140 Under 40 Luncheon Provides Unique Networking Opportunity for Emerging Professionals to Learn from Industry Mentors

surfaces east August 28, 2014 (Dallas, TX) Emerging professionals attending The International Surface Event East (TISE East), will not want to miss the unique opportunity to attend the 140 Under 40 Luncheon, featuring insight from a diverse group of leaders in the floor covering, stone and tile industries. The event will be held on Monday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. during the launch of TISE East, October 19-22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Open to young professionals under 40 years of age, 140 Under 40 participants will have the chance to interact with their peers and learn from successful industry experts who have volunteered their time to serve as mentors.

Mentors participating in the event include Lisbeth Calandrino, Associate Publisher, Fabulous Floors; Mallory Cruise, Assistant Managing Editor, Floor Covering Weekly; Scott Humphrey, CEO, World Floor Covering Association; Mike Micalizzi, Senior Director of Technical Services, Custom Building Products; Lew Migliore, President, LGM and Associates; Christopher Ramey, President, The Home Trust International; Betty Sullivan, President, Architectural Ceramics and Dana Teague, Vice President, Hanley Wood Exhibitions Inc.

Hanley Wood Exhibitions reports that the number of young professionals attending The International Surface Event has steadily grown over the past several years. In 2014, this audience segment represented about 30% of the event’s overall attendance. “Providing emerging professionals with increased learning and networking offerings will continue to be a strategic area of focus at future events,” said Amie Gilmore, Director, The International Surface Event. “Investing in professional and personal development for individuals that will one day become future leaders of our industry is a responsibility we all share.”

To register for the 140 Under 40 Networking Event and take advantage of early registration rates extended through September 5, visit TISEeast.com.

To take advantage of discounted hotel rates at TISE East which include complimentary shuttle service to and from the show, visit TISEeast.com/travel.


Lisbeth Calandrino is Associate Publisher and Director of Social Media for Fabulous Floors Magazine. For the past 20 years she has been a business consultant and customer retention specialist. To speak with her about your business, you can reach her at Lcalandrino@nycap.rr.com.,http://lisbethcalandrino.com/ .





The International Surface Event East (TISE East) Is Just Around The Corner

Miami Beach Convention Center (MBBC) October 19-22, 2014.

Miami Beach Convention Center (MBBC) October 19-22, 2014.

It’s exciting to have a new show to attend this year and even more exciting for it to be in Miami Beach. TISE East 2014 will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), October 19-22, 2014. In 2013, SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas co-launched with the all new TileExpo, and created the ultimate floor covering event for the east coast, TISE East.  This show promises to be the biggest flooring event of the fall.

I’m always interested in the education events and what new programs are available.   This year, the TISE East Conference Manager, Michele Nebel Peake has asked us to be more cognizant of our audience and to try some fresh learning techniques modeled on Brain-Based Learning Laws.

“Our attendees are adults,” says Michele Nebel Peake, Conference Manager, “and adults learn better and stay more involved if the presentations are interactive and have an emotional component.  We are trying to move away from lectures with speakers behind podiums to sessions that allow adults to share experiences.”

TISE East has also instituted an Emerging Professionals Program for young professionals in the floor covering, stone and tile industries. The inaugural 140 Under 40 Luncheon will be held on Monday, October 20 at the MBCC from 11:30am-1:00pm. The luncheon is intended to bring young professionals together to network with each other and industry experts.  There has been a steady growth of young professional attendees over the last several years at TISE and they currently make up nearly 30% of overall attendance.

I am aware that many businesses are being run by younger generations who are facing new challenges but come with a variety of new skills; specifically social media.  (Of note, a session on Tuesday, October 21, 8:00am-9:45am, which will feature multi-generational family businesses and the challenges they face.  Included will be a father/daughter business and a mother/son business – TU03: Family Business: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation.)  I am very interested in learning about their take on business and challenges for the future. Hopefully, I and others can provide some information that will be useful with their challenges.  For more information on the Emerging Professionals Luncheon visit https://www.tiseeast.com/Attendee/ShowInfo/EmergingProfessionals.

For more information on the educational sessions, including sessions appropriate for the emerging professional, visit https://www.tiseeast.com/Attendee/Conference/Index/.

Don’t miss your chance to register early and attend both the exhibits and education for $15 ($5 for MIA and WFCA members) – early bird registration ends Wednesday, August 20 – www.tiseeast.com.


Lisbeth Calandrino is the Associate Publisher of Fabulous Floors Magazine and has been and industry trainer and consultant for the past 20 years. She can be reached at http://www.lisbethcalandrino.com.