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Advisory Council

To stay up-to-date on the latest challenges, opportunities, and educational needs facing our attendees, we have assembled an Advisory Council to help us develop our educational programming. 


Our council is comprised of dedicated individuals with a vested interest in improving the overall industry through education and training.  Each member brings with them their unique perspective from the field they represent. This collaboration brings together well-balanced, well-informed and well-structured educational ideas. 


Their input is invaluable and has allowed us to create original and innovative educational programming making The International Surface Event the event you and your team can't afford to miss.

TISE 2018 Advisory Council

Tiffany Aryeh Gabayan
Amalfi Stone & Masonry Company, Inc.

Steve Feldman
Publisher & Editorial Director
Floor Covering News

Jon Namba
Editorial Director
Floor Covering Installer Magazine

Santiago Montero
Publisher & Editor in Chief
Floor Covering Weekly

Brian Gracon, PhD
Brian Gracon and Associates

Dan Riccolo
Stone Fabricators Alliance
President, Morris Granite Co.

Bart Bettiga
Executive Director
Ceramic Tile Education Foundation 

Kemp Harr
Publisher & Owner 
Floor Focus &

Carrie Seifert
Diversified Flooring Design Center

Sebastiano Brancoli
U.S. Rep for Marmomacc/Veronafiere
SBDC Consulting, LLC 

Jim Hieb
Executive Vice President & CEO
Marble Institute of America

Jacqueline Tabbah
Vice President
International Stoneworks, Inc.

Brian Briggs
Trade Show Director, SFA
Florida Sales Rep, GranQuartz

Scott Humphrey
World Floor Covering Association 

Robert Varden
Executive Director
Certified Floorcovering Installers

Chris Cosentino
Flooring General Manager
Nebraska Furniture Mart 

Jay Jacobs
National Sales Manager
Congoleum Corp.

Christine Whittemore
Chief Simplifier
Simple Marketing Now, LLC

Aaron Dahnke
Education Manager
Marble Institute of America

Brett Miller
VP, Education and Certification
National Wood Flooring Association

Mark Woodman
Mark Woodman Design & Color


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