7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TBD Friends of Bill
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM S100A Interior Design Magazine's Power Panel?Exploring the Cross-Market Pollination of Design Join Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design, for a panel discussion featuring top designers in all sectors of interior design. Through case studies and... Edie Cohen Edie Cohen Interior Design Magazine
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM TBD State of the Stone Industry - Promotion, Safety and More Several major projects have been undertaken in the stone industry. Learn first-hand how industry leaders and peers are addressing matters ranging from government regulation, competing... Jim Hieb Jim Hieb Marble Institute of America David Castellucci Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc. John Lancto Surface Products Dan Rea Dan Rea Coldspring Robert Zavagno Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM TBD The Key to Successful Installations: Substrates With industry demands for flatter substrates we will look at how tile/ stone installations have evolved. For hundreds of years, wet set mortar beds were... Brian Cordak MAPEI Corporation Mike Granatowski Mike Granatowski MAPEI Corporation
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD Economic Outlook for Interior Design - Leveraging a Growing Marketplace Recent research and forecasting tells us that the interior design profession is fully recovered from a long recession with more growth projected. ASID CEO, Randy... Randy Fiser Randy Fiser American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD The Growing Problem of Spot Bonding with Mortar to Install Wall and Floor Tile The only approved method for spot bonding involves a specially designed epoxy system for interior walls in dry areas. Unfortunately, spot bonding practices in many... Mark Heinlein National Tile Contractors Association Michael Whistler Michael Whistler National Tile Contractors Association
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD Exterior Wall Cladding: Making the Transition from Interior to Exteriors When the market for stone countertops was growing rapidly, many exterior stone contractors successfully diversified in creating an interior stone division within their corporations to... Michael Picco PICCO Engineering
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM TBD You Can Hire a Manager, but you Can't Hire an Owner There is a big difference in the responsibilities of someone that is the manager of a business and the individual who is the owner. Unfortunately,... Tom Shay Tom Shay Profits Plus Solutions, Inc.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Demo The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM TBD Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Wayne Kurzen delivers engaging and actionable content that's tailor-made for busy leaders in the construction business. This session energizes entrepreneurs who are driven to improve... Wayne Kurzen The Kurzen Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM TBD Green Is the New Black - Sustainable Retail Design With a rising demand for brands to adopt sustainable design practices and pursue LEED certified spaces, retailers must now ask: how can we be more... Amber Richane Callison
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM TBD Installation Forum - Commercial and Institutional This open forum for installation professionals is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your installer colleagues many of the challenges involved in commercial and institutional... David Castellucci Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc. Bernie Van Etten Murphy Marble Co. Peter Weis W.R. Weis Company, Inc Robert Zavagno Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBD 3D Warehouse: Engage Your Customers with 3D Content Marketing Turn your tile and stone product catalog into useful design assets to target architecture and design professionals with data rich, interactive 3D content used in... Mike Tadros Mike Tadros Trimble Navigation, Ltd.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Appreciation Lounge - Booth 4448 First Timer Orientation If you're new to Coverings, don't miss these quick sessions which will give you the information you need to make the most of your time at the show including answers to...
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Workshop The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM S100A The Future of Hospitality Design The Gettys Group looks at global trends and the impact design has on the guest experience, including how culture affects design and the importance of... Andrew Fay Andrew Fay The Getty's Group
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBD Contractor/Installer Roundtable NTCA contractor business leaders will lead lively and interactive technical discussions in a fun format, encouraging everyone to participate. Leaders of each table will give... National Tile Contractors Association Facilitators National Tile Contractors Association
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Appreciation Lounge - Booth 4448 A&D Day Tour Tour of the show floor
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Ceramic Material Systems Architects have rediscovered their interest in architectural ceramics as a multifunctional material for contemporary designs. The design expressions available today for interior tile surfaces have... Julia Taraska Architectural Record Martin Bechthold Harvard University
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Apples to Apples: Estimating Specialized Construction Projects from a General Contractor's Point Of View This session will focus on the three forms of delivery to owners per bidding - hard bid, design/build and construction management at risk. Review the... Leroy Trujillo Core Construction James Woelfel James Woelfel Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile and J.G. Woelfel & Associates - Tile and Stone Consultants
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Understanding Lippage Guidelines for Ceramic and Natural Stone Tile Installations Proper substrate preparation and careful planning are more important than ever in tile and stone installations, due to increased use of large formats, minimal grout...
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Safety in your Shop and Silica Regulations Impacting your Employees How is the stone industry addressing the proposed OSHA silica rule change? What are leading fabricators doing NOW to reduce silica exposure for their employees?... G.K. Naquin G.K. Naquin Stone Interiors
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM TBD SketchUp: Advanced Rendering Techniques SketchUp Pro is an incredibly valuable design and documentation tool for tile and stone design. Whether you've a beginner or an experienced user, this course... Mike Tadros Mike Tadros Trimble Navigation, Ltd.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Demo The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Know When to Say No One of the biggest challenges a tile contractor faces is when he/she knows there are high risks on a project and they can foresee not... Anthony Jung Jung Tile & Granite
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD How to Sell to Interior Designers & Architects Serving the design trade can be one of the most lucrative niches or a nightmare. Understanding the market and what is necessary to be successful... Christopher Ramey Christopher Ramey Affluent Insights
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Not Just Granite Any More - Defining Countertop Materials Available in Today's Market What countertop materials are fabricators using today? Learn how fabricators are adapting their tooling and material handling practices to adjust to the changing countertop market.... G.K. Naquin G.K. Naquin Stone Interiors Duane Naquin Stone Interiors East Buddy Ontra Buddy Ontra Ontra Stone Concepts
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM TBD Which Tile Bonding Mortar is Right for My Job? Many manufacturers have over twenty tile installation mortars available. Many meet the same industry standard and based on the description are for the same application.... Steve Taylor Steve Taylor Custom Building Products
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM TBD Chicago Mosaic School Workshop The Chicago Mosaic School offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professional who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and...