Visions 2002 50-minute seminars began at 8:00am and will address specific topics within the general categories of Merchandising & Marketing, General Management, Design & Market Trends, and Specification & Installation.

Each day’s program features a Keynote Address from 9:00-10:30am with speakers such as Stephen Lundin, best selling author of FISH!.

Seminars include “Outside the Box: Ideas to Outfox the Big Boxes,” presented by National Floor Trends; “Knowing the Value of Your Customer,” presented by National Floor Trends columnist Sam Allman; and “How to Turn Your Business Into a Gold Mine,” presented by Warren Tyler.

Visions 2002 will also feature Vince Marazita speaking about “Stone Trends 2002” and “Specification of Natural Stone Flooring” and Joe Ranzoni addressing issues of “Small Shop Survival.” Experts from Stone World will teach participants “How to Set Up a Fabrication Facility.”

For attendees interested in business management, the educational program offers “Time Management: Working Smarter, Not Harder,” “25 Ways to Double Your Sales!” and “The Secrets of Closing of Sale.”

The program will also provide installation and maintenance information with “Sealing Tile, Grout and Natural Stone: Facts and Fiction,” and “Time Saving Technologies: Equipment and Materials.”

Leatrice Eiseman, Larry Laslo and Mario Buatta will hold lunch-time sessions.

Admission to all seminars is free and all sessions are fully accredited by the associations within the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), including the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Interior Design Education Council (IDEC), Interior Design Council (IDC), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA.). In addition, many of the design and architecture-oriented programs are fully accredited by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA).

For complete conference program information contact Coverings at (800) 881-9400 or visit the Coverings website at www.coverings.com/conference.