2nd Annual Emerging Professionals Event Brings Together Young Professionals and Industry Experts for Mentorship

Dec 18, 2014 - Dallas, TX


Emerging Professionals attending The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015 will have a unique opportunity at this year’s show to network with peers and industry experts at an exclusive Happy Hour event. The Emerging Professionals initiative was introduced at the January 2014 show to provide a forum for networking and idea exchange for flooring, stone and tile professionals under the age of 40. Early interest in the 2015 event has already seen growth over last year, an indicator of the necessity for more events of this kind.  


The Emerging Professionals Happy Hour will be held on Wednesday, January 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Border Grill located in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The event is complimentary for show attendees with a TISE 2015 badge. Space is limited therefore registrants are encouraged to RSVP at TISEwest.com or by calling 866.860.1975 to ensure admittance. 


New in 2015, Floor Focus and FloorDaily.net are the official media sponsors of the Happy Hour event. The partnership originated due, in part, to Floor Focus’s 25 Future Leaders Under 40 initiative. They will have the opportunity to recognize and honor the 25 Future Leaders, who will also receive complimentary Exhibits + Education admission to TISE 2015.


“I’m excited to be a part of a new group of blossoming stone and surface professionals,” commented Jacqueline Tabbah, Assistant Vice President of International Stoneworks, Inc. “The Emerging Professional events at TISE give me the opportunity to mingle with colleagues, meet other young professionals who work in similar markets and learn from industry veterans in a laid-back, fun setting.”


“Mentoring young professionals is important to ensure the health, well-being and knowledge of the industry being passed on to the next generation,” said Lew Migliore, President of LGM and Associates, when asked why he decided to participate as a Mentor for the Emerging Professionals event. “We need to take advantage of opportunities that promote this type of relationship building. Currently, TISE is one of the only events doing this therefore young professionals have the unique advantage of talking with and learning from elder statesmen of the industry.”


The TISE 2015 Advisory Council, comprised of professionals representing every facet of the industry, met with Show Management this past February to offer insight on industry trends, hot topics and provide feedback on timely content for the education program. Among the topics discussed was the need for more Emerging Professionals events at TISE, such as happy hours and luncheons.


“The Emerging Professionals initiative was one that the Council participants recognized as an important trend in our industry,” said Dana Teague, Vice President of Informa Exhibitions US, (formerly Hanley Wood Exhibitions).  “We are excited to provide a forum for Emerging Professionals to come together with industry experts and mentors.”



For more information on the TISE Emerging Professionals initiative, visit TISEwest.com/EmergingPros.  


To take advantage of discounted hotel and travel rates for TISE 2015, visit TISEwest.com/Travel call 866.860.1975.





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, www.wfca.org, 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. www.wfca-pro.org


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. www.mia.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. 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.  www.naturalstonecouncil.org

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). www.buildingstoneinstitute.org.


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. www.marmomacc.com


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, unparalleled 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. www.tilecareer.com


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. www.tile-assn.com