The International Surface Event 2015 Offers Diverse Education Program

Dec 03, 2014 - Dallas, TX


The International Surface Event (TISE) announced today that space is filling up fast for the TISE 2015 education program.  Discounted registration rates are good through 11:59 p.m. (CST) December 5. The education program will begin on January 20 and run through January 23 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.  


More than 90 educational offerings including traditional classroom format sessions, show floor demos and walk and talk tours are available to attendees.  Topics are designed specifically for floor covering, stone and tile industry professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and level of expertise in their field.  Education tracks include Architect/Designer, Builder/Remodeler, Care/Maintenance/Restoration, Distributor; Fabricator, Installer and Retailer/Dealer.


“Education is imperative to growing a profitable business in today’s market. Our education program is designed to accommodate all levels of understanding from emerging professional to industry expert,” said Jennifer Hughes, CMP, Conference Manager.   “The sessions identify key issues facing the industry with a focus on helping to improve production, performance and the bottom line.  Whether you are new to the industry or a veteran TISE attendee, our research from past events shows participation in at least one educational offering adds tremendous value to the overall trade show experience”.


As a result of the positive response from attendees participating in certification programs at previous events, a few new certification programs will be offered at TISE 2015.  The International Standards & Training Alliance (INSTALL) Carpet and Resilient Certification will be performed along with a demonstration of the INSTALL/NWFA Wood Certification on the show floor, Wednesday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) will be offering the Sales Counselor Certification on Tuesday, January 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Additional certifications will be offered by ACT, CFI, CTI, ICRI, NALFA and NFIC.


All education sessions and bonus education offerings require pre-registration. For a complete list of sessions and speakers, visit Online registration is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


To take advantage of discounted hotel rates for TISE 2015, visit or call 855.712.9132.


For more information on exhibiting at or attending TISE 2015 in Las Vegas, visit or call 800.547.3477.





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.  The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring website,, providing unbiased information about every type of floorcovering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floorcovering industry and consumers.


About StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas’ Official Sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council (NSC).  


Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) mission is to promote the use of natural stone and serve as the world's most authoritative natural stone information resource. Membership includes over 2,000 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers worldwide - all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.

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. Member associations include: Allied Stone Industries (ASI), Building Stone Institute (BSI), Elberton Granite Association, Indiana Limestone Institute (ILI), Marble Institute of America (MIA), National Building Granite Quarries Association, National Slate Association and Natural Stone Alliance.

Since 1919, the Building Stone Institute (BSI) has worked on behalf of the quarries, fabricators, machinery, tools suppliers and others who comprise the natural stone industry membership. BSI provides programs and services that empower and enable member companies to offer the highest level of quality products and services, and to educate the architectural and design communities on the benefits and uses of natural stone. BSI is a proud continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).


Official Endorsers of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas are Marmomacc, ASI, Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) and International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2016.


About Veronafiere

Veronafiere (Verona Trade Fair Company) is Italy's most important direct organizer of trade shows and among the top organizers in Europe. Founded in 1898, Veronafiere now focuses on economic sectors of primary importance to the Italian economy, including stone (Marmomacc), construction (Samoter), and wine (Vinitaly).  Veronafiere conducts or hosts 37 trade shows a year in Verona and 11 abroad.  Marmomacc is the global leader in natural and engineered stone materials and related technologies and design.  Samoter is one of Europe's major exhibitions of construction equipment and earth-moving machinery.  Vinitaly is the largest wine trade show in the world.  All three are owned and organized by Veronafiere.


About TileExpo

TileExpo is the newest tile industry event in the United States serving distributors, retailers, installers, building and design professionals. TileExpo brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest tile products, tools, services and technologies. TileExpo is co-located with SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas to create The International Surface Event (TISE) – the largest event for the flooring, stone and tile industries.


Official Sponsors of TileExpo are Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and National Tile Contractors Association.


Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that offers local, regional, and national training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sales and installation of ceramic tile.


Organized and chartered in 1947, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the tile and stone industry, and is recognized as the largest and most respected tile contractors association in the world.



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