See what you'll find at #TISE2019 for Technical Professionals...

By registering as a contractor, home builder, installer, remodeler or fabricator you will have the advantage of exploring a multitude of top-notch events, features, education, and training at THE floor covering event of the year.

Every year, technical professionals come from all over the world to source products for their building project, to make relationships with industry professionals and manufacturers, to gain knowledge in classroom and hands-on learning opportunities, to purchase products - all to expand their current horizon of building understanding and resources for all aspects of floor covering and surface materials.

Some of the opportunities at include:

  • Cutting-edge sessions that offer education credits
  • Participation in installation competitions and receive recognition for your innovation and work
  • See, touch, and feel high-end flooring and installation in person through on-floor demonstrations and product displays
  • Hear directly from the industry leaders on their thoughts and vision behind the innovative spaces they've created
  • Watch presenters and panelists live on stage covering the most talked about topics to-date by some of the most acclaimed floor covering leaders 
  • Network with industry associations by meeting with them one-on-one at the show
  • Get a first look at the newest products and services for 2019
  • Discover new technology, tools, resources and more!
  • Shop on the event floor and take your very own treasures home with you

As a technical professional, we realize you have many goals in mind when attending The International Surface Event. To make your search easier, the TISE team picked the top 5 exhibitors that service professionals just like you. Want to see more exhibitors? View the full exhibitor list here.

Highlighted Programs for Technical Professionals

The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is a not-for-profit trade association that represents the laminate flooring industry. The NALFA developed its certification programs as a way for floor covering professionals to enhance their careers and market themselves as experts. Plan to take NALFA sessions at TISE.

The Natural Fiber Industry's (NFIC) mission is to fill the need of the Natural Fiber Industry, to further much needed education for installers, sales people and reps.  NFIC offeres a comprehensive training in the area of Woven and Tufted wools. Plan to take the NFIC Certification at TISE.

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) is the only association in the concrete industry devoted solely to repair and restoration. ICRI's mission is to be the leading resource for education and information to improve the quality of repair, restoration, and protection of concrete and other structures in accordance with consensus criteria. Plan to take the ICRI sessions at TISE.

Take advantage of additional special events and event experiences at this year's show. The International Surface Event is offering a NEW audio tour this year to inform and guide attendees through the show floor. Other initiatives include the resource guise, happy hours and industry donations. 

CONVERGE: The perfect education for you...

Out with the old and in with the new! This year, we welcome a new education program at The International Surface Event. The CONVERGE education program will not only offer the industry a new way to gain knowledge and training but will also maximize each attendee's experience during the four-day event. In order to provide attendees with the best experience, we have developed specific show tracks based on business initiatives. These "personas" have been broken down into three primary categories: Creatives, Suits and Hammer + Nails.

The Hammer + Nails track is packed with industry-leading speakers and training that highlight relevant and cutting-edge technical related topics. This program track is geared towards contractors, home builders, installers, remodelers, and fabricators. However, this program is open to anyone who wants to learn more about industry forecasting, show room strategy, or other pertinent industry-related, business management success tools.

Explore the other CONVERGE interest group programs at this year's show...