Business Owners: Put your successor to work before you set sail
 
June 21st, 2016

CTDA Wants You To Know

 

 

Business owners: Put your successor to work before you set sail

A hastily chosen or ill-prepared successor can lead a company astray or, in worst cases, mismanage it into bankruptcy. Before you set sail into retirement or perhaps on to your next great professional adventure, make absolutely sure that your chosen replacement is ready to, well, succeed.

Build stakeholder confidence

Perhaps the simplest, most important thing you can do is to put your successor to work. Co-owners, board members and employees are more apt to follow a replacement’s lead if they feel confident in his or her knowledge and skills. And the only way to truly build that confidence is to allow these stakeholders to experience your successor’s leadership style and capabilities first-hand.

For instance, let your successor gain experience examining and discussing financial information for tax and financial reporting compliance and profitability analysis. In addition, allow him or her to spend time among your HR staff to learn about your hiring methods and benefits issues.

Get hands dirty

Don’t hesitate to let your heir apparent get his or her hands dirty. For example, if you’re a manufacturer, let him or her spend plenty of time down on the plant floor to see and participate in daily operations. Or, for other types of businesses, send your prospective replacement out on sales calls to face the challenges of meeting customer demands head-on.

While your successor gets acclimated, you may want to hire an interim manager. His or her objective industry and supervisory experience can be invaluable in training your next-in-line. But you must give the interim manager executive powers, including the ability to guide careers and make employment decisions.

Create a comprehensive strategy

Properly training and preparing your successor is immensely important if you want to truly leave your company in good hands. However, this is just one aspect of succession planning.

 


Cultivating your company’s strategic plan
 
June 6th, 2016

 

Cultivating your company’s strategic plan

Most companies start life as a business plan. Eventually, that plan should evolve into a formal strategic plan document that lays out key initiatives for the business over the next three to five years.

Unfortunately, even when said document is created, that seed planted in the ground often ends up largely ignored, untended and malnourished. So how can you make sure to cultivate your strategic plan so it grows with the company? Here are some ideas.

Champion the process

Your top managers must take the lead in collecting relevant facts, setting priorities, weighing competing alternatives and then making choices. And they need to be highly engaged in a process of debate and discussion before decisions are made.

When the focus is on the process, not just the output, it’s easier to make it an ongoing effort. That’s because managers develop a deeper understanding of and buy into the analysis and options that were considered in developing the strategic plan. They’ll also have a greater sense of ownership, and thus be much more willing to keep it up to date.

Set the specifics

Don’t view strategic planning as simply setting long-range goals. A good plan also includes:

  • Strategies (broad directions to achieve your goals),
  • Programs (shorter term actions required to implement the strategies),
  • Metrics (such as incremental market share improvement), and
  • Milestones (such as “opening a new store on the decided-upon date”).

In addition, accountability is key. Assign responsible individuals to oversee each strategy or program. And regularly assess their progress against the metrics and milestones.

Be prepared to pivot

Some businesses annually update their strategic plans, whether necessary or not. Although this is better than doing nothing, it may not be sufficient. Always be prepared to “pivot” — or update your plan on the fly — should a market opportunity develop.

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An update from CTDA’s Representative to ANSI ASC A108:
 
June 1st, 2016

CTDA Wants You To Know

 

 

An update from CTDA’s Representative to ANSI ASC A108:

A revision for steel framing in A108.11 is being forwarded to the backerboard committee for review and resubmittal.

Two additional submissions have been made:

  1. Adding tub wall brackets
  2. Changes to toilet flange installations.

There is still work to be done before these are ready to be considered for ballot.

A lengthy discussion was held regarding proposed standards for Thin Tile or Panels in Draft Format for Gauged Porcelain Tile & Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs A137.3 & A108.19. These products are considered to be tiles or panels over the size of one square meter.  Several issues were discussed and it was determined that there is still a lot of work to be done on this project with a sense of urgency for completion.

It was suggested that a several items need to be reviewed in ANSI A137.1. Feedback from the group will be incorporated into a submittal and balloted in the next few months.

There was discussion of the need to do a complete review of all the A108 standards as there is a lot of information that needs updating. Most likely this will be completed in sections.

The next meeting is scheduled in conjunction with TSP on Friday afternoon 10/21/16.

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COVERINGS REPORTS GROWTH AT 2016 SHOW
 
May 31st, 2016

COVERINGS REPORTS GROWTH AT 2016 SHOW

(ALEXANDRIA, VA — MAY 20, 2016) The growth and energy at the 2016 Coverings show strengthened the show’s position as the leading international tile and stone exhibition in North America. More than 25,000 industry professionals attended the week-long expo, April 18-21, 2016. This figure is an increase in overall attendance from the 2015 show, and to industry insiders, affirms positive movement in the tile and stone market.

The 25,000-attendance count is a remarkable 15-percent increase from 2009, the last year Coverings was held in Chicago. This year’s most impressive attendance segment is held by distributors, which increased by a noteworthy 18-percent since 2009.

“The uptick in overall attendance from last year signals continued vitality and vigor in the tile and stone industry,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “There was an onsite energy that emanated from the show floor, and it is encouraging to have that excitement verified with these recap figures.”

Veteran Coverings exhibitors noted the excitement on the show floor as well as the ample opportunities for networking and education that took place during the show.

“This year we had great feedback from key customers that came to the show. It’s important for us to have these quality interactions with attendees,” said Sarah Eamigh, director of U.S. marketing for Stone Peak. “The feedback from the architecture and design crowd is always exciting; there was a great turnout from that segment due to the show’s location in Chicago this year.”

There was also plenty of buzz from the Ceramics of Italy pavilion, which impressed attendees with a new central booth design in addition to the bevy of tile products from manufacturers.

“The atmosphere at Coverings 2016 was fantastic – we saw an exciting turnout in attendees here in Chicago,” said Dave Bouchard, representative of Emil America. “Chicago is a great town for the show, drawing in the architecture and design crowd, as well as retailers and distributors. We feel confident with the sales relationships generated by being at the show.”

Natucer, a long-time Spanish exhibitor, found the show to be an imperative part of the company’s global business for sales and relationship building.

“We have been at Coverings since 1998 and have always found tremendous value in the show. The North American market is always one of our top priorities after the domestic market in Spain,” said Victor Gasque Balaguer, area manager for Natucer Ceramica. “All of the programming and networking opportunities at the show are important in growing our relationships and increasing awareness of our products.”

There was no shortage of opportunities for attendees to build on their technical skills or to network with others, as Coverings offered an extensive conference program with more than 75 sessions and CEU courses.

Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.

 

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow

Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2016

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 National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2016 takes place April 18-21 in McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.

 

Press Contacts:

Josh Schoenfelder

JS@sharpthink.com

Kate Harrington

KH@sharpthink.com

Sharp Communications

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The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone’s (UofCTS) Online, “Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile” Course is Updated
 
May 20th, 2016

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone’s (UofCTS) Online
“Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile” Course is Updated

UofCTS also releases CTDA Certified Ceramic Tile Specialist (CCTS) Study Guide online course

Education is the fastest and easiest way to increase sales and profits!
San Diego, CA, May 19, 2016 – The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) just released an updated version of the popular Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile online technical and sales training course.  Both the USA version and the Canadian version of this course were updated.

The updated course offers a comprehensive look at ceramic tile uses, including industry standards, installation methods, avoiding problems, sales training, and how to work effectively with clients.

The updated course has an expanded section on glass tile and mosaics.  There are new sections on Thin Porcelain Tile Panels, tools, tile patterns, tile layout process and options, steam rooms and curbless showers; including updates to important industry standards.  The updated course was created with the latest HTML5 technology that allows students to access the courses with mobile devices such as smart phones and ipads.

UofCTS created and recently released a new online course for the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA).  The online course is called the CTDA Certified Ceramic Tile Specialist (CCTS) Study Guide.  This course is for those who are planning on taking the CCTS test.  It gives them all of the information they need to know for the CCTS test, and the student gets access to the course up until the time they pass the test.

UofCTS is currently in the process of updating the UofCTS Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification online course.  Due to the high demand for this ITS course, the updated course will have additional sections on how to install Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels (thin porcelain tile panels), how to grout with cementitious and epoxy grouts, how to installed shower receptors, steam showers and curbless showers, and how to layout your tile work.  There will be an expanded section on installing glass tile and mosaics, and most important all of the relevant industry standards will be updated or added.  Both the USA version and the Canadian version of this course are being updated.  Also both the English version of this course and the Spanish version will be updated.  The updated ITS courses should be ready for release by the end of June.

UofCTS is currently in the process of developing a new UofCTS online course.  Due to many requests from architects and architectural sales representatives, UofCTS is developing an online course called “Tile and Stone Specifications and Working with Architects”.  The objective of this course is to teach how to write quality tile and stone architectural installation specifications, and to teach sales reps how to work with architects to generate specifications for their products.  This course is designed both for the architect and arch rep to teach them how to write a proper tile and stone specification. It is also designed to teach the sales representative how to develop what we call a “bullet proof spec”, and how to track and protect that spec in order to turn it into an order.   We expect this course to be released in late summer.  This course will be part of the requirements for those who want to become a Certified Tile Specialist (CTS) or a Certified Stone Specialist (CSS) through the UofCTS.

UofCTS Online courses are available through many key organizations in the tile and stone industry, where members receive special discounts.  Courses can be purchased through CTDA at www.ctdahome.org, through Fuse Alliance at www.fusealliance.com, through Local 18 Tile Union at www.tileunion.org, through NTCA at www.tile-assn.com, through TTMAC at www.ttmac.com, through WWCA at www.wfca.org for member rebates, or at the UofCTS website at www.uofcts.org.

As is clearly understood by successful businesses, the fastest way to increase sales and profit is through education. Once employees and customers are trained they will become more confident, credible, and effective in their jobs, and there will be less costly failures and problems, resulting in more sales and profit.

To see video previews of each of the courses visit the www.UofCTS.org website at https://uofcts.org/online-courses/.

Tuition is only $150 per person and once registered, students have 14 days to complete the course which is accessible online, 24/7. Students can print a personalized certificate when they have passed all lesson assessments with a score of 80% or better.  Upon passing the course the student is provided a link to download a student reference guide that contains all of the key information from that respective course.  Volume discounts are available.

The UofCTS is the training division of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants (CTaSC) and is committed to developing training programs for the ceramic tile and stone industry utilizing the latest and most effective technology and learning methodologies. Launched in 2003, UofCTS has enjoyed many years of success with trade and design professionals and is the leading online training University for the Tile and Stone Industry.

For more information please contact:

Tricia Pompo
Marketing Director
University of Ceramic Tile and Stone
Tel. 866/669-1550; Email: info@uofcts.org
Website: www.UofCTS.org


NAW Update on Overtime Regulations
 
May 5th, 2016

CTDA Wants You To Know

 

 

Wants You To Know
TO:

CTDA Members

FROM:

Jade West, Senior Vice President-Government Relations

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

As we reported last month, the Department of Labor (DoL) is moving forward with its proposed changes to the Wage & Hour Division’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.

As you know, in mid-March the Department sent its draft of a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for their required review. This was the next step toward promulgation of a final rule.

For the last 6 weeks, OIRA has been reviewing comment letters and meeting with stakeholders on the rule’s real world effects.   A number of members of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO), the business coalition NAW helps manage which is leading the effort in opposition to the proposed regulations, have met with OIRA (and the representatives of other federal agencies including the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and DoL) to explain in oftentimes granular detail, the impact of the rule.

While most of the PPWO member meetings have involved businesses or business associations, a number of the meetings were requested by individuals representing the non-profit community, higher education, local governments, etc.   We are hopeful that these non-traditional allies will be effective in persuading OMB that the proposed rule will cause harm to a broad cross section of employers and employees.

All meetings with OIRA in the regulatory review process are a made a part of the public record.  If you are interested, you can see a list of the meetings and participants on the regulations.gov website (please note that they are now more than two weeks behind in posting the meetings): http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eom12866SearchResults?view=yes&pagenum=0

NAW requested a meeting with OIRA, and on April 22nd four NAW member company executives met for 45 minutes with officials from OMB/OIRA and the Department of Labor.  This meeting gave us a great opportunity to give the government officials real-life and real-time information on the distribution industry and the negative impact of the Wage & Hour Division’s proposal not just on wholesale-distribution companies, but on the workers you employ and whom DoL claims to be helping.

CURRENT STATE OF PLAY:

Timing:

As of this writing, the last date on which OMB has scheduled a meeting is May 10th, and we know they have declined a request for a meeting on May 17th.   Based on those dates, we believe that a final rule could be released as early May 15th.  (The just-released Fiduciary rule was released only 3 days after OMB completed its review, and Labor Secretary Perez is scheduled to make a speech at the National Press Club on May 16th.)

Content:

Late last week, Politico reported that DoL has moved to a slightly lower threshold salary in the final rule ($47,000) than was set forth in the proposed rule (50,400).   The slightly-lower proposed salary threshold is the only change we know of in the rule DoL sent to OMB.

We do not know what action OMB will take – whether they will approve the rule now before them or instead recommend changes in the rule in response to the extensive comments they have received and meetings they have had in recent weeks.

We remain hopeful that the salary threshold will be further reduced, regional economic differences taken into consideration, the increase phased in rather than immediate, and a longer time allowed for initial implementation.   In light of the President’s personal interest in this matter, we see no possibility that the rule will not move forward.

Legislation has been introduced in Congress calling on DoL to withdraw the rule and do more extensive and credible studies of the economic impact of their proposal, and several Members of Congress have contacted DoL making the same request.   Unfortunately, we are not optimistic that these Congressional initiatives will influence upcoming DoL action.

We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation as this rule moves forward.

 


CTDA is excited to announce the Distribution Performance Project, free of charge to CTDA members!
 
May 4th, 2016

 

Wants You To Know

 



CTDA is excited to announce the Distribution Performance Project, free of charge to CTDA members!

A note from DPP Principal, Albert D. Bates:

The Distribution Performance Project is a new think tank devoted to providing associations and their members with a wide array of tactical and strategic information free of charge. I believe your members will find it invaluable in managing their businesses.

At this early stage (the group is about one-month old), the website features:

  • A business valuation tool.
  • A financial planning tool.
  • A ten-part video program to bring key managers up to speed on financial issues. The program allows firms to use their own numbers in the training.
  • Articles that I have written over the past few years.

During the remainder of 2016, we will be preparing three white papers:

  • Financial Benchmarking – Guidelines for associations on how to reverse the trend of declining participation for this key service.
  • GMROI – An analysis of why GMROI, which is widely used in distribution, actually causes firms to make poor inventory-utilization decisions.
  • Customer Profitability – A discussion of how to measure the profitability of customers as well as a tool for actually conduction the measurement process.

We are planning a number of equally-exciting projects for next year. To restate what was said in paragraph one – these services are free. Similar services are provided by industry consultants at prices ranging up o $25,000. It is a great deal for your members.

I am providing these services for free because I have had a very enjoyable Thirty-year career working with distributors in a wide range of industries. It is a way to pay back those firms that have helped me enjoy a modicum of success in life.

Sincerely,

Albert D. Bates

Principal

 

 

 

 

 


If You Don’t Know Your Numbers, You Don’t Know Your Business
 
April 26th, 2016

CTDA Wants You To Know

 

 

Wants You To Know

If You Don’t Know Your Numbers,

You Don’t Know Your Business

As of today, PPG has not received the CTDA PROFIT Survey from your company.

The due date for the CTDA PROFIT Survey has been extended to April 30. Don’t miss out on this valuable CTDA member benefit!

The 2016 CTDA PROFIT Survey provides two key sets of numbers that you can’t get anywhere else:

1. Performance Guidelines – The industry-overview report provides detailed information on what influences profitability performance in the industry. It emphasizes the key performance metrics such as sales size and gross margin. It identifies very clearly where firms should focus their attention.

2. Performance Comparisons – This confidential, personalized report evaluates your firm’s results relative to firms of similar size and operating characteristics. It lays out a road map for profit improvement.

Along with your Profit Improvement Profile, you will receive access to Profit Toolkit Online, a spreadsheet designed to help you plan critical financial improvements for your company.

What does it cost?

The fee to participate is only $100.

What’s the Value?

There is no other source for this information. If this personalized report was available from a CPA firm it could require an investment of $1,500 or more.

Is My Information Confidential?

Absolutely! Profit Planning Group independently conducts this survey for CTDA. You send your questionnaire directly to Profit Planning Group and they return your Profit Improvement Profile directly to you.

It’s Easy to Participate – Most firms can complete the questionnaire in 30 minutes or less!

The Deadline is April 30, 2016! To access the survey, click here.

When you have completed your survey submit it by email to surveys@profitplanningroup.com or by fax to: 303-444-9245.

If you don’t want to take the 30 Minutes to complete the survey, you may send your P&L and Balance Sheet to Profit Planning Group and they will handle the rest!

 


COVERINGS 2016 CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING PROVIDES COMPETITIVE EDGE THROUGH LEADING INDUSTRY SPEAKERS
 
April 7th, 2016

(ALEXANDRIA, VA— March 31, 2016) Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exposition in North America, has scheduled an exceptionally comprehensive conference program of notable and respected speakers to present on a number of topics at the forefront of industry conversation. The 2016 conference program will be comprised of more than 70sessions, addressing a broad range of crucial topics facing the tile and stone industry, when the show takes place April 18-21, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The show curates its educational sessions into tailored tracks for each segment of attendees – distributors, retailers, architects, designers, fabricators, installers, builders/remodelers, and professionals seeking green education – though every course is made available to all attendees and exhibitors. The Coverings conference component has been continuously ranked as one of the show’s most valuable features and has been a critical element since its inception in 1990, as the robust schedule of programs yields unparalleled education and, in most cases, the benefit of highly valuable CEU credits.

Keynote Sessions

The foundation of the 2016 conference program rests on four outstanding keynote sessions by the following influencers and experts representing a diverse cross-section of industries: Shawn McCadden, remodeling industry specialist; Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design Magazine; Andrew Fay, President of The Gettys Group; and Bart Bettiga, of the National Tile Contractors Association.

Shawn McCadden will discuss “Industry Challenges into Opportunities and Opportunities Into Profits.” In this session, the remodeling industry specialist will explore how industry professionals can differentiate their businesses in today’s fast changing and demanding marketplace. Attendees will learn the challenges and opportunities that arise while creating a profitable future for their businesses.

Monday, April 18, 8:00 – 9:15a.m.

Edie Cohen will host “Interior Design Magazine’s Power Panel – Exploring the Cross-Market Pollination of Design” – which will showcase top designers from all sectors of interior design including residential, hospitality, workplace and health care. Through the sharing of case studies and industry knowledge, conversation will focus on the cross-pollination of design and particularly focus on innovations and trends in tile and stone today. Panelists include David Grout (Gary Lee Partners), Todd Heiser (Gensler), Eileen Jones (Perkins + Will), Jordan Mozer (Jordan Mozer & Associates), Neil Schneider (IA Interior Architects).

Tuesday, April 19, 8:00 – 9:15a.m.

In his keynote, sponsored by Contract Magazine, Andrew Fay will present on “The Future of Hospitality Design” and outline how The Getty’s Group examines global trends and design’s impact on guest experiences. Fay will explore how the use of tile and stone can be featured to express highly individualized, branded design “stories.”

Tuesday, April 19, 12:00 – 1:00p.m.

Bart Bettiga of the National Tile Contractors Association will sit down with three of the tile and stone industry’s leading consultants for “From the Field: A Perspective and Industry Update from Recognized Consultants.” Dave Gobis of TileLetter, Richard Goldberg of PROCON, and Donato Pompo, a ceramic tile and stone consultant, will engage in an open conversation exploring the state of the industry as it relates to the field. Discussions will center on specifications, quality control and overall quality of installations in the commercial and residential spaces.

Wednesday, April 20, 8:00 – 9:30a.m.

Space at each 2016 keynote session is limited, so to ensure a seat and meal service interested attendees must register in advance and secure their attendance with a nominal registration payment.

Featured Sessions

Additionally, during the 2016 show, Coverings will present eight featured sessions that provide additional insights into the tile and stone industry:

  • “Color/Design at a Crossroads: Finding the Most Directional Trends” – Leatrice Eisemen, Pantone Color Institute; Monday, April 18, 10:45 – 11:45a.m.
  • “Getting Published: Hot Off the Press” – Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director of Metropolis, will moderate a panel of editors from Dwell, K+BB, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago and Architectural Record; Monday, April 18, 1:30 – 2:30p.m.

  • “Rethinking Retail: 10 Ways to Ignite Your Business in Today’s Modern Retail World” – Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, Retail Minded; Monday, April 18, 2:45 – 3:45p.m.

  • “Economic Outlook for Interior Design – Leveraging a Growing Marketplace” – Randy Fiser, CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers; Tuesday, April 19, 9:15 – 10:15a.m.

  • “Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)” – Wayne Kurzen, The Kurzen Group; Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 – 11:30a.m.

  • “Ceramic Material Systems” – Julie Taraska, Products Editor of Architectural Record, and Martin Bechthold of the Harvard Graduate School of Design; Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 – 2:30p.m.

  • “Stone Trends 2016” – Vincent Marazita, Marazita & Associates; Wednesday, April 20, 9:15 – 11:15a.m.

  • “Management of Delay and Disruption and Proactive Strategies for Tile Contractors” – Tommy A. Conner, Superior Tile & Stone, and Tim Fitzgerald, Construction Industry Professional; Wednesday, April 20, 10:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.

For the 2016 show, Coverings has incorporated conference program sessions into its show floor activities, including live guided tours; curated presentations in the Social Media Lounge (Booth 4031), including a first-time Software Showcase which will feature demonstrations of technology and software solutions; and segment-focused roundtable conversations in the Appreciation Lounge (Booth 4448) and Contractor Lounge (Booth 8539).

Learn more about the keynote and featured sessions and explore the comprehensive Coverings conference program schedule by clicking here. Secure attendance at keynote sessions while registering to attend Coverings, for free, at coverings.com.

Coverings Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow

Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2016

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 National Trade Productions.

Coverings 2016 takes place April 18-21 in McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257.

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Press Contacts:

                                             Josh Schoenfelder

           JS@sharpthink.com

                   Kate Harrington

         KH@sharpthink.com

Sharp Communications

212-829-0002


Experience Coverings 2016 With Unique Programs from Local Chicago Partners
 
March 29th, 2016

This year, Coverings is excited to feature a couple of unique programs that showcase tile as a medium for creative design.

SAIC Tiled Bench Exhibit

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will exhibit tiled benches designed by their students, and the Chicago Mosaic School will provide interactive educational classes.

Over the course of a three-week program, SAIC students studying Architecture, Interior Architecture and Fine Arts, will learn about the process of selecting tile materials, creating construction/installation drawings, and installing the product to perform optimally. During the course, the National Tile Contractors Association will provide instruction on installation techniques, methods, and standards. Teams of students will then collaborate to create benches that incorporate tile and stone as the primary construction material.

You can check out the final products at Coverings 2016, where the benches will be on display for attendees to view. The benches will be up for critique by a panel of judges, who will be looking at overall design and installation. Stop by the ceremony on Monday, April 18th at 4:30pm to see this up-and-coming talent!

Workshops with the Chicago Mosaic School

Through the partnership with the Chicago Mosaic School, Coverings attendees will have an opportunity to interact with tile as a creative medium during workshops at the show.

During these sessions, Chicago Mosaic School instructors will educate attendees on how the different tools and materials can create various mosaic effects, while the interactive workshops will provide hands-on introductions to materials best suited to mosaic applications.

Two workshops and two demonstrations will be held each day from April 18 to 20, with limited capacity for each session. Advanced registration for the workshops and demonstrations is required and can be completed during general show registration.

Hope to see you there!

Joining in on the fun? Be sure to register for FREE.

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