April 24, 2014


(Las Vegas, NV – April 2014) In celebration of its Silver Anniversary, Coverings—the tile and stone industry’s largest international exposition in North America—is headed to the entertainment capital of the world for four days of tile, stone, and glittering lights. From April 29 – May 2, 2014, the Las Vegas Convention Center will be the ultimate meeting ground for industry experts, architects and designers, and Ceramics of Italy is pleased to once again be the go-to source for design inspiration and hospitality on the trade show floor. Located in the heart of the Italian
Pavilion, Ceramics of Italy’s Piazza Ceramica (Ground Level, Booth L9057)—designed by e+i studio and organized by Confindustria Ceramica, the Italian Association of Ceramics, with support from the Italian Trade Promotion Agency—will feature a large open gathering space, piazza-like steps, and a dedicated Italian culinary team in the popular café and coffee bar. It will also include an information booth where representatives from the Italian tile industry will distribute the latest promotional materials and information on over 60 Italian exhibitors in attendance.

Piazza Ceramica and the Italian Pavilion
Designed by e+i studio, an innovative architecture and design firm based in New York, the award-winning Piazza Ceramica will return to Coverings as an exemplar of contemporary Italian design with a touch of Sin City flair. Transforming 3,000 square feet of space into a colorful, inviting and dynamic piazza, the exhibit will showcase a range of products from leading Italian manufacturers including: Atlas Concorde,
Ceramiche Caesar, Emilceramica, Fioranese, Floor Gres, Lea Ceramiche and Marazzi. The floor tiles, set on a raised flooring system, are water jet-cut by Stratos to create a curvy, topographic contour design. And of course, the installation and maintenance of the space is made possible with grout, nosing and cleaning products donated by Mapei, Profilpas, and Fila Chemicals.
The piazza is a perfect spot to take a break from the bustling trade show corridors. Two edges of the exhibit essentially lift at the corners to create cantilevered, tile-clad banks that reveal the ever-popular café, coffee bar and information booth; tiered seating above offers a place to enjoy coffee and pastries in the morning, authentic Italian cuisine for lunch, and an open aperitivo in the afternoon, all prepared by the
pavilion’s long-running Italian culinary team: Carlo Donadoni and Graziano Sbroggio of Spuntino Catering from Miami. Additionally, two columns flanking the piazza will feature beautiful photography of the winning projects of the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition in the commercial/hospitality, institutional, and residential categories—a dose of design inspiration available any time of the day!
For those in search of innovative, eco-conscious and design-forward building materials, over 60 exhibits of Ceramics of Italy member manufacturers will showcase the latest design concepts and technical innovations in tile and adhesives in the Italian Pavilion. In terms of decorative trends, bold graphics, patchwork patterns, three-dimensional surfaces and tiles inspired by ancient stones, rustic wood and
industrial materials will be prevalent throughout the pavilion. Moving beyond interior ceramic surfacing, tiles designed for exterior cladding and easy laying systems for renovations and landscape architecture will also make a big impression. Location and contact information about all of the exhibitors can easily be found using the new Ceramics of Italy App, available for download in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores for mobile devices and tablets.
Show attendees exploring the hallways of the Italian Pavilion will also come across the first manifestation of Ceramics of Italy’s new “We Care” initiative, which begins with an avant-garde, geometric wall presenting the Italian tile industry’s declaration of purpose. The interactive manifesto wall will feature a beautiful, typographic arrangement of the Ceramics of Italy mission statement, designed by Brooklyn-based graphic design firm, Maiarelli Studio—a great spot for a photo-op!

Announcements and Awards
The annual Ceramics of Italy Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 30 at 4:00PM in Room S219 where representatives from the association will discuss the state of the industry and cover the latest ceramic tile trends in the North American market. They will also announce the winners of the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, where winning architects and designers in each category will present their projects, and the lead tile contractors and distributors will also be recognized. Afterwards, Ceramics of Italy will host its annual Aperitivo Italiano and
reveal the recipient of the coveted 2014 Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award, celebrating the close connection between Italian tile manufacturers and their valued North American partners.

Installation Design Showcase

Demonstrating the symbiotic relationship between beautiful products, imaginative design and expert installation, Ceramics of Italy will participate in the show’s annual live attraction: the Installation Design Showcase. Over the course of four days, a team of Five Star Contractors from Artcraft Granite, Marble, and Tile will build a sustainable, accessible bath from the ground up in Booth 16097B. Designed by
Daniel Huard of the US Green Building Council Nevada Chapter, the vignette will showcase a number of Italian tiles from companies like Ceramiche Caesar, Fioranese, Imola Ceramica, Lea Ceramiche and SICIS that are not only sustainable but also suitable for a universally designed space that is ADA-compliant.
Some of the innovations visitors can expect to see include: installing large (3m x 1m) and slim (3.5mm) format porcelain tiles, which will also be cut to clad a custom-fabricated wash basin; cutting tiles to create a series of “waves” in a gradient pattern on the floor; and installing mosaics on a curved surface.

A&D VIP Tour
Building on a successful initiative that launched last year, Ceramics of Italy is hosting a special A&D VIP Tour during Coverings where architects and designers will be treated to an authentic Italian lunch, an A&D Goodie Bag, and a guided tour of the Italian Pavilion. Interested individuals can register at bit.ly/coveringsvip.
Follow the distinguishable “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products of superior quality, durability and environmental responsibility. For live updates, follow Ceramics of Italy on Twitter and Instagram (@CeramicsOfItaly).
For more information about the Italian tile industry or to find a local distributor, visit

Del Conca USA inaugurates new factory in Loudon, Tenn.

Del Conca USA, the North American subsidiary of Del Conca, one of the main Italian groups in the ceramic tile manufacturing industry, officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 26th, hosting the firm’s “Inaugural Celebration.” Three hundred guests from across the country, including customers, consultants, vendors, members of the media and both state and local government officials were there to share in this joyous occasion.

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The event was highlighted by a heartfelt speech delivered by Del Conca Group CEO Enzo Mularoni, thanking all those who made his firm’s “American Dream” become a reality. “Construction of the buildings, and the installation of all production machinery were completed just 10 months after the start!” he exclaimed.

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Additionally, small groups of guests were squired by company officials through the newest state-of-the-art tile production facility in this country. The new Del Conca USA (DCUSA) complex is located just south of Knoxville, and includes a 323,000 sq. ft. complex with production facilities, research labs, showrooms and administrative offices.

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After an initial investment of more than $50 million US dollars (Of which $30 million has been invested in world-class Italian tile production technology) DCUSA porcelain tile production has begun, actually ahead of schedule. 100 workers from the region have already been employed, many of whom traveled to Italy for highly professional, hands-on training. Loudon City Mayor Judy McGill-Keller stated, “We are delighted to have such a professional and progressive company here in Loudon. Since day one, everybody has been excited about Del Conca USA, and it’s almost unbelievable that a facility this big, this advanced… and, this beautiful could be built in under one year!”

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Allen Borden, assistant commissioner of business development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development — speaking on behalf of both his department and Governor Bill Haslam — added, “Del Conca USA is bringing great working opportunities to the great state of Tennessee.  And Del Conca USA will find out very quickly that the Tennessean work ethic is as strong as you’ll find in any state in our nation. That’s why so many fine companies have decided to locate their manufacturing facilities here. We are extremely thankful that the Mularoni family decided upon Tennessee.”

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Mularoni and his son, Paolo, president of DCUSA, both emphasized the importance that their “Made in USA” tile production will continue with the very same high levels of quality and style as offered in their “Made in Italy” products over the past three decades.”

Industry Experts to Judge the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, Presented by the ASID Foundation

DALLAS (March 31, 2014) – Daltile and the ASID Foundation today announced the panel of judges for the third Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation. From interior designers to industry experts, this year’s judges will determine some of the best and brightest young professionals that the future of interior design has to offer.

This year’s scholarship competition, titled Operation Renovation, challenges students to find a residential or commercial space in need of renovation and then create a redesign to meet the needs of its users. Once students select a space, they must identify the current issues in the space and explore changes needed to make the space both beautiful and high functioning. Now through April 9, students are required to promote themselves and rally votes for their design. The general public is also invited to visit the scholarship website and vote for their favorite entry. The best designs with the most votes will move on to final judging.

Entries will be judged on the space’s functional design, aesthetic design and creative use of Daltile’s newest product offerings by the following panel of industry experts:

Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. AIA

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Columbia Business School, with a BA in Behavioral Sciences and an MBA in Management and Marketing, Charrisse was a Wall Street strategic planning executive before turning to interior design.  An Associate at Gensler’s LA office, Charrisse is a workplace and educational designer and project manager, and she leads the office’s community service/pro bono design efforts.  Outside of Gensler, Charrisse has been a member of ASID’s National Board of Directors, Emerging Professionals Advisory Council, and Student Advisory Council.  She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at UCLA Extension and the Cal Poly Pomona-UCLA Extension Master of Interior Architecture Program Guidance Committee.  She has spoken at many national design conferences and was selected by the Design Futures Council as one of six Emerging Leaders of 2010.

Lori Kirk-Rolley, Vice President, Brand Marketing, Dal-Tile

With more than 15 years of expertise in the building products industry, Lori Kirk-Rolley always has her finger on the pulse of the latest tile, color and design trends. A strategic marketer, Kirk-Rolley oversees the development and execution of marketing programs for the Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno brands, and leads annual Voice of the Customer research programs that provide insights into design trends, consumer needs and specifier interests and behaviors. With this knowledge, she frequently serves as a thought leader for industry and consumer publications, broadcast programs and trade organizations.

Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC

Barbara Marini is a consultant to architectural firms, developers, and clients on issues that influence interior space. She is principal of Marini Interiors Inc., a commercial design firm and been the recipient of awards in both academics and design. Barbara currently serves as Immediate Past President of ASID, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Art Institute of Michigan, and Boston Architectural College. She has been actively engaged in interior design education and leadership, including her role as program chair at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Troy, MI and College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Barbara is a frequent speaker on design related issues and is currently a doctoral candidate at EMU in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling.

Erika Templeton, Editorial Director, Interiors & Sources

After spending 5 years on the marketing and communications side of the A&D industry, Erika Templeton jumped the fence and joined Interiors & Sources magazine as Editorial Director in June 2013. In this newly-created post, Erika manages the direction and strategic development of the ever-expanding I&S universe, including print and digital content, live events, education and research deliverables, and industry partnerships. Recently, she has been a speaker at the Wallcoverings Association Annual Meeting, and has served on the Program Advisory Committee for NeoCon®. She is also an occasional guest lecturer at Boston University’s College of Communication, where she earned a bachelor’s in journalism in 2009.

Kia Weatherspoon, Allied ASID, Determined by Design

The dancer turned soldier who fell in love with Interior Design. Kia Weatherspoon, President of Determined by Design, a Washington, D.C. based firm specializing in multi-family and hospitality design. She’s a social media maven expanding her design network, and more importantly, connecting with creative minds across the globe. Kia has sustained her creative goals by being actively involved in ASID on the chapter and national level  by serving on the Emerging Professional Advisory Council and the ASID National Board of Directors. Follow her design adventures @DetrminedDesign

The grand-prize winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and will be announced at NeoCon 2014. Winners of the first, second and third prizes each will receive a $2,500 scholarship, and 10 Merit Winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.


About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, manufactured stone and natural stone tile products. Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers. Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit www.daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


About the ASID Foundation

As the leading interior design organization, the American Society of Interior Designers is dedicated to advancing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships and education. ASID Foundation initiatives include Transform, an applied research grant program; a partnership with The 1% program and National Building Museum; REGREEN, a collaborative project with the U.S. Green Building Council; and Rebuilding Together and their Veteran’s Housing Initiative. Learn more at www.asidfoundation.org


Ceramica d’Imola North America Announces New Indianapolis Distribution Center

Miami, Florida [March 18, 2014] Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola (Ceramica d’Imola) North America, a leading Italian manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tile products, announced this week that it will open a new distribution facility in the Indianapolis area expanding the company’s presence throughout North America. The expansion demonstrates Ceramica d’Imola’s commitment to customer service with a focus on just-in-time porcelain tile inventory. The distribution facility will include inventory for all three of the company’s brands – Imola Ceramica, LaFaenza Ceramica and Leonardo Ceramica.

“Our dedication to serving the North American region has been a strong focus for our entire team,” said Thomas D. Smith, president of Ceramica d’Imola North America. “Now, with a centralized distribution facility, we can bridge the gap between Italian design and just-in-time inventory, making porcelain tile that is high-performing with cutting edge design even more accessible to our customers.”

With Indianapolis as the crossroads to America, Ceramica d’Imola brands will reach customers up to an 800-mile radius in approximately two trucking days, which includes a large percentage of the company’s customer population. Steady growth in market segments such as retail, corporate and hospitality result in increased demand of fast installation requirements. With the addition of a centralized distribution center, Ceramica d’Imola is poised to meet those demands providing fast rollouts and quick turn around times. The Ceramica d’Imola brands have strong partnerships throughout the entire North American market, which will continue to inform the company with product demand information as it pertains to style, colors and product collections. Ceramica d’Imola’s emphasis on efficient distribution and market-specific inventory is a big step in connecting Italian design and just-in-time inventory.


About Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola North America

Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola North America is a subsidiary of Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola, the oldest artisan cooperative in Italy. As a globally recognized manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tile products, Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola offers a wide range of products including large and small formats in multiple finishes for the contract, hospitality, retail, education, healthcare and residential markets.  The company is based in Imola, Italy, and product collections are manufactured at five production facilities throughout the country. More than 50 products across all three brands are Green Squared certified, third-party verified by SCS Global Services. With a dedicated North American team and corporate headquarters located in Miami, Florida, Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola North America is committed to serving its customers’ needs. For more information about Cooperativa Ceramica d’Imola and its brands – Imola Ceramica, LaFaenza Ceramica, Leonardo Ceramica and ClipTile – visit ccimola.net


HMR Portrait 97March 18, 2014 (BETHANY, CT) – LATICRETE Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Henry M. Rothberg passed away on March 17, 2014. His long, full and remarkable life ended quietly at his home with family at his side.  He was 91 years old.

Dr. Rothberg started LATICRETE International Inc. in 1956 with his wife Lillian, who worked as bookkeeper for the fledgling organization. He successfully ran the organization until 2001 when he became Chairman Emeritus, ceding leadership to his sons Henry and David.

“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our father and founder,” said David Rothberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LATICRETE. “He was not only our wonderful dad, but also a trailblazing innovator for our industry and an inspiring leader for the employees and associates of LATICRETE worldwide.”

While working as a young man in his family’s South Carolina floor covering installation business, Dr. Rothberg realized that there must be a better way to install ceramic tile.  With a background in science and a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Rothberg began investigating how synthetic latex technologies could be applied to the concrete industry.

After much effort and time – LATICRETE® 4237 Latex Thin-Set Additive was developed and taken to market. For the first time a strong, weather and shock-resistant “thin-bed” mortar could be mixed on-site using equal parts of sand and cement – replacing thick, heavy and labor-intensive mortar bed installations, which had been traditional since ancient times. The new material created by Dr. Rothberg was brought to the market as “LATICRETE,” and as awareness and acceptance of this problem-solving technology increased ceramic tile and stone became much more common choices for flooring and facade installations.

Many other innovations in products, services and marketing followed, and LATICRETE became a global company with a sterling reputation for quality and service. “His innovations and impact on the tile, stone and concrete industries are still felt today,” said Henry Rothberg, Senior Vice President Training. “His developments have left us an incredible legacy and have changed the course of an entire industry by revolutionizing tile and stone installation techniques”.

Among the many honorary awards presented to Dr. Rothberg are the Carl V. Cesery Award (Tile Contractors Association of America), the Joe A. Tarver Award for Lifetime Service to the Tile Industry (National Tile Contractors Association) and induction to the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) Hall of Fame.

“For the many long-time employees of LATICRETE, Dr. Rothberg personified the principles that continue to guide our family-owned business to this day” said Ed Metcalf, President North America Division. “Dr. Rothberg always stressed doing the right thing, keeping in mind the long–term value of every relationship, whether with a distributor, contracting firm, employee or vendor. Dr. Rothberg was a generous mentor and true role model, and he will be greatly missed”.

Dr. Rothberg is survived by his wife Lillian and their children, Irene, Henry B., Deborah, Celia, Jonathan, Michael and David, as well as his nineteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday March 19, 2014 in New Haven, CT.

An online memorial in remembrance of Dr. Rothberg has been established at http://www.laticrete.com/in_memoriam.aspx should you like to leave your condolences.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The University of South Carolina Department of Chemical Engineering, 301 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208 or The American Technion Society (ATS), 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022.

LATICRETE is a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry. LATICRETE offers a broad range of products and systems covering substrate preparation, tile and stone installation, concrete construction chemicals, and decorative flooring. For nearly 60 years, LATICRETE has been committed to research and development of innovative installation products, building a reputation for superior quality, performance and customer service. LATICRETE methods, materials and technology have been field and laboratory proven by Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Owners. Offering an array of low VOC and sustainable products, LATICRETE products contribute to LEED certification, exceed commercial/residential VOC building requirements, and are backed by the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SPECTRALOCK®, HYDRO BAN®, PERMACOLOR®, and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc.


(ALEXANDRIA, VA—MARCH 12, 2014) In today’s ever-changing marketplace, maintaining best business practices and successful tactics requires continued education from industry leaders. Coverings 2014, the largest international tile + stone exposition and conference in North America, provides this competitive edge with a robust platform of respected experts speaking on a range of topics—all free of charge. With more than 80 sessions, the tile + stone super show returns to Las Vegas for its 25th Anniversary, April 29–May 2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with the education program beginning on April 28.

Seminars are organized into customized tracks for each segment of attendees—distributors, retailers, architects, designers, fabricators, contractors, builders and professionals seeking green education—yet remain open to all attendees, based on their individual areas of interest. The Coverings conference component is consistently ranked as one of the show’s most valuable features, and has been a critical element since its inception in 1990. The experience yields unparalleled education and, in most cases, the benefit of highly valuable CEU credits.

Keynote Sessions

Among the impressive lineup are four keynote speakers – Eric Astrachan, Robert Bacon, Lauren Rottet and Sheldon Yellen – a selection of top innovators and influencers across their respective categories. Examining diverse aspects of the versatile tile + stone industry, these sessions promise to enrich and empower this year’s show attendees.

Eric Astrachan will discuss “Hot Issues in Tile Standards and Design” on Tuesday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. Always a favorite, Mr. Astrachan will examine standards-based issues, trends and potential liabilities in an entertaining and compelling fast-paced visual presentation. Attendees will be advised on emerging concerns and legal liabilities with a sneak peek into the 2015 TCNA Handbook discussion on mortars, uncoupling, labor and tiles. Mr. Astrachan also will discuss what is and isn’t working for thin tiles along with design trends ranging from ventilated facades to high-definition digital printing in this “can’t miss” program for all tile industry professionals. At the end of his session, Eric will be joined by Luciano Galassini, Deputy Director General, of Ceramics of Italy, for additional information on thin tiles from an Italian perspective.

Additionally, Robert Bacon will explore “Natural Stone & Green Design” on Tuesday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The session will share how the stone industry continues to reduce environmental impacts through technology advancements and responsible manufacturing and shipping processes. Historical uses of natural stone that have stood the test of time will be discussed, and attendees will learn how key characteristics of stone, such as its life cycle and carbon footprint, satisfy elements of green building standards.

One of the most celebrated interior architects today, Lauren Rottet, will present some of the nation’s most highly awarded hotels and offices on Wednesday, April 30 at 12 p.m. The projects designed by Rottet Studio showcase creative use of materials including, of course, tile + stone. The seminar is titled “Rottet Style with Stone and Tile,” and is sponsored by Contract magazine. Featured projects of Rottet include the James Royal Palm in Miami, named Best of Year by Interior Design magazine, recipient of the Gold Key Award for best room, and recipient of four international awards for Best Hotel and Best Renovation; St. Regis Aspen, awarded a Conde Nast “Number One Best Ski Hotel” in 2013; Beverly Hills Bungalows; and The Surrey in New York City.

Rounding out the keynote sessions is Sheldon Yellen, who will present “Breaking Through Barriers by Putting People First” on Tuesday, April 29 at 9 a.m. The business guru, who was featured on Undercover Boss, will discuss how he took a $5 million company to a $1.5 billion global leader by putting people first. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how his employees have built a culture of loyalty and compassion and explore how taking the long view, by focusing on the welfare of families of workers and of customers, can reap word-of-mouth business opportunities that no amount of marketing dollars can buy. This insightful and touching leadership speech is not one to be missed.

Featured Sessions

What’s more, Coverings offers seven Featured Sessions that provide additional vantage points from the tile and stone industry:

  •  “Stone Trends” – Vincent Marazita of Marazita & Associates advises that especially in these lean construction years, it is crucial to understand the direction of the market for dimensional stone. The presentation will provide an overall view of the market and its trends in this sixteenth annual “State of the Stone Industry” presentation. Tuesday, April 29, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
  • “A Leading Question: ‘Why Can’t I Generate Leads From the Internet?’” – Successful marketer Marty Gould of Focalize Consulting notes that getting qualified leads is a core objective for nearly every home improvement business, and that the Internet has redefined everything about generating leads. Gould’s session will provide information that will affect how your online messages can make a big improvement in your results. Wednesday, April 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
  • “State of the Design Industry” – Randy Fiser, executive vice president and chief executive officer of ASID, will examine where the design industry stands today, as well as where it is headed. The session promises to be a “must attend” for those in the interior design profession. Wednesday, April 30, 4–5 p.m.
  • “New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Color/Design Trends” – Celebrated color guru Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute advises that for most consumers and clients today, color and style coordination in interiors is a consistent goal, but the old rigid color rules have been replaced by more creative guidelines and options. Eiseman will present an engaging, highly visual program that demonstrates the strongest trends in color and styling families. Thursday, May 1, 9:15–10:15 a.m.
  • “Maximizing Your Retail Space For Stronger Sales and Customer Engagement” – RetailMinded’s Nicole Reyhle will observe how consumers navigate through retail and studio spaces, providing a realistic understanding of how consumers engage in stores, with store associates, products and more. Attendees can expect to stand in the shoes of their customers as they learn best practices in store layouts, displays and customer engagements, as well as how they collectively work together. Thursday, May 1, 2:45–3:45 p.m.
  • “Prospering in Turbulent Times: Strategies for Success” – Knowing consumers have more choices than ever before in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender of Kizer & Bender Speaking! share what it takes to be successful with ideas to make your store different, special, and memorable to boost your bottom line. Friday, May 2, 9–10:30 a.m.
  • “Designing for the Post-Carbon Economy: It’s Zero or Nothing” – Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT, will advise a better way to sell your clients on greening their buildings by examining the emotional, psychological and financial reasons why we design the way we do. The presentation will uncover specific, bold ideas for how to retrofit new and existing buildings. Friday, May 2,10:15–11:15 a.m.

Learn more about the Keynote Sessions, Featured Sessions and all of the conference programming by clicking here. Register to attend this year’s show for free at coverings.com.

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About Coverings

In 2014, Coverings celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 80 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge.

Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2014 will be held April 29—May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-683-8500.



Crossville Welcomes Sam Dryden as Vice President of Manufacturing

CROSSVILLE, Tenn.  – Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the addition of Sam Dryden as Vice President of Manufacturing.

Sam Dryden, Crossville VP of Manufacturing

Sam Dryden, Crossville VP of Manufacturing

Dryden comes to Crossville from Mannington Wood & Laminate Floors division, where he worked since 1998 and most recently served as Director of Manufacturing. Prior to and in tandem with his career in manufacturing management, Dryden served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the military in 2011 as a U.S. Navy Commander – Naval Flight Officer after 20 years of service. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of North Georgia and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

In memory: Michael Reis, Stone World associate publisher

Michael ReisOn Friday, February 7, 2014, long-time editor, colleague and friend, Michael Reis, 43, of Ringwood, N.J.,  passed away suddenly while vacationing with close friends in Jamaica.

Raised in Little Ferry, NJ, Michael graduated from the journalism school at Rutgers University in 1992. He started with Stone World in March of 1993. He immediately dug in, learned the industry and soon began to cover it in his unique style that has come to shape the publication throughout the last two decades. When Stone World began to shift its focus to the fabrication segment of the industry, and the fabricators themselves, Michael immediately set out to meet with fabricators from around the world, visiting their shops, and attending workshops and seminars. He became the industry expert we all came to know and rely upon for the latest news from our industry.

Named editor in  1995 , Michael became a fixture at trade shows around the world; Verona, Carrara, Nuremberg, Orlando, Vegas, Brazil, Atlanta and just about anywhere else there was a stone industry event to cover. It was Michael’s initial idea to start the Stone World Fabrication Workshops and his knowledge and leadership that kept them going.

In 1997, Michael was named associate publisher, to reflect the evolution of his role which extended beyond the editor function.  He was Stone World’s spokesman, but he was also the industry’s fiercest advocate, most vocal supporter and in many ways, a leader of this entire industry.

Michael has moderated countless fabricator forums at trade shows over the years, and he has been flown in to speak at events all over the globe. He was incredibly proud to receive The Stone Master (Mastro della Pietra)  award in 2005 at a ceremony in Verona, Italy, one of his favorite destinations in the world. Michael was also especially proud of an award he received in 2001, in Macael, Spain: the Premios Comarca del Marmol, XVII Edicion.

He launched several important products for Stone World, including the magazine’s eNewsletter, which is now bi-weekly, and he managed several  custom publications, including his favorite project, the Building Stone Magazine, published with the Building Stone Institute.

Never remaining still, he brought his love of life and people around the world, starting as a star baseball player.  He became an avid outdoorsman hiking the tallest peaks in North America, exploring the most exotic locations on earth,  completing the full trek of his favorite Long Trail in Vermont, taking in a Phish concert along the way or hitting Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

Beloved husband of Theresa Reis (nee Smith), son to Robert and Regina Reis, brother to Robert and David, son-in-law to Steven and Christine Smith, brother-in-law to Amy and Paul Sorrentino, Doris and Edward Kriso, Evelyn Reis, and Patricia Reis, and uncle to Sean, Brianna, Paul, Sydney, Campbell, Audrey, and Ephraim. His final resting place will be among the mountains of Vermont, which brought him so much peace and joy during his time.

Funeral from Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home 59 Main St. Ridgefield Park on Monday, February 17 at 9:00am. A Funeral Mass will be offered at. St. Francis RC Church, at 9:30am. Visitation Sunday, February 16 2-6pm. If desired donations may be made in his memory to: the Valley Hospital Foundation, 223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood NJ 07450. vorheesingwersen.com

There will be a more complete tribute worthy of his memory in a future issue of Stone World and on the magazine’s web site (www.stoneworld.com), but this tribute from the staff of Stone World conveys a little about Michael as a friend and colleague of the Stone World family (http://www.stoneworld.com/articles/87883-michael-reis-tribute).  Deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones, of which there are many.


2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Compeition deadline extended to February 12, 2014


The submission deadline for the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has been extended to February 12, 2014. The competition seeks original and imaginative spaces by North American architects and designers using Italian ceramic tile, for the chance to win $4,000 + a five-day trip to Italy.