The International Surface Event (TISE) invites flooring installers to enter regional competitions for the National Installer of the Year Competition. Central US Regionals will take place September 29-30 at the NWFA Training Facility in Saint Louis, Missouri, and West Coast Regionals will take place October 27-28 at the IUPAT Training Facility in San Leandro, California. 

Semi-Finals winners receive an award with Semi-Finalist bragging rights, a $500 scholarship from Mohawk, and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the National Competition at TISE 2023, January 31 to February 2, 2023, for a chance at the title, National Installer of the Year. 

Southeast Regional Finalists for the TISE National Installer of the Year Competition included David Beagle for the hardwood category and Roy Lewis for the carpet category. The installers competed July 31-August 1 at the CFI Convention in Orlando, Florida. 

The category finalists from each of the regional competitions will compete live on the show floor for the National Installer of the Year title at the next edition of The International Surface Event in Las Vegas, January 31-February 2, 2023.

The International Surface Event thanks supporting competition sponsors: Mohawk is the exclusive hardwood sponsor. In addition to providing hardwood, they also provided soft surface flooring and Performance Accessories for all competitions. Taylor Adhesives is the exclusive adhesives competition sponsor, and QEP / Roberts Consolidated Industries, Inc. is the exclusive tool sponsor for the overall competition.

Any installer in the US may enter regardless of the years in the industry or location. Competitors will choose which competition city they would like to compete at and submit their project history and images online for review.

Submission Deadlines Apply: 

  • • St. Louis deadline: September 15, 2022 
  • • San Leandro deadline: October 12, 2022 

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