Dallas, Texas -- The International Surface Event (TISE) is bringing back the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition (The Nationals), to be held January 23-25, 2019. Installers across all aspects of the floor covering, stone, and tile industry are encouraged to submit their installation projects.

“Since 2003 when the installation competition went away, we have received inquiries every year about the desire for this incredible contest to return,” said Robert Varden, executive director, International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI). “It is an amazing opportunity for installers to highlight their knowledge, their training, and the amazing projects they work on all year behind the scenes. I am thrilled that TISE has partnered with CFI to make this program return, and we are looking forward to reviewing all the submissions.”

A panel of judges will be reviewing project submissions from around the country and selecting the top 3 finalists in each installation category to compete live in The Nationals competition at TISE. Submissions close October 15 for three categories, carpet, stone/tile, and wood. Finalists will be selected by November 15.

“It is our goal that this promotion both showcase the incredible work happening in the industry now while also bringing national exposure to the need for more trained professionals in this career segment,” said Amie Gilmore, CEM, director of TISE.

The industry is invited to watch the nine selected finalists on the show floor as they show off their talent and skills in a set of product installation challenges, each in their own pre-constructed pod. The winner of the live installation contest in Las Vegas will be crowned The National Installer of the Year, receive a prize package, and bragging rights in the industry.

Industry manufacturers interested in sponsoring the National Installer of the Year Installation Competition should complete the TISE marketing activation request form to be contacted by the TISE team.

For more information, visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com.