COVERINGS INVITES ATTENDEES TO FIND NEW CONNECTIONS AT 2018 EDITION

(ARLINGTON, VA—January 5, 2018) Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone show in North America, has announced new opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to make quality connections through networking. Programs focused on network-building at the show include extended show floor hours, digitally-driven introductions facilitated via the Coverings app, and a celebration of all things tile & stone at the Coverings Celebration.

To offer attendees more time on the show floor and provide an opportunity for those wanting to stop by the show later in the work day, Coverings has announced extended hours for the opening day of the show, Tuesday, May 8. With the exhibit hall open until 6:30 p.m., this networking event – “Around the World of Tile & Stone” – will provide happy hour specials and entertainment coupled with additional time to meet fellow attendees or exhibitors and expand professional connections. Coverings exhibitors are encouraged to plan and publicize their networking activities for this event in advance by visiting Coverings.com for further information and details.

For attendees seeking new methods to discuss challenges and shared interests or to align with new potential clients for projects or business opportunities, Coverings has integrated added networking functionalities to its app. Users are encouraged to complete their attendee profiles to find connections at the show. Onsite, the Meet @ Coverings area will feature a dedicated open meeting space with tables and chairs, creating an environment dedicated to fostering relationships and cultivating a connected industry.

“We are committed to providing all attendees and exhibitors with the opportunity to forge deeper connections in the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the Coverings experience, and are pleased to provide new ways to explore all the show has to offer through expanded networking options.”

All attendees are also invited to attend the Coverings Celebration for an evening of festivities and dancing with fellow members of the industry on the last evening of the show, Thursday, May 10. Hosted at the College Football Hall of Fame, this social event delivers networking in a celebratory setting. Tickets to attend must be purchased at the time of registration for the show or online by Friday, May 4.

 

 

 

Coverings invites attendees to find new connections at 2018 edition

 

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone show in North America, has announced new opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to make quality connections through networking. Programs focused on network-building at the show include extended show floor hours, digitally-driven introductions facilitated via the Coverings app, and a celebration of all things tile & stone at the Coverings Celebration.

To offer attendees more time on the show floor and provide an opportunity for those wanting to stop by the show later in the work day, Coverings has announced extended hours for the opening day of the show, Tuesday, May 8. With the exhibit hall open until 6:30 p.m., this networking event – “Around the World of Tile & Stone” – will provide happy hour specials and entertainment coupled with additional time to meet fellow attendees or exhibitors and expand professional connections. Coverings exhibitors are encouraged to plan and publicize their networking activities for this event in advance by visiting Coverings.com for further information and details.

For attendees seeking new methods to discuss challenges and shared interests or to align with new potential clients for projects or business opportunities, Coverings has integrated new networking functionalities to its app. Users are encouraged to complete their attendee profiles to find connections at the show. Onsite, the Meet @ Coverings area will feature a dedicated open meeting space with tables and chairs, creating an environment dedicated to fostering relationships and cultivating a connected industry.

“We are incredibly committed to offering all attendees and exhibitors endless ways to forge deeper connections in the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the Coverings experience, and we are pleased to provide new networking opportunities and new ways to explore all the show has to offer.”

All attendees are also invited to attend the Coverings Celebration for an evening of festivities and dancing with fellow members of the industry on the last evening of the show, Thursday, May 10. Hosted at the College Football Hall of Fame, this social event delivers networking in a celebratory setting. Tickets to attend must be purchased at the time of registration for the show or online by Friday, May 4.

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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 2018 takes place May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

Coverings 2018 Partners with Delta Airlines to Offer Discounted Flights

Coverings 2018 has partnered with Delta Airlines to offer discounted flights to Atlanta. The discount is available for both domestic and international attendees and exhibitors traveling between May 2 and May 16, 2018.

When booking online, select “Book A Trip”, which will bring you to the “Book A Flight” page. When entering your search options, make sure to enter the code below in the “Meeting Event Code” box provided on the page:

Coverings 2018 code: NMQTG

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Mon – Fri, 7am-7pm CST (US and Canada only). Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

Discounts will vary based on flight origination and class of service selected.

Click here to visit Delta’s Meetings Travel website for reservations and ticketing.

COVERINGS SEEKS BEST-IN-CLASS TILE AND STONE PROJECTS: 2018 COVERINGS INSTALLATION AND DESIGN (CID) AWARD SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest and only international tile and stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards. Celebrating achievements in design and installation of tile and stone products in both residential and commercial projects, the CID Awards is open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals whose work demonstrates design or installation excellence.

A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to one project showcasing excellence in both design and installation, and eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Atlanta to attend Coverings 2018 and will be recognized at a CID Awards reception from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 9.

“We’re thrilled to continue spotlighting excellence within the tile and stone community through the annual CID Award program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The inspiring submissions we receive each year showcase not only the range of innovation and artistry within the industry but also how design and installation professionals collaborate to orchestrate incredible applications of tile and stone materials.”

The 2018 CID Awards submission categories include the following for both residential and commercial projects: tile installation, tile design, stone installation, and stone design. Additional projects may be recognized for specialty categories including International, Artistic Use of Tile/Stone, Institutional, or Community Project based on submissions received. Multiple entries are encouraged and must be submitted through the Coverings online portal before January 15, 2018. Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2016 – December 2017) and can be located within or outside of North America.

An independent panel of judges will assess projects within each category, using a blind format. Projects demonstrating original or unusual use of materials, innovative technology, installation excellence or a unique combination of aesthetics and function are of particular interest.

Tile Letter, Tile Magazine, and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design will sponsor this year’s CID Awards.

Coverings 2018 Partners with Delta Airlines to Offer Discounted Flights

Coverings 2018 has partnered with Delta Airlines to offer discounted flights to Atlanta. The discount is available for both domestic and international attendees and exhibitors traveling between May 2 and May 16, 2018.

When booking online, select “Book A Trip”, which will bring you to the “Book A Flight” page. When entering your search options, make sure to enter the code below in the “Meeting Event Code” box provided on the page:

Coverings 2018 code: NMQTG

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Mon – Fri, 7am-7pm CST (US and Canada only). Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

Discounts will vary based on flight origination and class of service selected.

Click here to visit Delta’s Meetings Travel website for reservations and ticketing.

Coverings 2018 Registration Now Open

Coverings has opened online registration for its 2018 show, taking place May 8 – 11 in Atlanta. Taking place in Atlanta for the first time in five years, the 2018 show will feature 1,100 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries and take over 450,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Georgia World Congress Center. Programming for Coverings 2018 will offer sessions for every category of tile and stone professionals, featuring more than 60 CEUs for attendees. Along with networking opportunities, the 2018 show will feature the latest in products, innovations, and live demonstrations.

“Coverings aims to not only highlight the inherent value of tile and stone materials—their adaptability, durability, low environmental impact and beauty—but also foster connections between industry professionals, to grow businesses and build lasting professional relationships,” said Alena Capra, Coverings industry ambassador. “We’re thrilled to make our return to Atlanta in May and to engage with the vibrant community of industry professionals that comprise this market.”

Coverings offers attendees the opportunity to register through their social channels and easily invite their network to participate in the show. Benefits of early registration include notice of key programs and access to conference information, promotions, and other exclusive opportunities, as well as discounted hotel and travel.

For more information, visit www.coverings.com.

Coverings Returns to Atlanta May 8-11, 2018

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone show in North America, is returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2013. Coverings will be held May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The show features nearly 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracts thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, fabricators, installers, retailers, and distributors.

Registration for Coverings is free and will open in late September. For more information please visit www.coverings.com/register. FOR YOUR CALENDAR

WHAT: Coverings is the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, providing a stage for the most innovative products, tools, and machinery on the market. The show features nearly 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracts thousands of architects, designers, builders, remodelers, fabricators, installers, retailers, and distributors. The show is a resource for dynamic continuing education along with unparalleled networking opportunities, all for free.

WHEN: May 8-11, 2018

WHERE: Georgia World Congress Center — Atlanta, GA USA

REGISTRATION: Registration is free and will open in late September. For more information please visit www.coverings.com/register.

SPONSORS: 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.

PRESS CONTACTS: Sharp Communications, 212-829-0002

Kate Henderson, [email protected]

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COVERINGS 2018: Presentations Submission Deadline: Friday, Sept. 8th!

Reminder to Submit Presentations

Don’t hesitate to submit your presentations for the Coverings 2018 conference program!
Coverings invites thought-leaders to share fresh and innovative content that focuses on how to help professionals grow their businesses and enhance the industry at large.

Proposed programming ideas may include:
Cross-segment collaboration and best practices
Trends in products and design
Innovative business and project case studies;
Installation techniques and evolving industry technologies
Economic forecasting
Engaging the millennial generation
Health, safety and wellness
Submission Deadline
Proposals must be submitted for review by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 8, 2017.

CLICK HERE for more information or to submit a proposal:

Questions? Suggestions?
Have an idea for the 2018 conference program but don’t want to present? Email Michele Nebel Peake, [email protected]

SHARE YOUR PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE WITH OUR ATTENDEES. COVERINGS 2018 CALL FOR SPEAKERS IS NOW OPEN

Coverings (www.coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone show in North America, invites conference presenters and industry leaders to submit educational proposals for the show’s 2018 Conference Program. Returning to Atlanta for the first time since 2013, Coverings will be held May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Lauded for its dynamic and engaging educational programs, Coverings invites thought-leaders to share fresh and innovative content that focuses on the latest, need-to-know information relating to cross-segment collaboration and best practices; trends in products and design; innovative business and project case studies; installation techniques and evolving industry technologies; economic forecasting; engaging the millennial generation; health, safety and wellness; and more. Proposed programming should focus on how to help professionals grow their businesses and enhance the industry at large and must be submitted for review by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, September 8, 2017. Proposals can be submitted online.

“Coverings offers a comprehensive conference program dedicated to educating and engaging professionals at all stages of their careers across numerous professional segments of the tile & stone industry,” said Michele Nebel Peake, VP, Conference Development at Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We take pride in providing a broad range of educational options and formats which creates an interactive learning experience, generates discussion, and provides our attendees with tools and knowledge that encourage professional success.”

Access to all education is FREE to registered Coverings exhibitors and attendees. Coverings is a registered provider of AIA and NKBA continuing education and applies for CEUs for ASID/IIDA through IDCEC.

The complete Coverings 2018 conference program will be revealed in January 2018 on coverings.com/education.

INSTALLATION DESIGN SHOWCASE – NTCA Five Star Members complete Tiny House Projects at IDS

The Installation Design Showcase at Coverings in April got a new spin this year. Usually, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Five Star Contractors collaborate with leading designers to install ceramic tile in vignettes on the show oor. Sadly, they are then demolished at the close of the show.

Not this year! Contractors and designers collaborated on designing and installing tile in functional tiny houses on the showroom floor, which are being reused after the show. Creative designs utilizing many types of tile were installed in the three tiny homes throughout the show, allowing attendees to see their progress.

The design was inspired by Dan Welch (whose company participated in this year’s IDS: Tiny House edition), who hauled a shipping container to Coverings ’16 in which to build his vignette. Then he drove his vignette home and has employed it for multiple uses back in Michigan.

All three installation companies have successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employ installrs who have passed the Certified Tile Installer exam administered by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. “I love the opportunity to showcase the technical as well as artistic capabilities of our Five Star Contractors,” said NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox.

In addition to the suppliers for the individual houses, iQ Power Tools, ETM, Lackmond, Schluter, and USG contributed tools, equip- ment and materials to the Tiny House effort.

Retro Bungalow Visalia Ceramic Tile, Kim Lewis

Visalia Ceramic Tile, from Visalia, Calif., – the nation’s 38th Five Star Contractor, worked with Kim Lewis, founder of Kim Lewis Designs (www.kimlewisdesigns. com), lead designer for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Lewis’ design evokes the nostalgia of a Palm Springs desert setting, with tile provided by various Ceramics of Italy manufacturers, including nostalgic pink tile and surfacing from Atlas Concorde and grey tile from The Ricchetti Group that evokes concrete, Lewis said. MAPEI contributed installation materials to the project.

Designer Kim Lewis (l.) speaks with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra (c.) and Sam Bruce, project manager for Visalia Ceramic Tile

Lewis’ design evokes the nostalgia of a Palm Springs desert setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramics of Italy manufacturers supplied tile and MAPEI supplied the setting materials.

This tiny home was built in Austin, Texas and driven to Orlando for the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitruvian Home J&R Tile, Inc., Nikki Vega

The Vitruvian tiny house, designed by Nikki Vega of bluetreehome, and installed by J & R Tile Inc., of San Antonio, was inspired by nature’s geometric forms, spe- cifically the spiral of the nautilus shell. The space, featuring tile by Crossville, Inc., was very detailed and required a lot of fabrication, made easier by Joel Guth and the equipment from iQ Power Tools, said J&R’s Erin Albrecht. ARDEX supplied setting materials.

“I’ve designed a few tiny homes and it’s really fun because you have to be really thoughtful with your design – every inch matters,” Vega said.

Crossville supplied the tile for the Vitruvian home – here Groove Glass was used to form the wall mosaic.

Erin Albrecht (l.) of J&R Tile, Inc., with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra (c.), and designer Nikki Vega, discussing the inspiration for the Vitruvian Home

Multiple seating areas characterize the Vitruvian home. The countertop
is made of Laminam by Crossville gauged porcelain tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The oor is formed of Nest planked porcelain with arresting inset designs of Crossville marble-look tile from the Virtue line.

The Vitruvian bath, with Yin + Yang natural stone mosaic on the backsplash wall and Natural Inspirations in Bianco Statuario Polished, from the Kauri line of Laminam thin gauged porcelain tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Michigan House Welch Tile & Marble, Lauren Figueroa

The West Michigan House was designed by Lauren Figueroa of The Georgia Pear Interiors (www.thegeorgiapear.com), and installed by Welch Tile & Marble, both from the Grand Rapids area, which made it easier to collaborate. Figueroa – who is new to tile – used a large-format commercial Florim line throughout to make the space seem taller and bigger. LATICRETE supplied setting materials.

Florim large format commercial tile was used throughout the space. Figueroa spent a lot of time on the Florim website to familiarize herself with the products, noticing that their tile is often used in commercial settings and decided to use that in
the residential space. “I noticed they also used really giant tile for the whole entire space, and thought that might help it feel taller and longer…it made it ow really well,” she said.

Designer Lauren Figueroa(l.) describes her design for the West Michigan House as Alena Capra and Dan Welch look on.

Since they were both located in the Grand Rapids area, Figueroa and Welch collaborated on the house from the very beginning.

Commercial tile from Florim gave an expansive feel to the space.

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