Coverings ’18 takes place May 8 – 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, offering tile and stone dealers and installers ample opportunity to participate in free educational sessions, a tradeshow, meetings, live product and installation demonstrations, workshops and networking events. Organizers project 26,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors who are mostly represented by architects, builders, remodelers, contractors, designers, distributors and fabricators.
The Georgia World Congress Center is a 3.9 million square foot convention facility in downtown Atlanta with 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space among its 12 exhibit halls. Exhibits are scheduled in two buildings on Tuesday, May 8 through Friday, May 11.
This installment of a two-part series covers networking events: luncheons, awards celebrations and happy hours for tile and stone dealers and installers. See part one for details about the 45-plus educational sessions such as Quickfire Presentations, Coverings Connect Sessions, and Demo Stage Presentations.
Show Floor Happy Hours
Why move to another venue to celebrate the occasion? Covering ’18 presents its happy hours right on the floor of the exhibit hall, placing attendees and exhibitors in the same location as they network with existing colleagues and make new connections in conjunction with happy-hour specials, musical guests and fun surprises.
- Tuesday, May 8, 3:30 – 6:30 pm
- Wednesday, May 9, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
- Thursday, May 10, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Coverings Rock Stars Luncheon
The Coverings Rock Stars program will hold an awards luncheon in recognition of the industry’s emerging leaders on Tuesday, May 8 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm (by invitation).
Individuals who are 35 years of age or younger and currently employed as/by tile and stone dealers and installers — or involved in architecture, design, distribution, fabrication, manufacturing or with a trade association — are eligible for nomination (February 5 deadline).
Since its conception, the “program has recognized dozens of young leaders who have connected at Coverings through mentorship and networking opportunities. The program underscores Coverings mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities.”
Coverings Installation & Design Awards
The Coverings Installation & Design Awards (CID Awards) take place 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 9 in recognition of outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. The installer and designer of prize winning projects each receive up to $3,000, a one-night stay in Atlanta and other perks.
All attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend the free event.
NTCA Awards Night 2018
The National Tile Contractors Association will hold its annual Awards Recognition Reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 10. The program begins with a short cocktail and dining reception followed by the presentation of awards in the following categories:
- Best Practice for Committee Leadership
- Tile Person of the Year
- Emerging leaders named to the Coverings Rock Star Program
- Five Star Contractor Program Projects of the Year
- Joe A. Tarver Award for service to the tile industry
- An award for extraordinary special leadership
Coverings Celebration at the NCAA Football Hall of Fame
Attendees in search of further celebration are invited to attend a networking event at the NCAA Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 10 from 8:00 – 11:00 pm.
A new program at Coverings, the event will consist of a tailgate party at the College Football Hall of Fame located next to the Georgia World Congress Center. Activities include the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone where participants can attempt to “kick a field goal, throw like a quarterback and take on the obstacle course.”
All tile and stone dealers and installers are encouraged to wear their favorite logo wear and celebrate with a hosted beer/wine bar, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment. Registration is required for the all-access passes ($65/person, 21 years of age or older).
Other Programs for Tile and Stone Dealers and Installers
Using CrossCheck’s Check on Delivery (COD) premium service in conjunction with Standard Check Guarantee, dealers are able to guaranteed payments before delivering materials to job sites. COD is easy to use:
- Dealers receive an approval number from CrossCheck via phone, POS terminal or the CrossCheck website after entering the estimated amount of the sale and the customer’s phone number.
- The driver picks up a check payment for the sale after making the delivery.
- Dealers complete the transaction by phoning in the final amount and the check number, or by entering the data into their POS terminal or on the CrossCheck web site.
- Dealers deposit the check — if it is returned by the bank unpaid, they mail it to CrossCheck for reimbursement.
Furthermore, there are no additional fees for account setup or training, loaner equipment, or 24/7 customer service and tech support (even on major holidays). Download our free guide to learn how Check on Delivery can help increase sales at your dealership.