The Installation Showcase incorporates seven hour-long presentations from expert installers.

Successful installers come to Surfaces for multiple reasons. Many want to walk the show floor, checking out the latest installation technologies and enriching their own education on the industry. Whether this wisdom comes from visiting manufacturers' booths to examine the latest tools, or engaging in the how-to Installation Showcase demonstrations, installation remains an exciting part of the Surfaces program.

Seven, one-hour installation demonstrations are planned for the run of the Surfaces show, Feb. 1-3. Expert installers will address the installation of hardwood, resilient, ceramic, stone. carpet and self-leveling compounds. The Installation Showcase, which is sponsored by Laticrete, is produced in conjunction with the World Floor Covering Association, the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Assoc., Floor Covering Installer and National Floor Trends magazines.

According to Michelle Troop, Surfaces senior show director, installers will also have the chance to enrich their knowledge at the Surfaces Conference Program, which offers 42 courses in six tracks - Installation, Marketing, Business, Sales, Design and Window Coverings. "These sessions are designed to provide strategic information that attendees can take away and apply to their jobs right away." she says.

Editors and columnists of BNP Media's FCI, NFT and TILE magazines will be among the presenters slated to speak at the Conference Program, which is sponsored by Mannington. On the final day of the show, Feb. 3, FCI editor John Moore, FCI columnist Jon Namba, Mickey Moore of NOFMA, and Paul Micalizzi of TCNA will present "Common Causes of Installation Failures." Before the start of the show, Jan. 31, NFT columnists Janet Carter and Dave Gobis will present workshops ("Making the 5th Wall an Important Feature" and "Ceramic Tile: Meeting the Consumer Demand," respectively). During the first day of the show, Feb. 1, TILE columnist Patti Fasan will speak about "Trends in Ceramic Tile," 8 to 9:30 a.m. On the same day, Al Stewart, editor of NFT, will moderate a retailer panel called "Retailers' Most Valuable B2B Practices," 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Show organizers will cap off the show on Feb. 3 when they plan to award one attendee a new 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. To enter the drawing, attendees must pass their expo cards through a card reader at one of the following manufacturers' booths: Anderson, Beaulieu of America, BR-111, Camelot, Columbia, Dixie Home, Faus, Gulistan, Invista, Mannington Mills, MAPEI, Nourison, Pinnacle Interior Elements, Royalty Carpet Mills, Quick-Step, Solutia or Wilsonart. For further information, phone (800) 547-3477 or visit