecting the top 3 finalists in each category (wood, tile/stone & carpet) to compete LIVE in an installation competition at TISE 2020. 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.

Sponsored by: International Certified Flooring Installers (CFI), ProInstaller Magazine

Happy Hours

Canada Night Happy Hour at TISE

Canada Night, sponsored by Coverings Canada Magazine

Prepare to join your fellow Canadian attendees for a time of networking while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and drinks at TISE 2020.  

Sponsored by: Coverings Canada Magazine



Network and discuss your takeaways from the first day of CONVERGE at this exclusive happy hour.

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour at The International Surface Event

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour

The Emerging Professionals Happy Hour is a perfect opportunity to join fellow Emerging Professionals, ages 40 and under, to network, make connections and build relationships. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.


Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) Appreciation Happy Hour

Stone Fabricators Alliance Sponsor Appreciation Happy Hour

The Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) provided a 4-hour workshop featuring: Built to Sell, The M.A.P. to Full Potential and the Fabricator Roundtable. The annual Sponsor Appreciation Party immediately followed the SFA Mega Workshop.

Presented by: Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA)

Show Floor Features

International Pavilion at The International Surface Event

Marmomac International Pavilion

The Marmomac International Pavilion includes exhibitors from India, Italy, Portugal, San Marino, and Turkey, showcasing a large selection of stone materials - including marble, granite, quartzite, onyx, travertine, and porphyry - engineered stone, ceramic stone - and engineered stone-processing machinery, systems for wastewater purification and filtration, software, products for the polishing and care of stone surfaces, diamond tools for cutting and processing marble, storage systems for slabs, floor grinding products and tools. Expand your horizons by exploring the global products and services featured in the Marmomac International Pavilion grouped on the show floor. 

Natural Stone Institute Member Area

Natural Stone Institute (NSI) Member Pavilion

The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) serves the global natural stone industry offering a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, and events. Members and non-members are welcome to visit the Natural Stone Institute Member Area on the show floor. 

WFCA Member Pavilion at The International Surface Event

Natural Stone Pavilion Debut

New to the TISE show floor is a pavilion dedicated to displaying, supporting, and promoting the use of natural stone.

NWFA Hardwood Flooring Pavilion at The International Surface Event

Natural Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Pavilion

Network and browse innovative hardwood products in the NWFA Hardwood Flooring Pavilion and preview new and leading manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to hardwood flooring products.

Official Publication: Hardwood Floors

The Cage at The International Surface Event

Stone Fabricators Alliance Guardian Pavilion (The CAGE)

Experience live action demos first-hand to see how the latest tools seam-set, texture, and polish natural stone products. The CAGE is brought to you by the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) in association with the SFA Guardian Pavilion.  All demonstrations are free and open to all TISE attendees. Grab a drink and catch everything that's going on in The Cage. 

The DISH at The International Surface Event

The DISH: Design & Installation Showcase Hub

Find what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s on-trend in design, installation, and products at the new three-stage show feature, The DISH.

Stage 1 | Exhibitor Product Demonstrations on the Demo Stage, presented by 2020 exhibitors! Experts on their products, exhibitors take to the demonstration stage at The DISH to present the newest product launches, and best techniques to engage with the industry through questions and answers.

Stage 2 | Installation Demonstrations on the Installation Stage, sponsored by Floor Covering Installer Industry associations are THE most dialed-in group of experts focused on the perfect solutions to the newest techniques for installations. Watch and engage with them as they cover the hot topics on the installation state at The DISH.

Stage 3: Design + Trends in The Style Hub, sponsored by Anderson Tuftex  Step into the visions of celebrity designer, Jennifer Farrell, as she produces visual worlds of design at The Style Hub. Each Style Pod will focus on her unique perspectives on trends and styles forecasted for the upcoming year and beyond. The pods will be artfully crafted infusing surface materials by Anderson Tuftex, furniture from Las Vegas Market, and lighting from Lamps Plus. this is a must-see stop on the show floor for 2020.

Media Village | The International Surface Event

The Media Village

The Media Village is home to resources such as magazines, industry partners and events, and associations who have a wealth of connections and information for you. Cruise the village to meet the founders, movers-and-shakers, and guiding forces of the industry, pick up a complimentary magazine and gain valuable knowledge. 

Tech Hub at The International Surface Event

Tech Hub

TISE has developed a specialty area right on the show floor for companies to feature their technology. Explore the latest technological innovations and trends the flooring industry has to offer.

Tool Alley at The International Surface Event

Tool Alley

The right tools increase productivity, efficiency and create a more polished finished product. Find all the latest and greatest tools in one convenient location. Tool Alley features on-floor demonstrations and an impressive collection from the top tool suppliers in the industry.

Publication Sponsor: Floor Covering Installer

WFCA Member Pavilion at The International Surface Event

World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) Member Pavilion

Members and non-members are welcome to visit the WFCA area to enjoy social events, learn new technology, and more.

Special Events

Design Bites Luncheon at The International Surface Event

Design Bites Luncheon | A Taste of Style & Trends for 2020

Wet your appetite for design and style trends in this accredited design luncheon hosted by Floor Covering Weekly Magazine, presenting flooring, stone, and tile brands at TISE 2020. You'll hear directly from the manufacturers on products, product development visions, and how they fit the style/trends of the future.

Houzz 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Report at The International Surface Event

Houzz 2020 Consumer Trends Report

This coming January, Houzz's Liza Hausman will release their 2020 Consumer Trends report. Take a look at what trends will be prevalent next year.

Marmomac Program - Stone, Water Light

MARMOMAC ACADEMY PROGRAM: Designing with Natural Stone

The Marmomac Academy Program gives architects and designers the chance to earn continuing education credits through a program conceived to educated participants about stone design. The program includes a one-hour session, walking show floor tour, and a reception at the conclusion. This program is specially designed for Architects and Designers. 

Presented by: Marmomac

Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony at The International Surface Event

Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony

This past January, the Natural Stone Institute held their annual Awards Ceremony celebrating to recognize winners of the Pinnacle and Grande Pinnacle Award, Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement, Women in Stone Pioneer Award and Craftsman of the Year Award.

Two scholarships are also granted to - Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship and the Natural Stone Scholarship

Presented by: Natural Stone Institute (NSI)

Natural Stone Institute Member After Party at The International Surface Event

Natural Stone Institute Member After Party

This past year, the Natural Stone Institute Members gathered for their annual Members-Only After Party immediately following the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony.

Presented by: Natural Stone Institute (NSI)

Women in Stone: The Power of Communication Workshop

Women in Stone Program

Calling all stone geeks, designers, and architects:

Women in Stone invite TISE attendees to join the first annual StonExpo Amazing Race 2020!  A new style of education and networking, this fast paced and exciting event is sure to build your natural stone catalogue. We guarantee some serious fun along the way as participants will group into teams and navigate the new StonExpo Natural Stone Pavilion via the “course.”  Participants will love learning via a “race” full of challenges, natural stone trivia, and professional networking at its finest. Vendors and exhibitors will be ready and waiting with clues about resources, new products, and what makes them special in this evolving industry.  Expect a few “roadblocks” along the way. Finally, we will join the Natural Stone Council’s annual Block Party (optional) to close out the evening.  Get signed up today. We’ll see you there!

Presented by: Natural Stone Institute (NSI)

Women in Stone: The Power of Communication Workshop


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.