A trade show, educational seminars, networking and an installation competition—that was The International Surface Event (TISE) 2022. Yes, it was a busy show, and there were folks who had not seen each other for two years. It was, for many, like a family reunion, and to be able to see each other in person rather than on a computer screen was priceless. 

I want to take a moment to talk about the attendees. There were more attendees than I expected considering the COVID-19 situation, and everyone was anxious to see new products and make purchases. The exhibitors I spoke with were happy to see the turnout and had many positive comments as many were not expecting that many attendees. 

I had the chance to catch up with Paul Treanor, senior content and community manager for TISE, to ask how the educational seminars were doing. He said that they had figured a certain number of attendees through the pre-registrations. However, about a week before the show, they had quite a bump for sign-ups and had to secure some larger seminar spaces to make room for the additional number of attendees. 

Gran Quartz displayed the FillaChip, UV cure stone repair kit. Photo: Jon Namba.

Everything for flooring was on display, and there was something for everyone from carpet cutting machines to water jet machines for the stone industry; it was all there. I saw a UV cure stone repair kit, FillaChip, from Gran Quartz, a new carpet re-stretcher that Crain is introducing and new estimating programs from Measure Square that Steven Wang and his team have developed. 

Bostik is “rolling” out their Roll-Cote moisture barrier coating and primer. Kuberit is introducing their newest profiles for the luxury vinyl plank market. Better Tools and their team introduced their newest addition of tile tools from Bihui as well as tools that minimize lippage, a score and snap tile cutter with a “tilers multi-function workbench” along with all their other products. A new cordless groover from Leister Technologies which is a great addition to their lineup of heat welding tools. With so many exhibitors, it’s difficult to list them all, but it was nice to see the latest and greatest that they all had to offer. 

Dave Bradfield
Dave Bradfield from Oakland, California took home the win for the resilient category in the Installer of the Year Competition. Photo: Jon Namba.

The installation contest, wow, what a group of talented individuals who represented the carpet and resilient trades! Even though there were only two who were awarded first place, these were all the best of the best and every one of the participants is a winner. The winner of the carpet division was Chris Sessum, and the winner of the resilient category was Dave Bradfield. 

The contestants who participated this year from the resilient side were Crystal Sims, Dave Bradfield, Jeffrey Riella and Mike McIntyre. The contestants for the carpet category were Chris Sessum, Gary Harrison, Zachary Stacy and Scott Zito. 

Once again, congratulations to all the participants for a job well done especially with all the mental pressure involved with bystanders watching and having to think three or four times before making a cut that you would normally not think twice about!