Emerging professionals attending The International Surface Event East (TISE East), Oct. 19 to 22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, are invited to attend the 140 Under 40 Luncheon—which will feature insight from a diverse group of leaders in the floor covering, stone and tile industries, according to show officials. The event will be held on Monday, Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Open to young professionals under 40 years of age, 140 Under 40 participants will have the chance to interact with their peers and learn from successful industry experts who have volunteered their time to serve as mentors.

“Providing emerging professionals with increased learning and networking offerings will continue to be a strategic area of focus at future events,” said Amie Gilmore, director, The International Surface Event. “Investing in professional and personal development for individuals that will one day become future leaders of our industry is a responsibility we all share.” 

Mentors participating in the event include Scott Humphrey, CEO, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA);  Dana Teague, vice president, Hanley Wood Exhibitions; Mike Micalizzi, senior director of technical services, Custom Building Products; Lisbeth Calandrino, associate publisher, Fabulous Floors;  Lew Migliore, president, LGM & Associates; Christopher Ramey, president, The Home Trust International; Betty Sullivan, president, Architectural Ceramics, and ; Mallory Cruise, assistant managing editor, Floor Covering Weekly.

Hanley Wood Exhibitions, owner of TISE, reports the number of young professionals attending The International Surface Event in Las Vegas has steadily grown over the past several years. In 2014, this audience segment represented about 30% of the event’s overall attendance, according to the company and officials expect a large turnout for the East Coast event.

To register for the 140 Under 40 Networking Event, visit TISEeast.com.