The International Surface Event Honors 2015 “Best of Show” Award Recipients

Feb 25, 2015 - Dallas, TX


The International Surface Event (TISE) honored nine (9) exhibiting companies with the prestigious “Best of Show” awards on January 22, 2015 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Participating exhibitors vied for the top honor in several categories including Booth Design, Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability, Technology and Best Product. 

“The Best of Show awards recognize exceptional companies and true pioneers of products, services, tools and technologies that exhibit not only cutting-edge designs but tried and true products which continue to enhance the industry,” said Amie Gilmore, CEM, Director of The International Surface Event. “The increasing popularity of these awards year after year continues to spark the spirit of friendly competition among our Exhibitors.” 



The Best of SURFACES awards were presented in the following categories: Booth Design, Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability and Technology. The judging panel, comprised of representatives from sponsoring publication Floor Covering News, was tasked with reviewing over65 entries and selecting a winner in each one of the categories.

The winners for Best of SURFACES 2015 were awarded as follows:


·         Booth Design (1200 sq.ft. or less) – Wickham Hardwood Flooring

·         Booth Design (1201 sq.ft. or more) – Bedrosians Tile & Stone 

·         Innovation – Mohawk Flooring for SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpet

·         Style & Design – Johnson Hardwood Flooring for the Alehouse Series

·         Sustainability – W.F. Taylor Co. for TruRenew Premium Bio-Renewable Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

·         Technology – Spray-Lock Inc. for Ruglock Non-Slip Rug Grip In A Can


“We are thrilled to recognize the companies that reflect best-in-class illustrations of style, innovation, technology, sustainability and booth design on the SURFACES show floor," said Steven Feldman, publisher of Floor Covering News and sponsor of the Best of SURFACES awards. "This is the fourth year the competition has taken place at this show and it holds steadfast as the most prestigious honor to be coveted by all Exhibitors. Many thanks to the industry experts who participated on the judging panel for the Best of SURFACES."   



Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas

The Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas awards were judged by representatives from sponsoring publication Stone World and presented winners in three categories: Innovation, Technology and Sustainability.


The winners for Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas were awarded as follows:


·         Innovation – Regent Stone Products for the Twist Shim

·         Technology – ETemplate Systems for the ELaser CT

·         Sustainability – MStone Stone & Tile for Slimline Stone Laminates


“We are proud to sponsor the Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas awards and to be able to recognize companies for outstanding innovation,” said Janelle Minghine, Associate Publisher of Stone World magazine. “Every year, the competition gets a little tougher to judge as more companies continue to enter in the running.” 


Best of Product Marketplace

Thousands of products and technologies are either unveiled or reintroduced to the market every year at TISE. Attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite products featured by participating exhibitors in the Product Marketplace by texting their votes from the show floor in January. The companies who received top votes for Best Product of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo were:


Best Product of SURFACES 2015:

Harris Wood (a quality brand of Q.E.P. Co., Inc.) for Aspen White Oak Castle Creek

Aspen White Oak Castle Creek mimics a true weathered and worn wood, while including all of the benefits of a low maintenance pre-finished floor. The ultra-low gloss appearance coupled with the beauty of White Oak provides a visual that is perfect for any setting.


Best Product of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2015:

GranQuartz for the Omni Cubed Pro-Lift Automatic

The Pro-Lift Automatic was engineered by Omni Cubed for optimum safety, ease and convenience. It allows for much safer lowering, transporting and lifting of very tall and heavy countertops. The Pro-Lift features a long-lasting, rechargeable battery pack; wireless remote; countertop clamp; kick-brake; flat-free, non-marking tires; and weighs only 74 pounds.


Best Product of TileExpo 2015:

TileRedi USA for the Center Redi Trench®

This one piece shower pan is manufactured in several sizes and has been designed with an integral curb, pitch and drain featuring the industry’s hottest Redi Trench designer-look to accommodate any center drain shower application.


For more information and photos of those honored for the Best of SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas visit For more information and photos of those honored in the Product Marketplace, please visit




Save the Dates


The International Surface Event East 2015 (TISE East) will be held November 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For information about attending or exhibiting at TISE East 2015, visit, email at or call 866.550.6808.


The International Surface Event 2016 (TISE) will be held January 19 - 22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with Design & Construction Week™ 2016. For information about attending or exhibiting at TISE 2016, visit, email at or call 800.547.3477.


Design & Construction Week™ 2016 will showcase the largest collection of building & design products ever assembled in one place at one time. Participants include TISE, the International Builder’s Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Window Covering Expo (IWCE).




About the Event

The International Surface Event brings together architects, builders, contractors, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, quarries, restoration pros and retailers for face-to-face interaction, product review, vital knowledge and powerful connections. 750+ exhibiting companies will fill 350,000 sq. ft. of space with the latest floor covering, stone and tile industry products, materials, equipment, services and technologies.  


History of the Event

Rebranded as The International Surface Event (TISE) in 2014, TISE features three shows held concurrently - SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and Tile Expo. TISE ranked 54, from a pool of over 14,000 tradeshows in 2013 in the Trade Show News Network’s Top 250 list, distributed annually as a valuable resource in assisting businesses across all industries in the selection and targeting of their face-to-face marketing efforts.  The show is owned/ produced by Informa Exhibitions (formerly Hanley Wood Exhibitions).  Sponsors include the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), Marble Institute of America (MIA), Natural Stone Council (NSC), Building Stone Institute (BSI), Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Natural Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).  The show is endorsed by over 60 industry associations and media partners who work in conjunction with Informa Exhibitions to promote the event to their members and readership, with a global reach.

About Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate

Located in Dallas, TX, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate is an award-winning, full-service exhibition company with an exceptional track record for producing high-quality, successful shows providing networking and industry education.

Informa owns leading exhibitions in the U.S. including: World of Concrete, The International Surface Event, International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, International Roofing Expo, Remodeling Show, DeckExpo, JLC LIVE, CONSTRUCT and manages the American Institute of Architects Convention.  International shows include World of Concrete India, World of Concrete Europe, Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference & Expo and Greenbuild EuroMed. For more information, visit