LAS VEGAS, NV -- The new Converge education program at The International Surface Event (TISE): Surfaces | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo will offer the industry a whole new way to gain training, knowledge and information. Converge offers flexible scheduling allowing for the busy trade show atmosphere, personal interest groups (Creatives | Suits | Hammer & Nails) for immersive targeted discussions and the freedom to pass freely between session topics to gain exactly the knowledge needed.

Converge is designed to be flexible in multiple ways:

• (1) You do not have to register for specific sessions. If you are in a session and would like to switch to a different session happening at that time in another interest group, you may simply walk out and into the other session. No need to adjust your registration.

• (2) The new schedule is mornings only on the days the show floor is open to allow you to visit exhibitors the entire afternoon.

• (3) Mini pop-up education sessions lasting only 20 minutes will be occurring in the Converge lounge for quick learning opportunities.

How to register

After completing the registration process and selecting your interest group(s), you wait. This fall, based on the interest group(s) you selected, you will receive an email with the session listing that correspond to those interest group(s). When the sessions are announced, you may use the TISE mobile app “Converge Sessions” button or the mobile app online portal to star sessions you are interested in and build your event schedule.

In the online registration system or using the TISE registration PDF form, select the Converge education package. When you select this package, there will be an option to select one or more of three interest groups: Suits, Creatives, Hammer + Nails. Select all that apply to you.

The Hammer + Nails track targets: installers, fabricators, builders, contractors and remodelers. This program is open to anyone wanting to learn more about how the products they sell or specify are installed to avoid job failures and issues.

The Suits track is packed with business-related topics targeted towards: retailers, dealers, distributors, sales associates, business owners and other industry professionals. This program is open to anyone who wants to learn more about industry forecasting, show room strategy or other pertinent industry-related, business management success tools.

The Creatives track covers creative and design-related topics geared towards: designers, architects, marketing professionals and small business owners who have to do it all. This program is open to anyone who wants to learn more on design trends, color forecasting, product photography, social media or any creative elements that helps industry businesses grow.

Converge will be located in the North Convention Center downstairs from the main exhibit hall in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It will only have one main entrance; no more searching for different room numbers. You enter the main Converge education entrance into the Converge lounge. From here, all three interest group room entrances can be accessed. Yes, there are only three rooms.

Converge sessions will be a perfect blend of panel discussions, breakout sessions and small group learning. Each room is carefully designed to produce a conducive learning environment for all session formats. The “old-school,” row-upon-row classroom style seating is no more.