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8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
S320A
Industry standards and guidelines are living documents, ever changing due to increased knowledge and field experience; improved testing capabilities; new products, technologies, and techniques available;...
Moderator:  
Executive Director
Tile Council of North America
Panelist(s):  
Technical Director
MIA+BSI
Owner
Fox Ceramic Tile, Inc.
Executive Vice President - Operations, Tile, Stone and Pre-Construction
David Allen Company
Handbook Technical Content Manager
Tile Council of North America
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S230A
Information and Training In this digitally-directed, Instagramm-ed and Pinterest-ed world, color and design trends can be communicated almost instantaneously to consumers or clients who are...
Speaker(s):  
Executive Director
Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demo by Custom Building Products.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration by NTCA.
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Join this Byte Session to learn to leverage LinkedIn to your professional purposes.
  • Connecting for success - Using LinkedIn to grow your marketing
  • Building a...
Speaker(s):  
Director of Brand Marketing
Crossville, Inc.
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Appreciation Lounge - Booth 3958
Join the Builder and Remodeler Appreciation Day tour of the exhibit floor as Dean and Derek take you around the show floor to experience the...
Speaker(s):  
Dean & Derek
Dean & Derek
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration by ARDEX.
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Picture this: Your customers are among Instagram's 510 million active monthly users. They're busily liking photos (to the tune of 4.2 billion per day), including...
Speaker(s):  
Owner and Founder
Tileometry
Founder & CEO
MSG2MKT
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration by MAPEI.
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Whether you are an industry professional, manufacturer, retailer, press or service provider – you need to know the latest tools, tricks and trends for navigating...
Speaker(s):  
Senior Vice President
Frank Advertising
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration by Laticrete.
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Join this Byte Session to learn to use LinkedIn to recruit professionals and be an industry thought leaders.
  • Learn to use LinkedIn to connect with...
Speaker(s):  
Director of Brand Marketing
Crossville, Inc.
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration by Noble Company.
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Blogs focus on topics of a mostly technical nature in a less structure, more immediate manner than "official" channels like company technical data sheets (TDSs),...
Speaker(s):  
Sustainability Manager, LEED Green Associate
MAPEI Americas
12:50 PM - 1:10 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by QEP.
1:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration by Bostik.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S320E
Advancements in cutting-edge digital technology and the revival of artisanal processes have collided to transform the look and application of tile, creating limitless opportunities for...
Moderator:  
Editorial and Brand Director
Metropolis
Panelist(s):  
Manager, Promotional Activities
Ceramics of Italy and Cersaie
Design and Technical Consultant
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S330C
Business owners know the key to improving sales is by asking sales people to set goals, achieve results, and forecast future opportunities. Today, smart companies...
Speaker(s):  
CEO
C-Suite Analytics
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S320G
Installing natural stone tile is exactly like installing ceramic tile, right? Everything is the same expect for the different tolerances, different adhesive requirements, different coverage...
Speaker(s):  
Technical Director
MIA+BSI
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S230A
Gauged Porcelain Tile is the new name for thin tile! Standards for the tile and installation process include new requirements. There are important things distributors,...
Speaker(s):  
Director of Technical Services
MAPEI Americas
Director of Technical Services
Crossville Inc.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S330A
One of the biggest risks to a company in a low-margin construction economy is executing a project differently than how it was estimated (and vice...
Speaker(s):  
Management Consultant
FMI Corporation
1:40 PM - 2:10 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by NTCA.
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration by Laticrete.
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Miracle Sealants.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S320A
During the economic downturn much of designers' work was overseas. Now that work is plentiful at home, what have we learned from designing abroad which...
Moderator:  
Deputy Editor
Interior Design
Panelist(s):  
Leader
Hospitality Design
Principal
Assembly Design
Principal
Belzberg Architects
Vice President, Director of Interior Architects
HKS, Inc.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S330C
Payroll costs account for approximately sixty percent of total operating expenses for the typical distributor. Clearly, the ability to generate maximum productivity from this expense...
Speaker(s):  
Chairman and President
Distribution Performance Project
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S320G
How are the tile and stone industries addressing the OSHA silica rule change? What are leading fabricators and installers doing NOW to reduce silica exposure...
Speaker(s):  
President
Stone Interiors
CEO
MIA+BSI
Vice President
CCS Stone
Accreditation and Technical Manager
MIA+BSI
Executive Vice President - Operations, Tile, Stone and Pre-Construction
David Allen Company
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S330A
Consumers and project owners are increasingly requesting certified tile installers to be on their projects. Language recommending certification is now included in many industry specifications....
Speaker(s):  
Executive Director
Ceramic Tile Education Foundation
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S310F
This will be a hands on training program that covers the skills that will be required for the proper installation of large form gauged porcelain...
Moderator:  
Director of Technical Services
Crossville Inc.
Panelist(s):  
President
European Tile Masters
Project Manager
Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.
Technical & Installation Manager
Crossville, Inc.
Technical Services Manager
MAPEI Americas
Training Coordinator
NCTI-JATC 3
Partner/Co inventor/
MLT System
Executive Director
Ceramic Tile Education Foundation
Technical Services Training Manager
CUSTOM Building Products
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Custom Building Products.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Schluter Systems.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Nuheat.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by ARDEX.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Ebbe America.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S320E
Ceramic tiles are no strangers to the trend witnessed in recent years in numerous products from the so-called traditional industrial sectors: the search for new...
Speaker(s):  
Senior Researcher
Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S320G
Want to hear about the designs that made the judges swoon? Or what about the technical challenges in an award winning installation to help hone...
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S230A
From countertops to skyscrapers, the use of natural stone is a well accepted building material in the US. Especially in these lean construction years, it...
Speaker(s):  
President and Owner
Stone Trends International
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S330A
As technology continues to develop in the tile industry, it becomes increasingly challenging to achieve successful installations. Product knowledge is now just as important as...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Education Director
National Tile Contractors Association
Training and Technical Consultant
National Tile Contractors Association
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S330C
The presentation is to be comprised of two sections. The first section, by Donato Grosser, presents the current situation of the ceramic tile market: US...
Speaker(s):  
President
Grosser Consulting
President
Marketing Insights, LLC
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S320A
John Czarnecki, Editor in Chief, Contract, will sit down with one of the hospitality industry's most progressive thought leaders, Todd-Avery Lenahan for an intimate chat...
Speaker(s):  
Editor in Chief
Contract Magazine
Founder
TAL-Studio
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S330C
Most companies are seeing health benefit expenses continue to rise annually by double digits to become one of their top line items in their budget....
Speaker(s):  
Senior Vice President
Midwest Practice, Roundstone Insurance
Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Roundstone Insurance
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S330A
Launched in 2016, the Natural Stone Promotional Campaign has resulted in dozens of positive stories about natural stone being published in both online and print...
Moderator:  
CEO
MIA+BSI
Panelist(s):  
Communications Manager
MIA+BSI
Lurvey Landscape Supply
Vice President
Northern Stone Supply
Consultant
Big Fish Consulting
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S320E
The goal of most organizations is to have a robust workforce that supports the right people in the right positions and a set of systems...
Speaker(s):  
Management Consultant
FMI Corporation
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S230A
This educational session will focus on the latest design trends and the installation of tiled shower systems. It will provide an overview of the features...
Speaker(s):  
Sr. Director of Technical Services
LATICRETE International Inc
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Dependable.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by MAPEI.
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Connecting to a larger group with similar passions can only ignite your own – whether in a small circle, regionally or nationally. What can a...
Speaker(s):  
Project Manager
Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.
Owner
Kyle's Tiles LLC
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Appreciation Lounge - Booth 3958
Join Coverings' Industry Ambassador, Alena Capra, as she leads you on a tour of the exhibit floor showcasing the latest trends in tile and stone...
Speaker(s):  
Industry Ambassador, Coverings
Alena Capra Designs
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Contractor Lounge - Booth 4437
Join the Contractor and Installer Day Tour of the exhibit floor as we showcase the latest in machinery, installation materials and tools. After the tour,...
Speaker(s):  
Assistant Executive Director
National Tile Contractors Association
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by NTCA.
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Blogs focus on topics of a mostly technical nature in a less structure, more immediate manner than "official" channels like company technical data sheets (TDSs),...
Speaker(s):  
Sustainability Manager, LEED Green Associate
MAPEI Americas
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Laticrete.
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Learn tips and tricks to promote their business, connect with professionals, and stay in touch with their network on the hottest social media platforms. Attendees...
Speaker(s):  
Social Media Manager, Coverings
Sharp Communications
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Ebbe America.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Miracle Sealants.
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Join this Byte session to learn how you can use social media tools to not only tap into the minds of your customers and potential...
Speaker(s):  
Project Manager
Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.
Owner
Kyle's Tiles LLC
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by NTCA.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S320A
Extreme weather events and sea level rise are increasingly threatening coastal cities. In the context of completed and proposed projects, this panel will explore a...
Moderator:  
Senior Editor
Architectural Record
Panelist(s):  
Senior Project Architect, Senior Associate
Perkins + Will
Architectural/Urban Designer
Waggonner & Ball
Principal-CEO
Borges Architects + Associates
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S330A
Tile and stone retailers face major challenges in today's competitive market. From legions of competitors-both online and off - to consumers who are more price-sensitive...
Moderator:  
Flooring Success Systems
Speaker(s):  
Principal
24-7 Floors
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S330C
Working in a family business can be a challenge. Why are some businesses successful, while others struggle? What are the best practices? Join a panel...
Moderator:  
Owner
Malisani Inc.
Panelist(s):  
Vice President
International Stoneworks Inc
Partner
United Marble Fabricators
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S230A
Leaders drive culture, world-class and zero-incident success in safety, but how is it accomplished? This talk addresses three primary dimensions that relate to leadership, engagement,...
Speaker(s):  
Consultant and Coach
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S320E
The type of grout specified on your project can mean the difference between success and failure as standard grouts are easily affected by tile types,...
Speaker(s):  
Senior Director, Technical Services
Custom Building Products
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Custom Building Products.
1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Noble Company.
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by wedi.
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by MAPEI.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S320G
Increasingly, big brands are enlisting the support of architects and designers to be Brand Ambassadors?spokespeople that are representing the brand through publicity, social media, and...
Moderator:  
Sr. Vice President & Regional Director
Sharp Communications
Panelist(s):  
Interior Designer and Blogger
Cozy Stylish Chic
Founder, Creative Director
Kim Lewis Designs
NKBA Spokesperson, Interior Designer, Blogger
Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S330A
Want your showroom to shine to its potential? Then this course is for you! You'll learn the dos and don'ts of showroom planning, including the...
Speaker(s):  
Director of Trend and Design
MSI International
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S330C
This interactive forum is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your fabricator colleagues many of the challenges involved in the market. The session will include...
Moderator:  
Founder
Atlas Marble Co.
Panelist(s):  
Owner
Ontra Stone Concepts
Owner
Marian Stone Inc.
Principal
Rockin'teriors
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S230A
Many leaders want to better understand the key dimensions of world-class and even zero-incident safety. This talk will go deeper and broader into the various...
Speaker(s):  
Consultant and Coach
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S320E
It is becoming more difficult to find quality tile installers on the open market. Many contracting companies are now turning towards resources available to them...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Education Coordinator
National Tile Contractors Association
Training and Education Director
National Tile Contractors Association
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Schluter Systems.
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Bostik.
4:10 PM - 4:40 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by ARDEX.
4:40 PM - 5:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Custom Building Products.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Nuheat.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S230A
Aesthetics and performance are generally primary considerations for product selection criteria. But what about ongoing maintenance and upkeep? What does that do to the ease...
Speaker(s):  
Design and Technical Consultant
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S330A
Join Stacy Garcia, an internationally renowned designer and forecasting expert, as she presents the top trends for Fall 2017. Learn the impact of color and...
Speaker(s):  
Founder
StacyGarcia, Inc.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S330C
One of the most important aspects to running a successful business is understanding what metrics are important to measure and how to measure your company...
Speaker(s):  
Owner
Stone Interiors
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S320E
Gain an understanding of basic membrane application, selection and standards through the four basic questions: When, Where, Why and What. - WHEN is a membrane...
Speaker(s):  
Business Development Product Line Manager
Sheet Membranes, MAPEI Americas
Technical Services Manager
MAPEI Americas
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S320A
Professional Tile Installation companies understand how important it is to follow best practices and industry standards. These valuable reference materials provide important information that can...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Education Director
National Tile Contractors Association
Training and Technical Consultant
National Tile Contractors Association
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S320G
Con el constante desarrollo tecnológico en la industria de las baldosas, es cada vez más difícil instalar baldosas exitosamente. Tener un conocimiento del producto es...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Technical Consultant
National Tile Contractors Association
Superintendent
David Allen Company
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S320A
Kim Lewis, the "Little Lady with Big Ideas" is best known for her work on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and FYI's "Tiny House Nation"....
Speaker(s):  
Founder, Creative Director
Kim Lewis Designs
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S330A
The future belongs to companies that create messages that resonate and experiences that drive loyalty out of a mutual respect for each other. This presentation...
Speaker(s):  
The Home Trust International / Affluent Insights
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S330C
Want to expand your outreach to architects and interior designers? Have you ever had difficulty getting an appointment at a large firm in your area?...
Speaker(s):  
Stone Sales Specialist
Daltile
CEU Administrator
MIA+BSI
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S320E
Discipline Leader, FMI The Risk environment in construction is volatile, and it takes only one major occurrence to put you out of business. Understand what...
Speaker(s):  
Management Consultant, FMI Peer Group Discipline Leader, Risk Management Practice
FMI
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S230A
This session offers a unique experience to understanding some of the most common tile and stone related care and maintenance problems; how to fix them...
Speaker(s):  
Business Development Manager
Custom Building Products
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S320G
Cada vez más, tanto los consumidores como los propietarios de los proyectos solicitan instaladores de baldosas certificados para sus proyectos. Muchas especificaciones de la industria...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Technical Consultant
National Tile Contractors Association
Superintendent
David Allen Company
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Laticrete.
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Custom Building Products.
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
S320A
Hotels. F&B. Wellness. Hear from three experts how these pillars of hospitality are changing to meet the needs of today's experience-seeking guests. From community building...
Moderator:  
Founder
StacyGarcia, Inc.
Panelist(s):  
Principal
Glen & Co Architecture
Senior Designer
Puccini Group
Principal, Owner
EoA, Inc.
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Whether you are an industry professional, manufacturer, retailer, press or service provider – you need to know the latest tools, tricks and trends for navigating...
Speaker(s):  
Senior Vice President
Frank Advertising
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Contractor Lounge - Booth 4437
Join the Contractor and Installer Day Tour of the exhibit floor as we showcase the latest in machinery, installation materials and tools. After the tour,...
Speaker(s):  
Assistant Executive Director
National Tile Contractors Association
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by NTCA.
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Join this Byte Session to learn to leverage LinkedIn to your professional purposes.
  • Connecting for success - Using LinkedIn to grow your marketing
  • Building a...
Speaker(s):  
Director of Brand Marketing
Crossville, Inc.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Schluter Systems.
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Gain tips and tricks for creating a meaningful and engaging social media campaign. From content to collaboration, Danielle will go over her 6-Cs to Success....
Speaker(s):  
President
Novita Communications
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by iQ Power Tools.
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Picture this: Your customers are among Instagram's 510 million active monthly users. They're busily liking photos (to the tune of 4.2 billion per day), including...
Speaker(s):  
Owner and Founder
Tileometry
Founder & CEO
MSG2MKT
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Laticrete.
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Join this Byte Session to learn to use LinkedIn to recruit professionals and be an industry thought leaders.
  • Learn to use LinkedIn to connect with...
Speaker(s):  
Director of Brand Marketing
Crossville, Inc.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by NTCA.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S330A
When work, or life in general, throw us into rough water, our natural reaction is to swim as hard and fast as we can for...
Speaker(s):  
Co-President
Park Industries
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S320A
Join Marc Thee, Co-Founder and Principal of Marc-Michaels Interior Design, for a presentation on current trends in coverings and how he takes tile product beyond...
Speaker(s):  
Co-Founder and Principal
Marc-Michaels Interior Design
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S330C
The consumer is savvier than ever. They do their research online, they know what they want and they expect knowledgeable, professional salespeople who can be...
Speaker(s):  
President
University of Ceramic Tile and Stone
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Miles Distributors
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S320E
Although they need to have a solid foundation of technical knowledge, the most successful project managers have also developed strong management, leadership and business skills...
Speaker(s):  
Management Consultant, FMI Peer Group Discipline Leader, Risk Management Practice
FMI
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S230A
It is impossible to have a quality tile or stone installation without a properly prepared and suitable substrate. This program will cover industry recognized substrates...
Speaker(s):  
Technical Support Manager
TEC
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
S320G
Es imposible tener una instalación de baldosa o piedra de calidad sin haber preparado y elegido adecuadamente el sustrato. Este programa abarcará los sustratos reconocidos...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Technical Consultant
National Tile Contractors Association
Superintendent
David Allen Company
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Bostik.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Ebbe America.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by wedi.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S230A
The panelists will be committee members and/or involved in various aspects of this category from different segments of the business such as Distribution / Tile...
Panelist(s):  
President
European Tile Masters
Vice President, Northeast
David Allen Company
Marketing Associate
MS International
Training Coordinator
NCTI-JATC 3
Director of Technical Services
Crossville Inc.
Director of Industry Development
International Masonry Institute
Technical Services Training Manager
CUSTOM Building Products
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Installation Design Showcase - Booth 458
Meet with the leading designers and NTCA Five Star contractors who have collaborated on the Installation Design Showcase and learn what it takes to pull...
Speaker(s):  
President
Welch Tile and Marble
Director of Operations
J&R Tile
Founder, Creative Director
Kim Lewis Designs
Owner
The Georgia Pear
Blue Tree Home
President, Operations Director
Visalia Ceramic Tile
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S330A
Knowledge is power. Knowing the products you sell allows you to provide the right solution to your customer's needs and identify you as a trusted...
Speaker(s):  
President / CEO
QM Resources / MARINA & CARRARA
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S330C
Have you ever had business disagreements about the import or export of stone? MIA+BSI has joined with leading stone companies to create comprehensive standards, guidelines,...
Speaker(s):  
President
Carnevale & Lohr
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
S310F
Many new tools have been introduced in the tile industry that allows for faster, safer and more professional installations. This session will offer a variety...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Education Director
National Tile Contractors Association
Training and Technical Consultant
National Tile Contractors Association
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
S320E
One of the biggest challenges facing small businesses today is providing quality healthcare to employees without overtaxing your bottom line. But what do you need...
Speaker(s):  
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
S310F
Recientemente se han introducido muchas herramientas nuevas en la industria de las baldosas que permiten hacer instalaciones más rápidas, seguras y profesionales. Esta sesión ofrecerá...
Speaker(s):  
Training and Technical Consultant
National Tile Contractors Association
Superintendent
David Allen Company
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by ARDEX.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Merkrete.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Kemper System.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by MAPEI.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
S230A
Our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our behaviors, decisions, and overall health and wellness. Using research to evaluate organizational behavior, and LEED and...
Speaker(s):  
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Miracle Sealants.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Destination Lounge, South Foyer (S222)
After the keynote by Randy Fiser, CEO, ASID, join ASID and Interior Design Magazine for cocktails and conversation at 5:30pm in the Destination Lounge.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
S320E
When specifying tile, it is important to consider its many attributes and how they relate to sustainability. It's not just the environment-human well-being, aesthetics, and...
Speaker(s):  
Sustainability Manager
Confindustria Ceramica
Director, Standards Development & Sustainability Initiatives
Tile Council of North America
Design and Technical Consultant
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
S230A
Do you think you know what your customers really need, want and desire? Is that a great product? A great price? Efficient service? If only...
Speaker(s):  
President and Owner
Dionco Inc.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
S330C
Exterior environments including balconies, patios, porches, swimming pool surrounds, etc. present some of the most difficult environments for tile and stone installations. Northern regions can...
Speaker(s):  
Managing Director
Gutjahr Systems GmbH
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
S330A
Participate in an organized rotation to build relationships and establish a network of peers within the stone industry. Providing you the opportunity to share knowledge...
Speaker(s):  
Sales Director
M S International
Director of Marketing
Coldspring
Director of Sales
Miller Druck Specialty Contracting
Founder & CEO
Impact Consulting, LLC
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
S320E
As we have seen an increase in use of LVT in both residential and commercial projects, there has been no shortage of attempts to claim...
Speaker(s):  
Industry Ambassador, Coverings
Alena Capra Designs
Design and Technical Consultant
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
S230A
Retail today has all the elements of a great movie — drama, high-tech, and a storyline - including, if we are doing it right, plenty...
Speaker(s):  
President and Owner
Dionco Inc.
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by MAPEI.
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by ARDEX.
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Gain tips and tricks for creating a meaningful and engaging social media campaign. From content to collaboration, Chris will go over her 6-Cs to Success....
Speaker(s):  
President
Novita Communications
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Appreciation Lounge - Booth 3958
The stone industry is always changing and a company's success can be based on their understanding of new and innovative products. During this interactive tour,...
Speaker(s):  
President
Stone Interiors
Owner
Malisani Inc.
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by NTCA.
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Learn tips and tricks to promote their business, connect with professionals, and stay in touch with their network on the hottest social media platforms. Attendees...
Speaker(s):  
Social Media Manager, Coverings
Sharp Communications
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Custom Building Products.
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Connecting to a larger group with similar passions can only ignite your own – whether in a small circle, regionally or nationally. What can a...
Speaker(s):  
Project Manager
Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.
Owner
Kyle's Tiles LLC
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Miracle Sealants.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Appreciation Lounge - Booth 3958
How do fabricators train their employees for success? What are the “industry standards”? Where do you go if you found an installation failure in a...
Speaker(s):  
Accreditation and Technical Manager
MIA+BSI
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Coverings Connect - Booth 1568
Join this Byte session to learn how you can use social media tools to not only tap into the minds of your customers and potential...
Speaker(s):  
Project Manager
Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.
Owner
Kyle's Tiles LLC
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Installation Demo Stage - Booth 3135
Live demonstration presented by Bostik.

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