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Gain a better understanding of the products your customers want and how they can effectively be used with free educational sessions. Explore 9 miles of the latest trends and styles in the tile & stone industry to find the products your customers will love. You belong at Coverings.

Tile Meeting


Negotiate the best deals to increase your profits and grow your business.

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Participate in the industry’s top training and free education program.

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Discover how industry product standards impact you and your business. 

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Build relationships while networking with your suppliers and customers.

Free Education Sessions for Retailers Included:


Don’t Get Caught Doing What Worked Yesterday When Customers Are Obsessed With What They Want Tomorrow
Presenter: Jim Dion, Dionco Inc.

Retailer Town Hall 
Moderator: Jim Augustus Armstrong
Sponsored by Floor Covering News
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More than Twenty Ways to Compete With the Web for Your Customer's Share of Heart And Wallet
Presenter: Jim Dion, Dionco, Inc.

Annual Forecasting: THE Retention Solution for Keeping Top Talent
Presenter: Dick Finnegan, CEO, C-Suite Analytics and Author, The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention

Paying For Performance or Just Paying
Presenter: Al Bates, Chairman and President, Profit Planning Group

Top 2017 Fall Trends and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Showroom
Presenter: Stacy Garcia, Founder, StacyGarcia, Inc.

Standing Out from Your Competition: CTSS Certification for Your Sales Staff
Presenters: John Zolman, Sales and Marketing Manager, Miles Distributors and Chairman, CTDA Certification Committee; Donato Pompo, University of Ceramic Tile and Stone

Ceramic Tile: Market Forecast and the Economics of Distribution
Presenters: Donato Grosser, President, Grosser Consulting; Santo Torcivia, President, Marketing Insights, LLC

Site Lines – Tips from the Trade on Designing Showrooms
Presenter: Emily Holle, MSI International

How to Build a Customer Centric Business
Presenter: Chris Ramey, Affluent Insights 

Don’t Fight the Whitewater: Leadership Lessons from Turbulent Times
Presenter: Joan Schatz, Co-Leader, Park Industries

Taking Control of Your Health Benefit Spend: An Alternative to Traditional Insurance for Small to Mid-Size Companies
Presenter: Gene Pompili, Senior Vice President, Midwest Practice 



“Trying to get someone to understand why there are pricing differences in tile is challenging. They understand that in other industries but have problems doing so with tile.” -Richard L., Fredericksburg, TX


Like other retailers who attend Coverings, Richard attends Coverings
to find solutions to his daily challenges and to:

  • Support vendor partners
  • See the latest products and trends
  • Gain perspective on how he's progressing toward goals (since Coverings is after the
    first quarter
  • Network

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