New IGNITE Education Program Featured at TISE 16

Nov 12, 2015 - Dallas, TX



Floor covering, stone and tile industry professionals seeking an education program to enrich their business development should register today to attend The International Surface Event 2016. TISE announces the new IGNITE Education Program taking place January 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, exhibit hall open January 20-22. At the forefront of the event, this unique educational program offers participants proven strategies for increasing a company’s profitability and productivity.

Participants of the IGNITE program will learn best practices and the latest technology to help increase their bottom line and network with industry leaders, getting answers to the challenges faced in their businesses. Carefully crafted into the program are courses to assist industry professionals in navigating and targeting key growth areas for their business. With over 80 hours of standard industry education and 88 hours of on-floor education, training and demos, attendees will have the chance to learn from more than 100 speakers, panelists, and industry pros. This adds up to over 247 obtainable continuing education credits. There is something for every industry professional, no matter what segment they represent, at The International Surface Event.


Amie Gilmore, Director of The International Surface Event, said:

By developing seminars that identify the key issues facing the floor covering, stone and tile industry with a focus on helping to improve production, performance and the bottom line, The International Surface Event is a vital component to growing a profitable business in today’s market,” said Amie Gilmore, Director of the Expo. “Partnering with industry experts to thoughtfully craft and design a custom experience, IGNITE is proudly designed by and with industry professionals specifically for industry professionals.”


The TISE IGNITE Education Program is broken into specialty tracks for tailored learning opportunities and are sponsored by Floor Focus for Architects and Designers, Floor Covering Weekly for Distributors, StoneWorld and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design for Fabricators, and Floor Covering News for Installers, Contractors and Retailers.

Held Tuesday through Thursday, most seminars are 90 minutes in length, allowing attendees’ ample time on the show floor to find new products, services, technologies and innovations.



For a full line up of IGNITE Education offerings, view the IGNITE schedule on the event website. Highlights include:

Thin Porcelain Tile: Incredible Challenges & Endless Opportunities will explore the full range of essential updates: advancements in designs, manufacturing technologies, and ANSI product and installation standards.

Exit Strategy: Succession Planning & Preparing for the Next Generation Workforce will show how critical work can help companies of all sizes across all industries and geographies prepare their own organizations for a seamless transition to the next generation workforce in the ever-changing, ever-advancing future of work.

Through the Eyes of the Consumer - Independent Retailer vs. Big Box Store will reveal months of research and a massive secret shopper project undertaken by the WFCA and Benchmarkinc. and offer insight into the reasons for the trend of nearly 25% of independent flooring retailers closing their doors while the big box stores thrive.



The education program speakers are industry mavericks and world renowned experts providing attendees with the tools needed to build their businesses. View a complete list of speakers and their course offerings online. Added to the stellar line up in 2016 and new to the program are Mike Peterson, LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine; Kathy Sibbald, Division of Labor and Industry at Maryland Dept. of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; Holley Henderson, H2 Ecodesign; Scott Tarr, North STarr Concrete Consulting; Kordell Norton, Synergy Solutions LLC; Kelly McDonald, McDonald Marketing; and Scott Hanes, Majestic Marble & Granite.



Designed to help floor covering, stone and tile industry professionals advance their businesses and careers, select seminars have been approved for continuing education credits by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). For additional information, contact the TISE Education Manager, Jennifer Hughes at



The Exhibits + IGNITE Education Package includes unlimited access to the 55 IGNITE sessions, plus unlimited access to the Exhibit Hall, on floor demos and bonus education (if listed as free). Advance pricing start at just $49 and range up to $249 depending on your education package selections. The IGNITE education packages include the full IGNITE education program of over 55+ sessions, plus unlimited access to the Exhibit Hall and on floor demos and education Tuesday through Thursday. Also included is access to the Bonus Education options, if listed as free (must register to attend). Members of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and the Marble Institute of America (MIA) receive a discount on all packages. Online registration is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  To register for these packages, attendees should visit, where program schedules and additional information is posted.



CONFERENCE INFO: Jennifer Hughes, Education Manager, 972.536.6320,

INTERVIEWS: Michelle Swayze, Sr. Marketing Manager, 972.536.6449,

PHOTOGRAPHY: Lauren Wells, Associate Marketing Manager, 972.536.6411,



About The International Surface Event

The International Surface Event, comprised of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, and TileExpo, was formed in 2014, 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.


SURFACES is the largest North American event serving the floor covering industry, bringing together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest floor covering products, tools, 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.


StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is THE event for stone industry professional and is home of the MIA annual meeting. The 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. 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 the newest tile industry event in the United States serving distributors, retailers, installers, builders and design professionals. TileExpo brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest tile products, tools, services and technologies. 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.


For more information on The International Surface Event, SURFACES, StoneExpo/Marmomacc Americas, TileExpo, or their sponsors and partners, please visit


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