Coverings outlines final Coverings Connected schedule

Arlington, Va.—Coverings, the premier event for the ceramic tile and stone industry in North America, has laid out the registration details and webinar schedule for the fifth and final edition of Coverings Connected for 2021. The digital experience includes three learning sessions and is scheduled for November 17, 2021, hosted on Coverings’ website.

The November Coverings Connected experience is designed to provide participants with a unique and no-cost opportunity to gain valuable insights and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through online educational webinars, marking the final 2021 edition of the ongoing digital series .

“By popular demand, Coverings Connected will showcase never-before-seen tile and stone content in November across a broad spectrum of topics, including materials and trends, installation and fabrication, and personnel and profit,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies LLC, the show management company for Coverings.

The programming provides a preview of the trends and learning opportunities planned for Coverings 2022, which is scheduled to take place April 5-8, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Coverings Connected’s first webinar session on Nov. 17, “Achieving Green Building Goals with Natural Stone,” will take place from 11 a.m. – noon EST and is co-presented by Michael Picco, president of Picco Engineering, and Sarah Gregg, marketing manager with Natural Stone Institute.

Learning objectives for the session include understanding the inherent properties that make natural stone an easy option for sustainability goals; exploring best practices in the natural stone industry related to land impact, excess materials, responsible manufacturing and reducing carbon footprint; figuring out how to find and specify sustainably produced natural stone; and identifying credits available through community green building programs that natural stone can help meet.

“Tile Installations and Critical Lighting” comes in second in the lineup and is scheduled for 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST. Mark Heinlein, director of education for the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), will present information that will guide participants in planning critical lighting to minimize potential negative effects during and after tile installation.

Heinlein said his attendee learning objectives are to determine the substrate requirements before installing the tile; understanding critical lighting, including natural lighting and the location of lighting fixtures, that can make or break a tile installation; learning the lighting procedures that reduce or eliminate the causes of unacceptable tile installation; and become familiar with various methods to properly inspect critical lighting problems.

The third learning session of the day, scheduled for 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST, will address one of the most pressing and current issues facing manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and others in the tile and stone industry. “Supply Chain Disruption: Making the Inflexible, Flexible,” presented by Helgi Thor Leja, senior director at Distribution Performance Solutions, who will focus on and unveil solutions for global supply chain disruption.

The topic of the session includes an overview of the root causes for the current problems in the supply chain; the inbound side of the equation, such as containers, freight, rail, air, product availability and delivery; remedies and ideas that can be applied to enable businesses to survive and thrive during the disruption; and a preview of when “things will be back to normal.” Questions and answers to follow.

A range of Coverings Connected sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses interested in promoting their businesses and brands through active digital engagement.

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