Surfaces Preview 2010 - January 2010
By Brian Hamilton
Surfaces 2010, the flooring industry’s top show, makes its final appearance at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. This year the show runs from February 2 to 5, with education programs beginning on February 1.
Once again, CNN anchor Gerri Willis will moderate the general session February 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.. The topic is “Facing Challenges and Winning: A Retail Power Panel.” Panelists include: Ron Dunn, co-CEO of Carpets Plus Color Tile; Jeffrey Macco, president of the National Floorcovering Alliance; Jeanne Matson, president of the Starnet Worldwide Flooring Alliance; Scott Perron, president of Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet; Steve Silverman, president of Abbey Carpet Co.; Vinnie Virga, president of Flooring America, and Bruce Weber, CEO of American Home Surfaces Group.
New this year is Designer Day on Wednesday, sponsored by Floor Focus, with a keynote luncheon featuring Kim Myles of HGTV’s Myles of Style program. It also includes a walking tour of Encore, one of the newest 5-star hotels in Las Vegas, led by Jerry Beale, vice president of design for Wynn Design and Development.
Surfaces will also unveil a 6,500 square foot Retailers Pavilion, as well as a dedicated meeting area and exhibit space exclusively for buying groups.
|Armstrong, Mannington Boost Presence
Armstrong and Mannington are returning to the show floor at Surfaces this year, after displaying in side suites last year. Mannington, a long-time presence at Surfaces, missed only one year on the main floor, while Armstrong last appeared there in 2003. It’s one sign that major players in the industry are willing to do a little more promotion in anticipation that conditions will be improving this year.
For a preview of Surfaces 2010, see the January 2010 issue of Floor Focus Magazine.
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