New Leadership Transition for The International Surface Event

Sep 09, 2019 - Dallas, TX

 


The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo welcomes Dana Hicks as the new Show Director for the event. After 19 years of service to the flooring, stone, and tile industry through events, promotions, sponsorships, and community involvement, TISE says goodbye to Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez as she transitions the event to Hicks. The change comes as Informa Markets’ need for seasoned, show-leading professionals increases due to growth in large-scale events to the company’s event portfolio.

 

Hicks has a strong background in the events space with nearly 20+ years dedicated to the trade, previously serving for 10 years in hospitality and events with Marriott International, followed by 17 years in the tradeshow arena ending as the VP of Events for Informa Markets/Virgo where he led a top portfolio event in the food ingredient sector. His recent venture for the past two years was into the world of surface materials, working as a design consultant at Baker Bros in the Phoenix market, focusing on sales and fulfillment of all residential flooring - hardwood, LVP, laminate, tile, carpet and area rugs. Hicks’s background in events, degree in design, and connection and understanding of the flooring industry, made him the perfect choice to continue to steer the TISE event into the leading, industry-supporting event for the flooring, stone, and tile industry.


“I look forward to meeting the industry this year at TISE in January. I plan to work closely with Amie to understand the vision and needs of the space the event serves and am excited to affect positive change that will take the current success of TISE and grow upon it. I welcome input from the industry, so please feel free to reach out and connect with me,” says Dana Hicks, the new Show Director, The International Surface Event.

 

TISE also wants to take a moment to thank Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez for her commitment and dedication to the industry. Amie has spent tens of thousands of hours over 19 years planning, working with the team, building networks and friendships, and working/serving industry professionals, all with the purpose of making sure the industry’s goals, needs, and expectations were met by TISE at the highest possible level of excellence. Those that would like to send Amie a message may reach her at amie.gonzalez@informa.com. Amie has now transitioned to a large commercial cleaning and restoration event within the Informa Markets portfolio, allowing her knowledge and skills to be used to nurture and grow her new event beyond its successful current positioning.

 

“I would like to thank the industry for making me feel like family. It’s been an honor to serve the professionals, the manufacturers, and the associations and partners to this industry. I look forward to working with Hicks on the transition for the next six months, and to seeing everyone at TISE 2020 this year,” says Amie (Gilmore) Gonzalez, CEM, former Show Director for The International Surface Event.


For additional information, interviews, and/or questions about this transition, please reach out to Michelle Swayze, TISE Senior Marketing Manager.

 

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Michelle Swayze

Senior Marketing Manager | The Design Group | Informa Markets
The International Surface Event

Michelle.Swayze@informa.com

972.536.6449

Event photos available on Flickr

 

 

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JOIN US AT #TISE2020

Save the date for The International Surface Event 2020 scheduled to be held January 28-30, 2020, education January 27-30, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exposition will feature the latest industry products, materials, equipment and services, including a wide variety of hardwood and laminate flooring, carpet, tools and equipment, natural stone and machinery, all types of tile, and much more.

 

For additional information, visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com.

 

 

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ABOUT THE EVENTS

The International Surface Event (TISE), comprised of SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, was formed in 2014, grouping the three long-standing trade events and creating an unparalleled opportunity for industry professionals from all sides of the flooring, stone and tile spectrum to meet, interface and collaborate in one place.  www.intlsurfaceevent.com

 

SURFACES is a B2B floor covering event under The International Surface Event (TISE) brand. SURFACES is the largest North American flooring event serving ALL of the floor covering industry, bringing together buyers and sellers from around the world to see the latest floor covering products, tools, trends, services and technologies. The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the industry's largest advocacy organization representing floorcovering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.  www.wfca.org

 

StonExpo/Marmomac is a B2B stone event under The International Surface Event (TISE) brand, and is THE stone event for stone industry professionals, featuring specialty stone and machinery areas with exhibitions of stone and stone supplies from 7 countries, plus stone tools, equipment, services and demonstrations from leading manufacturers, and associations. The Natural Stone Institute is the official sponsor and hosts their annual meeting at the event. The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry offering a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. www.naturalstoneinstitute.org. Natural Stone Council (NSC), home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents major associations committed to promotion and education of the industry and general public of the value and benefits of natural stone. 

 

TileExpo is a fast growing B2B tile event under The International Surface Event (TISE) brand. TileExpo serves distributors, retailers, installers, builders, design professionals and other industry professionals sourcing tile products. Featuring leading tile manufacturers and suppliers displaying products from artisan to ceramic, decorative to glass and more, buyers and sellers can find the tile products, tools and services they need at TileExpo. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is the sponsor of TileExpo. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the professional installation of ceramic tile and natural stone. It is widely recognized as the largest and most respected tile contractor’s association in the world. www.tile-assn.com

 

For more information on The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StoneExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, or their sponsors and partners, please visit our partners page.

 

 

ABOUT INFORMA EXHIBITIONS

With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Boating, Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, its transaction-oriented exhibitions enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, Informa brings together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Industry insight, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides Informa Exhibitions customers and partners with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets. 

 

Informa Exhibitions is a part of Informa PLC a leading, international Business-to-Business Information Services Group, operating in over 30 countries. We create transaction-led exhibitions and content-based events, specialist data, intelligence and marketing services products, as well as scholarly research and specialist reference-led academic content. Our products and services help businesses and professionals connect, learn, do business and gain an edge over the competition. Informa is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.
 
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