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

For more information on the educational sessions, including sessions appropriate for the emerging professional, visit

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 –


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


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