It was a busy year for INSTALL, the association of professionals from across the entire flooring industry. Installers, contractors, manufacturers, associations and consultants collaborated on many events for one simple goal: to deliver quality flooring installations the industry can take pride in. Here are some highlights from the year.
Posted: Nov. 22, 2017
With four keynotes, more than 25 CEUs, and over 150 exhibitors, NeoCon East, held Nov. 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, treated the East Coast design community to two productive days of programming, networking, and products.
Exhibiting companies gained valuable direct contact with key architects, designers and major corporate and government end users, while attending professionals gained insight and access to the latest ideas and innovations in the industry. Many exhibitors have already reported strong project leads and business opportunities, according to show organizers.
Posted: Nov. 21, 2017
The Floor Covering Contractors Association (FCICA) 2017 Mid-Year meeting brought together some of the brightest and most dedicated individuals in the commercial flooring industry, including contractors, manufacturers, technical representatives, distributors, and consultants to learn, network, and discuss future initiatives for the association.
Posted: Nov. 8, 2017
Carpet One Floor & Home store owners and managers recently gathered in Salt Lake City for their annual summer convention.
Posted: Aug. 17, 2017
Members of Flooring America, Flooring Canada, International Design Guild and The Floor Trader convened August 6-8 at Salt Lake City's Salt Palace Convention Center for Building Buzz, where members explored new paths to grow in their marketplace.
The event featured a keynote from Jamie Clarke, CEO of LiveOutThere.com, founder of the Out There Adventure Centre, a brick-and-mortar store in downtown Calgary and LiveOutThere.com, a one of Canada’s 50 fastest-growing ecommerce sites. Clarke gave pointers on how to invigorate teams and succeed in any endeavor. Members attended educational sessions designed to help them improve their skills and strategies in sales, marketing and management and a trade show where they saw the latest introductions and promotions from vendor partners.
Posted: Aug. 11, 2017
One of the highlights of Starnet’s spring meeting was the 19th Annual Starnet Design Awards, which honored commercial flooring design projects from across the country. From iconic international sports venues to a children’s hospital to a whimsical corporate headquarters, this year’s winners captured the flooring installations that are driving commercial interior design forward.
“The Design Awards served as a reminder that 25 years of dedication to excellence in flooring design, installation and environmental stewardship has helped to create some of the most incredible commercial spaces in the country,” said Jeanne Matson, president and CEO of Starnet.
This year’s panel of judges included Deborah P. Elliott, co-founder and design principal at ID Studios in Solana Beach, Calif.; Stephanie Crane, principal at Shlemmer+Algaze+Associates in Culver City, Calif.; and Sascha Wagner, president and CEO of Huntsman Architectural Group in San Francisco. Honorary Judges for the Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge Awards were Robert Peoples, executive director of Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE) and Robert Varden, vp of Certified Flooring Installers.
The 49th edition of NeoCon will draw more than 50,000 design professionals from around the globe to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, June 12-14. For nearly five decades, NeoCon has served as a launch pad for innovation, offering ideas and introductions that continue to shape the commercial environment. Here is a preview of some of the flooring products that will be featured at this year’s show.
Six projects were announced as the winners of the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition for use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design. The competition received submissions in each of the three categories: residential, commercial, and institutional. An international jury of design industry experts reviewed and evaluated the projects, selecting three winners and three honorable mentions.
Members of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) convened in Truckee, Calif., for their spring conference to share best practices and strategize business development opportunities. Click here to read more.
Coverings announced the winners of its 2017 Best Booth Awards. The program recognizes booths based on design, creativity, display of product, and overall presentation. From the more than 1,110 exhibitors on the show floor, the panel of judges selected seven winners.
“There are so many truly astounding booth displays, which really highlights the passion in the industry for tile and stone as stylish design statements,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the producers of Coverings. “We congratulate this year’s winners, who all enhanced the wow factor of the show floor.”