Are you making plans to improve your business and skills to keep you competitive in the marketplace this year? Are you networking with peers to get ideas and problem solve? If you haven’t planned anything yet, you may want to consider planning on at least one business seminar and one skills seminar this next year to keep your edge.

There are so many educational opportunities in our industry that there is no excuse to gain knowledge to help increase profits. Kicking off the year was The International Surface Event (TISE), where there were ample opportunities for education, networking with peers and seeing a trade show with all the new trends. 

Invest in yourself and the dividends will pay off. I hope to see you at one of the shows, and if you attend and see me, please say hi.
If you didn’t make it to TISE, World of Concrete or Domotex USA, here are some other flooring-related trade shows during the first quarter of the year.

Floor Covering Contractors Association Annual Convention
March 9-13, Sheraton Music City, Nashville.
Premier commercial flooring contractors, consultants and manufacturers connect at this annual event offering educational sessions, product demonstrations, the Commercial Flooring Trade Show and ample time to network. For more information, visit

April 20-23, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans.
Coverings is the global tile and stone experience. For 30 years, Coverings has been the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America. For more information, visit

National Wood Flooring Association Expo 
April 28-30 Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee.
Improve your wood flooring knowledge when you attend new product demonstrations, technical demonstrations led by some of the industry’s best, specialized education sessions, and more than 50 networking events. For more information, visit