Special Events

Best of TISE Awards

Best of TISE 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 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.

Canada Night

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, Custom Building Products & Tarkett

Design Hot Seat Show at The International Surface Event

Design Hot Seat Show with Celebrity Designer Jennifer Farrell

View Jennifer launch her show, Design Hot Seat, LIVE this past January in The DISH at #TISE2019.

Join Design Hot Seat with Jennifer Farrell weekly exclusively on Design Talk LIVE. Each week, celebrity designer Jennifer Farrell explores the hottest design trends on the market and interviews a design expert who is setting the trend. Then she brings two companies together to show viewers how to achieve the same look at two price points, where no question is limited when guests are in the Design Hot Seat. Jennifer is an internationally recognized interior designer and television personality and is the go-to expert for celebrity clients, home makeover shows, and high-profile design projects. Leveraging her design experience and intimate product knowledge, she is able to bring forth top design and architectural trends. She’ll ask the manufacturers the hot-seat questions that matter when trying to get that same hot design style.

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour at The International Surface Event

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour, sponsored by Foor Focus/FloorDaily.net

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.

Sponsored by: Floor Focus & FloorDaily.net

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

Houzz 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Report

This past January, Houzz's Liza Hausman released their 2019 Kitchen and Bath Consumer Trends report. Take a look at what trends will be prevalent this 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. During the 1-hour seminar "Stone, Water, Light: Designing with Natural Elements", Marmomac presented the basic design elements of Natural Stone providing further insight for importers, distributors, and designers when considering incorporating Natural Stone into their projects. Marmomac discussed what makes natural stone unique from other building materials and how it is possible to combine elements of water and light very successfully to enhance natural stone designs. The first half of this seminar covered some of the basics from selecting and sourcing natural stone to identifying important design criteria when utilizing stone.  The second half of the seminar presented inspirational projects that incorporate natural stone into the design from concept to realization. Anyone involved in the stone industry must have this basic knowledge to educate, discuss and become a complete stakeholder in the full design process.

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

 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, Tramex & TEC®

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)

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)

Women in Stone: The Power of Communication Workshop

Women in Stone: The Power of Communication Workshop

This past year,  the Women in Stone gathered together for a half-day educational workshop featuring speaker David Mitchell.  This session included a combination of engaging learning activities focused on unique communication styles. David explained the power of understanding both your own style and the styles of the people you interact with every day. The session ended with a 2-hour networking reception at Border Grill. 

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.

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. 

Show Features

2019 Trends Audio Tour

Trends Audio Tour

Guide yourself across the show floor to the trendiest products of 2019, hand-selected by the world-renowned forecasting and design firm, Scarlet Opus using the 2019 Trends Audio Tour available exclusively in the TISE mobile app!  This is a self-guided tour.

Requirements: web-enabled mobile device and download of TISE 2019 mobile app.

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. 

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 ARDEX Americas, DriTac Flooring Products, Johns Manville, Parex USA, Inc., and more! 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 on the Design Stage, sponsored by Floor Focus/FloorDaily.net What's on the horizon for design in the industry? What products can you locate on the show floor to fill that need? Find the answers to this and so much more on the design stage at The DISH. Plus, step into a virtual world of design through the amazing technology presented by House Tipster.

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.