Ceramic Industry

Coverings Offers "Surviving 2009" Programming Series (posted 1/29/09)

January 29, 2009

Coverings 2009 will present a newly developed “Surviving 2009” series of educational sessions during the show’s run, April 21-24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. A menu of 11 seminars will be dedicated to teaching show attendees strategies and tactics for riding out the current economic storm. Led by experts from across the industry, these sessions, like all of Coverings’ conference programming, are free of charge, and many yield AIA, ASID/IIDA or NKBA continuing education credits.

“While the conference component at Coverings has always been one of the highlights of the show, this year’s addition of the ‘Surviving 2009’ track elevates it to a new level by tackling the most relevant and top-of-mind issues facing the industry,” said Glenn Feder, president of client events for National Trade Productions, which manages and produces Coverings. “By creating dedicated programming that squarely addresses crucial business survival issues, we’re giving show attendees the advice they need now more than ever before-at no cost, as always, and with no cutbacks to the rest of the conference schedule. We believe that the investment made in traveling to Coverings is a small one relative to the bounty of real, ready-to-implement advice and insight awaiting show-goers this year.”

In his past appearances at Coverings, Donato Grosser has provided valuable state-of-the-industry knowledge, and his upcoming “Forecasting the U.S. Ceramic Tile Market” seminar promises a thoughtful analysis of where the ceramic tile market is headed. As principal of D. Grosser and Associates, he brings nearly 25 years of experience in counseling international clients on increasing their presence in the American market to bear on his illuminating and realistic picture of tile consumption and future opportunities for sales.

The chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, Ken Simonson, will address issues of concern to installers and contractors when he takes to the stage as the keynoter on April 21. His session, “Construction Forecast: What Impact Can You Expect?” will explain how the current economy is affecting the construction industry, and provide insight as to how contractors and other industry professionals can strategically respond to shrinking budgets and project delays.

For a complete schedule or additional information, call (703) 683-8500 or visit www.coverings.com.

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