April 20-23, 2020 | New Orleans, Louisiana USA

Monday, April 20

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Vital to the concept of innovation is originality—a surprise, an edge, a twist or even a slight alteration to a familiar design. Most importantly, the trend to reinvented and imaginative color combinations within a palette can make the difference in attracting consumer awareness and acceptance. Come join Leatrice... Read More
    Speaker(s)
    Presenter
    Ms.  Leatrice Eiseman CSA
    Executive Director
    Pantone Color Institute and the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training
    Industry Segment(s)
    • Materials & Trends

    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

      With the rapid pace of innovation in the ceramic industry it’s easy to miss some crucial developments and have some blind spots in your specifications. This hands-on session will bring us all up to speed and comfortability with the latest product offerings and how to utilize them to the best... Read More
      Speaker(s)
      Presenter
      Mr.  Ryan Fasan
      Technical Consultant | Creative Development
      Tile of Spain USA | Centanni Tile
      Presenter
      Mr.  Scott Conwell FAIA FCSI LEED-AP
      Director of Industry Development
      International Masonry Institute
      Industry Segment(s)
      • Materials & Trends

      2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

        Join our digital branding chat where you can engage Dahlia El Gazzar, tech guru, about upping your brand and digital footprint. How can you better use your devices, how can you enhance your digital marketing initiatives with apps and platforms, and just what works for you! Bring your... Read More
        Speaker(s)
        Presenter
        Dahlia El Gazzar
        Idea Igniteur + Tech Evangelist
        Dahlia+

          Tuesday, April 21

          11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

            Do you know your rights if an OSHA Enforcement Inspector shows up at your door? Join us as we discuss both types OSHA inspections (Voluntary and Enforcement). Review an inspection checklist that will help prepare your company for the unexpected. Leave this session with a safety program that addresses... Read More
            Speaker(s)
            Presenter
            Mr.  Jonathan Mitnick
            Partner
            CCS Stone, Inc.
            Presenter
            Mr.  Mark Meriaux
            Accreditation and Technical Manager
            Natural Stone Institute
            Industry Segment(s)
            • Installation & Fabrication

            12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

              COVID-19 has brought sudden change to fabricators across the country and all are looking for ways to pivot and grow sales in what is now the “new normal”. Join our panel of stone industry professionals as they lead you through the changes you can make to keep you moving... Read More
              Speaker(s)
              Presenter
              Frank Sciarrino
              Chief Operating Officer/Managing Partner
              Quote Countertops
              Presenter
              Mr.  Geoffrey Gran
              Owner
              The Countertop Factory Midwest
              Presenter
              Mr.  GK Naquin NSI
              President
              Stone Interiors
              Industry Segment(s)

                3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

                  Join Dr. Prisant for an engaging and interactive discussion on how to be the best leader you can be, focusing on both conflict and praise and how to build a rock-solid workplace culture....
                  Speaker(s)
                  Presenter
                  Ashley Prisant SHRM-CP
                  President
                  Square Peg Solutions
                  Industry Segment(s)
                  • General Events

                  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

                    Grab a drink and a snack from your kitchen and network with other young professionals via Zoom....
                    Speaker(s)
                    Presenter
                    Ashley Prisant SHRM-CP
                    President
                    Square Peg Solutions

                      Wednesday, April 22

                      11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                        Attend this entertaining and informative presentation on the economy and learn from Dr. Eisenberg how all four parts of GDP will perform, what inflation and interest rates are likely to do, how labor market conditions will change, what wage growth and household wealth will look like, how energy prices will... Read More
                        Speaker(s)
                        Presenter
                        Elliot Eisenberg PhD
                        Chief Economist
                        GraphsandLaughs, LLC
                        Industry Segment(s)
                        • Workforce & Profits

                        12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

                          Trends: what are they? Where do they come from? Why do they matter? These are some of the questions we are going to answer in this presentation because understanding and applying consumer trends and insights in general and color trends in particular, is and will forever be a holy grail... Read More
                          Speaker(s)
                          Presenter
                          Mr.  JAMES DION MS, PhD
                          President and Owner
                          Dionco Inc.
                          Industry Segment(s)
                          • Materials & Trends

                          Thursday, April 23

                          11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                            Exterior living spaces and outdoor living is a growing trend that offers outstanding opportunity for ceramic tile and natural stone, but it is important to plan and implement strategies for installation that will succeed. New technology and systems have recently been introduced that can improve the likelihood of success... Read More
                            Speaker(s)
                            Presenter
                            Mr.  Martin Brookes City & Guilds London Institute
                            President
                            Heritage Marble & Tile
                            Presenter
                            Mr.  Woody Sanders
                            President
                            DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, Inc.
                            Industry Segment(s)
                            • Installation & Fabrication

                            12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

                              Amidst chaos and uncertainty you must keep an eye on the future. The labor shortage is not going away. Gallup reports that only 30% of workers are engaged at work. Is the construction industry even worse? Learn how people (our most important asset) in the tile industry are feeling, and... Read More
                              Speaker(s)
                              Presenter
                              Wally Adamchik CSP, CMC
                              President
                              Firestarter Speaking and Consulting
                              Industry Segment(s)
                              • Workforce & Profits

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