Arlington, Va.—Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, has released the schedule of segment-focused Appreciation Days which provide enhanced learning and networking opportunities for builders, remodelers, architects, designers, contractors and fabricators. While programming for all groups will be held throughout the duration of Coverings, Appreciation Days are designed to feature tailored guided tours of the show floor, lunch, focused education sessions and more. Coverings 2017 will be held in Orlando from April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Following are the dates and programming:
April 4: Builder & Remodeler Day will kick off with a conference session at 8 a.m. titled “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices.” At 11 a.m. the Builder & Remodeler tour of the exhibit floor will commence. Following the tour, is a roundtable discussion, “Bringing the Indoors Out and Show Floor Trends.” Other sessions for builders and remodelers include “Trends in Tile: Moving Forward,” “New Directions for Gauged (formerly Thin) Porcelain Tile,” “Connecting Actual Job Costs Back to Estimating” and “Paying for Performance or Just Paying.”
April 5: Architect & Designer Day will feature several notable sessions including “Contract Magazine Presents: A Fireside Chat with John Czarnecki and Todd-Avery Lenahan,” “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions” and “Raise Your Profile: The Ins and Outs of Being a Brand Ambassador.” Starting at 11 a.m., architects and designers will be invited to participate in the Trends tour, led by Coverings’ Industry ambassador, Alena Capra. Immediately following, attendees can join Capra for a roundtable discussion and lunch.
April 5-6: Contractor Days will span two days at the show. With many key sessions including “Introduction to Tile Industry Standards and How to Use Them to Your Advantage” and “How to Become a Certified Tile Installer,” Coverings has added four new contractor/installer session tracks: Contractor Advanced Business Topics; Contractor Beginner-Intermediate Topics; Thin-Tile Mini-Track; and En Español for Spanish-speaking attendees. The Contractor tour will take place on both Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.
April 7: Fabricator Day will commence with the session “Don’t Get Caught Doing What Worked Yesterday When Customers are Obsessed With What They Want Tomorrow.” The Fabricator tour begins at 11 a.m., highlighting new and innovative products from the marketplace. Immediately following will be the Fabricator Luncheon and Roundtable discussion on building a culture and diversifying a business at noon.