30 Openings available for CTI test at Coverings; Registration fee reduced during the show

Are you – or someone you know – ready to become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI)?

CTEF is making it easy for you to add this credential to your business. At at Coverings17 in Orlando, Florida, there are 30 openings over three days for the hands-on test. Choose between Tuesday, April 4, Wednesday, April 5 or Thursday, April 6.

In addition, during Coverings 17, you can register for the CTI exam for only $295 — that’s a $200 savings over the standard $495 exam fee.

To learn more about the CTI program, click on Becoming a Certified Tile Installer: What’s Involved?

The future of the tile industry depends on having trusted professionals who are nationally recognized as qualified labor. Sign up today – and invite a colleague — to become part of the future!

Register here:http://bit.ly/2nxqNro.

 

COVERINGS 2017 ENGAGES INDUSTRY LEADERS FOR COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE OF CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in the 2017 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with Coverings attendees. The conference program will highlight the most pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees.  New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring unmatched and invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings visit Coverings.com/conference.

 

Featured Sessions:

Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, Eric Astrachan, will moderate the panel “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” with participants Stephanie Samulski of TCNA, Martin Howard EVP of David Allen Company, Inc., Kevin Fox, Owner of Fox Ceramic Tile, Inc., and Chuck Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MSI + BSI. Focusing on the ever-changing industry standards and guidelines, the panel will provide attendees an overview of the most critical recent changes to better specify, sell, bid and install tile and stone.

Tuesday, April 4, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will share insights on the origin of color trends, understanding upcoming trends and assist attendees in determining the best choices to make when specifying with color palettes in her session titled, “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends.”

Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine, will sit down with Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, Denise Cherry of Assembly Design, Jennifer Kolstad of Interior Architects and DB Kim, Hospitality Designer for “Design: A Global Affair.” As much of designers’ work took place overseas during the economic downturn, this conversation  will center around the global influence on current design trends within the U.S. and address tile and stone within these current trends.

Tuesday, April 4, 3 – 4 p.m

President and Owner of Stone Trends International, Vince Marazita, will discuss the state of the stone industry in his session “Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective.” Focusing on information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year, topics will include international sourcing channels for natural stone, how stone is used in interior and exterior architecture and design, and an overview of testing criteria for designing with natural stone.

Wednesday, April 5, 8 – 9 a.m.

Presented by Contract Magazine, Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, will hold a fireside chat with Todd-Avery Lenahan, Founder of TAL-Studio. This intimate conversation will focus on the power of design, Lenahan ’s experiences, and the influences which led to his current creative vision and how he successfully authors and implements design standards for global brands.

Wednesday April 5, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Joann Gonchar, Senior Editor of Architectural Record, will highlight addressing extreme weather events and sea level rise in her panel “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions.” Joined by Ramiro Diaz, Waggoner & Ball; Douglas Pierce, Perkins + Will; and Reinaldo Borges, Borges Architects + Associates; the team of experts will discuss what types of infrastructure are suited for different climates, explain the differences between hard infrastructure and green infrastructure and address challenges around flood protection and building codes.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

In his session titled, “Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!TM” David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Coach will dive into strategies and tactics that assist in achieving zero-incident workspaces for years of sustainable success.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Moderator Stacy Garcia, Founder of StacyGarcia, Inc., will lead the panel “What’s Trending in Hospitality?” along with panelists Malcolm Berg, EoA, Inc.; Justin Colombik, Puccini Group; Glen Coben, Glen & Co Architecture. This group of industry professionals will share key information on how to stay ahead of the competition and create spaces that authentically speak to the consumer when it comes to hospitality design.

Thursday, April 6, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Randy Fiser, will be the Keynote speaker for the Keynote and Cocktails event hosted by ASID and Interior Design Magazine. In his session, “Design, Health and Wellness in the Workplace” he will discuss how our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our behaviors, decisions, and overall health and wellness. To further the discussion, there will be a reception immediately following with ASID and Interior Design in the Destination Lounge.

Thursday, April 6, 5 – 5:30 p.m. Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Owner and President of Dionco, Inc., Jim Dion, will present ideas and strategies to enhance customer engagement in the retail environment both online and offline in the session “What’s Next in Customer Engagement – More Than Ten Ideas Your Customers Will ‘Like’ and ‘Love’ You For.

Friday, April 7, 10 – 11 a.m.

D&B Tile Distributors to offer reimbursement for CTI test and hotel fees at Coverings

 

 

Due to D&B Tile Distributors’ commitment to professional installation and the industry-recognized Certified Tile Installer (CTI) exam that validates tile installers’ skills, the Florida-based distributor will support its customers who are looking to take the exam at the Coverings show, to be held April 4-7 in Orlando, Fla.The distributor will pay the $295 registration fee for the test and one-night’s stay in a hotel for the installer.

The fee is usually $495 to take the test, but due to a NTCA sponsorship, the fee is $295 for anyone taking the exam at Coverings.

D&B urges its installer customers to take the CTI exam to get the recognition they deserve, and demonstrate to customers that their companies can deliver high-quality tile work correctly the first time. The exam consists of a written test that can be taken online at home and the hands-on test that being offered close to home at Coverings  in Orlando, Fla.,  When both are passed, the installer becomes a CTI and receives a nationally-recognized, industry-backed certificate that consumers trust when selecting a tile installer, as well as a CTI wallet card and logos to use in marketing and signage on trucks, hats, shirts, email and more.

In addition to the distinction of being a CTI, those who pass the exams receive $1,500 in manufacturer’s coupons and are prominently listed and hot-linked on the CTEF website by city and state, and are listed as a CTI in their distributor’s showroom list. CTEF also provides customer brochures that demonstrate the value of hiring a CTI.

Installers can take the CTI exam if they have a minimum of two years experience as a full-time lead installer doing better quality work, and the ability to review written plans, do prep, layout, cutting and fitting, installation, sealant and detail the project without assistance.

To register for the test taking place during Coverings ’17 from April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., visit www.ceramictilefoundation.org.

For more information on D&B’s reimbursement program for its customers who are taking the CTI exam, visit http://bit.ly/2lEVSZW or www.dbtile.com.

D&B Tile Distributor president Harold Yarborough is intent on doing all he can to facilitate the taking of the test for his customers, by reimbursing registration fee and one-night hotel room charges . “They don’t have to pass —  they just need to take the test!” he said, making it a nearly risk-free proposition for interested installers. To file for reimbursements, just email hotel and registration receipts to Yarborough at [email protected]

Mediterranea to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary at Coverings 2017 in Orlando

Mediterranea will introduce several all-new porcelain tile series at Coverings 2017 in Orlando. Coverings is the largest ceramic tile exhibition in the United States, and Mediterranea will host a customer celebration at the event to mark the occasion.

Doral, FL (PRWEB) February 27, 2017 — Mediterranea, a leading manufacturer of trend-setting porcelain tile, is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. The company is welcoming all of its customers and friends in the tile industry to celebrate with them at Coverings, to be held April 4-7 in Orlando, FL.

Founded in Miami in 1987 by Michael Mariutto, Mediterranea has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the worldwide leaders in porcelain tile design. In the mid-1990’s, the company launched the groundbreaking series Tuscania, one of the very first tile series to be designed with Roto-Color technology, which was revolutionary at the time for vastly increasing diverse graphics in tile design.

In its earlier years, Mediterranea partnered with factories in four continents to produce tile worldwide. From Italy to Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and the United States, Mediterranea’s factory partnerships distinguished the company from its competition, and provided a global manufacturing footprint to suit the architectural and design needs of its U.S. client base. Today, Mediterranea still partners with leading factories Serenissima (Italy) and EGE (Turkey) to produce tile series for U.S. importation.

In 2006, the Mediterranea brand was merged together with Stonepeak and the Iris/Fiandre Group of companies, expanding Mediterranea’s production capacity, and technological innovation. “Joining forces with the Iris/Fiandre family of companies gave Mediterranea resources and support from one of the world’s leading tile manufacturers”, said Mariutto. “Fiandre and the Minozzi family have provided Mediterranea the tools to grow and further innovate, leading to the development of industry-leading designs.”

Today, as design has transitioned into high-definition inkjet technology, Mediterranea has continued to lead the way with its trademarked Dynamic HD Imaging design process — delivering distinctive looks, aimed squarely at the U.S. market. Many of the series designed with this technology are legends in the industry – including American Naturals, Boardwalk, Marmol Collection, Touch, and including the groundbreaking 2016 introduction, Martha’s Vineyard, which introduced 12” x 48” wood-look planks for the first time. The new QUANTUM brand brings the world of large-format porcelain panels into the company’s portfolio, featuring sizes up to 5’ x 10’, and making possible an entirely new range of design possibilities.

Mediterranea will kick off its 30th anniversary celebration with a special reception for customers and friends April 5 at the Coverings exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, booth 3300, from
3:30-5:30pm.

Italians Makes a Splash at Coverings 2017

(Orlando, FL – March 3, 2017) From April 4-7, 2017, Ceramics of Italy will bring one of the largest international contingents to Orlando for the 28th edition of Coverings – the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America. Organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) with support from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Ceramics of Italy pavilion will feature 76 booths and over 100 brands introducing the latest designs and technical innovations in tile and installation products. Returning for a second year, the Ceramics of Italy central stand, Strada Dinamica, serves as an industry information hub and authentic Italian cafe, bringing a fresh look and energy to the show.

Ceramics of Italy Pavilion

Strada Dinamica, the central booth and heart of the Italian ceramics industry at Coverings (booth 1222) is designed by the New York architecture and design firm e+i studio. Italian for “dynamic street” the space is modeled after a lively streetscape with landscaped benches, standing communal tables and two kiosks housing a cafe, coffee bar and information desk. The space will host lunch with authentic Italian pasta served daily by Ceramics of Italy’s long-running culinary partner, Sputino Catering. Designed to inspire, nearly all of the surfaces are clad in Italian tile, from the thin, large porcelain slabs from Florim’s Magnum Oversize collection covering the benches, tables and countertops to the thick, large-format floor tiles from Lea Ceramiche that are set on a raised flooring system by Newfloor. With its essentially Italian neighborhood vibe, Strada Dinamica is the perfect place to pick up the latest copy of Cer magazine and take a break from the busy tradeshow floor.

Surrounding the Ceramics of Italy space, Italian manufacturers will showcase the latest design concepts and technical advancements in tile and adhesives in the Ceramics of Italy pavilion. From artisanal ceramics, high-end mosaics and ceramic-porcelain hybrids to oversized porcelain slabs, antibacterial grouts and easy laying floor systems, hundreds of innovative products will be shown. This year, textured textile & wood-look designs, matte blacks & deep blue hues, 3D & large-format tiles and rustic styles invigorated with a modern touch are expected to dominate the show floor. Visitors are encouraged to follow the distinguishable “Made in Italy” trademark throughout the show to find products of superior quality and environmental responsibility.

Launching in the US market at Coverings, Ceramics of Italy is proud to announce the “Italians Make the Difference” ad campaign. The campaign emphasizes the dedicated and passionate people such as Davide, Marco, Giordano, Loretta, Gianluca and Roberto that work hard to ensure that Italian ceramics are the finest in the world. Only the very best manufacturers of Italian ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware are entitled to use the Ceramics of Italy logo which certifies Italian quality, design and style. Coverings attendees are invited to share their love for Italian ceramics by taking their picture in the Ceramics of Italy photo booth located between Fincibec (booth 2117) and Energie Ker (booth 2112).

Installation Design Showcase “Tiny Home Edition”

For the eighth consecutive year, Ceramics of Italy will participate in the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, an initiative that allows the association to highlight the vast and extensive uses of Italian ceramics in tandem with creative design and expert installation. This year for the first time, Coverings partnered with Orlando Lakefront – a tiny home and RV community in College Park, FL – to create small spaces that will be moved to the tiny home community at the show’s conclusion.

Ceramics of Italy’s display is designed by tiny home expert Kim Lewis (formerly a designer on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and FYI’s “Tiny House Nation”), who has developed a modern retro bungalow concept titled “Palm Springs.” Ceramics of Italy products will bring the concept to life with colorful, three-dimensional and marble-look tiles by Atlas Concorde and tiles with naturalistic motifs from Gruppo Ricchetti brands (Cisa and Cerdisa) that will be installed in the space in real-time. Visitors will be able to observe the step-by-step construction by the NTCA Five Star team of contractors from Visalia Ceramic Tile through a spacious double front door that will open out to a deck, bringing the display to life throughout the show. All installation materials have been generously donated by Coverings sponsor USG and sustainable grout has been provided by Mapei. At the IDS Reveal and Reception (Thursday, April 6th at 3:00 PM), the Installation Design Showcase team will present the project and invite attendees to explore the space and ask questions. You can visit Ceramics of Italy’s IDS display throughout the duration of the show at booth 458 A.

Events

Following the success of previous years, Ceramics of Italy will host a special Coverings VIP Tour, offerings specifiers an insider’s look at the Italian ceramic tile industry. On Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, registered industry professionals will be treated to an authentic Italian lunch, a special goodie bag and a trend presentation in room S310A, followed by a guided walking tour of the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion. Interested industry professionals can register at bit.ly/coveringsvip. They will also be entered into a drawing to win a trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings.

The Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 5 from 4:30-5:30 PM in room S210C, where representatives from the association will discuss the state of the industry and present the winners of the 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Afterwards, Ceramics of Italy will host its annual Serata Italiana and honor the 2017 recipient of the coveted Confindustria Ceramica North American Distributor Award, which celebrates the close connection between Italian tile manufacturers and their valued North American partners.

Representatives from Ceramics of Italy will also participate in the robust conference program at Coverings. Cristina Faedi from Confindustria Ceramica along with other industry experts will lead a lively discussion called “Trends in Tile: Moving Forward” on April 4 from 1:30-2:30 PM on how tile trends have changed and where they’ll go next. Additionally, sustainability experts including Confindustria Ceramica’s Andrea Contri will lead a discussion called “Health, Safety, Environment, Design: Selling Tile Sustainability” on April 7 from 8:30-9:30 AM on today’s architectural demands and perceptions associated with greener, healthier products, and how the inherent sustainability properties of tile, promoted in combination with leading industry environmental standards and certifications, make tile an easy sell to clients and customers.

Mediterranea to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary at Coverings 2017 in Orlando

Mediterranea will introduce several all-new porcelain tile series at Coverings 2017 in Orlando. Coverings is the largest ceramic tile exhibition in the United States, and Mediterranea will host a customer celebration at the event to mark the occasion.

Doral, FL (PRWEB) February 27, 2017 — Mediterranea, a leading manufacturer of trend-setting porcelain tile, is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. The company is welcoming all of its customers and friends in the tile industry to celebrate with them at Coverings, to be held April 4-7 in Orlando, FL.

Founded in Miami in 1987 by Michael Mariutto, Mediterranea has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the worldwide leaders in porcelain tile design. In the mid-1990’s, the company launched the groundbreaking series Tuscania, one of the very first tile series to be designed with Roto-Color technology, which was revolutionary at the time for vastly increasing diverse graphics in tile design.In its earlier years, Mediterranea partnered with factories in four continents to produce tile worldwide. From Italy to Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and the United States, Mediterranea’s factory partnerships distinguished the company from its competition, and provided a global manufacturing footprint to suit the architectural and design needs of its U.S. client base. Today, Mediterranea still partners with leading factories Serenissima (Italy) and EGE (Turkey) to produce tile series for U.S. importation.

In 2006, the Mediterranea brand was merged together with Stonepeak and the Iris/Fiandre Group of companies, expanding Mediterranea’s production capacity, and technological innovation. “Joining forces with the Iris/Fiandre family of companies gave Mediterranea resources and support from one of the world’s leading tile manufacturers”, said Mariutto. “Fiandre and the Minozzi family have provided Mediterranea the tools to grow and further innovate, leading to the development of industry-leading designs.”

Today, as design has transitioned into high-definition inkjet technology, Mediterranea has continued to lead the way with its trademarked Dynamic HD Imaging design process — delivering distinctive looks, aimed squarely at the U.S. market. Many of the series designed with this technology are legends in the industry – including American Naturals, Boardwalk, Marmol Collection, Touch, and including the groundbreaking 2016 introduction, Martha’s Vineyard, which introduced 12” x 48” wood-look planks for the first time. The new QUANTUM brand brings the world of large-format porcelain panels into the company’s portfolio, featuring sizes up to 5’ x 10’, and making possible an entirely new range of design possibilities.

Mediterranea will kick off its 30th anniversary celebration with a special reception for customers and friends April 5 at the Coverings exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, booth 3300, from 3:30-5:30pm.

Coverings sponsors IIDA Georgia Chapter b.o.b Awards on National Tile Day

Coverings was a sponsor of the IIDA-Georgia Chapter b.o.b Awards. Coverings ’18 will be in Atlanta.

Even though Coverings ’17 has not yet started, Coverings is already looking ahead to Coverings ’18, which will be in Atlanta, Ga. So it made sense that Coverings was one of the sponsors of  the IIDA – Georgia Chapter b.o.b (Best of the Best) Design Awards on February 23,  which also happened to be National Tile Day.

Elena Grant of Coverings management company Taffy Event Strategies, and Becky Serbin, NTCA training and education coordinator, represented Coverings at the event which drew over 700 attendees from firms across metro Atlanta.  This event highlighted work that was completed over the previous year in a variety of categories including hospitality, sustainability, education, small firm, large firm, and multi-family.

NTCA’s Becky Serbin (left) and Taffy Event Strategies’ Elena Grant, representing Coverings attended the awards event.

Attendees had a lot of questions about Coverings, and were excited to hear that it would be in Atlanta next year.  Some were well aware of Tile Council of North America (TCNA)and National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) because they had used the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation, and the NTCA Reference Manual on previous projects to get the tile installation they wanted.

For more information about the IIDA -Georgia Chapter b.o.b. Awards, visit http://www.iidageorgia.org/index.php?route=index/page/bob.

The IIDA-Georgia Chapter b.o.b. Awards took place on February 23, National Tile Day.

National Tile Day is celebrated with online events

February 23, 2017, henceforth to be known as the first ever National Tile Day, was celebrated by a range of online events and social media exposure leading up to the day.

National Tile Day was originated by Coverings to help raise awareness of the benefits and beauty tile offers consumers. This effort is a lead-up to TCNA’s major Why Tile campaign, which will be announced at Coverings.

Coverings issued an overview of the trends attendees will witness at the Coverings show: Black & White; Deep Blue Sea; Three Dimensional; Textile Inspirations; Stone Look; Wood Look; Geometric; Industrial; and Brick by Brick. View the trends here: http://tileletter.com/2017/02/national-tile-day-tile-trends-overview-twitterview-and-facebook-livestream-planned-for-today/

Metropolis Magazine hosted a Twitterview moderated by Paul Makovsky, editorial and brand director. Makovsky interviewed Christina Faedi from Ceramics of Italy, Ryan Fasan from Tile of Spain, Kim Lewis from Kim Lewis Designs and Alena Capra of Alena Capra Designs, who is also the Coverings Industry Ambassador, about tile use in design. Julie Peck from Tile Council of North America weighed in on some of the more technical issues facing the industry, including EPDs and LEED certification for tile products and setting materials. Members of the A&D community chimed in with comments about trends and style directions for tile in the coming year. Use #tiletoday on Twitter to view Twitterview comments.

Interior Design Magazine’s Allie Weiss (l.) with Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador, discuss tile trends that attendees will see at Coverings in April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Design Magazine site editor Allie Weiss interviewed Alena Capra about five of the main trends that attendees will see at Coverings, with Alena showing samples of trends from domestic and global manufacturers. See the archived Facebook livestream here. https://www.facebook.com/InteriorDesignMagazine/videos/10154405831818157/

The barbershop at Clemson Football Facility is just one of many areas where tile with 3/8″ grout joints was installed. This wood-look plank tile will offer ease of maintenance.

Later in the day, Eric Astrachan, Bill Griese and Tile Council of North America staff toured the Clemson Football Operations Complex, a $55 million building currently pending LEED Silver Certification. The facility used 30,000 sq. ft. of tile and 4,000 sq. ft. of thin brick to achieve a look of timeless design and architecture throughout.  TCNA is located nearby, and jumped at the chance to “get a first-hand look at innovative uses of our members’ products,” said Eric Astrachan, TCNA executive director. View the tour here. https://www.facebook.com/TileCouncil/videos/1210938252294923/

Various members of the tile industry commemorated the day with special posts and tweets on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, with the  #nationaltileday and #tiletoday.

Coverings takes place April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. All registration and conference sessions are free. Find out more and register at www.coverings.com.

COVERINGS 2017 CELEBRATES FIRST-EVER NATIONAL TILE DAY

(ARLINGTON, VA – February 23, 2017) Today Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, celebrates National Tile Day, which recognizes the value of tile in today’s architecture and design. National Tile Day is declared by the Registrar at National Day Calendar to be observed annually on February 23. Additionally, National Tile Day is observed this year by Orange County, FL—the host location of Coverings 2017.

“We’re leveraging National Tile Day as a platform to highlight the many merits of tile, and provide education to trade and consumer audiences regarding tile as an excellent material for today’s construction and renovation projects,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “National Tile Day is also a bit of a preview to the thousands of wow-worthy tile products that will be on display at Coverings in April. We’re gearing up for another truly astounding show.”

Reasons for choosing tile include its durability and sustainability, resistance to weathering, versatility in applications, low maintenance, energy efficiency and health factors. The beauty of tile, paired with the flexibility of design, enable designers to make unique and beautiful installations that last a lifetime.

Coverings attendees can learn about the benefits of selecting tile, installation standards and best practices, and the latest market introductions at the show. The show returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from April 4-7, 2017 and is estimated to bring together 1,100 exhibitors representing over 40 countries across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space, in addition to a robust program of CEU accredited seminars, demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

On February 23, National Tile Day will be celebrated with two digital activations, providing unique opportunities for trade and consumer audiences to learn more about tile. At 1:00 p.m. EST on Twitter, Metropolis Magazine (@MetropolisMag) will be hosting a panel of industry experts using the hashtag #TileToday. Participants will include Ceramics of Italy, Tile of Spain, Tile Council of North America, as well as Alena Capra and designer Kim Lewis, who is participating in this year’s Installation Design Showcase. Additionally, Interior Design Magazine will be hosting a Facebook Livestream with Coverings ambassador Alena Capra at 4 p.m. EST. Together with Allie Weiss, Interior Design online editor, Capra will be highlighting tile trends and new products that will be featured at Coverings 2017. The Livestream will be available on the Interior Design Facebook page (facebook.com/InteriorDesignMagazine).
Join Coverings in celebrating by sharing why you choose tile with #WhyTile and #Coverings2017. For full details regarding Coverings’ National Tile Day, please visit coverings.com/NTD.
Coverings Social Media

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Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2017

Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings

Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow

YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367

Google +: google.com/+Coverings
Blog: coverings.com/blog

 

About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 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 75 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 the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

 

Coverings 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

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At Coverings: NTCA 70th Anniversary Awards Presentation

In 2016, the NTCA’S Tile Person of the Year Award was presented to Steve Young of Steve Young & Associates, located in White Plains, Ga.

Among the many events and parties taking place during Coverings 17, April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will be a very special celebration for NTCA on Thursday night, April 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. On this night, NTCA will mark its 70th year in 2017 as a leading association for tile installers.

Cox Tile of San Antonio, Texas won the 2016 Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Residential Award for its “Brick and Stone Paradise” project.

NTCA will recognize leaders who have made a difference over many years of service to the association as part of this stellar event.  In addition, the prestigious Tile Person of the Year will be honored, and the Tile Council of North America will present its award winners.

Also a part of the 70th Anniversary Awards show will be the Five Star Contractor Project of the Year, the Tom Ade Scholarship Award recipient  and the Grand Prize Winners of the Coverings Design and Installation Awards.  This is a time to celebrate YOUR association!

In addition, former NTCA presidents, Tile Persons of the Year, and Ring of Honor winners will be invited to the event. NTCA will also recognize sponsors and contractors who have supported the Gary Sinise Rise Foundation program. A party to celebrate this 70th Anniversary year will go until 9 p.m. after the presentation. Don’t miss it!

Grazzini Brothers & Company of Egan, Minnesota won the 2016 Five Star Contractor Grand Prize Commercial Award – Residential or its installation of over 24,000 sq. ft. of exterior natural stone wall tile and interior porcelain floor and wall tile at the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory in Anchorage, Alaska.

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