The International Surface Event Now Calling For Proposals That Go Beyond The Edge in 2017

Feb 23, 2016 - DALLAS, TX


The International Surface Event [TISE] has issued a Call for Presentation, Demonstration and Session Proposals to all educators, consultants and specialists from around the world who want to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the educational program. Taking place January 17-20, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the IGNITE education program will address issues and deliver topics that go beyond the edge to inspire, motivate and provide knowledge and possibilities to the floor covering, stone and tile industries.


Seeking qualified speakers and skilled demonstrators who enjoy connecting with others to further the expertise and knowledge within their field; desiring unique perspectives and information to engage industry professionals; sessions are 90 minutes and demonstrations are 30 minutes in length; and should contain timely, practical information that can be immediately implemented in the workplace. The program is designed to help attendees increase their bottom line and expand their technical knowledge while exploring the latest trends. 


"This year’s IGNITE program was incredible, exceeding expectations and raising the bar on the level of information attendees received through the program. Our goal is to remain the unparalleled resource for real-world education for industry professionals ready to expand their knowledge and skills,” said Jennifer Hughes, Education Manager. "It will be interesting to see what unique, thought-provoking and technically smart entries are submitted for our TISE 2017 IGNITE education. We’re looking for new, innovative game-changers!”


Topic submissions should focus on applications-oriented, real world, problem-solving topics and be free of promotional materials to sell a product or service. 


The primary audience of the education program includes residential and commercial builders, retailers, distributors, designers, architects, installers, fabricators and other ancillary industry professionals.  We are seeking and building sessions focused on targeted educational tracks that speak to these audience segments and cover a wide range of topics from trends, forecasting, business and marketing to expanding technical skills and proficiency.


The deadline for submitting Call for Proposals is March 7, 2016. Interested parties should complete the Call for Proposals Survey on the show website at  A carefully selected industry advisory committee will review and rank proposals to assist in the development of the program.  Questions should be directed to Jennifer Hughes, Education Manager, at 972.536.6320 or





Do you have a great idea for a session or demonstration but do not want to be responsible for developing the content?  E-mail your idea to Jennifer Hughes, Education Manager, and we may bring it to life for you! 


Save the Date 2017

Save the date for The International Surface Event 2017 scheduled to be held January 18-20, 2017, 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


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). The Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Building Stone Institute (BSI) serve more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events.   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.


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


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