The International Surface Event East (TISE East) will launch its inaugural show Oct. 19-22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. A regional East Coast version of the International Surface Event held yearly in Las Vegas, the tradeshow will combine Surfaces, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo within two exhibit halls. Show-goers can attend more than 50 educational sessions, along with on-floor demos, networking events, certification programs, off-site tours and see thousands of the latest products and technologies.

“Our partners have been requesting a fall show for several years and with the economic recovery clearly underway, we are confident TISE East will attract a brand new audience which will translate into new business for exhibitors,” said Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions.

A partial list of participating exhibitors at press time include Bedrosians, Dream Weaver, DriTac Flooring Products, Franklin International Inc., GranQuartz, International Concrete Repair Institute, Kane Carpet, Lignomat USA, MAPEI, Measure Square Corp., National Gypsum Co., National Wood Flooring Association, Stanton Carpet, The Max Windsor Group, Tramex, USG, Versatrim and Wagner Meters.

In response to increasing demand for continuing education and industry certifications, show hours have been adjusted to allow both exhibitors and attendees the opportunity to take advantage of a newly revamped education program. TISE East exhibit hours are 1-6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22.  Education sessions will be offered from 12:30–5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19; 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21; and 8-11 a.m. Oct. 22.

The education program includes more than 50 educational sessions targeted to specific audience segments: architects, builders, designers, retailers/dealers, fabricators, installers, distributors and care/maintenance/restoration professionals. In the installer track, presentations are set to include moisture testing, stone and tile grout restoration and maintenance, “waterproofing” products, glass tile, thin tile and an overview of wood flooring, among other topics.

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) will be offering installers Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Technician Certification, following the successful ICRI certification event at Surfaces earlier this year. Education sessions offered by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) include a Stone Industry Town Hall Meeting: Let Your Voice Be Heard; Sustainable Natural Stone – An Introduction to NSC 373; and Navigating an Onsite Safety Consultation to Meet OSHA Requirements. MIA will also be hosting the Women in Stone Connection Conference on Sunday, October 19 from 1-6 p.m.

“Walk & Talk” sessions incorporate tours of the show floor, allowing attendees to gain perspective from industry experts with three different areas of emphasis:Equipment & Tooling; Luxury Trendspotting Floorcovering; and In Our Green Shoes: An Eco-Agenda. “Our goal since we began working with our partners, sponsors and endorsers on planning TISE East has been to create a unique trade show experience that allows attendees to take full advantage of educational offerings, certifications and networking in addition to the exhibits,” Teague said.

Complimentary on-floor education and demos can also be found in dedicated show areas including “The CAGE,” Cleaning & Restoration Pavilion, Tool Alleyand the Social Learning Lab. Other show features include Artisan Avenue, Marmomacc Pavilion, Product Marketplace, Stone Pavilion and StoneLIVE Stadium.

Show organizers have also announced a Progressive Happy Hour event, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21 on the show floor. Exhibitors and attendees are also invited to the TISE EastLaunch Party by-the-Pool,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, offering a selection of beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, music and networking by the pool at the iconic Delano hotel. Tickets for that event are $50 with early registration, $75 with regular registration and $100 on-site, according to show organizers. For more information on The International Surface Event East, visit www.TISEeast.com